Irish Hockey Archive

A letter from Peter Agnew:

Dear Hockey fan

I am gathering hockey material for the Hockey Ireland Archive.

Looking for any hockey photographs, programmes, cuttings etc. that relate to hockey.

Now that we are in lock down you might have time to visit the attic and uncover some jewels of the past. All hockey material is of interest, School, Club, Province and Country. If you are on Facebook you can visit our page Irish Hockey Archive and see some of the material we have already gathered.

A lot of material is getting thrown out or lost. Ultimately the archive would like to have a photograph of all past presidents of the four provinces and Hockey Ireland. All the Irish Senior and Junior Cup winning teams. All the Irish Teams, All the GB teams with Irish players. Recently two Irish Ladies were awarded GB caps for a US tour in 1965 which the Irish Archive uncovered. It also uncovered photographs for the British and Irish team that competed in the first unofficial European Cup played in Brussels in 1935 which had five Irish players.

If you have any items could you please contact Peter Agnew, 00353872557732 or email

Irish Hockey started gathering material for its archive five years ago.

The archive is housed in Dublin City Library, where it will be catalogued in the future, and will be accessible to the public and researchers.

Important items that were missing but have now been recovered are.

I.H.U Minute books, dropped into Hockey Ireland office one afternoon.

Leinster Men’s Minute books, someone arrived and deposited in the office.

Leinster Ladies minute books lost.

The whereabouts of the other three provinces minute books, Ladies and Men’s is unknown.

Leinster Men’s Umpires Association missing (Oldest umpires association in the world)


Peter Agnew

Hooked Together

Bray Hockey Club are excited to announce our November initiative; Hooked Together – Virtual Team Challenge.

The aim of Hooked Together is to provide a lockdown opportunity for teams and players to keep active individually and within their 5km, while bringing together a sense of community, the team spirit of the game and the competitive side of the leagues to raise funds for the winner’s chosen charity and Bray Hockey Club through a fun competition.

The challenge will run for the month of November, with multiple teams from different hockey clubs across Ireland competing to collect  points for activities. The points will be entered into a  table for both a Men’s League and a Ladies League, with the winning teams in each league choosing their chosen charities who will receive a split of the monies raised. Weekly challenges will be included, and spot prizes are up for grabs!  The winning teams will also win a training season with one of Hockey Ireland’s elite!                            

Teams must consist of 11 – 16 players, and the registration fee is €10 per person. Clubs may enter as many teams as they wish, however mixed teams are not permitted.

Individuals who wish to enter but who do not have a team are also encouraged to register their interest – we will try our best to put together a team of interested players.  

Team members must be playing Senior Hockey or Vet’s Hockey.

Points can be collected by taking part in different activities ranging from walking, running, online fitness sessions, sea swimming for the brave and more, with each activity being allocated a specific number of points. Captains will be requested to fill in a weekly submission template with the total number of kms/ minutes completed by each team, we do the rest!

Please encourage your club members  to participate in this initiative – hockey is a community, so let’s do our best to help all players stay fit and connected during the longest pre-season in hockey history and stay ready for the leagues when they start!   Let’s keep it together by staying apart – and have a bit of competiveness and team spirit at the same time!

Registration of interest for each team is due by Friday 30th October and can be completed at the following link. Late entrants are being accepted!!

Hooked Together starts on Sunday, November 1st and will run until Saturday 28th November. Activities and league table can be followed here.

H. D. Judge Trophy

Last night, Peter Agnew presented Mark Cullen with the H.D. Judge Trophy, in memory of David Judge who passed away in 2015.

Thank you to Peter Agnew who provided the following text:

H. D. Judge attended Avoca School, then went to Patora, Captain Dublin University, played his Club hockey with Three Rock Rovers, was in the Guinness Book of records for the most Hockey caps, played 125 times for Ireland and was a member of the GB team in the Tokyo Olympics, he was also President of the Leinster Branch and over saw the merger of the Leinster men and ladies Union, he returned to coach the Avoca Men who finished 5th in the European A Division in Barcelona; the highest ever placing by an Irish Men’s team in an A division.

