Huge congratulations to the Junior Committee, players and their parents for the success had with their fundraiser last weekend!

Hockey Ireland Update

Hockey Ireland’s Covid-19 Group met today to discuss the recent announcements regarding

Covid-19 restrictions made by the Irish (ROI) Government and the Northern Irish (NI)

The following changes have been made to Hockey Ireland Covid-19 guidelines:
(Please note: These restrictions do not apply to Irish Senior International squads under Sport Ireland’s elite exemption)

1. As per Level 3 guidelines, adults in ROI will be allowed to return to non-contact
training with immediate effect. Training must be in pods of maximum 15 (including
coaches/managers) and socially distanced at all time.
2. Competition/matches may not be played at any level.

For All Ireland Competitions:
1. Hockey Ireland’s principle of all clubs competing on a level basis in relation to Covid19 restrictions remains in place.
2. No All-Ireland hockey competition (EYHL1, EYHL2 or Cups) will start until a 4-week
lead-in period has passed that would start from the point in time that training is
allowed on the entire island of Ireland.
3. Training for EYHL clubs will be allowed if permitted under the Government rules but
this will be reviewed once the current period of lockdown for Northern Ireland has
passed on December 11th

Peter McVerry
Congratulation to the Junior Section on running such a successful fundraiser last weekend in the Club for the Peter McVerry Trust. The whole Junior section, players, parents, coaches and committee, showed their huge generosity in the haul that was gathered at training sessions over the 3 days!
You can see the video footage of the haul here:

Christmas trees
Christmas Trees are currently 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!

The more the merrier as they say!

Contact if you have any questions

ParaHockey ID is in the Special Olympics as a demonstration Sport!

Article first published on EHF website here: Special time for Hockey

With a piece of extraordinarily bright news in a year that has been devoid of too much joy, the Special Olympics has announced that Hockey for those with Intellectual Disabilities, which is known as either ParaHockey ID or Hockey ID, will be included in the 2023 Special Olympics World Games in Berlin as a demonstration sport. For the purposes of this article, we will refer to the sport as Hockey ID.

Special Olympics, which was founded in 1968, has inclusion at its very core. It’s mission, which has remained unchanged for the past 52 years, is to “create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people.”

While the Special Olympics movement provides a host of training, fund-raising and other opportunities for communities around the world, one of the pinnacles of the movement is the bi-annual Special Olympics World Games.

At the event in June 2023, in Berlin, 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 countries will compete in 24 sports. There will be a support staff of 3,000 coaches and 20,000 volunteers.

It is here that Hockey ID will be making its debut appearance, with between 12 and 15 nations represented, as a demonstration sport – one of two sports chosen from a field of 10.

Thomas Gindra, Vice President Sports at Special Olympics, commented on the decision: “All applications were convincing, but field hockey and rowing were slightly ahead in the end. These are established sports that have a lot of potential to advance the inclusive sports landscape in Germany together with Special Olympics. With field hockey and rowing, we want to send a strong signal that more and more sports and clubs are joining the Special Olympics movement and thus improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.”

The driving force behind Hockey ID’s inclusion is Norman Hughes, who is FIH Hockey ID Project Lead. He explained that the journey to this point for Hockey ID began in earnest in 2015 when European Hockey Federation President and FIH Executive Board Member Marijke Fleuren introduced Hughes to Natascha Bruers, the Sports Director for Special Olympics Netherlands. One conversation led to another and eventually Hughes found himself presenting Hockey ID to the Special Olympics Eurasia Congress in 2019.

Among the audience were representatives from across the globe and Hockey ID began to gain more traction in countries where it had not formerly been really recognised or facilitated.

A major step forward occurred when the DHB (the German Hockey Federation) hosted the men’s EuroHockey Indoor Championships in February 2020 and ran a Hockey ID festival alongside the Championships. Representatives from Special Olympics Germany were at the event and witnessed for themselves the excitement and skill involved in Hockey ID.

“It was explained to me that we were up against 10 other sports for just two spots as demonstration sports,” says Hughes. “But we built a bid up and it was submitted in July. We heard the good news in November.”

