Month: April 2011

In a League of it’s own….

HOCKEY isn’t everybody’s cup of tea as either a participant or spectator sport, but it continues to prove itself nothing if not innovative, as anyone who watched the Easter weekend action in the EuroHockey League will testify. Europe’s premier men’s club competition is barely out of nappies as it heads for the conclusion of just its fourth season, yet somewhat arrogantly declares itself as “the best way hockey has ever been presented”. The thing is, it ain’t wrong. Irish interest in the knockout rounds of the EHL is higher than usual this season; Dublin clubs Pembroke Wanderers and Glenanne were both involved in the last 16, while a smattering of Irish international players are representing clubs from Spain, Belgium and England. I therefore spent much of the weekend glued to the superb EHL website, watching either the live stream or highlights, as 12 games unfolded over four days in Bloemendaal, near Amsterdam in the Netherlands. That the entire last 16 and quarter-finals took place at a single venue is a hallmark of a sport which places a heavy emphasis on tournament-style competitions, where games come thick and fast over a short period of time. You certainly couldn’t manage it with the Champions League or Heineken Cup, but for smaller sports this is a clever move — it creates a festival atmosphere, increasing the neutral crowds at matches and allowing players...

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Ireland- Awards Shortlists announced

HOCKEY: Awards Shortlists Announced 28th April 2011 The Annual ESB Electric Ireland Irish Hockey Awards 2011 will take place on May 21st at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin. The Awards are the most prestigious night in the Irish Hockey calendar and is guaranteed to be a great night. If you would like to book a table please contact Kiara at Shortlists: Senior Club Player Male: Mark Black (Cork Harlequins HC) Fran Lee (Monkstown HC) Shane O’Donoghue (Glenanne HC) Mark Raphael (Lisnagarvey HC) Senior Club Player Female: Elaine Bromell (Catholic Institute HC) Ashling Campion (Loreto HC) Kate Dillion (Railway Union HC) Emma Stewart (Armagh LHC) U18 Player Male: Mathew Allister (Annadale HC) David Cole (Monkstown HC) Shane O’Donoghue (Glenanne HC) Ian Sloan (Cookstown HC) U18 Player Female: Leah Ewart (Armagh LHC) Katie Mullan (Ballymoney HC) Gillian Pinder (Hermes HC) Roisín Upton (Catholic Institute) Coach of the Year: Mary Logue (Hermes HC) Mick McKinnon (Railway Union HC) Michelle Rainey (Pegasus HC) Graham Shaw (Glenanne & Loreto HC) Club of the Year: Catholic Institute HC Lisnagarvey HC Monkstown HC Railway LHC Umpire of the Year: Malcolm Coombes Fiona Davitt Davy Foster Carol Metchette Developing Club of the Year: Diocesan HC Newbridge HC North Kildare HC Portrane HC Volunteer of the Year: Alice Gerrard (Ulster Elks) Helen Johnston (Railway Union LHC) Cliona Kennedy (Catholic Institute HC) Geraldine O’Carroll (Greenfields HC) U18 Coach of the Year: Alison McNeill Catherine...

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GB Men’s Hockey Squad announce ahead of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

Tuesday, 19 April 2011 The Great Britain men’s hockey squad has been announced ahead of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia, and includes several new and returning faces. The 18 athlete squad contains 14 players who played for their home nations at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi – 12 from England and two from Scotland – but also welcomes the returning Surbiton forward Matt Daly from long term injury and sees a first GB call-up for Iain Lewers. The tournament, which runs from 5-15 May, features seven of the world’s top hockey playing nations and will see a British side compete for the first time in a decade.  Competing against Great Britain will be World and Commonwealth Champions Australia, Commonwealth silver medallists India and New Zealand, the Commonwealth Games bronze medal winners.  Also taking part are Asian Games Champions Pakistan, hosts Malaysia and Korea. After battling back from injury, 27 year old Daly is in line for his first international appearance since winning the European Championship with England in August 2009.   A torn hamstring and quad sustained in October 2009 meant Daly missed the 2010 World Cup and his return was further delayed when in June 2010 he underwent surgery to reconstruct his anterior cruciate ligament, ruling him out of the Champions Trophy and Commonwealth Games. Also in the squad is Loughborough Students’ Iain Lewers, who...

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England, World Class Hockey comes to London!

Sports fans given chance to see Olympic hockey stars 12 months early British sports fans will have the chance to see top class international hockey live in London a full year before the Olympic Games arrive in the capital as the city gets set to host a new international tournament, the London Cup. Hosts England, the European Champions, will welcome Commonwealth Games bronze medalists New Zealand, Korea and Belgium to the University of Westminster’s Quintin Hogg Memorial Sports Ground in Chiswick, West London, from 12-16 July 2011. Launching the London Cup, Jonathan Cockcroft EHB Commercial & Membership Director said: ‘Bringing international hockey to London gives both hockey and sports fans the opportunity to marvel at the pace and power of our future Olympians in the flesh only a year out from London 2012. England captain Barry Middleton said: ‘The team is getting increasingly excited about this opportunity to play in London especially with the London 2012 Olympics only a year away. We’re really hoping that hockey and sports fans come and support us at this inaugural London Cup event.’ In addition to eight incredible hockey matches, the London Cup will provide visitors with the chance to try their hand at hockey; check out the latest hockey equipment in the tented village and show off to friends as they attempt to beat ‘The Stick’, hockey’s very own tame goalkeeper. There are a...

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