M. P. Cullen took up Hockey late when he arrived in Newpark from Willow College, played in the U21 World Cup in Paris and became a regular Indoor and Outdoor International, a member of the 1982 Mills cup winning team, the club’s first senior Trophy, Mark would go on to win over 50 senior trophies with the Club. Mark coached the Men’s senior team for ten years and was also instrumental putting Newpark hockey back on the map, he was the obvious choice to receive the H D Judge Trophy presented to the club by David’s wife Grania, for services to the Club. Granie’s father, Mr. Findlater also attended Avoca school and was a past President of the Irish Hockey Union.

Club News

Dear Club Member,

Welcome to the 2020-21 season. This is a special year for Avoca Hockey Club – we are 125 years old!

For those of you who are new to the club, you are very welcome to the Avoca family, and we hope you find playing with Avoca to be a fun and enjoyable experience.

During the lead up to the season the club committee started to action our 5 year plan and begin a journey of transformation. We are laying the foundations for the next 125 years of the club!

Lots of growth and positive change achieved over the summer:

• We are in a position to enter a 5th men’s team in the Leinster leagues which reflects the huge amount of work that has gone in to building up the men’s section.

• Again due to the hard work of our ladies captain and her team, we have created a ladies 6th team and also introduced a 2nd ladies vets team following a very successful ‘Give Hockey a Go!’ programme run through a collaboration between the men’s and ladies sections

• Our junior section is thriving and we have added junior hockey on Friday nights in Newpark. This has enabled us to offer hockey to approximately 100 new junior members who have been on a waiting list.

• We are always looking to build on numbers for our boys section so if anyone knows of any boys out there looking to try something new, please get in touch; we would be delighted to speak to them. We are planning some free hockey for boys to get a taster, but more on that when Restrictions are lifted.

Congratulations to all the Avoca players recently selected for the U16 and U18 inter pro squads, a real testament to our junior section. We are so proud of them and they are an inspiration to all our young budding hockey stars.

As many of you know, Rudi Wortmann has come on board as our new director of hockey. Rudi is working with the committee and coaches across all sections of the club, to enhance the structures already in place and ensure quality coaching for all. With real focus on both coaching and each player’s own development, we are laying a solid foundation for quality hockey from our youngest member to our oldest.

As it is our 125th year we had great plans for how we were going to celebrate, but, it goes without saying that Covid 19 has had a significant impact on these plans. The resurfacing of Newpark had to be delayed but it is still top of our to do list and we will be looking to you our members to support this project. There are other events planned as part of the celebrations so please watch the social media platforms and download the new ClubZap app if you have not already done so to keep up to date with all club news.

The App was another of our summer successes and huge thanks to Al Robinson and all the managers for making it work for us all so quickly.

The public health guidelines that we must follow are constantly changing and no doubt this will continue throughout the season. We are doing everything that we can to facilitate as much Hockey as possible and to work within the guidelines. Could I ask all members and parents to please follow the guidance you are given from your captain/manager/covid officer, it is for your safety as well as the safety of your teammates and families. Hopefully we will get back to a full programme of hockey in the near future.

Unfortunately most teams are not allowed to play matches yet, however our men’s 1st and 2nd squads and our ladies 1st squad can play, so keep an eye out for their results. The ladies got us off to a winning start on Saturday (well done ladies) and I know the men are itching to continue this when they get their league campaign underway. Very best of luck to the men’s 4ths who are competing in the final of last season’s Minor Cup this weekend. Whilst we can’t be there to support – you know we are all cheering you on!

Finally, a massive thank you to all of you who have been working so tirelessly, and with such passion and dedication, to get the season up and running. So much more work than ever before had to go in to preparations so to the committee, managers and coaches – a huge Thank You!

