Avoca HC EGM Registration Deadline

The deadline for registering for our EGM is on Friday 7th January with the EGM being held on Monday 10th January at 7.45pm.

The Board of Avoca Hockey Club CLG made a decision at a Board meeting held on 22nd November 2021 to call an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the Company (Club) on 10th January 2022 at 7.45 pm. The EGM will be held by zoom. Please email the Club Secretary to register to attend. Registration will close on 7th January at midnight. All members are entitled to attend but only those with voting rights may vote.

The EGM is being held to ask members to vote to replace the current operative Memorandum & Articles of Association (M&A’s) of the Club (Exhibit A) with a proposed M&A’s (Exhibit B). 75% of voting members present must approve this change for it to come into effect. The background to this proposed change and a summary of the changes proposed and their effect is set out in the attached briefing note (Exhibit C).

Should the members vote to adopt the proposed M&A’s then the members will be asked at the EGM to elect two Foundation Directors and to elect a Club Chairperson. Any adult member may be elected to these roles. The names of nominees for Foundation Directors and Chairperson that have been received by the Club Secretary by midnight on 7th January will be circulated to prior to EGM. Nominees must be proposed and seconded by Club members eligible to vote and in attendance at the EGM for their names to put to Club members for election.

Following the Annual General Meeting the Club sought advice on the voting of rights of current members under the operative M&A’s. The Club’s Solicitors, Mason Hays Curran, advise that Full, Student (over 18), Vet, Life, Social and Non-Playing members are eligible to vote if they have paid their subscription as set by the Board inc if its zero as in the case of Life members.

Avoca HC Update – Club President

Here’s a summary:

GK training with – thanks to Brian, SoftCo & Ayeisha 

COVID support funding secured – support Sports Ireland and HI

Family Fun day – super success – more to come

Congratulations to Boys and Girls U16 & U18 Leinster representatives – best of luck re Irish trials

Great participation and results across all teams in the club – special call out for Women’s U18’s 

St Andrew’s pitches being used with great feedback

Hockey Ireland EGM – aligned to our vote in support of HI

Our DOH – moving to a new role outside Avoca, more details in the new year

Coming up…

Pitch cleaning – before return in January

Equipment grant update – start to be delivered in January – benefits across all sites

Avoca EGM – planned for early January – opportunity to set us up for more future success

Finally – on behalf of your committee and board, love to wish you all Happy and Safe festive break and see you all in the new year.

Junior Jacqui Potter Cup

The U16 A girls put in a brilliant performance vs Railway to come away with a 2-1 win in the Junior Jacqui Potter Cup last night!

Avoca went 1-0 up in the 3rd quarter when Isobel Field smashed home on her backhand from the team’s first and only penalty corner of the match. In quarter 4, they added a 2nd goal from a blistering counter attack, finished off by Amelia Nolan. With 5 minutes to go, Railway got one back to make it 2-1 and force an exciting final few minutes. Avoca held out for the win though and put themselves through to the quarter finals!

The remaining matches are completed tomorrow and we keenly look forward to the draw for the next round.

Team of the Week R9

Midweek action for our W1s as they travelled to Mount Temple to take on Clontarf and their excellent form and run of three wins was brought to a sudden halt as their opponents pinched a narrow 1-0 win. Having conceded early on in 1st quarter, our W1s stepped it up after that and piled on the pressure for the next 3 quarters but struggled to get the final finishing touch. Avoca certainly had their chances as the side dominated play for the majority of the game and even had an effort off the post. As time ticked on and the short corner count soared; it seemed it was not to be Avoca’s day and finished off as a very frustrating 1-0 loss.

A fantastic 3-0 win for our W4s against Corinthian now gives them breathing space at the top of Division 7 as they have now opened up a 4-point gap; Lauren Doyle Shaw, Suzanne Cullen and Orlaith Duffy were all on target.

The W5s had a double weekend and draw with Bray in the cup on Saturday before winning in another shoot-out. It was 1-1 at normal time after Emma Meir had converted a short corner. Then in the shoot-out, Tiggy Hudson Fowler stopped 4 including a stroke while Emma Meir and Molly converted their 1v1s. Paul Cronin said, “Brilliant gritty performance against an evenly matched Bray side.” Ellie O’Brien claimed the Player of the Match accolade for a fine performance. On Sunday, Avoca’s Deadly 5s faced a Kilkenny 2s side that had scored 36 goals and conceded only 1 before meeting Avoca today. A few sore limbs following the previous day’s match, but great team led planning chat beforehand, and everyone knew their jobs. From the off it was clear that KK had a sophisticated attack force but after only 2 minutes a through ball to midfield was quickly fed to Emma Meir who spotted Alison Magee to the right of the goal; clever thinking by Alison led to an assured push past the goalie’s feet. KK were a bit shell shocked at the end of Q1 but came out then to do battle. Avoca’s second goal came from a beautifully lifted ball from Hilary Long to Keelin O’Brien who expertly slotted it home. KK put immense pressure on our back line who created a barrier that was only pierced once in normal play. Alas, 3 KK goals came from short corners to ensure they took home the spoils and continued their charge for the title. Player of the match for pure passion and leadership went to Emma Meir; the team would like to wish Emma all the very best as she now goes into surgery this week and the side will certainly miss her…

