ABN AMRO EHL Cup 2021

Belgian champions KHC Dragons are hosting the ABN AMRO EHL Cup 2021 between September 30th and October 3rd and Three Rock Rovers Men’s 1s will be flying the Irish Flag!

The Men’s 1s will be playing Minsk on the Saturday, October 2nd and Dragons are offering a VIP experience in their beautiful clubhouse, with view of the pitch. See all the details in the image below and the PDF at the bottom.

Keep an eye out for further details on https://ehlhockey.tv/ and Rover’s website and social media for fundraising information over the next few months!

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Legacy

With the Senior Ladies appearance drawing nearing by the day Hockey Ireland want everyone to get involved before, during and after! Information courtesy of Hockey Ireland

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be an Olympics like no other and we, as Hockey Ireland, along with our provincial association boards, clubs, coaches, players and supporters need to take this opportunity to promote our sport at home while our Women’s team does us proud abroad.

As we go through another year where Covid19 has had such an impact on Hockey at grassroots, competition and international levels, this is an opportunity to use the impact the Olympic games has on the world stage to promote our clubs, in particular, to people who are not currently playing hockey. Targeting new players, players who have taken a break and are ready to come back, non-hockey playing schools and new volunteers will ensure hockey continues to grow on the island of Ireland.

Our make the most of the Olympic Legacy booklet gives a brief run through of some of the Hockey Ireland development programmes currently available to clubs and schools along with links to resource packs, coaching session guides, videos and more information. Think of it as a one-stop shop for what is currently happening at grassroots level within Hockey Ireland. Thanks to the support of Sport Ireland and the Women In Sport fund, we hope to increase the number of programmes over the next year including ‘Get into Hockey’, our upcoming social hockey scheme.

But maybe your club is looking for something to keep interest up with your current members over the summer and during the Olympics. In that case, have a look at our upcoming ‘Design a jersey’ competition with two jerseys signed by the Women’s Olympic Squad up for grabs. Or are your club eager to send their well wishes to the team before they start their Olympic journey? Get the club to record a Good Luck Green Army video and post on social media using #GoodLuckGreenArmy. Join up with players all over the island as well as sponsors, volunteers, supporters and well-wishers. Let’s show the women’s team how proud we are of them.

Keep your players challenged with the 21 day Olympic Challenge – work on some skills, put your green on for match days, get out for a bit of exercise and start your creative juices flowing….the 21 day Olympic Challenge has all of these covered. And for the younger ones (and the older ones) when the matches are a bit too exciting take a bit of quiet time to work on the Hockey Ireland colouring book.

Junior Administrator wanted

Three Rock Rovers is looking to appoint a part-time Junior Administrator

Three Rock Rovers is a mixed club with +450 junior members. Reporting to the clubs hockey committee, the successful applicant will assist in the administration of all junior activity in the club.


Key Responsibilities-
Day to day administration of Junior activity
Manage player registrations 
Coordination of coaches
Scheduling of all Junior fixtures, games and training sessions


Requirements-
Excellent organisation and communication skills
Undertake other tasks deemed appropriate by Hockey Committee
Understanding of junior hockey an advantage but not essential
Weekend availability
Successful candidate will be required to be Garda Vetted 

For more information or to apply for this role; email club.manager@threerockrovershc.com

Welcome to Three Rock Rovers New Website!

There may not have been as much action as the Club and our members would have hoped for or wanted but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy behind the scenes getting the Club ready for the 2021/2022 season!

This site has been in the works for well over a year and with the extra time on our hands due to so little on field action we put a lot of energy into creating this new site, the old one was over 10 years old and deserved a nice update.

Peter Hinds, the current Men’s Captain and Sam Cogan, Senior Men’s section, have provided a huge amount of time and their expertise to get this project over the line and the Club, and myself, are immensely grateful to the two of them for their help.

We hope that this new site will help all our members and sponsors, current and prospective, look forward to the 2021/2022 with even more optimism than before.

Jack McCann,
TRRHC Webmaster

EHL 20/21 Update

Article originally posted by Euro Hockey League here: EHL 20/21

Read the latest update, below, on the EHL. Positives and negatives for the Men’s 1s,

The Euro Hockey League (EHL) and the European Hockey Federation (EHF) are delighted to announce ABN AMRO EHL Men and Women tournaments will take place at the Wagener Stadium in Amsterdam at Easter following clearance from the Dutch government. 

