Umpire Q & A

Upcoming dates for ‘Fundamentals of Umpiring’ Q and A zoom sessions – please book by emailing

Tuesday 21st February at 7.30pm – delivered by international Umpire Alison Keogh

Wednesday 22nd March at 7.30pm – delivered by international Umpire Gillian Garrett

Tuesday 18th April at 7.30pm – delivered by international Umpire Tanja Schafer

To take part in this online Q&A session you must have fully completed your Fundamentals of Umpiring Module 1 through our eLearning Hub –

The initial steps to becoming a ‘club umpire’ are simple:

Step 1 – Complete your Online Rules Test –

Step 2 – Complete our Online Module 1 –

Step 3 – Attend a Q and A session via zoom – see below for dates – book by emailing

Step 4 – Book onto a Module 2 on-pitch workshop (new dates to be added soon – if your club would be keen to host one, please contact

U16 Boys

Trevor Dagg’s U16 boy’s team, who currently sit top of the Leinster league, face a crucial quarter final cup battle against YMCA tonight at 7pm in Wesley – all support welcome from Avoca members on the night!

The lads are a pleasure to watch, so it promises to be a good match.

U14 Tommy O’Sullivan Cup Champions

In a first for the club, the U14 boys won the Tommy O’Sullivan Cup which took place in Portrane Hockey Club on Sunday. Trevor Dagg’s young team weathered a series of intense games against Monkstown, YMCA, Corinthians, Portrane and Railway to take home the winning cup. The lads should be proud of their performances, and for displaying impressive sportsmanship and discipline. Thanks to Portrane and the O’Sullivan family for being such welcoming hosts, and to manager Scott Rankin for all his work.

U14 Team
Milo Dagg, Josh Carroll, Nathan Gerrish, Cameron Owen, Myles Geraghty, Jack Cullen (gk), Leo Pearlman Spencer, Joel Pedapongu, Piran Mcsweeney, David Rankin (captain).
Coach: Trevor Dagg. Manager: Scott Rankin.

Over 40s Football Tournament

8 teams have registered to compete in the inaugural Over 40s Football Tournament on Saturday 17th December.

Teams: Carysfort Dads, Chunkey Monkeys, Norfolk n chance, JP Kinsella, Glenanne, The Monkees, Geri Hatricks, Shankill.

Matches 15 minutes long – no stoppages.

Arrive noon for warm-up, further clarification on rules. Post-match drinks in Wishing Well.


Pitch 1
A v B
G v H
A v D
F v G

Pitch 2
C v D
B v D
E v G
B v C

Pitch 3
E v F
A v C
F v H
E v H


Club Umpire Programme

The club umpire programme is aimed at engaging with and growing the number of umpires in your club and supporting them to be confident and enjoy umpiring!

Timeline of the programme:

  • Pilot programme in season 2022/23 across 10-15 clubs
  • Open invite to all clubs to take part in the programme 2023/24
  • Intention to make mandatory within all Hockey Ireland affiliated clubs for season 2024/25

Who can be a club umpire coach:

  • Current or former provincial/national umpire OR
  • Completed (or will complete) Rules of Hockey online quiz and Fundamentals of umpiring module 1

What training does the club umpire coach receive:

  • IHUA Club Umpire Coach Course
  • 2 seminars per season (the initial IHUA club umpire coach course counts as the 1st seminar)
    • The aim of the seminars is to keep the club umpire coaches up to date with the developments in umpiring (new rules etc) and to address any concerns/issues and also to gain their input into improving the programme
  • The club umpire coach will also be supported by their provincial umpire association and their regional development officer

If you would like to get involved – email Stephen Jenkins on

Avoca Sponsor Avoca Hockey Club

Avoca Hockey Club is delighted to announce that Avoca Ireland is now sponsoring both our women’s vets teams!

About Avoca Ireland
Avoca comprises 14 stores and is famed for their award-winning cafes, luxury homewares, fashion, accessories, and gifting ranges. Established in 1723 as a handweaving company, Avoca continues today to produce quality wool products from the original site at Avoca Co. Wicklow. Avoca stocks a wide range of Irish and international fashion brands.

Read more here.

Christmas Jumper Day

Our wonderful Christmas Ambassadors, siblings Shay and Chloe, are asking you to do the simplest thing, to help children like them and every sick child that comes through the doors of Children’s Health Ireland hospitals and urgent care centres at Crumlin, Temple Street, Tallaght and Connolly.

Their story is so inspiring and heartwarming, one of bravery, love, support and care. “Shay and Chloe’s story is just one of many that makes Christmas Jumper Day so important. This time of year is all about giving, and when you jump into a Christmas jumper, you give kids (and parents like us) the best gift ever… HOPE” say Irene and James, Shay and Chloe’s parents

We need YOU to sign up to help each and every child who comes through the doors of our Children’s Health Ireland hospitals and urgent care centres at Crumlin, Temple Street, Tallaght and Connolly. Your donations will give sick children the very best present and will make a lasting difference for our littlest patients and their families this Christmas and beyond.

So please, on Friday, 9th December, gather your teams together and ask them to simply…….Wear a silly sweater to help sick children get better! 

Update on Hockey Pitch Development, November 2022

Newpark Sports Centre
Newpark Comprehensive School
Avoca Hockey Club Logo
Avoca Hockey Club

Following on from our previous announcement in relation to the resurfacing of the Newpark Comprehensive School hockey pitch, we now wish to provide an update on the pitch redevelopment.

Resurfacing works that had been scheduled to commence have unfortunately been under ongoing delay, primarily due to supply chain issues related to key materials. Subsequently, consideration has also been given to the risks associated with potential adverse winter weather conditions during construction, as a consequence of the delay in initiating works.

As a result, Newpark Comprehensive School and Avoca Hockey Club have decided that the most sensible course of action given the circumstances is to pause the current phase of development in the short term. 

We acknowledge and thank all users and patrons, from the School, Club and Sports Centre for their patience and support over the last number of months.

We are now planning for an implementation of the pitch resurfacing works to commence in Spring 2023.  We look forward to the realisation of this project and the benefits it will bring to all.

Eoin Norton


Newpark Comprehensive School

Ben Geoghegan


Avoca Hockey Club