Among the key factors that sealed the deal for Hockey ID’s inclusion was the willingness of the FIH, the EHF and other national hockey associations to work in partnership with the Special Olympics.

“It was also the fact that we are doing a lot in education and coaching,” adds Hughes. “We need to keep pushing now though because the Special Olympics will want to see us keep growing and developing. Things such as coaching resources and coach education are a vital part of that and it will be great to see these embedded into the FIH Academy.

“I also hope this will inspire nations to get on board now. I would like to see local groups linking with their Special Olympics organisations to really make sustained progress.

“For the athletes, it is really life-changing. It is a massive opening ceremony and a massive closing ceremony. There are workshops in between events and full educational experiences. It builds confidence, and opens up other opportunities.”

President of DHB, Carola Meyer, said: “We are very, very happy that we could successfully apply with Hockey ID as a demonstration sport for the Special Olympics World Games 2023 in Berlin.

“It is a very important step to be represented with field hockey in the Special Olympics family. This application has been supported by many letters from different national hockey federations, the International Hockey Federation and the European Hockey Federation, which was certainly a decisive criterion of hockey to win the bid against strong competition.”

As of this year, Hockey ID in Germany has two ambassadors in Selin Oruz, the bronze winner of Rio 2016, and Mahmut Gerdan, an active member of the Special Hockey Team Germany. “I am a very proud ambassador of Special Hockey Team Germany today,” Selin Oruz said when she received the news of the successful application. “And I wish our team lots of fun at the 2023 Special Olympics World Games in Berlin!”. “That’s great news,” said a delighted Mahmut Gerdan, who as a player has already taken part in a EuroHockey Championship in Hockey ID. “It’s great that we can be there in Berlin. Until then we will train hard to become even better. To play such a tournament in front of your own audience in Germany is something very special!”

FIH Executive Board member and EHF President Marijke Fleuren, who has championed the inclusion of Hockey ID at the Special Olympics, said: “To say I am delighted that Hockey ID gets the chance to participate in the Special Olympics World Games as a demonstration sport would be an understatement.

“I am thrilled and emotionally touched that our athletes can show their skills on such a platform. They deserve it, as do their parents and fans who have given them 100 per cent support on their journey to participate in our sport. From my side, a big thank you to Norman Hughes and Natascha Bruers for their tireless work and enthusiasm and to DHB and Special Olympics Germany for making it happen.”

FIH President Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, said: “FIH has a huge commitment towards inclusivity and the news that Hockey ID will be a demonstration sport at the 2023 Special Olympics World Games in Berlin shows the enormous progress that is being made across the international hockey community in this area of our sport.

“Congratulations are due to Norman Hughes and his team for the work they have done in this area. And we are immensely grateful to the DHB and Special Olympics Germany for providing this opportunity. And we must acknowledge that, while these are tremendous achievements, we cannot stop here. We must now keep pushing forwards, with the support of continental federations and national associations, to ensure that the inclusive nature of Hockey ID is available to hockey communities in every corner of the globe.”

Article Photo: Photo: Matthew Burke , Ireland v Belgium, 2019 Cronos Euro ParaHockey Championhips (EHF / Col Morley (c))

Keep an eye for TRR Christmas trees again this year, the Juniors have a Christmas appeal & more!

AGM 2020
Thank you to all our members who attended our virtual AGM, via Zoom on Tuesday November 17th! Thank you to Peter Hinds for hosting and coordinating the AGM. If you would like to see the minutes from the meeting contact
Christmas trees at Grange Road
Once again Christmas trees will on sale at Grange Road this year, start date TBC, but we hope that as many members and their families will support the club by buying a tree from Grange Road, as the club will get a percentage from the trees sold. So the more the merrier!

Junior update

20 x 20

As you will all be aware the 20 x 20 “ cant see it, can be it” campaign was formally launched in the Club. This campaign is being led by a very enthusiastic sub committee of Senior members and has been welcomed with excitement by the Junior Club ( as was demonstrated by the overwhelming support of both boys and girls who turned up to training sporting their red stripes on their faces !

