Eugene McGee’s final game walk of honour. Pics by Albert Mact.


Pool B winners Banbridge took on Pool A winners TJ Plzen- Litice in the tournament gold medal match at Banbridge this afternoon.

Banbridge who blitzed Mladost in their final pool game by 13-1 were in goal scoring form during the tournament having chalked up a goal difference of plus 26 in their pool matches, having opened their account with an 8-0 win and followed it up with a 7-1 win.  It was a poignant occasion too as veteran former Ireland international Eugene Magee was playing the final 1st team club game of his illustrious career.

Hugh McShane got Bann off the mark in the 10th minute from open play to make it 1-0.  Captain Alexander Tinney increased their lead in the 28th minute converting a penalty corner to leave it 2-0 at half time. Early in the third quarter Johnny McKee scored from open play to make it 3-0 to Banbridge in the 33rd minute.

Krystof Sestak got one back for Plzen-Litice in the 53rd minute to make it 3-1 to Banbridge. Matthew McKee scored from open play in the 55th minute to seal a 4-1 victory. Both sides as Pool winners have secured a place in next season’s Club Trophy I for their countries representatives however so it has to be considered a successful tournament for both of today’s finalists.

BANBRIDGE: Luke Roleston, Alexander Tinney [capt.], Johnny McKee, Jake Rowe, Peter Brown, Sam Farson, Owen Magee, Matthew McKee, Mark Cowan

Louis Rowe, Charlie Rowe

SUBS USED: Hugh Mc Shane, Eugene Magee, Mark Barlow, Tommy Dobson, David Finlay

TJ PLZEN-LITICE:  Tomas Necas, Jakub Homolka , Ondrej Hes, Lukás Benda, Eduard Gerlicky, Jakub Koryták Adam Uhlír[ capt.], Filip Kacírek, Dominik Bystricky, Reinhard Nicklas, Matej Svoboda

SUBS USED:  Krystof Sesták, Max Batík, Vit Barcal, Otakar Gerlicky


In the 3rd and 4th play off game  HAHK Mladost of Croatia had a 3-1 win over Copenhagen HC of Denmark

In the 5th and 6th play off game  SG Amsicora of Italy had a 3-2 win over Gaziantep Polisgucu of Turkey.



Catholic Institute finished with a flourish beating HC Argentia of Italy in their play off game by 7-0.  Naomi Carroll opened her account in the 11th minute to put Insta 1-0 ahead . Eimear Ryan made it 2-0 in the 18th minute. Naomi Carroll grabbed her second of the match to make it 3-0 on 35 minutes.

Argentia’s Karolina Lisowska was green carded in the 36th minute, and Institute capitalized on their numerical advantage immediately.

Naomi Carroll completed her hat-trick to make it 4-0 a minute later and got her fourth of the game in the 37th minute to make it 5-0.

Maria Rosato was green carded in the 50th minute but there was no further scoring till both sides were back to full strength.

Rebecca Barry grabbed a goal to make it 6-0 in the 58th minute with Laura Foley completing the scoring a minute later to leave the final score 7-0.


CATHOLIC INSTITUTE:  Pamela Hearne (GK), Christine O’Shea [capt.], Roisín Begley, Naomi Carroll, Roisín Upton, Leah Clery, Laura Foley, Ciara Moloney, Eimear Ryan, Anna Horan, Michelle Barrett.

SUBS USED: Aoife Hickey, Clodagh Moloney, Rebecca Barry, Elizabeth Ryan, Jennifer Clein, Aoibheann Collins, Miriam O’Callaghan (GK)


HC ARGENTIA :  Chiara Mortarino (GK), Renata Llense Calegari, Lara Manzoni [capt.], Maria Rosato, Beatrice Guzzon, Benedetta Gibin, Alessia Marri, Irene Toscano, Letitia Rogai, Karolina Liskowska


Elsewhere in the other play off matches Siauliai Ginstreke were 1-0 winners of Akademischer HTC Wien. SK Slavia Prague beat Gaziantep Polisgucu 4-3 in a shootout following a 2-2 draw and the all Scottish clash between Clydesdale and Watsonians ended in a  5-1 win for the latter who added the successful run in this tournament to their recently completed domestic quadruple.


Banbridge – 13  HANK Mladost – 1

Banbridge sealed first place in Pool A and a place in next season’s Club Trophy I for Ireland’s representatives in 2023-24.  Lisnagarvey, with an emphatic 13-1 win over HAHK Mladost who will be in second place in Pool A and qualified for the 3rd place tournament final tomorrow.

