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South African based player named in Irish squad

South African based player named in Irish squad

December 7, 2007 | 209 views | Leave a comment

There is one unfamiliar name in Gene Muller’s squad for their next training camp prior to their warm-weather camp in South Africa in the build up to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament next April. Louisa Moore – an Irish national who is relocating to Leinster in January – currently plays her hockey with Northerns in South […]

Loreto and Muckross to contest schools final…

Loreto and Muckross to contest schools final…

December 7, 2007 | 272 views | Leave a comment

Reigning Loreto Beaufort will defend their Leinster league crown next Friday after beating St Andrew’s 1-0 in yesterday’s semi-finals. They will play Muckross Park, who beat Wesley 2-0. Hermes’ Irish under 18 international Anna O’Flanagan was central to everything Muckross put together. She opened the scoring after 10 minutes, getting on the end of a […]

Weekend preview…

Weekend preview…

November 30, 2007 | 189 views | Leave a comment

So, where to start this weekend? In both men’s and women’s leagues there are absolutely massive encounters. Glenanne against Pembroke on Sunday is the obvious fixture that stands out on the men’s side. Both have 100 percent record so far and whilst Pembroke’s results have been more clear-cut, the Glens have an uncanny knack of […]

ISC Previews and fixtures

ISC Previews and fixtures

November 15, 2007 | 231 views | Leave a comment

The most action-packed weekend of the hockey calendar – both Irish Senior Cups begin the business end of the competition this weekend with all the main players being introduced to the fray. On the men’s side, an intriguing tie pits C of I against Lisnagarvey to take on one of their own. Former Munster-man, Jason […]

News in Brief – The Irish at the EHL

News in Brief – The Irish at the EHL

November 6, 2007 | 234 views | Leave a comment

* Leinster umpire Geoff Conn has been promoted to the level of “International Outdoor Umpire”. Geoff umpired at the EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy in Prague earlier this year and following another good performance in the recent EuroHockey League Round 1 in The Hague he got his new accreditation. Ulster’s Warren McCully and Chris McConkey both […]

Men's Round Up

Men's Round Up

November 3, 2007 | 185 views | Leave a comment

Fingal 3-2 MonkstownIn a key match for All-Ireland qualification, Fingal edged out a Monkstown side shorn of Ian Allen, Filip Jaros and Zack Dutton. Fingal, for their part had to call upon Tony Doyle in goal, one of a select number of grandfathers to play in division 1, after Nigel Grothier was called away for […]

Pembroke to begin European adventure

Pembroke to begin European adventure

November 2, 2007 | 234 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 | 340 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 | 241 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 | 335 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 | 224 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 | 169 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 | 334 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 | 388 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 | 185 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 | 245 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 | 276 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 | 214 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 | 406 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 […]