Lucy Kelly who plays for the Inter girls is one of the Junior representatives on this committee and here is her report on the weekend :

20×20 – Show your Stripes

On the weekend of the 13th of November, in support of the 20×20 campaign, all the 3 Rock girls, boys and coaches lined their faces with red stripes to training. It showed great solidarity between the girls, boys and coaches. Some of us wore red lipstick, eyeliner and the stripes !! We were fortunate with the weather on the Friday evening as it didn’t rain and our stripes didn’t fade away. I can’t say the same however for the junior girls on Sunday morning ! But nevertheless, the support for the campaign didn’t go unnoticed with even some of the parents “ showing their stripes”.

For people wondering as to why we wore the stripes it is the symbol of the 20×20 campaign. It is a campaign which encourages the participation of women in sport. They hope to achieve more media coverage for women, more female participants and more attendance at women’s games by the end of 2020 and beyond.

It was great fun to be part of this event. A big thank you to Avril and the 3 Rock 20×20 group for organising and to Brendan & Chris for taking all the pictures over the weekend.

Keep an eye out for more on this in 2021!

There is a lot going on in the Junior Club in the lead up to Christmas ! We are delighted and grateful to have been able to keep training over the recent Level 5 Lockdown. We will update you on any changes to this following the Government decisions this coming Friday.

In the meantime, our first Christmas event is this weekend and is our collection of items of non-perishable food and books and toys for the PETER MC VERRY TRUST which is working with homeless people in Dublin.


Christmas is going to be very hard for many families this year and with this in mind we have been in contact with the Peter McVerry Trust who do fantastic work helping homeless people in Dublin. They would be thrilled with any donations that we gather which they will distribute to families over the coming weeks.

With this in mind we are planning a collection this coming weekend if any of the children would like to contribute.

  • Warm new clothes- eg hats, gloves, socks etc
  • Toiletries – soap, shower gels, shampoo etc.
  • Toys – for children of all ages
  • Books and colouring materials
  • Selection boxes
  • Tins of biscuits

There will be a collection point at each pitch at all training sessions Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of November and the Gaisce coaches will happily accept any donations.

This is completely voluntary and no one should be under any obligation to contribute as we know that people have their own charities that they support.

ED Sports Black Friday Sale
ED Sports Black Friday Sale is now live! For 4 Days only get up to 50% off Sticks, Bags, Astros, Bags & More! Act fast as the the sale ends November 30th! Find out more here: ED SPORTS BLACK FRIDAY

Find out the latest news from Grange Road here!

20×20 launch at Three Rock Rovers
As we are set to launch the 20×20 campaign in Three Rock this weekend, Junior members don’t forget to #ShowYourStripes at training this weekend!

Three Rock Rovers Hockey Club Calls on all the Youths to join with the Senior section to support the 20*20 campaign by:


Pose for socially distanced photos
Launch the Club charter for our current and future targets

*Please face paint at home before attending training

Reminder, that the Club AGM is next Tuesday, November 17th at 7pm via Zoom. Members were notified on the 3rd of November by email, please attend if you can and have your voice heard.

First Weekend of new parking procedures
A big, big thanks to our Junior Parents for helping make things run so smoothly last Sunday morning at Three Rock. Thanks to everyone who found a way to walk to the club and helped reduce the number of cars in the grounds, it was great to see both rugby families and hockey families chipping in to make sure all the Sunday morning training sessions could continue on.

Hopefully we’ll get the same sunny skies this weekend, fingers crossed!

New Dugouts
The long awaited new dugouts, from Rogers Fencing Supplies Ltd, were installed on the front and back pitch at the start of the week and they look absolutely wonderful! Thank you to all involved with getting this over the line! (Photos in newsletter)

We are very grateful for the assistance and support of the Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport, and the 2018 Sports Capital Grant Scheme, for part funding the replacement of our new team and t.d. shelters,

Now we just need hockey back for them to utilised!

Happy Halloween to all our members, supporters and sponsors & a Junior update, training is on this weekend!

Happy Halloween
To All our members, supporters & sponsors we would like to wish you and your families a Happy Halloween! We look forward to seeing everyone back at the club, in some capacity, sooner rather than later!

As always stay safe, do your bit and we will be back at Grange Road, enjoying hockey in no time!