Jake Rowe opened the scoring from a penalty corner in the 2nd minute to make it 1-0. Louis Rowe from open play scored to make it 2-0 in the 4th minute.

James Evans made it 3-0 on 13 minutes. Johnny McKee got his first of the game from open play to make it 4-0 on 15 minutes. He got his second to make it 5-0 on 18 minutes and completed his hat-trick the same minute to make it 6-0. Jake Rowe got his second of the match to make it 7-0 with a converted penalty corner in the 20th minute. Alexander Tinney converted another penalty corner a minute after that to make it 8-0. David Finlay got in on the act scoring a goal in the 23rd minute from open play 9-0. Alexander Tinney got his second penalty corner of the match to make it 10-0 in the 24th minute.

David Finlay got his second goal of the game from open play to make it 11-0. Fran Zlatar got a consolation goal for HAHK Mladost to make it 11-1 in the 36th minute. Further goals from Matthew McKee in the 41st minute and a Jake Rowe penalty corner completed the scoring leaving it Banbridge 13 HAHK Mladost 1.

In the other Pool B game Amsicora and Swansea played out a 0-0 draw. The Italians securing third place by virtue of a better goal difference and will play Gaziantep in the 5th place play off.

On Monday Banbridge take on TJ Plzen-Litice of the Czech Republic to decide the overall tournament champions. HAHK Mladost will play against second placed Pool A side Copenhagen to decide 3rd place.

BANBRIDGE: Luke Roleston, Alexander Tinney [capt.], Johnny McKee, Jake Rowe, Peter Brown, Sam Farson, Owen Magee, Matthew McKee, Mark Cowan, Louis Rowe, Charlie Rowe

SUBS USED: Hugh McShane, David Finlay, Tommy Dobson, James Evans, Mark Barlow






It took until the very last minute of the final pool game of this tournament for Catholic Institute to register their first win of the competition. It was only the second European  goal scored by Catholic Institute in their history.  Given it was from an Anna Horan penalty stroke made it even more historic.

At this level it’s 5 points for a win, 2 for a draw, 1 for a loss by less than 3 goals. A loss by any more than 3 goals is not awarded any points. Catholic Institute had lost on the opening day by 5 -1 and so garnered no points. A narrow 0-1 defeat against Slavia Prague had garnered 1 point so a win today would secure 5 further points and a pool total of 6 points. In a very tight encounter it was scoreless in the first quarter and also for the rest of the first half.

A scoreless third quarter followed, as did the opening 14 minutes of the final quarter. But in the 15th minute of quarter 4, the very last minute of the match Catholic Institute were awarded a penalty stroke. In the absence of captain Roisín Upton who missed the game, Anna Horan took on the responsibility and made no mistake from the spot to give Catholic Institute their first ever European victory. This was enough to give them 3rd place in Pool A and a tie with Argentia from Italy the 4th placed team in Pool B tomorrow.


Elsewhere in Pool  A:  Watsonians beat Slavia Prague 5-0 to secure 1st place in the pool. Slavia are 2nd and will take on Gaziantep who secured first place in Pool B with a 4-0 win over Argentia.  Clydesdale of Scotland secured 2nd place in Pool B with a 1-0 over Lithuania’s Ginstreke. Clydesdale take on fellow Scottish side Watsonians in Monday’s final round of games. Gaziantep play Slavia Prague while Ginstreke take on Akademischer Wien in the remaining tie.




Banbridge got off to the best possible start when Peter Brown converted a penalty corner in the first minute to make it 1-0. Johnny McKee opened his account with a field goal in the 8th minute to make it 2-0 at the end of the first quarter. Johnny got his second of the game in the second quarter making it 3-0 again with a field goal in the 17th minute. And it was 3-0 at half time.

Banbridge had only gotten started because in the third quarter Johnny McKee completed his hat-trick with another field goal on 33 minutes to leave it 4-0. Louis Rowe got a goal from open play two minutes later and that was 5-0 to Banbridge. David Finlay also from open play got his goal on 41 minutes making it 6-0 and then captain Alexander Tilley converted a penalty corner in the 50th minute to make it 7-0.

Francesco Montalbano got a consolation goal for Amiscora in the 58th minute.  It ended Banbridge 7 Amiscora 1.

BANBRIDGE:  Luke Roleston,  Alexander Tinney [capt.], Johnny McKee, Jake Rowe, Peter Brown, Sam Farson, Owen Magee, Matthew Mc Kee, Mark Cowan, Louis Rowe, Charlie Rowe

SUBS USED: Hugh McShane, David Finlay, Tommy Dobson, James Evans, Mark Barlow


Elsewhere in Pool B 

HAHK  Mladost of Croatia had a comfortable  5-1  win  over Swansea HC of Wales.