After 18 months of frustration, it means the world’s best club hockey will return to action in a unique and safe manner, an exciting proposition to emerge from the most difficult circumstances.   

Working strictly in accordance with Dutch government guidelines, the event will feature a reduced FINAL4 format which will take place “behind closed doors” with no fans allowed entry.   

It will start with FINAL4 matches on Saturday, April 3 with the GRAND FINALS on Monday, April 5.  

All eight games will enjoy a full broadcast package which will be available around the world either through our trusted partner broadcasters or via www.eurohockeytv.org. In the Netherlands, NOS will provide extensive coverage of the event. 

The full schedule will be released following consultation with our partners.  

It will be the first EHL competition to take place since October 2019’s KO16. Since then, the ongoing global pandemic has seen events in March and October 2020 put on hold.   

“This EHL event offers us a new beginning and certainly a new hope,” said EHF President Marijke Fleuren. “The EHL was sorely missed by hockey fans around the world over the past 18 months and so we look forward to celebrating hockey and its shining athletes more than ever at Easter.   

“This would not be possible without support from the Dutch Olympic Committee who have allowed it to take place in a safe way, something we are hugely grateful for.    

“We are also thankful to AH&BC Amsterdam for once again acting as the host club for our special tournament.”   

The weekend will feature the long-anticipated introduction of EHL Women, our #EquallyAmazing outlet we first announced in 2018 which has been put on hold by the pandemic.   

The FINAL4 sees AH&BC Amsterdam – EuroHockey Club Cup winners in 2019 – facing arch-rivals HC ’s-Hertogenbosch in the FINAL4 while German champions Der Club an der Alster take on Spanish leading lights Club de Campo de Madrid.   

The men’s FINAL4 features Germany’s HTC Uhlenhorst Mülheim up against Spain’s Atlètic Terrassa HC; the three-time winners HC Bloemendaal are up against Royal Léopold Club.    

The entrants for this competition were the original four seeded clubs for the 2020/21 season which also determined the FINAL4 match-ups.   

ABN AMRO’s Ernst Boekhorst (Head of Brand, Sponsoring and Foundation) is thrilled by the EHL’s return, welcomed the news, saying: “ABN AMRO is pleased that it has proven possible to continue the Euro Hockey League. We are anxiously awaiting the final round that will take place at hockey club Amsterdam this Easter weekend.   

“It will be a special edition. Not only do the corona measures apply but, this year, in addition to the men’s tournament, the first women’s tournament will take place on an equal basis.  

“This is something that is fully in line with what we strive for as a sponsor in, among other things, hockey. We are looking forward to a special and beautiful tournament.”  

EHL Chairman Hans-Erik Tuijt added: “As safety is our main concern for our players, fans and officials, we were forced to take the decision to cancel last year’s tournament.   

“I am very pleased that in close coordination with all relevant stakeholders, we are now in a position to safely organise the ABN AMRO EHL FINAL4 tournament in Amsterdam for men and women.   

“Fans cannot attend in the current environment but our world-class TV production team will make sure that hockey fans around the world will be able to enjoy the best club competition in the world.”   

For AH&BC Amsterdam’s Erich Schnoeckel, he is looking forward to welcoming the hockey world in a virtual way.   

“We are absolutely delighted that, in these challenging times, we have been given the chance to host the first EHL in a new style in the Wagener Stadium this Easter.    

“It will be a tournament like none before and, hopefully, none after. It will be great that our women’s team will have the opportunity to defend their European title on home turf.    

“We will all sit close to the TV and live streams to follow it all! And we will be cheering all teams from wherever we are.”   

The reduced format does mean a change in the EHL’s overall structure in 2021. The EHL Men’s Cup will no longer take place at Easter while the ABN AMRO U14 Boys and Girls event is also cancelled as previously announced.   

With current circumstances dictating this new format at Easter, it means a significant reduction to the number of clubs who originally qualified for the planned 2020/21 EHL Men and Women’s season.   

Of those clubs who will not be at Easter’s event, they will now be invited to an alternative EHL competition to take place next October. Further details of the format and how this affects ranking points will be published in due course.    

