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IHA Awards Night

IHA Awards Night

June 1, 2008 | 233 views | Leave a comment

Ulster’s Claire McMahon and Patrick Brown, last night took the highest individual awards in Irish Hockey for their performance and contribution at an impressive ESB Irish Hockey Awards ceremony hosted by legendary broadcaster Micheal O Muircheartaigh. Ex-International and Pegasus marksman, Claire McMahon, was declared the ESB Women’s Player of the Year for her consistently strong […]

Olympic schedule announced

Olympic schedule announced

May 29, 2008 | 83 views | Leave a comment

The Olympic Games Committee and the International Hockey Federation (FIH) released the match schedule for the hockey tournament of the 2008 Olympic Games today. The first day of competition will be Sunday 10 August 2008 when the 12 women’s participating teams will enter the pitch in Beijing, China. Japan and New Zealand have the honour […]

Clare Parkhill retires

Clare Parkhill retires

May 27, 2008 | 153 views | Leave a comment

Irish defender, Clare Parkhill, 27, today announced her retirement from the international hockey scene after earning a total of 70 senior caps in just a three year period. Parkhill’s decision comes shortly after Ireland’s return from the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Parkhill wore the green jersey for the first time against Korea in 2005 and since […]

Women's Championships final: Hermes 1 Loreto 0 (after golden goal)

Women's Championships final: Hermes 1 Loreto 0 (after golden goal)

May 25, 2008 | 257 views | Leave a comment

Aoife Harte’s golden-goal beauty saw Hermes reclaim the All-Ireland Club Championships, winning back the trophy they won two years ago. It was a sublime effort, set up by 16 year-old Chloe Watkins whose slide-rule path found the onrushing midfielder at the top of the D. Harte’s initial effort was blocked by Rachel Keegan’s foot but […]

Club Champs semi-final: Hermes 3 Pegasus 2 (after golden goal)

Club Champs semi-final: Hermes 3 Pegasus 2 (after golden goal)

May 24, 2008 | 85 views | Leave a comment

A delightful deflection in the sixth minute of extra from Nicola Evans saw Hermes shock Pegasus and set up an all Leinster final. Their young legs held out the best as they took the first and only chance of golden-goal extra-time as the excellent Anna O’Flanagan slid the ball through to Evans. Through one on […]

UCD start playoffs in style

UCD start playoffs in style

May 23, 2008 | 76 views | Leave a comment

UCD got their All-Ireland league bid off to a good start as they beat Galway 4-0 in the opening match at the National Hockey Stadium. Irish international Lisa Jacob opened the scoring before a goal from Christine Quinlan and a brace from Rachel Burke completed the scoring. Belfast Harlequins won their encounter with UCC 1-0, […]

Women's Club Championship Finals preview

Women's Club Championship Finals preview

May 22, 2008 | 88 views | Leave a comment

The Leinster trio will have their work cut out if they want to take the top honours at this weekend’s All-ireland Club Championship finals in UCD. Pegasus are the obvious favourites for the competition starting with a semi-final against Hermes. The battle sees two sides at opposite ends of the spectrum. Pegasus are inundated with […]

Club Championships: Day Three

Club Championships: Day Three

May 18, 2008 | 205 views | Leave a comment

As in the men’s All-Ireland Club Championships, three Leinster sides made it through to the semi-final stages as Loreto, Railway Union and Hermes progressed at Lisnagarvey. Reigning champions Pegasus, though, would appear favourites as they showed their class with a comprehensive win over Railway (3-0) as well as getting by Armagh after coming from a […]

Club Championships: Day One

Club Championships: Day One

May 17, 2008 | 70 views | Leave a comment

PEGASUS showed their title credentials as they recovered from a 2-0 deficit against Ulster rivals Armagh in the All-Ireland Club Championships in Lisnagarvey, to win 3-2. Armagh led through two goals from Emma Patterson but holders Pegasus recovered with the international experience of Arlene Boyles, Claire McMahon and Suzanne Beaney completing a remarkable comeback. Elsewhere, […]

Irwin announces his retirement

Irwin announces his retirement

May 14, 2008 | 79 views | Leave a comment

After 130 caps and 36 goals, Mark Irwin has become the fourth retirement from the Irish hockey set-up since the Olympic qulaifiers. The 31 year-old Instonians striker calls it a day along with Andy Barbour, Jason Black and Paddy Brown as Ireland have a year and a half away from major competition. Irwin explains his […]

