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Hockey Ireland Cup Competitions 2020-21 Draws Announced

The 2020/21 Hockey Ireland Cup Competition Draws took place on the 10th September and were live tweeted on the Hockey Ireland Twitter Page.

The full draws are available here below

Hockey Ireland Cup Competiton Draws 2020-21.xlsx

The Competition Season will kick off on the 10th October with some strong pairings on both sides of the Irish Senior Cup

ISC Men

Railway Union V. Cork Harlequins
Clontarf V. Kilkeel
Portrane V. Cork Church of Irl
Instonians V. Rathgar

ISC Women

Corinthian V. Cork Church of Irl.
Glenanne V. Banbridge
UCC V. Monkstown

The 10th October will also see the start of the Irish Hockey Trophy with some equally tough matches

IHT Men

NICS STH ANTRIM
KILKENNY QUEEN’S UNIV.
NEWRY CATHOLIC INSTITUTE
PORTADOWN BALLYNAHINCH
NTH DOWN BANGOR
UCC AVOCA
BRAY BELFAST HARLEQUINS
WATERFORD ASHTON

IHT Women

RAPHOE NTH DOWN
GENESIS NUIG
KILKENNY OUR LADYS
AVOCA MOSSLEY
DUNGANNON LISNAGARVEY
NTH KILDARE GREENFIELDS

The 7th November will see the IJC kick off for the men and women and will be hotly contested this season

IJC Men

MOSSLEY V. BANBRIDGE
CORINTHIAN V. CLONTARF
PEMBROKE WNDRS V. KILKEEL
PORTADOWN V. UCD
BANGOR V. RAILWAY UNION
ANNADALE V. RATHGAR
INSTONIANS V. LISNAGARVEY
UCC V. THREE ROCK ROVERS

IJC Women

UCD V. PEMBROKE WNDRS
CORINTHIAN V. MOSSLEY
UCC V. RAILWAY UNION
OLD ALEXANDRA V. BANDON
ULSTER ELKS V. BELFAST HARLEQUINS
AVOCA V. ASHTON
CORK CHURCH of IRL. V. CATHOLIC INSTITUTE
MUCKROSS V. LISNAGARVEY

Halloween will see the beginning of the Womens Irish Hockey Challenge with the first matches looking strong

IHC Women

WESTON V. KILKEEL
ATHLONE V. BRAY
BOTANIC V. GREENFIELDS2
BLACKROCK V. ENNISCORTHY
WEXFORD V. LIMERICK

Last season saw the Men’s Irish Hockey Challenge competition take on a new look with two pools of team playing for a chance to make the semi finals. This seems to have been a winning formula for the Irish Hockey Challenge as the number of teams taking part this year has increased over past seasons and should prove to to make this the most exciting Men’s Irish Hockey Challenge we have seen for a while. Fixtures for the Men’s Irish Hockey Challenge will be announced in the coming days but the two pools of teams are confirmed to be:

POOL A POOL B
PORTRUSH MULLINGAR
ANTRIM NAAS
SAINTFIELD WICKLOW
PORTRANE2 MIDLETON
LIMERICK

Best of luck to all teams competing in this seasons Hockey Ireland Cup Competitions.

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Hockey Ireland Cup Competitions 2019-20 Finals

The schedule for the Hockey Ireland Cup Competition Finals 2019/20 has been announced. Please note that these fixtures are subject to Government Guidelines and Covid19 Restrictions. Information regarding Spectators etc will be posted closer to the finals dates.

Many thanks to Lisnagarvey Hockey Club who have agreed to host the majority of the Cup Finals.

Schedule:

Sat.19th Sept. @ Lisnagarvey HC

12.30 Men’s Challenge Final: Portrush v. Antrim (Green Pitch)

13.00 Women’s Irish Senior Cup Final: Pegasus v. UCD (Blue Pitch)

16.00 Men’s Trophy Final: Belfast Harlequins v. Portrane (Green Pitch)

16.30 Men’s Irish Senior Cup Final: Lisnagarvey v. UCD (Blue Pitch)

Sunday 20th Sept: @ UCD, Belfield.

13.30 Women’s Irish Junior Cup: Old Alexandra v. Pembroke Wanderers

16.00 Women’s Challenge Final: NICS v. Blackrock.

Sunday 27th Sept. @ Lisnagarvey HC.

13.00 Women’s Trophy Final: Lisnagarvey v. Nth.Kildare/Portadown

16.30 Men’s Irish Junior Cup Final: Lisnagarvey v. Corinthian

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Irish Hockey Trophy SF Nth. Kildare v. Portadown postponed

Due to the extension of the Covid19 lockdown period in Kildare to include the weekend of 6th September 2020, the Cups Competition SWG has postponed the Irish Hockey Trophy semi-final between Nth Kildare and Portadown scheduled to be played at the Nth Kildare venue.