Pool A’s game earlier today saw TJ Plzen Litice clinch Group A with a 2-1 win over Gaziantep of Turkey .

Next up for Banbridge is their final Pool B game of the tournament against Mladost of Croatia tomorrow afternoon.











POOL  A   


Catholic Institute dominated possession in their second outing at the Euro Hockey Club Challenge I tournament in Alanya, Turkey this morning. They were unable to convert the numerous chances that came their way.  A scoreless first half, during which Slavia were temporarily reduced to 10 players when Veronika Kucerová on 20 minutes, was followed  by a third quarter during which Slavia were temporarily down to 10 players due to a green card for Adéla Lehcová in the 38th minute. But not long after they were returned to their full complement, captain Nikol Babická converted from open play in the 44th minute.  It proved to be the only goal of the game.

Catholic Institute captain Roisín Upton was green carded in the final quarter and received a yellow near the end of the match which meant they finished the game with 10 players.

CATHOLIC INSTITUTE: Pamela Hearn, Christine O’Shea, Naomi Carroll, Roisín Upton [captain] , Leah Clery, Laura Foley, Ciara Maloney, Eimear Ryan, Michelle Barry, Anna Horan, Jennifer Clein

SUBS USED: Roisín Begley, Aoife Hickey, Clodagh Maloney, Elizabeth Ryan, Aoibheann Collins


Elsewhere in Pool A 

Watsonians of Scotland with two field goals from Katie McCallum and a penalty corner from Emily Dark were too strong for Akademisher Wien winning 3-0.

Pool B saw a 1-1 draw between Lithuanians Ginstreke and Italy’s Argentia.  Turkish side Gaziantep beat Scottish side Clydesdale 1-0 in the remaining game.  Next up for Catholic Institute is an early morning final Pool A match Akademischer Wien on Sunday.





Banbridge got their opening Pool B game underway at Havelock Park with an early goal, Jake Rowe converting a Penalty stroke in the 3rd minute to give them a 1-0 lead.  Swansea’s Tony Johnson was green carded in the 12th minute and as he was about to return, Peter Brown added a second goal in the 14th minute from open play to leave them leading 2-0 at the end of the opening quarter. A further goal followed in the third quarter when Johnny McKee made it 3-0 in the 19th minute from open play. Captain Alexander Tinny took one for the team when he was green carded on 26 minutes but Banbridge remained 3-0 ahead at the break.

Banbridge put the Welshmen to the sword in the second half, Johnny Mc Kee getting his second goal of the game from open play in the 34th minute. Charlie Rowe made it 5-0, opening his account on 36 minutes with a field account and adding a second on 54 minutes making it 6-0. Louis Rowe got in on the act in the 56th minute with his first goal of the night to make it 7-0 and completed the rout with his second of the match two minutes from time to leave the final score Banbridge 8 Swansea HC 0.

BANBRIDGE: Luke Roleston: Alexander Tinney [captain], Johnny McKee, Jake Rowe, Peter Brown, Eugene Magee, Sam Farson, Owen Magee, Louis Rowe, Charlie Rowe, Mark Cowan.

SUBS  Hugh McShane, David Finlay, James Evans, Mark Barlow, Matthew McKee


SWANSEA: Michael Chapman , Rhys Joseph, Thomas Judge, Thomas Viney, Max Bowyer, [captain]

SUBS: William Midwinter, Rhys Griffiths , Flynn  Harman , Callum Lloyd,  Oliver Brook

not used  Ewan Lloyd , Alfie Geach (GK)


Elsewhere in the tournament

TJ Plzen-Litice from Czechia got their Pool A campaign underway with an emphatic 8-0 win over Copenhagen HC of Denmark.

In Pool B the other game between SG Amsicora of Italy and HAHK Mladost from Croatia ended in a 1-0 win for the Croatians.

Next up for Banbridge is a game with SG Amsicora tomorrow evening at 6:45 p.m .






Catholic Institute made their debut in European Club competitions, and had a baptism of fire against a Watsonians team fresh from sweeping a domestic quadruple in their native Scotland.

Sarah Jamieson put them 1-0 on 34 minutes from open play and Susan Hamilton added a second goal also from open play on 40 minutes.  Catholic Institute’s Ciara Moloney converted a penalty corner on 43 minutes to get them on the scoresheet but 5 minutes later Watsonians increased their lead again through a penalty corner converted by Emily Dark. She got her second of the match three minutes later to leave the Scots leading 4-1 and in less than a minute it was 5-1 when Sarah Jamieson got her second goal of the match.

