Ulster Hockey Executive Manager Appointment

Press Release from Ulster Hockey, June 5th 2019

“The Ulster Hockey Management Board is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Executive Manager Marc Scott.

We are delighted that Marc is joining us on Monday 10th June 2019 and his role will be to drive forward the promotion, development and management of Hockey across the province.

Marc Scott is highly qualified in Sports and Business Law, Sport Studies and Governance together with Management and Leadership. He joins Ulster Hockey following a successful career with the Scottish Institute of Sport, Scottish Hockey and Sport Northern Ireland where he gained extensive experience in Performance, Governance and Management roles. Marc is looking forward to working with our talented Ulster Hockey Staff and supporting the Management Board in our transition to an Incorporated Company and a charitable status organisation.

The Board and the Staff warmly welcome Marc Scott as leader of the Staff Team and wish him every success. I’m sure the Ulster Hockey family will join me in congratulating Marc in winning through from a list of high calibre candidates and will actively support Marc in his new role.

Billy Pollock

Chair – Ulster Hockey”

“Photo LtoR: New Executive Manager meeting some of the Staff Team, Andrew Johnston, Marc Scott (Executive Manager), Billy Pollock (Chair Ulster Hockey) & Andrew Brown”

Job Opportunity – Regional Development Officer (Connacht)

Hockey Ireland (in partnership with NUIG and Connacht Hockey) are seeking to employ a Regional Development Officer for Connacht.

Starting in Aug / Sept 2019, this person will help to grow hockey, support and develop existing/new resources in the Connacht region, an area that Hockey Ireland see as having huge potential for growth.

Led by Hockey Ireland and NUIG, in conjunction with Connacht Hockey, the successful applicant will be responsible for the delivery of and will have input into the planning for Hockey Ireland’s National Development Plan. Working to achieve these targets, the Regional Development Officer (Connacht) is responsible for administering and delivering programmes to promote sustainable participation opportunities within clubs, schools and NUIG in Connacht.

For more information, please click on the following link:

Connacht Job Description and Personnel Specification.pdf

To apply please send your CV to sue.haslam@hockey.ie. Closing date for application is 20th June 2019.

Hockey Ireland AGM 2019

Notice of the upcoming Hockey Ireland Annual General Meeting has been circulated as follows:

Date: 25th May 2019

Time: 11.30am

Venue: The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan

Agenda and details for nominations can be found below:

Notice of Hockey Ireland AGM 2019.docx

Nomination Form for Election to Board 2019.docx

Ards Retain European Indoor Status

Ards ended their weekend on a high as they finished fifth at the EuroHockey Indoor Club Challenge I tournament in France, retaining Ireland’s place in the tier for next year’s representatives Railway Union. 2 draws and a narrow loss set them up for an important clash with Whitsaints that saw them stage a comeback to win the tie 3-2. They rounded out their tournament in style with a 5-2 win over HK Moravske Toplice and solidifying their fifth place finish.

Three Rock through to EuroHockey Indoor Challenge I promo pool

Three Rock Rovers advanced to the EuroHockey Indoor Challenge I promotion pool as group winners in Oslo following an ever-improving set of performances.

Indeed, it could have been a very different complexion to their tournament had they lost their opening tie when they trailed Ukraine’s OKS SHVSM Vinnitsa 5-2 with four minutes to go.

But a quickfire run of three goals changed their whole momentum with Ross Canning scoring on the final hooter for what proved an important draw on Friday morning.

They backed that up with a 3-2 win over Cardiff & Met, pulling clear with two more late goals from Jody Hosking and Canning in the last five minutes.

It left them in second place overnight, facing the other leading side Bologna – both on seven points out of 10 – with a win confirming they would go through.

The first half was tight with the Italians on top but Conor Quinn kept Rovers’ noses in front 2-1 with a brilliant corner save. And then Rovers went on a second half rampage, scoring three times in quick succession after half-time to seal the win before running up another three goals late on for an 8-1 success.

Cardiff’s 2-2 draw with Vinnitsa, meanwhile, meant Rovers go through to the promotion pool along with Bologna, carrying with them the points and goal difference from that thumping win.

Reflecting on the group stages, coach Liam Canning said: “That comeback [against Vinnitsa] was massive. It comes from playing regularly in these tournaments indoors and in the EHL, the experience and belief the lads have to fight back is huge.

“They are developing that calmness and composure in tough situations. Against Bologna, it was tight in the first half with the Italians on top. We changed a few things at half time and played some outstanding stuff.

“Overall, we have a really good squad now and when we make subs, the standard doesn’t drop a level at all really. That makes a big difference. Quinner has made some big saves and Jamie [Carr] came in to keep things calm.”

Three Rock will now represent Ireland at the Euro club Trophy in February 2020. This is the first time since 1996 that Ireland have have had a men’s team at this level.

EuroHockey Indoor Club Challenge I (Oslo, Norway)
Friday: HC OKS SHVSM Vinnitsa 5 Three Rock Rovers 5 (R Canning 2, J Hosking, H Morris, B Walker); Cardiff & Met 2 Three Rock Rovers 3 (E Geyer, J Hosking, R Canning)
Saturday: Hockey Club Bologna 1 Three Rock Rovers 8 (R Canning 2, H Morris 2, J Hosking, J McAllister, D Walsh, H Morris)

Standings: 1. Three Rock Rovers 12pts (+8) 2. Bologna 7pts (-5) 3. OKS SHVSM Vinnitsa 6pts (0) 4. Cardiff & Met 4pts (-3)

By Stephen Findlater, original article appeared here.