Clubs will be notified of the revised date for this fixture early next week.

It is not anticipated that this postponement will in any way affect the scheduling of the final on Sunday 27th Sept.

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Hockey Ireland Statement Regarding Decision from Sports Dispute Solutions Ireland

Hockey Ireland Statement Regarding Decision from Sports Dispute Solutions Ireland on the EuroHockey League and Club Championship Positions 2020/21.

21 August 2020

On the 9th of April 2020, the 2019/2020 EYHL season was declared null and void by the Hockey Ireland Board due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This was based on the recommendation of a Competitions Working Group that included the Hockey Ireland Competitions Committee and representation from each of the four provinces. This group, after extensive consultation and consideration, presented a series of recommendations to the Hockey Ireland Board regarding all hockey competitions on the island of Ireland. The Competitions Committee also recommended the representatives for the 2020/2021 European Hockey competitions – the EuroHockey League and EuroHockey Club Championship. It was recommended that the four teams selected to represent Ireland in 2019/2020 season should remain the representatives for 2020/2021.

This recommendation was reviewed and subsequently approved by the Hockey Ireland Board at a meeting on 5th May, resolving that the four clubs representing Ireland in the European Hockey competitions in 2021 would remain the same as the previous year, in the same positions.

This Board decision was appealed by Lisnagarvey Hockey Club under the Hockey Ireland Bye Laws. An independent Appeal Panel met on Monday 29th June and ruled that the appeal should be upheld. This panel determined that Lisnagarvey Hockey Club should be awarded first place in the nomination for European Competitions for the 2020/2021 season, making them the representative for Ireland in the EuroHockey League.

With regard to the decision of the Appeal Panel, it was Hockey Ireland’s position that the Panel focussed on Lisnagarvey Hockey Club’s appeal without any, or insufficient, regard to the consequences of such a change to the broader Hockey Ireland decision. Upon receipt of the Appeal Panel decision, Hockey Ireland considered all available options open to it and decided to refer the Appeal Panel’s decision to Sport Dispute Solutions Ireland as allowed for within the Hockey Ireland Bye Laws.  Sport Dispute Solutions Ireland is an independent specialised dispute resolution service for Irish Sport.

As Hockey Ireland’s designate appeal body, a request to Sport Dispute Solutions Ireland for mediation/arbitration is the final solution to an appeal when all processes within Hockey Ireland have been exhausted.

Hockey Ireland has fully engaged with the Sport Dispute Solutions Ireland arbitration process and would like to thank the SDSI for providing the final conclusion for a very difficult matter.

The arbitration hearing took place on 13th August 2020 and we have now been informed that the Sole Arbitrator upholds the appeal of the Hockey Ireland Board. Consequently, the decision of the Hockey Ireland Board of 5th  May 2020, so far as it relates to the Men’s EFH Club Competition 2020/21 selection is reinstated.

A full reasoned decision has been communicated to all the clubs involved. In summary, in the Sole Arbitrators view, the Board decision was made “without any procedural infirmity, in the absence of which, there was no basis for the Hockey Ireland Appeal Panel to overturn the decision of the Hockey Ireland Board”.  The Arbitrator further stated that there is a reasonable argument to be made that an alternative decision or conclusion could have been reached by the Board, but that is entirely subjective.  It was clearly open to the Board to make the decision it did.

Reinstating the 5th May Board decision means that the following club will represent Ireland at the EuroHockey League for the 2020/21 season:

  • Pegasus Hockey Club Women will retain their position as the representative in the Euro Hockey League;
  • Three Rock Rovers Hockey Club Men retain their position as the representative for the Euro Hockey League;
  • Loreto Hockey Club Women retain their position as the representative for the EuroHockey Club Trophy;
  • Lisnagarvey Hockey Club’s Men retain their position for the EuroHockey Club Trophy.

The Board of Hockey Ireland fully empathise with all clubs across all our leagues and provinces that have been impacted by decisions forced upon us by COVID-19 similar to many other sports. We have endeavoured to do the right thing in the interests of our clubs and players and we regret any upset felt by the clubs.

We would also like to put on record our sincere thanks to the Appeal Panel for the time and effort they committed to this process and in general to all the club officials and volunteers who have committed endless hours dealing with the fall out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finally, we would just like to thank all those hockey players and officials working in the front line and remind everyone to stay safe in these ongoing difficult times.

SDSI Decision Statement.pdf

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Hockey Ireland Cup Competitions Season 2020/21 Entries Open

Hockey Ireland Cup Competitions Season 2020/21.

Attached please find links for entering your Club to the Hockey Ireland Cup Competitions for season 2020-21.