Elsewhere, the W3s picked up a very good point against North Kildare with Hilary Long and Ella Lawless both netting to secure a much-needed point and Hilary Lennon fired in a consolation goal for the W2s against the students as UCD remain undefeated and earned a 3-1 win.

W1 0-1 Clontarf
W2 1-3 UCD
W3 2-2 North Kildare
W4 3-0 Corinthian
W5 2-1 Bray Cup
W5 2-4 Kilkenny

The men’s 1s completed a convincing 6-1 win over Trinity in Santy Sports Grounds who prior to the match, were only three points behind the boot boys. Getting off to a good start, Avoca took the lead through an Oran O’Sullivan rebound from a short corner. The defender shortly followed up the goal with an excellent goal line clearance at the other end, to keep the momentum in Avoca’s favour. Two more short corner conversions in Q2 from Ziggy Agnew and Jonathan Elmes meant Avoca were in a comfortable position come half time, assisted by a good save from Ben Mayberry to repel a Trinity short corner of their own. Trinity pulled one back in Q3 but Andrew Ramsay swiftly cancelled out that effort, restoring the 3 goal cushion for Avoca. As the game opened up towards the end, which included Trinity pulling their keeper, Jonathan Codd chipped in with another corner rebound for Avoca, and Jonathan Elmes completed a brace to continue his rich vein of scoring form. All told, an undeniably comprehensive win from Avoca, who continue to top the table two points ahead of Railway, albeit giving up a game in hand.

The mighty 3s picked up another 3 points as Ian Keogh’s men earned a valuable 2-1 win on their travels into county Kilkenny and in doing so keep up with leaders Enniscorthy. The M2s led at Monkstown by a goal from Cian Funge and were holding on to a win only to concede in the final quarter to share a spoil of the points.

Team of the week goes to the Fearsome 4s who notched an incredible victory against Trinity, although having checked their league progress, have suffered similar fate to other teams this season it appears. Conor Robinson bagged himself a hat-trick while Dan Bolger and Mo Ghia scored a brace each. Leo Sex, Niels O’Flanagan and Lucas Davenport were also on target as the side edge to the table summit.

M1 6-1 Trinity
M2 1-1 Monkstown
M3 2-1 Kilkenny
M4 10-0 Trinity

Team of the Week Leaderboard

1 M1 – 2
2 W1 W2 M3 W4 W5 M5 M4 – 1
3 W3 M2 – 0

***League Table Standings***

W1 D1 | W2 D2 | W3 D4 | W4 D7 | W5 D9
M1 D1A | M2 D1B | M3 D3 | M4 D5 | M5 D6

Team of the Week R8

A five-star performance for the women’s 1s earned them their first Team of the Week award this season beating Rathgar 5-0. Sisters Orla and Niamh O’Brien started off the scoring with a goal each early in the 2nd quarter. Marieke Van Rossem added another goal in Q3 when she deflected in a short corner – her first goal for the club since joining us! Niamh O’Brien got the fourth when she finished off a lovely team move and Isabelle Napier topped it all off as she deflected in a shot from Zoe Watterson late in Q4. A really strong performance and deserved 5-0 win from the team. The result leaves our women top of the chasing pack and hot on the heels of the breakaway trio of Corinthian, Trinity and Monkstown.

Another splendid victory for the women’s 2s as they beat front runners Railway Union 2-1 and now move up into a mid-table position. Hilary Lennon is on fire at the moment and scored both goals in a match that will be fondly remembered for a superb victory.

The Women’s 3s earned themselves a good three points against Navan adding breathing space above their opponents who lie in the relegation zone. Goals from Molly Rees x 2 and Aela Cronin x 2 secured the win. Coach Fowler Hudson said “The Woman’s 3rds have been unlucky so far but are starting to get going as they put 4 past Navan. They have some difficult fixtures coming up but are showing to be a hard side to beat. Hopefully the 3rds hard work at training will pay off in the new year.”