Hockey Ireland E-Hub
Hockey Ireland has launched their new E-learning platform. The “Hockey Ireland Hub” aims to offer support to all aspects of the hockey community via courses, helpful downloads and articles.

To access the Hockey Ireland Hub please go to: This link is also available in several areas of the Hockey Ireland website. You will need to create an account to access the resources on the Hub. All aspects of the site will be updated on continuous basis.

Read the Full article here:

Junior Committee Update!
Training IS on !

Sorry for the confusion with last week’s update, we are delighted to confirm that training IS on this Halloween weekend! So get out your costume and let’s see how many witches and ghosts we can have at training !!

HOWEVER, please make sure that your child can move freely and is able to train in their outfit.


As Halloween approaches we have now the opportunity to look back and review the first 2 months of opening under new and changing COVID regulations.

The overwhelming response from parents and massive cooperation from all coaches has ensured that we have been able to offer training and much needed outdoor exercise to our Junior members in a safe and secure environment. We can not express enough our thanks to our 140 + Covid Supervisors who have all completed the Sport Ireland Return to Play and Covid Officer online courses and have developed their understanding of how to support the club in this role.

They arrive early hail, rain or snow to meet and greet members, with one Covid Supervisor taking the online register while the other Covid Supervisor sanitises the children’s hands. During the session they support the coaches by constantly reminding the members of the 2 metre social distancing rules and all the protocols in place.

Quite simply without these volunteers we could not train !
So, you know who you are (!) take a bow …. thank you, thank you, thank you!


Please note that coaches will continue to assess the squads over the coming weeks. It now looks as if leagues may start in January and therefore coaches will have until the weekend of the 22nd of November to potentially move players up or down teams if they deem it necessary. Also be aware that there may be movement in January when the league season starts so all members should continue to work hard in training.

As you all know we have almost 500 junior members in the Club, these are trained by 37 coaches many of whom coach a number of teams. We have 26 Gaisce students, who hopefully in years to come will become coaches also and we have over 150 active volunteer parents !! This is a huge hockey family, by any standard !

Over the coming weeks we will continue to put the spotlight on some of these people.
This week it is the turn of AOIBH MAGUIRE (pictured in newsletter with her 2019/2020 player of the year award).

We (in particular Inter Girls Team 4) would like to pass on their best wishes and socially distanced hugs to Aoibh Maguire who was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
After informing her mum that she didn’t feel quite right and something was wrong, she was taken to hospital on the 7th of October where the diagnosis hit Aoibh and her family with shock.

Thankfully her surgery went very well and the consultant is confident that Aoibh can start the road to full recovery.Chris traveled to Ballycullen last Tuesday with a signed card from the Inter coaches and the girls in Team 4 and some chocolates to see how she was doing.

Aoibh’s mum has said that all the support the Youths have shown Aoibh has been so beneficial to her recovery. Aoibh will return to the pitch when she is ready, but in the meantime will hopefully manage to get down to the club during a training session to catch up with the girls in her team.

Aoibh, from all the Youths, good luck in your recovery and we can’t wait to see you back at the Club again soon.


Special congratulations to Gillian Garrett and Ali Keogh ( who kindly came to talk to our Gaisce students recently ) who are part of the Irish Contingent of Irish Umpires and Officials who have been appointed to the Euro Hockey Tournaments for 2021.

Gillian is an integral part of the Junior Club being both a parent and coach of the 6th Class Boys.

Congrats to you both !

And Finally…

Well done to the INTER GIRLS who all wore PINK to training last Friday night in Aid of Breast Cancer Research. Not only did they add a bit of colour to the evening but they raised almost €200 ! (See pictures in the newsletter)

The latest update from Hockey Ireland regarding Level 5 Restrictions

As of midnight, on Wednesday 21st October, the Republic of Ireland is moving to Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions. These restrictions will remain in place for a period of 6 weeks. The effect of these restrictions on Hockey activity have been highlighted below.

These restrictions will apply to all Clubs in the Republic of Ireland.

Under Level 5, individual training only is permitted, and no matches are to take place. The exemptions to this are:

  1. Non-contact training can continue for school-aged children, outdoors in pods of 15. This means that at no point during the session should a player come within 2m of another player. Exercises involving tackling (such as 1v1s), marking or match play should not be undertaken.
  2. Elite sports* are permitted to continue behind closed doors – For Hockey this has been defined as the National Senior Men’s and Women’s Programmes. They are permitted to train and play behind closed doors.

