Neville Cup fixtures: News in Brief

* This season’s men’s Leinster senior hockey action this Saturday with the first round of the Neville Cup. Here’s the fixtures:

Neville Cup Round 1
Saturday, September 12:
UCD vs Fingal, 1pm, Belfield; Glenanne vs Suttonians, 2pm, Glenanne Park; YMCA vs Three Rock Rovers, 2pm, Alexandra College, Milltown
Tuesday, September 15: Weston vs Pembroke Wanderers, 7.15pm, Esker Lucan
Wednesday, September 16: Corinthian vs Avoca, 8.15pm, Whitechurch Park
Thursday, September 17: Dublin University vs Monkstown, 7.30pm, Santry Avenue

A full preview of Saturday’s fixtures will appear tomorrow afternoon.

* Loreto HC are looking to fill a few junior coaching positions for ladies 3rd to 6th XI teams. If you are interested in taking on the role, contact Cara Taaffe at, or 086 343 2922. Training for these teams takes place on Thursday nights in Beaufort.

* Munster’s annual coaching conference takes place this Saturday in Harlequins Hockey Club on from 9am to 5pm. The day will include presentations and four on-pitch sessions from some of Ireland ‘s top coaches:

Paul Revington (right) – Ireland Senior Mens Coach; Richie Malone – Ireland U18 Girls Asst Coach; Stephen Watt – HP Manager Ulster Hockey and Wesley Bateman – Harlequins men’s assistant Coach

Registration is required as places are limited – attendees are asked to email their details to to reserve a place.

* Geoff Conn, following excellent performances at the EuroHockey Nations Challenge I, has been promoted to the Promising Umpires List by the FIH Umpiring Committee.

Carol Metchette has been assigned to the pool of Umpires for the Women’s World Cup Qualifiers, which are due to be played in Santiago (CHI) and two as yet unidentified venues during the February – April 2010 period.

Also, Warren McCully has been appointed to the Umpires panel at the Men’s World Cup Qualifier, due to be played in Invercargill (NZL) from November 7-15, 2009.

* Finally, to watch the RTE hour-long special from the Irish women’s European campaign in Amsterdam, click here

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