Another victory for the W4s as Angela Guillemet and Suzanne Cullen; who continues her fine scoring streak, both scored in Q4 to snatch a win against top toppers Portlaoise and now sit top of the league. Coach Nolan said “The side deserved the win and put in an excellent shift with two late goals to steal the points against a side that is going to be a title contender.”

W1 5-0 Rathgar
W2 2-1 Railway Union
W3 4-1 Navan
W4 2-1 Portlaoise

With only one men’s side playing this weekend it was up to the Fearsome Fives to fly the flag for the men… Avoca went into the match 3W 0L while challengers Weston were 2W 0L. Fielding a good balance between youth and experience, Avoca settled into the match and were good value for a well worked goal with a neat combination from Ian O’Keefe & Scott Rankin who fed Graham Codd for a clean finish to the keepers left. The second quarter continued in the same vein until two defensive lapses let Weston in for 2 quick goals. With the lead secured Weston sat back for most of the remainder of the match with some dangerous forays from their young and very skilful wide men. The M5s continued to press, recycling and probing, but to no avail and Weston’s keeper was not to be beaten again. A breakaway 3rd goal for Weston ended the game between two sides serving up good fare for Div6.

M5 1-3 Weston

Team of the Week Leaderboard

1 M1 – 2
2 W1 W2 M3 W4 W5 M5 – 1
3 W3 M2 M4 – 0

***League Table Standings***

W1 D1 | W2 D2 | W3 D4 | W4 D7 | W5 D9
M1 D1A | M2 D1B | M3 D3 | M4 D5 | M5 D6

Team of the Week R7

The women’s 1s secured an important 3 points away at Genesis in a match that often presents a stumbling block against our neighbours; youngster Isabelle Napier is certainly finding the step up to seniors a breeze as she scored both goals in the 2-1 win. The women’s 5s are adjusting well and earned themselves another win this time beating Bray 2-1. Mr Cronin had this to say about his young charges: “That was a really well earned win. Seriously tight game against a string defence and keeper. We did seem to have a creative edge though. Really good team goals finished by Ella Curtis and Riona McIlraith. Doesn’t it feel nice to go 1-0 down away and then dig in to get a 2-1 win. Really good discipline and team spirit today. Well done too to our Vets debutantes Naomi and Trish & to player of the match Molly Hogan.”

Cup disaster for the other three sides as all came crashing out of their respective cup competitions. The women’s 2s played in the Irish Junior Cup and having done so well against Church of Ireland, didn’t get the rub of the green against Quins losing 0-2. Bray got the better of our W3s in the D3/4 Cup competition winning 2-0 while the W4s lost out to Botanic in the D7/8 cup losing 1-2 with Suzanne Cullen the goal scorer.

W1 2-1 Genesis
W2 0-2 Cork Harlequins – IJC
W3 0-2 Bray – D3/4 Cup
W4 1-2 Botanic – D7/8 Cup
W5 2-1 Bray

Following on from their narrow defeat the previous weekend away in Kilkenny, the men’s 1s turned it on big time against a hapless Dublin North winning 7-2 with goals from Jonathan Elmes (4), Harry Dagg and a brace from Finn McAnna and this result not only pushes them to the top of the league it also earns them Team of the Week! The M5s picked up another valuable 3 points at home to Naas who certainly made life difficult for us as we struggled to score and as the versatile Conor Robinson had donned the pads we certainly missed his eye for goal at the other end. A goal in Q2 by Peter Urwin set us on our way and as Avoca looked for more goals it was perhaps only a matter of time… alas, some fine defending by Naas and some athletic saves from Naas’s keeper kept us at bay and those watching on their feet applauding.

M1 7-2 Dublin North
M5 1-0 Naas


1 M1 – 2
2 W2 M3 W4 W5 M5 – 1
3 W1 W3 M2 M4 – 0

Team of the Week R6

For the first time this season and for as long as we can remember; we might not have the best memory, but ten senior sides took to the pitch on Saturday as all five men’s and women’s teams competed [enter emojis for applause and fireworks].

We love a cup run and success for the women’s 1s who dispatched of North Kildare by a single goal, Niamh O’Brien on target. The W1s now progress into the Quarter Finals at the end of the month and we await confirmation of our opponents. The W5s were also in cup action and knocked out Our Lady’s in a shoot-out. Keelin O’Brien and Jess Lynch had scored in Q3 and Q4. Coach Cronin said “It was a really good game against tough experienced defenders and a really good keeper. Very difficult to get through them but some clever player led planning during the breaks worked a treat”. Emma Meir scored from her 1v1 and Jess Lynch and Leah Keogh followed suit also converting. Tiggy Hudson in goal was in spectacular form as she made 3 saves in a row ensuring Avoca progressed to meet Bray in the quarter finals on 27th November.