ABN AMRO Euro Hockey League (April 3-5 2021; Wagener Stadium, Amstelveen)  

EHL Men’s FINAL4 entrants: HTC Uhlenhorst Mülheim (Germany), HC Bloemendaal (Netherlands), Royal Léopold Club (Belgium), Atlètic Terrassa HC (Spain)  

EHL Women’s FINAL4 entrants: AH&BC Amsterdam (Netherlands), Der Club an der Alster (Germany), Club de Campo de Madrid (Spain), HC ’s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands) 

LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF & OTHERS DURING COVID-19

During these tough times, don’t forget to look after yourself and check in on family, friends, etc.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a challenging event. Some people might find it more worrying than others. Medical, scientific and public health experts are working hard to contain the virus. Try to remember this when you feel worried, but there are many things you can do to mind your mental health during times like this.

Stay informed but set limits for news and social media
The constant stream of information about COVID-19 can be overwhelming. I can also make you feel unnecessarily worried. If it does, find ways to moderate what information you choose to take in, and when.

For example, you could set aside a short time slot every day or two, to look out for important updates.

It can also be difficult to separate facts from misinformation. Always make sure to get your information from trustworthy and reliable sources.

Read up-to-date, factual information on COVID-19 in Ireland here.

On social media, people often talk about their own worries or beliefs about COVID-19. This could increase your own worry and levels of anxiety. It is important to choose carefully who you engage with on social media, and for how long.

If you find the coverage on COVID-19 is too intense for you, talk it through with someone close or get support.

Keep up your healthy routines
Your routine may be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in different ways. But during difficult times like this, it’s best if you can keep some structure in your day.

It’s important to pay attention to your needs and feelings, especially during times of stress. You may still be able to do some of the things you enjoy and find relaxing.

During times of stress, friends and families can be a good source of support. It is important to keep in touch with them and other people in your life.

If you need to restrict your movements or self-isolate, try to stay connected to people in other way like phone and video calls, emails, online chat platforms, etc.

Full information and original guidance can be found on the HSE website here: Minding your mental health during Covid-19

SIOBHÁN MADELEY ANNOUNCED NOVEMBER VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH

The Club was absolutely delighted to hear that our very own Siobhan Madeley had won the LHA Volunteer award for November!

Originally posted by the LHA here: LHA Article

The Club was absolutely delighted to hear that our very own Siobhan Madeley had won the LHA Volunteer award for November! Her trojan work setting up the Three Rock Rockets, nearly 5 years ago, and assisting other clubs in Leinster start their own has justifiably been recognised!

All at Rovers would like to pass on our congratulations to Siobhan!

Read the full article from the LHA site below!

We are again overwhelmed by the nominations received for the November 2020 Volunteer of the Month Award. As a sport we are blessed to have such amazing volunteers in all our clubs who give so freely of their time and energy and we’d like to thank all the volunteers in our clubs and on all our committee’s for their tireless work.

Development Director Fiona Walshe commended all the nominations received acknowledging “that the strength of our sport lies in the hands of so many wonderful volunteers and the LHA Board & Development Committee are grateful to each and every one of you”.

The nominations received recognised volunteers in all areas of our sport – coaches, umpires, administrators, Children’s Officers, Covid Officers, committee members.

The Development Committee reviewed all the nominations received in and are delighted to announce that Siobhán Madeley will receive the November 2020 Volunteer of the Month Award. A member of Three Rock Rovers HC for many years, Siobhán started a ParaHockey programme in the club less than five years ago. The ParaHockey programme is now a growing and much loved section within Three Rock Rovers and Siobhán has assisted a number of other clubs in Leinster to start and grow their own ParaHockey Sections.

Luke McSharry (Three Rock Rovers Secretary) added “the introduction of ParaHockey to the club has undoubtedly had a positive impact on the players and coaches involved with the Rockets, but has also gone on to have such a positive effect on the wider club”.

In announcing the award Fiona Walshe also thanked Siobhán “for her work introducing ParaHockey to the Leinster Hockey family and we look forward to seeing numbers grow” and she wished the Irish ParaHockey squad the best of luck in the Europeans in July 2021.

