Month: November 2012

Irish Hockey announce Darren Smith as new Women’s National Coach

Irish Hockey is delighted to announce Darren Smith as new Ireland Women’s National Coach. Smith, a New Zealand native, takes up the role following 6 years as Assistant Coach to the New Zealand Men’s team who recently finished 9th at the Olympic Games in London 2012. Darren brings with him a wealth of International coaching experience gained with the ‘Blacksticks’ including participation at Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, World Cup & Champions Challenge. As well as his extensive coaching experience, Darren also brings vast playing experience to the role having represented New Zealand on 212 occasions as a player including earning a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002. Irish Hockey Association CEO, Mike Heskin, believes Smith is the right appointment ‘ I am delighted to have appointed Darren to the role of ‘Electric Ireland’ Women’s National Coach. Darren joins at an exciting time for Irish Women’s Hockey and I look forward to seeing the team develop further under his leadership. Darren’s background and experience in coaching and playing at the highest level with New Zealand will be a tremendous asset to Irish Hockey. I look forward to working with him & welcoming him to Ireland’ Commenting on his own appointment, Smith said ‘I’m very honoured to be given the opportunity to work with the Green Army toward the Rio 2016 Olympics. This is a group of players...

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Carol Metchette retires from Umpiring

As moments go, Carol Metchette’s final international appointment could scarcely have been more emotional. One of world hockey’s finest umpires, the two-time Olympic whistle-blower closed out her career on home soil, taking charge of the FIH Champions Challenge I final between Australia and the USA in early October. Pre-game, her daughters who presented her with flowers to commemorate the occasion, something that came as a complete surprise. “How they didn’t tell me and how they got on the pitch without seeing me, I’ll never know!” she said. “I did have tears in my eyes but at the end of the day, I knew it wasn’t about me. There was an important match for both teams who wanted to win badly to be promoted to the Champions Trophy. “I made sure not to lose my concentration with all the emotions. I wanted to make sure my last match was a good one.” The tie itself turned out to be a reasonably low-key affair, Australia storming to a 6-1 victory to win the Challenge crown. But Metchette says there were still plenty of memories from the day. “It turned out to be a bit one-sided but I was lucky to have the busier first half and it was still quite competitive at that stage especially as USA went one up. “I will remember the kind and very nice words from everybody...

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Gibraltar’s Star of the London Olympics

It is fair to say that Gibraltar is not a world giant when it comes to sporting achievement. But this tiny British dot at the foot of Spain made its own contribution to the festival of sport that was the London Olympics of 2012. That contribution came in the form of the modest Nathan Stagno, a well-respected hockey umpire who has extensive experience in top level competition, to officiate some of the key fixtures in his sport at the biggest sporting event held in Britain since 1966. Stagno began his Olympic campaign by officiating in the match between India and Holland; a game the Dutch won 3-2. The moment when his name was announced as the official, prompting a warm home nation welcome from the 16,000 crowd at the Riverbank Arena, is something which will live with the umpire forever. “When they said my name Nathan Stagno from Great Britain everyone at the pitch applauded. I had goose bumps. It was just amazing,” Stagno told his local paper, the Gibraltar Chronicle, during the Games. “There simply are no words to express what I was feeling but now I`m an Olympian.” Not that Stagno`s campaign ended there. He umpired the tight 1-0 win the Germans enjoyed against the South Koreans, working alongside Australian umpire David Gentles. The fixture Stagno next umpired, New Zealand against the Netherlands, was nowhere near as...

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2012 – EHF Executive Board Minutes 1 November

Minutes of the Executive Board Meeting Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1st November 2012 Presidents Welcome: The President welcomed the Executive Board to Kuala Lumpur. The meeting began with a minute’s silence to mark the passing of Julia Gill and Guido Braca. Julia Gill was a Technical Official for EHF for many years, and the EHF are grateful for her service. The President reported that Sue Bodycomb (EHF Committee member) attended the funeral and Julia’s husband very happy to see her EHF friend pay her respects on our behalf. Many Board members only heard of Guido Braca’s passing on their arrival in Kuala Lumpur, and naturally the news came as a shock to all his friends in EHF and the FIH, particularly as we were fortunate enough to spend time with him recently at the Olympic Games in London. Executive Board Minutes 30October...

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