Elsewhere, a fine result for the women’s 4s who beat UCD 2-1 thanks to goals from Lauren Doyle Shaw and Sorcha Walsh. Defeat for women’s 2s against a very strong PWHC side but coach Mark Meir was happy with a strong performance against the side that sits comfortably at the top of the table while the W3s suffered defeat at the hands of Loreto.

W1 1-0 North Kildare – IHT
W2 0-3 Pembroke Wanderers
W3 0-2 Loreto
W4 2-1 UCD
W5 3-2 Our Lady’s – Div 9/10 Cup

The men’s 1s travelled down to Kilkenny without a few key players and unfortunately this proved to be key as the side returned with nothing for their efforts losing 0-1 and ending their perfect start to the season. The men’s 3s took on YMCA at Wesley and although they picked up 3 points, the match was brought into controversy with a harsh yellow card which disrupted the 3s usual flowing form. Ezra Handleman scored in Q3 to ease nerves and in the end it proved to be the only goal of the game; this result could be key as the season progresses.

The M4s picked up a fine 3-1 win against Wicklow at Sion Hill having gone a goal behind in the first half. Manager Martin said it was a great 3 points. “We had to fight back against a good Wicklow side today and we came back extremely well after going 1 nil down in the first quarter. Man of the match today went to Ian O’Keefe with a solid performance in centre midfield. Peter Urwin, Dan Bolger and Ian O’Keeffe were all on target. The men’s 2s played the league leaders Pembroke Wanderers at Serpentine Avenue and did really well despite losing 0-3.

Captain of the M5s Declan Goulding had this to say about his side’s performance: “Winning on a Saturday afternoon is great but doing it as we did is always better. M5 a lovely blend of old & new, experience and youthful zeal. Newbies Lloyd and Graham a great addition to old stalwarts. Big congrats to young folk Aodhán, Lucas & Mo – the future is bright. Our defence and midfield combined well to almost shut out a Pembroke team that can surely play better if allowed and our goal scorers (Charlie Taylor, Pat Lehane, Peter Urwin and never a dull finish Conor Robinson) finished with panache (there’s an argument there to record such moments) to leave us all with a smile on our face and happy departing Sion Hill. Finally, I am not so sorry that Max had a far more boring day than his counterpart in the far goal.” Congratulations to the Fearsome Fives who claim their first Team of the Week!

M1 0-1 Kilkenny
M2 0-3 Pembroke Wanderers
M3 1-0 YMCA
M4 3-1 Wicklow
M5 4-1 Pembroke Wanderers


1 W2 M3 W4 M1 W5 M5 – 1
2 W1 W3 M2 M4 – 0

Coaching Teenage girls in Sport

DLR Sports Partnership will be running a Certified Coaching Ireland Workshop, starting on Monday 15th of November from 6pm to 9pm in Killiney Castle hotel.

The cost of the programme is €10 per participant (these fees are subsidised through Dormant Accounts Fund).

Coaching Ireland have developed the “Coaching Teenage Girls in Sport Workshop” and is designed specifically to support coaches of girls 12-17 years of age. It will enable coaches to create a positive experience of sport and physical activity for girls in their formative years. Enhancing their environment where girls can enjoy their sport leading to a positive experience of being involved with sport in their club. This will then aid in retention within their given sport.

Who is this Workshop for?

This workshop is targeted at coaches, volunteers, committee members, involved in female participation across all sporting types, in particular the club structure.

Time: 6pm to 9pm
Date: 15th of November
Venue: Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel, Killiney Co. Dublin
Cost: €10.00
Registration here.


On completion of the workshop, coaches will receive a certificate of attendance from Sport Ireland.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Gain an understanding of the relationship between sports participation and physical/mental health for adolescent girls.

2. Identify the key reasons why girls engage in physical activity and sport and why they drop out.

3. The importance of fun and informal participation can have teenage girls

4. Understand the importance of communication (coach to player and player to player) in retaining girls in sport

5. Raise awareness around the effect’s puberty can have in the teenage years.

6. Identify the role of actual competence and confidence for engaging girls in sport and physical activity.

7. Examine coaching practices and communication that build’s autonomy, confidence, and belonging in girls across team and individual sports.

8. Designing club structures and culture that encourages and caters for relationship building and continuing participation in the club.