*Please note: This category has been defined by the ‘Return to Sport Expert Group’ which has been established by the ROI government to provide guidance to Ireland’s sporting bodies to prepare for the phased return to sporting activity.

Under Level 5, while domestic travel restrictions do not allow movement outside of a 5-kilometre radius of home, it is permitted to take school-aged children to club training sessions. Club coaches may also travel to training sessions.

Junior training, in pods, can continue and the Gaisces take their first step into umpiring!

On Monday 19th, the Government moved the country from Level 3 to Level 5 for the next 6 weeks, restrictions kicked in midnight Wednesday, until 1st December. We were delighted to learn that, although matches continue to be off the cards, training in PODS may continue.

This has been working really well over the last number of weeks with over 140 parents now volunteering to support the club by becoming COVID Supervisors.

Each age group now has a parent in charge of ensuring that every training session has a Covid Supervisor. Chris Steele has provided huge support and knowledge to the setting up of this system.

PLEASE NOTE – there will be training over both weekends of the midterm break.
Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th of October & October 30th – November 1st.
Keep an eye out for any changes to this, that will be communicated to parents in the usual methods from Chris!

One of the many initiatives we are undertaking with this year’s GAISCE group is to hone their literary skills! Last week Hannah McKenna & Louis Peuch gave us an overview of their typical week of training. This insight was certainly of interest for our more junior members who could see how much work and time commitment is involved in developing one’s skills.

This week, another member of our 20/21 Gaisce Group, Emma Montgomery ( who plays both Inter 1 and Ladies 1st this year ) gives us her take on the Umpiring Session they had 2 weeks ago with Ali Keogh.

In her own words :
An Gaisce – October 2020 – “Umpiring with Ali Keogh”
We began the training session by Ali teaching us how to properly blow our whistles, as we were all being very nice in terms of how loud we were being. She took us through our first learning point of umpiring, which was knowing what part of the pitch belongs to which umpire. It was hard to get used to, as I kept blowing frees in the wrong areas. Two of us would umpire a mini match between the rest of us for a few minutes, and then Ali would take us through another learning point.

We were taught that umpires should move as much as possible to see the game, so we tried to move as much as possible when practising. We also learned the few hand signals we would need to umpire an U10s game and when not to blow frees. Ali said that the main goals when umpiring U10s are that the players learn about the game while playing it and are safe. We had great fun playing the non-contact mini match with each other. I did not think I would enjoy umpiring, as I have a habit of not enjoying umpires a lot, but I was pleasantly surprised!

We all learned a lot about this important role on the pitch and I have also gained a new level of respect for umpires, their job is a lot harder than it looks! We also had a socially distanced birthday party for our teammate and friend, Ella Power, after the session ended and stuffed our faces with cake.

The session was a great experience, thank you so much Ruth for organizing it.

Next week we hope to get a report from 1 or 2 of the Gaisce students on their experiences of their first weeks of coaching.

Read some of the Junior Member’s experience with hockey and Rovers, starting with Louis and Hannah!

In the absence of any matches and with no changes to the COVID protocols we have little news on these fronts. With this in mind we would like to use this opportunity to give some of our Junior Members the opportunity to describe their hockey experiences.

This week we would like to introduce Louis Peuch (Under 16 boys / Leinster U16 ) and Hannah McKenna (Inter girls/ Leinster U16 ). Both of these are goalies and have benefited greatly from the superb coaching from Brian Cleary.

The following is their last weekend schedule showing how huge a part both hockey and Three Rock Rovers plays in their lives!

In Louis Peuch’s’ words :

On Friday we had U16s training with James; every alternate week we have goalkeeper training with Brian and this Friday was the girls’ turn.
I arrived just before 7pm, warmed up and got my kit on. I love my new Obo gear and am very grateful to the club for part-sponsoring me. At training we did some shooting drills, with quick shots from the top of the circle and some back-post deflections, and finished with short corners. After training I went home, had a shower and had my dinner.

