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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.

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))

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.