International

Pembroke to begin European adventure

Pembroke to begin European adventure

November 2, 2007 | 100 views | Leave a comment

Pembroke Wanderers will break new ground this weekend when they represent Ireland in the inaugural Euro Hockey League in Antwerp. The tournament, which tags itself as “the best way hockey has ever been presented”, pits Europe’s top 24 clubs against each other in a format akin to football’s Champions league. Pembroke must come in the […]

2007 WorldHockey Women’s All Stars…

2007 WorldHockey Women’s All Stars…

November 1, 2007 | 0 views | Leave a comment

Want to honour some of Ireland’s greatest female hockey players? Recent weeks have seen two of Ireland’s all-time greats (Linda Caulfield and Jill Orbinson) retire from international hockey after the Europeans in Manchester. Would they be part of a world squad if you had to pick one? Well, now you can have your say! The […]

UCC retain Chilean Cup

UCC retain Chilean Cup

October 29, 2007 | 171 views | Leave a comment

UCC overcame a spirited UCD to retain the Chilean Cup in Belfast, dealing the Dublin university their second Intervarsity defeat of the day. In a repeat of last year’s final, Irish international Julia O’Halloran opened the scoring early in the first half, flicking powerfully into the top corner and Holly Moffett sealed the victory ten […]

UU claim Mauritius Cup

UU claim Mauritius Cup

October 29, 2007 | 131 views | Leave a comment

University of Ulster claimed the Mauritius Cup at the Intervarsities championship in Belfast today, beating UCD 1-0. In a game UU dominated, Neil Hamilton got the decisive goal. UCD were thankful to goalkeeper Herbie Bagnall for keeping them in the game and almost managed to nick a draw, gaining a series of penalty corners late […]

The Best Foreign XI (part two)

The Best Foreign XI (part two)

October 21, 2007 | 188 views | Leave a comment

The Leinster senior league has seen many foreign players come and go in the past ten years. Some have been good, some not so. Some came and went, others have been instrumental in Leinster hockey. Here’s my opinion on the best attackers to have graced on local soil… Right Midfield – James Benson (Australia) – […]

News in Brief…

News in Brief…

October 20, 2007 | 97 views | Leave a comment

* The EHF confirmed that Pembroke Wanderers Ladies have been drawn in Pool A along with SK Slavia Praha (CZE), HC Moscow Region (RUS) & Penarth LHC (WAL) for next years European Cup Winners Trophy. The tournament will be hosted by ARA La Gantoise, in Ghent, Belgium from 21st – 24th March, 2008. Pool B […]

Men's international programme announced

Men's international programme announced

October 20, 2007 | 71 views | Leave a comment

Irish coach, Dave Passmore has announced his squad’s plans in the build up to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in New Zealand next February. The senior squad start with a series in Scotland from the 23rd – 25th November as both Irish men and women travel to Stirling. Passmore is bringing a large squad in Scotland […]

The Best Foreign XI (Part One)

The Best Foreign XI (Part One)

October 19, 2007 | 183 views | Leave a comment

The Leinster senior league has seen many foreign players come and go in the past ten years. Some have been good, some not so. Some came and went, others have been instrumental in Leinster hockey. Here’s my opinion on the best team line-up to have played on local soil… Goalkeeper – Marc Carrera (Spain) – […]

International Squads announced

International Squads announced

October 10, 2007 | 229 views | Leave a comment

Irish Coach Gene Muller includes 5 uncapped players in his 27 woman squad to play Australia later this month: Holly Moffett, Christine Quinlan (both UCD), Ali O’Connor (UCC) Niamh Small (Lorteo) and Stephanie Quinn (Armagh). This series is part of the build-up for next April’s Olympic Qualifiying tournament. Match 1: Wednesday 24th October 19.15Match 2: […]

International player's availability known…

International player's availability known…

October 8, 2007 | 71 views | Leave a comment

The availability of Irish international players for local competition was laid out last week by coaches Gene Muller and David Passmore. It is as follows: Women: Players are only allowed to train once per week with their clubs until March 2008. Home based national squad athletes can only compete in the Provincial league until the […]

Caulfield and Orbinson retire

Caulfield and Orbinson retire

October 8, 2007 | 108 views | Leave a comment

Irish Captain, Linda Caulfield, has decided to draw a line under her international hockey career after amassing 151 caps and wearing the green shirt for nine years. Caulfield cited work reasons as the deciding factor, saying “there is a huge demand on players to increase their time on the pitch and the intensity of their […]

Azerbaijan: "Transformation to a Natonal Idea"

Azerbaijan: "Transformation to a Natonal Idea"

October 5, 2007 | 134 views | Leave a comment

Azerbaijan’s rise to fifth place in the recent European Championships, beating Ireland into sixth, may have raised a few eyebrows but was a disappointment for a ruthlessly ambitious country. Even more surprising was that their team included five newly ‘nationalised’ Korean teenagers. So, what exactly is going on in Azerbaijan? Well, first up, President Ilham […]

Malaysia to host Champions Trophy

Malaysia to host Champions Trophy

September 28, 2007 | 96 views | Leave a comment

The current unstable situation in Pakistan has forced the FIH to move the Samsung Men’s’ Champions Trophy Tournament from Lahore, Pakistan to Bukit Jailli in Malaysia. The move came after Australia and Spain pulled out of the competition while Germany, Korea and Netherlands were ‘unable to confirm their entry’. Reserve countries England and Japan also […]

Best Youtube Hockey clips

Best Youtube Hockey clips

September 19, 2007 | 209 views | Comments (1)

There’s a ton of ways to kill a day at work: take up smoking, take up working, play Stick Cricket, read the Guardian’s blog (which, let’s face it is directly where I ripped this off from). YouTube trumps them all. So here, to save you searching, are my favourite hockey clips. Add your own in […]

European Championships – The Sportways Connection

European Championships – The Sportways Connection

August 30, 2007 | 306 views | Leave a comment

In the last three years, the amount of hockey camps for teenagers in Ireland has increased exponentially. Summer after summer, the cream of European hockey coaching is making it to Dublin to give the future of our sport the very best advice. But back in the barren mid 90s there was but one major camp, […]

Everyone Else is Doing it So Why Don't We?

Everyone Else is Doing it So Why Don't We?

August 30, 2007 | 100 views | Leave a comment

Nationality is a loose concept in international cricket. Ireland’s success at the World Cup has shown how successful plundering foreign talent can be. Long may it continue – (This article first appeared in April 2007 in Comma Magazine – a DIT Student publication)“We don’t show that English shite in here?” – St Patrick’s Day and […]