EHL Semi-finals: HGC 7 Rotterdam 4

EHL Semi-finals: HGC 7 Rotterdam 4

May 11, 2008 | 148 views | Leave a comment

Rotterdam and the Hague may be separated by scarcely 30 kilometres of motorway but events on the other side of the world was the key factor in dividing these two sides. HGC made hard work of their win in what was an absolute cracker with formations and tactics thrown out the window for the sake […]

Jermyn and Lewers set for EuroHockey League finals

Jermyn and Lewers set for EuroHockey League finals

May 8, 2008 | 260 views | Leave a comment

Cork C of I’s John Jermyn, along with former Annadale player Iain Lewers, will be hoping to make history this weekend and become the first ever winners of the Euro Hockey League. The tournament, akin to football’s Champions League, is the pinnacle of world club hockey and, in its inaugural year has attracted the world’s […]

Brown Announces retirement from Irish Hockey

Brown Announces retirement from Irish Hockey

April 30, 2008 | 148 views | Leave a comment

Irish captain Patrick Brown announced his retirement from the international hockey today after over nine years of competing at the highest level. He becomes the third retiree from the men’s squad following Jason Black and Andy Barbour’s decisions to call time on their career in the wake of the Olympic Qualification tournament in New Zealand. […]

Masters hockey

Masters hockey

April 30, 2008 | 131 views | Leave a comment

The Irish Masters over 40’s and over 50’s will play in Edinburgh on the weekend of August 29-30, in an annual quadrangular event. The tournament involves matches against Scotland, Wales and England and the team is looking to recruit players from Leinster as previous years have seen travelling teams predominently made up of Ulster players. […]

IHA Announces Shortlist for ESB Irish Hockey Awards

IHA Announces Shortlist for ESB Irish Hockey Awards

April 29, 2008 | 171 views | Comments (9)

The Irish Hockey Association (IHA) has released the 44 nominees for the Irish Hockey Awards to be presented on May 31 at The Ballsbridge Court Hotel, Dublin Four nominees have been issued for the each of the eleven award categories, ranging from top international players, to coaches, umpires, volunteers and clubs. Tickets for the event […]

Fingal hoping for Wild card entry

Fingal hoping for Wild card entry

April 27, 2008 | 80 views | Leave a comment

Fingal’s wild card play-off tournament will take place this coming weekend. They play Instonians on Saturday at 2pm and then play Fingal on Sunday at 1.30pm in conjunction with the Club Championships qualification stage in Lisnagarvey. The key match will see them looking to get a result in the tournament opener against Inst, looking to […]

Glenanne gain promotion

Glenanne gain promotion

April 27, 2008 | 254 views | Leave a comment

Glenanne ladies gained promotion back to big time as they deservedly won a dramatic promotion/relegation match with Three Rock Ladies, 3-2 after extra-time. The Glens were on top for most of the first half but found themsleves behind when TRL scored against the run of play when pusher out Laura Binions knocked in a penalty […]

Irish Hockey Announce New Chief Executive Appointment

Irish Hockey Announce New Chief Executive Appointment

April 22, 2008 | 111 views | Leave a comment

The Irish Hockey Association have announced Angus Kirkland as the new Chief Executive of IHA as the search to replace Paul Varian has finally ended. In the role of CE, Mr Kirkland will be responsible for the implementation of the IHA’s 2008-2012 Strategic Plan. “Angus’ appointment is timely for a number of reasons. Firstly, it […]

Jason Black retires

Jason Black retires

April 21, 2008 | 182 views | Leave a comment

Cork Harlequins’ Jason Black has retired from international hockey after nine years with the senior squad. He made his against Switzerland and went on to win a further 122 caps. His decision to retire comes in the wake of Ireland missing out on an Olympic spot with the highlights of Black’s career include finishing 1st […]

Weekend action (apart from the ISC)

Weekend action (apart from the ISC)

April 17, 2008 | 66 views | Leave a comment

Away from the ISC, there’s a wealth of action over the weekend with a few key issues to be decided. In the division ½ playoff, UCD will hope they can avoid becoming just the second division 1 team to lose this fixture against Suttonians. They open up a triple bill on Sunday at Serpentine Avenue […]