Leinster Hockey Chairman, Trevor Watkins congratulated Siobhán saying “it was well deserved recognition for her work and foresight to get ParaHockey started in Ireland” and he expressed his delight in seeing this format of the game grow in Leinster.

Read the first Rovers Round up of 2021 here, short, sweet and to the point!

Covid Lockdown

We ask all members, and parents of junior members, to please adhere to Covid restrictions and the level 5 lockdown criteria, and not to enter the club grounds or complex during the current lockdown. Some staff are required to continue working for essential pitch and other duties and maintenance, and unregistered visitors to the grounds place them, and any visitors, at risk. All visitors to the club must also be registered for Covid tracing purposes.

The current restrictions are difficult and unpleasant for everyone, and it has been a challenging year for the club. We appreciate the support of our loyal members, and we hope that we will be in a position to see you all back again once it is safe to do so and government guidelines allow it.

Stay safe and we will see you sooner rather than later up at Three Rock Rovers!

ROADSTONE sponsorship.

The club wishes to thank Frank Heisterkamp, TRR Men’s 5s & 6s player, and Roadstone, for renewing their club partner sponsorship package. This support is very much appreciated during what will be a tough financial year for the club.

Thank you Frank.

A festive message from TRR’s Ladies and Men’s Club Captains as we look forward to 2021

To the TRR Family

Thanks for your support and here’s to Hockeying in 2021!

We wanted to say a massive thank you to all our members, without you paying your subs the club would not be able to continue to operate, to all the volunteers who have helped us to keep hockeying and comply with the COVID rules so far this year, so many people are unaware of the huge work that volunteers do for the club which helps us keep afloat and to Bernie who has been a tremendous help throughout.

We have seen incredible support from our Three Rock members and so many junior parents so far this season, which has been a huge help in keeping our club going through difficult times. Three Rock are proud to have been able to provide a safe environment for everyone to enjoy some hockey and we thank all of those who helped work through complicated decisions as the state of play changed continually and the volunteers who stepped up to make it all possible.

It really has been so heartening to see the TRR family pull together this year and we want to say thank you all so much for your continued support. We hope that as the days begin to stretch again and vaccine rollouts become the news of the day let’s all have a safe Christmas and look forward to hockeying in 2021!

Thanks,
Jess & Peter
Club Captains

Christmas Trees, Junior Update, Rockets Christmas training & More!

Christmas Trees
Christmas Trees are on sale up at Grange Road, in the front car park! If you’re looking for a tree for this year look no further than Three Rock Rovers!

It would be great to see as many people as possible purchase their tree at Grange Road as not only are you shopping local but you will also be supporting the Club as some of the money earned will go to the Club!

Rockets Christmas Training
The Rockets held their Christmas training session on Tuesday evening, see article photo, which saw plenty of prancing and dancing as well as the Rockets welcoming a new player!

Zoe attended her first session and went home smiling! Thanks to Siobhan, Hannah, Scott, Zoe and all the coaches who have helped this side of Christmas!
(Photos in newsletter)

Juniors Update

Recent Activity – Peter McVerry Appeal
We received a very warm sincere letter from the Peter McVerry Trust thanking the children and parents of Three Rock Rovers for the huge, generous and much needed donation which we handed over last week. The response from the Junior Club was amazing – over 120 selection boxes, almost 100 tins of biscuits, 80 tubs of sweets, 5 boxes full of toiletries, 100s of presents, loads and loads of hats, socks, gloves and so much more ! These we were told will be distributed to families in need in temporary accommodation, in hostels and in direct provision centres all over Leinster.

Last weekend was Christmas Jumpers weekend !
Unfortunately it was very wet and windy for most of it, so not everyone managed to brave it in their Christmas gear ! Those that did looked fantastic ! and thanks to all who made the effort! (Photos in newsletter)

December 11th – 13th
This is our final weekend before the Christmas break.

So don your Christmas jumpers and hats again, pick up some last minute stocking fillers in Ed Sports and watch out Santa may be lurking with a small gift for all the children !!

We have had a very busy, very unusual first term of the season. Renewed thanks to EVERYONE : coaches, parents, the numerous volunteers and committee and subcommittee members whose combined efforts have ensured that we have had as much hockey as possible for the children in a safe environment.

A special word of thanks must go to Chris for all his enthusiasm and dedication!