Womens Competitions

Mens Competitions

Please find Cup Competition Qualification criteria below:

Cup Competition Qualification Criteria 2020-21.pdf.

You will also find below a list of Hockey Ireland clubs broken down by cup competitions that they qualify for. Please note this club list is subject to change when branches have finalised their league structures for 20/21.

Cup Eligibility 2021 Club List.xlsx

Hockey Ireland Cup Entry fees are unchanged from last season. Invoices will be sent out once the cut off date for entries is passed. Entry fees must be made prior to the competition starting, any clubs with outstanding payments by the competition start date will not be permitted to enter. If you have any queries on this please contact finance@hockey.ie

Closing Date for receipt of entries is Friday, 28th August 2020.

Hockey Ireland Calendar for season 20/21 has been released and is available HERE

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Hockey Ireland Statement regarding EYHL 2020/21 

Hockey Ireland on 9 April announced that the 2019/20 hockey season for all league, cup and all other domestic hockey competitions in Ireland were deemed to have finished.  The EYHL 1 and 2 season 19/20 was stopped and has been declared null and void. In addition, it was stated that there will be no automatic promotion/relegation in the EYHL 1 and 2.

Therefore, going forward to the 20/21 Season the EYHL 1 will start with the same clubs as last season being:

EY 1 Men

Annadale

Banbridge

Corinthian

Glenanne

Lisnagarvey

Monkstown

Pembroke Wanderers

Three Rock Rovers

UCD

YMCA

EY 1 Women

Belfast Harlequins

Catholic Institute

Cork Harlequins

Loreto Hockey Club

Muckross

Old Alex

Pegasus

Pembroke Wanderers

Railway Union

UCD

The EYHL 2 the 20/21 season will be run using the same format and under the same rules as last season.  In line with the invitation rules the following nominations were received by Hockey Ireland from the branches and these clubs will receive an invite to compete in the EYHL 2:

Connacht Women – NUIG / Galway

Leinster Women – Corinthians / Monkstown / Trinity
Leinster Men – Clontarf / Railway Union / Portrane

Munster- Women – UCC / Cork CofI
Munster Men – Cork CofI / Bandon

Ulster Women – Queens / Ards / Lurgan
Ulster Men – Cookstown / Kilkeel / Instonians

A full review of the EYHL 1 and 2 will take place in the coming months, with a view to finalise details regarding the format and regulations in time for the 21/22 season.

Hockey Ireland Statement regarding EYHL 2020/21

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Sport Ireland Resilience Fund

Recently, Sport Ireland announced a new scheme of funding to help support clubs who have found the pandemic financially challenging 

This scheme is available to hockey-only clubs:    

Key points: 

  • The grant scheme is designed to support sporting activity only 
  • Multi-sports clubs can apply for funding via their Local Sports Partnership https://www.sportireland.ie/participation/lsp-contact-finder 
  • These funds are not aimed to replace lost income from ancillary activities such as hospitality, sub-letting facilities or other non-sporting commercial activity 
  • Clubs can apply by applying to Hockey Ireland  
  • Hockey Ireland will review applications and those deemed viable will be submitted to Sport Ireland on behalf of each club  

Hockey Ireland has included some guidance notes within the application form and will also run a webinar on Thursday 13th August from 19.00 – 20.30. To register for this webinar, please click here  

To download the application form Covid 19 Grant Scheme Application Forms HI.docx  

Process and Timeline: 

  • Club applications must be submitted to info@hockey.ie before 17.00 on 28th August 2020 
  • Applications will then be collated by Hockey Ireland and submitted to Sport Ireland before Monday 14th September 
  • Sport Ireland will make an initial assessment on the level of request under each scheme. 
  • Final decisions will need to take into account the level of demand across the schemes. 
  • Depending on the level of submissions, the outcome of those deliberations will be communicated to sports organisations in October 
  • Subject to approval and standard Terms & Conditions, the process of payment will begin thereafter 

 

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Hockey Ireland Statement Regarding EuroHockey League and Club Championship Positions 2020/21.

Hockey Ireland Statement Regarding EuroHockey League and Club Championship Positions 2020/21.

17 July 2020

On the 9th of April 2020, the 2019/2020 EYHL season was declared null and void by the Hockey Ireland Board due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This was based on the recommendation of a Competitions Working Group that included the Hockey Ireland Competitions Committee and representation from each of the four provinces. This group, after extensive consultation and consideration, presented a series of recommendations to the Hockey Ireland Board regarding all hockey competitions on the island of Ireland. The Competitions Committee also recommended the representatives for the 2020/2021 European Hockey competitions – the EuroHockey League and EuroHockey Club Championship. It was recommended that the four teams selected to represent Ireland in 2019/2020 season should remain the representatives for 2020/2021.