Next up for Catholic Institute is a game against Slavia Prague 10:15 tomorrow morning Irish time.

CATHOLIC INSTITUTE:  Pamela Hearn;  Christine O’Shea, Naomi Carroll, Roisín Upton [captain], Leah Clery, Laura Foley, Ciara Moloney, Eimear Ryan, Michelle Barrett, Anna Horan, Jennifer Clein SUBS: Roisín Begley, Clodagh Moloney, Rebecca Barry, Elizabeth Ryan, Aoibheann Collins.

Elsewhere in Pool A

Slavia Prague had a 3-0 win over Akademischer  HTC Wien.

Pool B saw 3-0 wins for Turkish side Gazantiep and Scottish side Clydesdale Western, over Siauliai  Ginstreke of Lithuania and Italian side HC Argentia respectively .



Hockey Ireland is delighted to be able to send 2 young people (1 male, 1 female aged 18-30) to the 2023 EHF Youth Leadership Festival from 15th-19th August. The event is in collaboration with the DHB and is going to be a week full of motivating workshops, contacts, and friendships with some amazing guest speakers. Hockey Ireland will pay the entry fee, and this includes full board accommodation, tickets to the opening ceremony and we will provide a small travel bursary for the Youth Leaders.


The theme for 2023 is “Press Play” – life has been on pause for such a long time that we hope that 2023 will be time to Press Play, especially for the EHF Youth Leadership Festival which will be held at the same time as the EuroHockey Championship 2023.

To nominate a young person to attend on behalf of Hockey Ireland, please fill in the following form before 27th February 2023:

If you have any questions, contact

Back Row L to R: Orla Patton, Holly Jenkinson (VC), Kate O’Hogan (GK), Sarah Patton, Aebfhinn Bourke (not travelling), Michelle Carey (not travelling)

Front Row L to R: Becky McMullen, Jenny Long, Ailish Long, Orla Fox (C), Lily Lloyd, Kate Woods.

Railway Union are sending an experienced squad to the Eurohockey Club Indoor Trophy (W) in Cambrai, France from 17th to 19th February 2023.

The squad contains 4 current Irish international indoor players, 2 Irish indoor development squad players, and a previous Irish indoor international. The Railway indoor captain, Orla Fox, has 30 Irish indoor caps. The Patton sisters, Orla and Sarah, have 29 and 24 Irish indoor caps respectively, with Lily Lloyd having 18 Irish indoor caps.  Kate O’Hogan, the Railway indoor goalkeeper, and Becky McMullen, play on the Irish indoor development squad. Becky McMullen also has 4 Irish indoor senior caps. Previous Irish indoor player, Holly Jenkinson, has 5 Irish indoor caps. Holly is also an Irish international in 3 sports – indoor hockey, netball and tag rugby, plus is an Irish Masters hockey player.

The Railway Union indoor coach, Gareth Myburgh, is the Irish indoor manager and Irish indoor development squad coach. The Railway assistant coach, Michael Fulham, is also Irish indoor development squad coach.

This is Railway’s 4th participation in the Eurohockey indoor club competition – winning gold at the Challenge event in Bratislava, Slovakia in 2011, silver in Porto, Portugal in 2020 and playing in the Trophy event in Alanya, Turkey in 2022. In Alanya the team played the entire tournament with only six players.  Orla Fox has played in all 4 of these competitions.

In preparation for this event Railway Union won their provincial indoor tournament and the national indoor competition, for the third year running.

Captain Orla Fox said ‘we are really looking forward to playing in Cambrai. We have prepared well and feel we have developed as a squad since last year’s venture in Turkey. We are introducing young up and coming players, such as Kate Woods, to the squad and we hope to represent Ireland well at the tournament’.

Railway Union has 2 sets of sisters playing in the team: Orla and Sarah Patton, and Jenny and Ailish Long.

The Squad for the tournament is as follows:

1.    Kate O’Hogan GK

2.    Orla Patton

3.    Sarah Patton

7.    Holly Jenkinson VC

13.  Kate Woods

16.  Ailish Long

20.  Lily Lloyd

21.  Orla Fox C

23.  Jenny Long

29.  Becky McMullen

Coach:   Gareth Myburgh

Assistant Coach: Michael Fulham

Manager: Helen Johnston

Railway’s match schedule is as follows:

Friday 17th February at 9.30am (8.30am Irish Time) Railway Union v Raca (Slovakia)

Friday 17th February at 4.15pm (3.15pm Irish Time) Railway Union v Clydesdale (Scotland)

Saturday 18th February at 10.15am (9.15am Irish Time) Railway Union v Zelina (Croatia)

Saturday pm and Sunday = play off matches.