I spent a lot of Saturday doing homework (I’m in third year). I had a music lesson over Skype in the morning and then I started my homework. I had the opportunity to train with the men’s 3rds-6ths, as my brother Theo was going to that, but I didn’t want to train five times in five days (I have school hockey on Mondays and Thursdays). I did all of my homework and went out with my mum and my dog for a walk.

I had Leinster training on Sunday at 2pm. We had about an hour of fitness in Marlay Park, where we did speed and mobility exercises, and then had hockey at Three Rock. At the training, we did rebounding and deflections. Near the end, the U18s boys joined us and we practised short corners against each other. This was beneficial because we had been practising them before against defenders who knew all the techniques, which lost us the element of surprise.

After a long shower and a big dinner I did my music practice and then relaxed for the evening.

TRR Goalie weekend by Hannagh McKenna
This weekend was a busy one for me with school, club and Leinster training.

Friday is a rest day from School hockey, so home early with some down time to chillax (on Play Station VR), fuel up and check my gear before Friday night training in Grange road.
This Friday I had goalie training with Brain Cleary (The best goalie coach!) and then group training with the Inter Squad.
Friday night after training is home, shower, refuel, chillax and an early night.

At this stage in the season we would normally have school preseason warm up games on a Saturday Morning, but due to Covid restrictions these are on hold for the moment. Saturday for me is currently a rest day but we had our first school weekend training session so in school for 8.30, but this was a light training session for me, and I sat out the fitness part of the session and focused on training Drills.

I am in fourth year TY this year and I am doing the Gasice program in TRR. Ruth organised Ali Keogh, FIH International hockey umpire to give us an Introduction to Hockey Umpiring, this was an amazing session, Ali was brilliant, and I learnt a lot.
We also had a special birthday this weekend, Happy Birthday Ella Power! We had social distanced cake and candles pitch side after the Umpiring session! Thanks to Ali FQ for organising cake and hats!

Sunday morning as part of the Gaisce program I assist Calum coaching the 4th class girls’ teams. This has been really interesting for me as I play goalie, I don’t get to do much outfield, so it has been interesting to help out. I hope to do the coaching qualification in 2021 and coach in Three Rock next season.

Sunday afternoon is time for Homework, relaxing and fuelling for Leinster training. Sunday evening, I trained in TRR with the Under 16 Leinster Squad, we are currently preparing for the upcoming Inter Pro tournament which will be held over the Halloween Mid Term Covid restrictions permitting.

On Saturday evening this year’s Gaisces were delighted to have an hour’s Introduction to Umpiring session with Ali Keogh. She very kindly gave of her time and expertise to talk to this enthusiastic group.

She was very keen to get them together on the pitch with their whistles… as she said one of the biggest things for young people to learn when starting to umpire is confidence blowing the whistle !! Consequently the evening air above 3 Rock was filled with the sound of 24 whistles being enthusiastically blown !

Next week 2 of those who participated will give their own report on the session.

HI ParaHockey Investment & Training reminders regarding lost & Found items

Covid-19 Training Reminders
With the current restrictions now in place, training can still occur, however, we would like to reminder all members that you are to bring only the essential gear/items you need for training when up at Grange Road.

As part of the Hockey Ireland covid protocols, and protocols for all sports, only essential items are to be brought onto pitches and everything must be removed afterwards. There is no longer a lost and found shed in TRR, and any items found are being donated into the Enable Ireland clothing bank.

You can find TRR’s full Covid Protocol on the website.

ParaHockey Investment
Hockey Ireland have announced that they have secured investment for ParaHockey! Read the full statement below!

Hockey Ireland is delighted with the news that Sport Ireland, through the Dormant Accounts Funding, is investing in our Hockey4All disability and inclusion programme.

Our Hockey4All programme aims to offer young people with disabilities an opportunity to become part of the local hockey community, to keep healthy (socially, mentally and physically) and have fun in a team sport.

In 2021, we are seeking to engage with clubs to set up Hockey4All sections. Support will include:

Coach and umpire training
Equipment to support programme delivery
Taster sessions in local schools / community groups
Competition opportunities
Other supports as required

If you, or your club would be interested in finding out more about this programme, please fill in the following form.