This recommendation was reviewed by the Hockey Ireland Board at a meeting on 6th May. The Board approved the Competitions Committee recommendation and resolved that the four clubs representing Ireland in the European Hockey competitions in 2021 are:

  • Pegasus Hockey Club Women will retain their position as the representative in the Euro Hockey League Final
  • Three Rock Rovers Hockey Club Men retain their position as the representative for the Euro Hockey League
  • Loreto Hockey Club Women retain their position as the representative for the EuroHockey Club Trophy
  • Lisnagarvey Hockey Club’s Men retain their position for the EuroHockey Club Trophy II

This Board decision was appealed by Lisnagarvey Hockey Club under the Hockey Ireland Bye Laws. An independent Appeal Panel met on Monday 29th June and ruled that the appeal should be upheld. This panel determined that Lisnagarvey Hockey Club should be awarded first place in the nomination for European Competitions for the 2020/2021 season, making them the representative for Ireland in the EuroHockey League.

While accepting the decision of the Appeal Panel, it is Hockey Ireland’s position that the committee focussed on Lisnagarvey Hockey Club’s appeal without any, or insufficient, regard to the consequences of such a change to the broader Hockey Ireland decision. The outcome of the appeal impacts on the decisions, regarding club selections and their ranking, for all of the respective European Hockey Competitions in 2020/2021.

Upon receipt of the Appeal Panel decision, Hockey Ireland considered all available options open to it and decided to refer the Appeal Panel’s decision to Sport Dispute Solutions Ireland as allowed for within the Hockey Ireland Bye Laws.  Sport Dispute Solutions Ireland is an independent specialised dispute resolution service for Irish Sport offering both a mediation and arbitration facility.  As Hockey Ireland’s designate appeal body, a request to Sport Dispute Solutions Ireland for mediation/arbitration is the final solution to an appeal when all processes within Hockey Ireland have been exhausted.

Hockey Ireland has received appeals from other Clubs since the Appeal Panel’s decision was announced. However, due to the complexity of this issue and the potential implications of any Sport Dispute Solutions Ireland ruling on the matter, Hockey Ireland has contacted the other appealing clubs to look into pausing their appeal processes until a ruling is received from Sport Dispute Solutions Ireland.

Hockey Ireland will fully engage with the Sport Dispute Solutions Ireland mediation/arbitration process.

Hockey Ireland Statement Regarding EuroHockey League and Club Championship Positions 202021..pdf

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Young Hockey Leaders Awards

The Young Hockey Leaders Award is a 5-hour long course that introduces young people, aged between 14 and 18, to volunteering in their hockey club.

The YHLA introduces young people to all aspects of the sport including umpiring, coaching, volunteering, and team management. During the programme individuals will learn skills, top tips, and, most importantly, confidence so that Young Leaders can get back to their clubs in order to put their new-found knowledge to use!

As a result of the current Covid-19 restrictions, Hockey Ireland has decided to divide the delivery of YHLA into 2 parts:

  1. Online regional workshop – 1 hour
  2. Practical regional pitch session – 4 hours

In order to complete the award, each leader must attend the 2 aspects of the course and then go back to their club to complete 5 hours of contact time. The cost of the course is €20 per participant. To book onto the courses please follow the link below.

https://store.hockey.ie/product/?13273_youngHockeyLeaderCourse.html

We will continue to add dates and venues across Ireland for August, please keep your eyes peeled for this.

For any clubs wishing to run a YHLA please contact your regional development officer.

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Hockey Ireland EuroHockey Club Competitions Representatives for 2020/21

 

1 July 2020

On the 6th of May earlier this year, the 2019/2020 EYHL season was declared null and void by the Hockey Ireland Board due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. It was also decided that the European representatives for the EuroHockey Club competitions were to remain the same for the next season, and in the same order.

This decision has since been appealed by Lisnagarvey Hockey Club under the rules of Hockey Ireland. The appeal panel met on Monday the 29th June with the relevant parties and concluded that the appeal should be upheld.

The Panel determined that Lisnagarvey Hockey Club shall be given the first place in the nominations for European Club Competitions for the 2020/2021 season, which means the club will be the representative for Ireland for the EuroHockey League. With the order changed by this decision the Irish representatives for Europe are as follows:

– Pegasus Hockey Club Women will retain their position as the representative in the Euro Hockey League Final

– Lisnagarvey Hockey Club’s Men are now the representative for the Euro Hockey League

– Loreto Hockey Club Women retain their position as the representative for the EuroHockey Club Trophy

– Three Rock Rovers Hockey Club Men are now the representative for the EuroHockey Club Trophy II

EuroHockey Teams Update.pdf