Euro Qualifiers – August 18-21st: Volunteers needed

Hockey Ireland is delighted to announce that we are hosting the EuroHockey Championship Qualifiers featuring Ireland, Czech Republic, Poland and Turkey in Abbotstown on August 18th to 21st 2022.

For Hockey Ireland to deliver this major event, we need the support from a large number of volunteers to help with the running of the tournament. Volunteers are an irreplaceable part of our organisation and Hockey Ireland would not be able to host such a big event without your support which will be instrumental in ‘Changing the Game’ for our international teams.

For you, volunteering provides a unique opportunity to experience an international sporting event behind the scenes, allowing you to get to know organizations behind the EuroHockey Qualifiers and to create new friendships with other sport enthusiasts.

Registration closes on August 5th.

Thursday 18th August 3:15pm – 9:15pm

Saturday 20th August 9am to 3pm

Sunday 21st August 9am to 3pm

Thank you in advance to all who can volunteer for this event. Your support is very welcome.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on info@hockey.ie.

Irish JAG Camp

Over the weekend, Trevor Dagg and his team put together a skills camp to raise money for the Irish U18 hockey squad who are self-funding their trip to compete in the 8 Nations in Germany. The day went really well and was well attended by kids from all around Dublin.

If you would like to contribute to the team’s fundraising, then check out their page here.

SoftCo Senior Series against Japan & Uniphar U23 5 Nations

A week of international hockey in Dublin June 18th to 26th will send the Green Army off to the World Cup in style

The National Hockey Stadium, UCD will host an exciting week of international hockey with the Ireland’s senior women facing Japan four times in the SoftCo Series as part of final preparations for July’s World Cup.

In addition, the venue will also host the Uniphar Under-23 5 Nations tournament with Ukraine, the Netherlands, USA and India competing, making for 17 international fixtures between June 18th to 26th. Uniphar CEO Ger Rabbette said ‘Uniphar is delighted to be able to support a tournament that gives talented young players the opportunity to compete at international level at a great venue like the National Hockey Stadium, UCD. We’re excited to see how the home team fares, of course, but more importantly, we’re looking forward to seeing some fast-paced world class hockey,’

Senior women’s head coach Sean Dancer is thrilled to get top class opposition in Japan, currently 10th in the world and two places above Ireland. They bring a fast, attacking style which will make for a thrilling series.

With all the hockey being played around the world, it has been difficult to host matches in Ireland in recent times so we are delighted to be able to play these at home,” Dancer said.

“It has been a difficult couple of years with Covid and the girls are excited to see home crowds and the legendary Irish support back out in force.

The four senior matches are played on Saturday, June 18th (4pm); Sunday, June 19th (4pm); Wednesday, June 22nd (5pm) and Thursday, June 23rd (7pm).

The series runs in parallel with the Uniphar U23 5 Nations event which features junior world champions Netherlands and fourth place finishers India along with USA, Ireland and, significantly, Ukraine.

The Ukraine team will be hosted by Ireland as they were not able to attend the FIH Junior World Cup in South Africa in April.

Coach David Passmore commented: “Thanks to the support of Uniphar, this is ideal preparation as we head into the top European division in the summer and it is great to have non-European teams in India and the USA.

“We are delighted to host the Ukraine team given we should have played them in South Africa and to show our solidarity with their plight. With numerous players moving up to the senior squad and others now overage for the summer, it’s the ideal forum to assess other players in a competitive tournament environment.

The 5 Nations will consist of round robin matches in which three of Ireland’s matches precede senior matches and then a finals day on Sunday 26th June.

Hockey Ireland Interim CEO Richard Fahey commented: “It will be great to have full stands back to support our national teams on home soil after the difficult Covid period and this could not come at a better time for our teams heading off to the World Cup and European Championships.

“We hope the hockey community will come out in force and get behind the Green and Junior Green Armies with tickets now on sale through the Hockey Ireland website”

Tickets can be purchased at https://hockey.ie/buy-tickets/

Full event schedule:

Saturday 18 June

16:00 Soft Co Series Match 1: Ireland Seniors v Japan Seniors

Sunday 19 June

12:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Netherlands v USA

14:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Ireland v India

16:00 Soft Co Series Match 2: Ireland Seniors v Japan Seniors

Monday 20 June

14:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: USA v Ukraine

16:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Netherlands v India

Wednesday 22 June

13:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: India v Ukraine

15:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Netherlands v Ireland

17:00 Soft Co Series Match 3: Ireland Seniors v Japan Seniors

Thursday 23 June

15:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: India v USA

17:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Ireland v Ukraine

19:00 Soft Co Series Match 4: Ireland Seniors v Japan Seniors

Saturday 25 June

09:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Netherlands v Ukraine

11:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Ireland v USA

Sunday 26 June: Uniphar U23 Tournament Play-offs

10:00 5th v Ireland Development

12:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Bronze Play-off 4th v 3rd

14:15 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Final: 1st v 2nd

Stand with Ukraine

Dear members of the European Hockey family,

The EHF offers its full support to Ukraine and the Ukrainian hockey family.

As part of this support, we have opened this FUNDRAISING PAGE for CLUBS and INDIVIDUALS. We urgently ask our hockey family to provide support. Read the Ukrainian Hockey President’s words
below and you will see how important it is that they get your support. Please donate (by clicking on the link above) – even the smallest amount will help. All funds will be used for current and future needs.

Serhiy Dontsov, President of the Ukrainian Hockey Federation, said: “The war caused by Russian
aggression brought great disasters, destruction, and countless victims to the Ukrainian people. Many
citizens of Ukraine were left without a roof over their heads as a result of the barbaric bombardments of
our peaceful cities. Many Ukrainian people left their homes, fleeing the horrors of war and became
forced refugees. The consequences of this war will be felt in Ukraine for a long time to come. We are
grateful to everyone who aids our country. Only in unity can we survive and endure in this difficult time. I
am grateful to the European Hockey Federation for the initiative to create a platform to help the hockey
family of Ukraine. All your donations will help the restoration and development of hockey in Ukraine.”

Regards,
Angus Kirkland
Director Genera

New Membership system

A notice of changes to the membership fees for the 2021/22 fees to be introduced after the Hockey Ireland AGM on 20 May 2021 has been circulated to the Clubs. Some important changes to the fee structure are going to be introduced:

Following an extensive consultation process with the Branches and Clubs, the introduction of a new online membership system has now been achieved, with the result that we have a national database for the sport of hockey with the capability to gather reliable and accurate information about those who participate in hockey in Ireland while ensuring all GDPR requirements are being adhered to. Over 30,000 playing members are now registered on Hockey Ireland’s membership system.

The next phase of rollout will see added functionality enhancing day-to-day management and administration benefiting clubs, branches, and ultimately all our members.

This added functionality will provide accurate national player information which is crucial to the development of the sport across the island of Ireland, in supporting Hockey Ireland’s sport grant applications and to also assist in marketing and commercial sponsorship.

To read more about the new membership system, click here

EuroHockey Championships

The EuroHockey Championships starts in 2 days and our mighty girls in green take on the hosts Holland on Saturday 5th June at 2.30pm. All the matches are being shown on RTE2.

Look out for number 17 Hannah McLoughlin and number 30 Sarah McAuley in particular who started their hockey career at Avoca Hockey Club.

It’s going to be a tough encounter as the Netherlands are the World Cup Holders; but this is excellent preparation for the Olympics next month when the two sides meet again in Tokyo!

Ireland Ladies on RTE2
Ireland Ladies on RTE2