U16 Boys

The u16’s boys have had a wonderful and very successful season as they won the Benny Atkinson Cup on St. Patrick’s Day and also went on to win the U16 Leinster league again in a brilliantly played final against YMCA on April 27th.

Leinster U16 boys Benny Atkinson Cup Final at Three Rock Rovers on St Patrick’s Day. A rocket of a goal for Avoca in the first half was cancelled out early in the second half. As both sides looked to add to their tally, chances came and went and ultimately the match was decided by 1v1s. After 5 1v1s each, Avoca claimed the title for the first time since 1993 winning 3-2.

Avoca Mixed 7s

The Avoca Mixed 7s was another cracker despite only a few teams signing up to this year’s event due to exams and other commitments! Did you know this event has been going since 2012! We might have to resurrect the stats…

With only 5 teams competing, the Panthers found the going tough against teams with players half their age; but they battled well and only just lost out to Dgrogans 3-5 in their opening duel. Low Expectations held off Bomb Squad to claim a narrow 3-2 victory but then came undone against the reigning Champions the Bens losing 1-3. The Bens were in cruise control as they came into their final group game with 3 wins but Bomb Squad managed a scalp of their own and earned a 3-2 victory and with Low Expectations winning as expected against the Panthers; it was a three horse race for the title with all sides 3 wins and a defeat. After double checking the scores, The Bens would meet Low Expectations and due to fewer goals scored, Bomb Squad missed out on the final and had to make do with 3rd place as Dgrogans conceded defeat.

The sun came out for the final and a special thanks to Ben Geoghegan who umpired 5 group games and the big match. The Bens scored early in the 1st half only for Zack Waters to equalise for Low Expectations towards the end of the half. The match was ebbing and flowing and as time ticked on, it looked like the game was going to be settled by a shoot-off. With the score board in action and counting down the seconds all eyes were on the game; another special thank you to Jeff Jones for installing the fantastic scoreboard. With seconds remaining, captain Ben Marnell picked up the ball in his own half and jinked past a defender and with one to beat, he pushed his effort homeward bound to win the game with 2 seconds on the clock!!! Amazing stuff… we’ll certainly have higher expectations of low expectations next year and look forward to doing it all again then!

Avoca Mixed Vets 7s

The Avoca Mixed vets 7s took part at Newpark on Saturday 11th May. 4 teams signed up for this year’s inaugural event and with glorious weather is was a super day out. After watering the pitch, competitive half-pitches matches ensued with plenty of good laughs in-between! The All Blacks, who changed their kit from black to white due to the sun, claimed the title beating the Panthers in the final winning 5-2; although the game was a lot closer than it seems as Ferg equalised to make it 2-2 midway through the second half. Sex-kak beat the Winners 5-1 in the 3rd place…

Refreshments went down exceedingly well in the Wishing Well post-tourni and plans are afoot to run a similar event again soon!


When you coach your kids, you must complete a safeguarding course. The course can be done online or in person and covers you for 3 years. See when the next ones are being run here:

Hockey Ireland | Safeguarding – Child Protection | DLR Sports Partnership

If you’ve done the course, you can do a refresher course that will tide you over for another 3 years.

Safeguarding 1 Online Refresher | Sport Ireland

Boys Give Hockey a Go!

Avoca Hockey Club is running a FREE 4 week ‘Give Hockey a Go’ programme for 6-13 yr old boys. The course will consist of 4 weekly training sessions at Newpark Comprehensive School on Sunday afternoons from 4.30pm-5.30pm, starting on Sunday the 7th April 2024.

Hockey is a popular team sport which promotes both physical and mental health, with an emphasis on teamwork, discipline and sportsmanship. It also encourages social interaction among peers, particularly teens. Our junior boys section is growing from strength to strength and the teams train every Sunday afternoon on a new state-of-the-art hockey pitch in Newpark.

The boys will need a mouth guard and shin pads. They are welcome to bring their own hockey stick, but we can provide one if needed. No previous hockey experience is required and beginners are very welcome.

Please contact Junior Boys at jrboys@avocahockeyclub.ie for further information.

To sign up, click here.