The games are being live streamed at

EY Hockey League 1 & 2 continue this Saturday.


Saturday 11th February

EYHL 1 – Round 12


Belfast Harlequins v Monkstown, Deramore Park, 14:30 

Ards v Pegasus, Londonderry Park, 14:30 



Glenanne v TRR, St Andrews College, 13:30 

Annadale v YMCA, Lagan College, 14:30 

Lisnagarvey v Banbridge, Comber Road, 15:00 

Instonians v Monkstown, Shawbridge, 15:00 

Pembroke Wanderers v Cookstown, Serpentine Avenue, 16:00 

EYHL 2 – Round 6

Women Pool A 

Avoca v UCC, Avoca, 14:30 

University of Galway v Muckross, NUIG, 13:50 


Women Pool B 

Ballymoney v Galway, Joey Dunlop Centre, 13:00 

Corinthian v Cork Harlequins, St Columbas College, 13:15 

Men Pool A 

Cork Church of Ireland v Queens, Garryduff, 13:00 


Men Pool B 

UCD v Avoca, UCD, 14:30 

Kilkeel v South Antrim, Kilkeel High School, 14:30 

Three Rock Rovers and Railway Union win the National Indoor Finals at the Antrim Forum.

In the men’s final, Three Rock Rovers defeated Monkstown 8-7 in the game’s last play. Railway Union defeated Ards 3-0 in the women’s final.

Three Rock Rovers Winners of the Irish Indoor Championship 2023

Railway Union Winners of the Irish Indoor Championship 2023

All results from Sunday’s games.

Ards 9-4 University of Galway
Railway Union 8-0 Glenanne
Monkstown 7-1 Queens University
Cookstown 4-9 Three Rock Rovers
3rd & 4th Place
University of Galway 1-5 Glenanne
Queens University 2-7 Cookstown
Ards 0-3 Railway Union
Monkstown 7-8 Three Rock Rovers


The National Indoor Finals are all to play for this Sunday.


Saturday 4th February

EYHL 1 – Round 11

Monkstown v Lisnagarvey, Rathdown, 14:15
TRR v Pembroke Wanderers, Grange wood, 13:00
YMCA v Glenanne, YMCA, 14:15
Cookstown v Banbridge, Cookstown, 14:30
Annadale v Instonians, Lurgan College, 14:30

Ards v Belfast Harlequins, Londonderry Park, 14:30
Pegasus v Pembroke Wanderers, Queens University, 16:15

National Indoor Final

Sunday 5th February
Ards v University of Galway, Antrim Forum, 09:30 am
Railway Union v Glenanne, Antrim Forum, 10:45 am

Monkstown v Annadale, Antrim Forum, 12:00 pm
Cookstown v TRR, Antrim Forum, 13:15

Womens 3rd v 4th, Antrim Forum, 14:20
Mens 3rd v 4th, Antrim Forum, 15:00

Womens Final, Antrim Forum, 16:50
Mens Final, Antrim Forum, 17:00

Irish Junior Cup

Women – Saturday 4th February
Cork Harlequins v Railway Union, Harlequins Park, 12:45
Avoca v Ashton, Newpark, 14:30

The National Indoor champions will be decided on Sunday evening with four men’s and four women’s clubs vying for glory in Antrim Forum. We welcome all supporters.

The series starts on Sunday morning with the women’s semi-finals between Ards against University of Galway at 9.30 am with Railway Union up against Glenanne at 10.45 am. The winners will advance to the final at 3.50 pm with the third-place playoff at 2.20 pm. The women’s semis follow on the court with Monkstown up against Annadale (12 pm) and Cookstown facing Three Rock Rovers (1.15 pm) with the result of a 5 pm final with the third place match at 3 pm.

Match Schedule:​

9.30 Am – Ards v University of Galway – Ladies’
10.45 Am – Railway Union v Glenanne – Ladies’
12 pm- Monkstown v Annadale – Men’s
1.15 pm – Cookstown v Three Rock Rovers – Men’s
2.20 pm – Ladies’ 3rd v 4th
3 pm – Men’s 3rd v 4th
3.50 pm – Ladies’ Final
5 pm – Men’s Final

​Full programme will be posted here.