Volunteers Required For Talent Development Review Group

HookedforLife (Talent Development) Review Group

Lead Consultant and Volunteers required

Hockey Ireland is reviewing its highly acclaimed HookedforLife Talent Development program. While the current version of the program has played a role in increasing playing numbers and improving all areas of development and performance within our young and emerging players the program needs updating and reflecting modern trends in our ever changing sport. As such we are looking for talent development and discipline experts in the following areas to help undertake the review and develop the program and associated resources:

Overall Program Review Lead consultant
Talent development experts (hockey experience not essential)
Mental and lifestyle skills experts
Strength and conditioning experts
Coach development experts
We are also looking for representatives from Hockey Ireland’s provincial branches and clubs and schools to join HI staff in providing an insight into what will best serve our young players moving forwards as hockey builds on the success of the senior women’s world silver medal and senior men’s first Olympic appearance.

A small budget has been made available for travel expenses and some specialist consultant fees although priority will be given to experts giving their time freely. Domain specific experts should apply in writing along with a CV outlining what they can offer the Hooked For Life Review Group (outlining any reasonable fees) to robert.kelly@hockey.ie before Monday 18th February. Club, school and provincial representatives should email robert.kelly@hockey.ie directly to advise of their interest outlining their background and why they are interested in being involved.

The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 13 March.

Should you have any queries please contact Performance Director adam.grainger@hockey.ie

Tricks 4 Sticks 2019

Hockey Ireland would like to offer support to your club by running a schools programme in your area!

Benefits to you club:
– Increase in membership
– FREE up-skilling of clubs coaches / support
– FREE places on the Young Hockey Leaders Award
– Grant for running a blitz for local schools

Clubs can apply for funding from Hockey Ireland by clicking the link below:


Railway Union and Three Rock Crowned National Indoor Champions

National Indoor Finals

As can often be the case in indoor hockey, there were goals galore and tight encounters alike in this years’ National Indoor Finals at the Antrim Forum.

Railway women and Three Rock notched up double digit tallies in their respective semi-finals, while Ards had a slightly closer affair with Galway with a score of 2-0 at half time before the current title holders found another gear. Railway’s men left it late to seal their place in the final as Cookstown scored the opening goal in the second half only for Railway to come back and score three times in the final 10 minutes.

Railway’s women were looking to bring the National Indoor title back to Leinster for the first time since the start of the decade. Isobel Joyce got her side off to the ideal start inside the opening 30 seconds with a tap in in front of goal following a great baseline run and pass from Orla Fox. Fox got her own goal shortly after from the first penalty corner of the match. The experienced Railway side were relentless in their pursuit of goals and a good run by Lily Lloyd drew the initial save but Anna-May Whelan was on hand to fire home the rebound and give her side a 3-0 lead. Ards pulled a goal back as Frankie Brown’s penalty corner shot hit a defender’s foot on the line and Rebecca Weir calmly slotted home the penalty stroke. Ards started the second half well but Railway’s pace and pressure caught them on the break and Whelan got her second goal of the game. Joyce got Railway’s fifth from a seemingly impossible angle down the right-hand side. Ards had little choice but to remove their keeper and opt for a kicking back as they continued to chase the game but the open goal was taken advantage of by a Railway break and Cecilia Joyce solidified Railway’s victory and their place as champions.

The men’s final began with Railway arguably starting the brighter against Three Rock Rovers but it was the latter who took the lead as Luke Madely finished off a great team move. But a minute later and the game was level again as Eoin Macarthur flicked the ball through Carr’s legs at the other end. It was Madeley again who stuck his side out in front with a well worked penalty corner switch. Ben Walker scored somewhat of a solo wonder goal in the 19th minute following a great save from Stephen O’Keefe. Walker picked up the ball on the half way line and evaded 3 Railway defenders before scoring into the goal on his reverse to make it 3-1 at the half time whistle. Three Rock were awarded a penalty stroke as O’Keefe charged from his goal and took Jodie Hoskings out; Ross Canning scored into the corner to extend his team’s lead. Railway Union continued to make circle penetrations but had to opt for a kicking back as the clock wound down. The pace of Rovers was unyielding and characteristic of the side that took their chances today both Walker and Canning doubled their tallies to secure the 6-1 victory.



9.30am – Ladies Semi Final 1: Ashton 0v11 Railway Union

10.30am – Ladies semi Final 2: Ards 5v1 Galway

11.30am- Mens Semi Final 1: Limerick 2v17 Three Rock Rovers

12.30pm – Mens Semi Final 2: Cookstown 1v3 Railway Union

1.30pm – Ladies 3rd/4th place game: Galway 3vs3 Ashton. Galway win 2-1 in penalty shootout

2.30pm – Mens 3rd/4th place game: Cookstown 8vs3 Limerick

3.30pm – Ladies Final: Railway Union 6-1 Ards

4.45pm – Mens Final: Railway Union 1vs6 Three Rock Rovers