Wishing you all the best for the coming season, enjoy yourself because that’s why we play.

Caroline Daly

President Avoca Hockey Club

Fearsome 4s Cup Final

The Fearsome 4s who were only formed at the start of last year, play in the postponed 2019/20 Minor Cup Final this weekend against North Kildare. Normally, these matches are played in neutral venues, however, due to COVID-19, the venue has now been changed from a home fixture to an away one; alas, the Fearsome 4s have been preparing long and hard for their big day and will relish the challenge.

Special shirts were ordered last month and these have now arrived. Players can complete payment for these here:

Club Cup Final Jersey

The Fearsome 4s Cup 2020 Final Jersey. Only purchase if you have pre-ordered!


Coaching Structure

Thanks for all your support so far during the Covid and preseason. Nonetheless the start of our season is finally here. Men’s and women’s first and second teams have already started with pre-season and our men’s 4s commenced training last week with a cup final to prepare for.

For the rest of the teams, both junior and senior, we plan to start our season on 30th August. Times have been allocated and will be made public soon. Coaches will be assigned for each team/group this week.

We have made or are making changes within our coaching structure, and in order to make sure that all of the coaches are up-to-date, we have organising meetings on Sunday 23rd August in Newpark school covering the following topics:

  • Coaching pathway
  • Avoca’s technical hockey plan            
  • Coaching allocation
  • Junior Coordinators

If you would like to attend one of the sessions below, get in touch with our Director of Hockey Rudi Wortmann on

  • Sunday morning 10.30 – 12.30
  • Sunday afternoon 14.00-16.00
  • Sunday afternoon 17.00-18.30 (Goalkeepers coaches only)

Give Hockey a Go!

Last year we trialled an approach to encourage people to give hockey a try (Dads & Lads)  – either to get a basic understanding or to return to the sport again. It was very successful so we have expanded the idea and added Mums & Chums (basically over 16). 

As you know we recently provided free hockey sessions to the whole club and we are now also making this initiative free. The time is also being made 7:30pm in Sion Hill using the full pitch for both. You also do not have to come each week but would ask that you register: Covid requirement. 

Fun, Friendly and Safe.  4 weeks , Fridays 7:30 in Sion Hill. Bring a stick Shinpads and GumShields. We can’t share equipment but will have a couple of cleaned down sticks. 

This season we would especially like to grow our Ladies section and give Mums and Past Players the opportunity to play Masters/Vets or League. If you are a Mum, Past Player or just a Chum why not give Hockey a go next Friday 7th August.

Over the last number of years a number of Dad’s of players in the Club have taken up Hockey and now play regularly for Avoca Masters/Vets on a Wednesday night or on a Saturday for Avoca Men’s 4s or both. We have also seen the return of past Men’s players to the Club after a decade or two decades absence and they are also playing each week, often at Men’s 3s and sometimes Men’s 2s. Last year we ran four Dads& Lads sessions and that allowed the formation of Mens 4s last year and we plan to add a Mens 5s this season. If you are a Dad, a Past Player or just a Lad why not give Hockey a go next Friday 7th August.

Book on our website or via our new App: Mums & Chums | Dads & Lads

Covid 19 questionnaire required as part of application. 

Give Hockey a Go

Yes it’s happening! Avoca HC’s Give Hockey a Go is Back!

You can try Hockey for the first time, pick it up again after a long break, or simply use this to get back into the game.  Great coaches and a fun, friendly and safe environment. Come on – Give Hockey a Go!

4 Fridays 7th-28th August.
Dads & Lads 7pm
Mums & Chums 8:15pm
Sion Hill

You need a gumshield, shin pads and stick. ( we normally can supply some but with Covid restrictions….)

Book directly on our new ClubZap app now or via one of these links:
Mums & Chums | Dads & Lads

Covid 19 questionnaire required as part of application. Booking essential.

Covid Guidance will issue post booking.