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Rovers Round Up- October 15th 2021

Rovers Representing with the Irish Men’s O50s
words and photos kindly supplied by Ed Simpson

Two very different strategies dealing with Covid 19 in England and Ireland, 10 weeks or so ago we would have said not a hope to travel to Nottingham International Tournament, and yet as the weeks and days rolled past this changed very quickly. For Ireland Men’s 50s it would be our first competitive match since semi finals of the Europeans in Krefeld August 2019. Boy it was so good to be back playing, very positive all round. There is a lot of admin that goes into preparation which within a 8 week period we managed to have 2 sessions to select a player pool for 2021, and then select for Nottingham, with a further three sessions/matches with our coach Hugh Harvey Kelly.

Yes ultimately we were ring rusty and it showed in our first match v Scotland, losing 1-3 (Steve Magee the scorer) however with a completely new style of play (some in the group had mentioned that in 40+ years they had never played this way), new group of players, etc every quarter we grew better and stronger, throughout this tournament. We played Wales in a close fought 2-2 battle having gone 1-0 down showing plenty of character coming from behind, super saves by both keepers with Darren Scott and Ian Stuart the scorers.

The benchmark for progress was naturally going to be England on the last day, we were still in it 1-2 down with David Sharpe scoring, when England scored in last 5 minutes, with keepers involved with plenty of action.

We feel the gap has been closed, playing a very good style and competitive hockey and are gearing up nicely in our development for World Cup Cape Town October 2022, the all new 50s are a band of brothers on and off the pitch.

Congratulations to all our Rovers Representing Ireland across O40s, 45s, 50s, 60s & 65s in the summer just gone and heading into 2022!

Irish Senior Men in Qualifier action

Congratulations to all current and out on loan Rovers who have been selected for the men’s World Cup qualifiers which get underway next week in Cardiff.

Everyone at the Club wishes, Jaime Carr, Luke Madeley, Daragh Walsh, Conor Empey and Ben Walker all the best over the coming week or so!

Full details on the squad and matches can be found here:

Third Team selection for World Cup Qualifiers

Congratulations to our very own Ali Keogh and her fellow Leinster & Irish umpire Shane O’Donnell who have been appointed to the FIH World Cup 2022 Qualifiers in Italy & Wales respectively. Ali has also been appointed to the Junior World Cup in South Africa in December!

Super Saturday at Grange Road!

Big set of fixtures this weekend at the Club as we have 6 Senior Teams at home from 11:00 onwards! Up first it is the Ladies 2s and 3s at 11am. The 2s host North Kildare on the front pitch, while the 3s welcome Portlaoise on the back pitch.

Up next it is the M1s and 2s who provide the lunch time entertainment as the 1s tackle Corinthian in the Hockey Ireland Senior Cup in the Rathfarnham derby at 13:00! While the Men’s 2s are on the back pitch as they tip off against Clontarf at 12:50pm. Away from Grange Road, the Men’s 3s and 4s travel to Rathgar Hockey Club at 12:30 and the 4s travel to ALSAA as they tackle Navan at 12:00 respectively!

Back at Grange Road, the Mens 5s host Saint James Gate on the back pitch at 14:40. While last but by no means least the Ladies 1 welcome Ashton Hockey Club to Grange Road in a 15:00 tip off in the Hockey Ireland Hockey Trophy!

During a jam packed day at Grange Road, there will be sausage baps, toasties, and homemade tray bakes on sale at the Short corner cafe this weekend! Orders can be given and paid for at the hut by the front pitch!

Come and enjoy some wonderful hockey and food all day!

Rovers Round up – October 6th, 2021

EHL Ranking Cup

Unfortunately the Men’s 1s experienced a difficult weekend in the EHL Ranking Cup, hosted by KHC Dragons in Belgium.

They were on the end of tight 5-4 loss to HC Minsk on the Saturday morning, which lead to facing Hampstead & Westminster on Sunday morning. However, they were on the wrong end of a 4-1 loss, which saw them finish 17th overall once the standings were finalised.

You can read the match reports for both their matches, on the EHL website, below:

Fixtures – October 9th & 10th

Saturday – October 9th
L1 vs Our Lady’s, Grange Rd @15:00, Front
M1 vs Corinthians, Away @15:15
L2 vs Avoca, Away @16:15
M2 vs Monkstown, Away @12:20,
L3 vs Gorey , Away @14:30
M3 vs YMCA, Grange Road @13:00, Front
M4 vs YMCA, Grange Road @11:00, Front
M5 vs Suttonians, Away @12:00

Sunday October 10th
M1 vs Monkstown, Neville Cup, Grange Road @14:30

Irish Senior Men versus Malaysia

Congratulations to all our Rovers, both current and abroad, who were part of the Irish Senior Men’s squad that is taking on Malyasia up at Lisnagarvey Hockey Club tonight and last night!

Last night it was quite a night for our Rovers, both current and abroad, as there were 5 players in the Senior Men’s squad last as they tackled Malaysia! While the Malaysian coach was none other than former men’s 1s coach Arul! Congratulations to Conor Empey on his debut double as he and our other Rovers helped Ireland to a 3-2 victory last night at comber road!

Match 2 is currently taking place this evening, with Jaime, Daragh and Ben all starting!

Read the match report from last night below as well as a photo of the playing quintet with Arul!

(l-r) Jaime Carr, Daragh Walsh, Conor Empey, Arul Anthoni, Luke Madeley & Ben Walker

Leinster Girls Under 16 & 18s

This weekend sees the opening matches of the Girls Interprovincial Matches with Leinster playing Connacht in the U16, U18 & U20 competitions in Athlone Regional Centre. Congratulations to both Sarah Smyth and Sarah Flynn for being selected for the Under 16 and 18s match day squads respectively.

Shout out to former Ladies 1s player Orna Bools on her selection, as captain, of the Under 20s squad also named!

See full details on the squads and matches below:

Leinster Under 16 & 18 Boys

Congratulations to all our Under 16 and 18 Boys who represented themselves and Rovers with aplomb over the first weekend of the Boys InterPros that took place in Waterford. Leinster picked up 2 tight wins against their Munster opposition to get off to the perfect start!

Read about the squad that traveled and the rest of the schedule below:

Rovers Round Up

Euro Hockey League Antwerp 21/22

Three Rock Rover’s Men’s 1s will be representing Ireland at the EHL Ranking Cup in Antwerp over the first weekend in October, September 30th – October 3rd.

Tickets for the weekend can be be bought here: EHL Ranking Cup 2021/2022

The Men’s 1st will play HC Minsk on the 2nd of October at 9.30am (Belgian time) and depending on that result they will know who they play the day after, October 3rd!

Their match information and how to watch can be found here: EuroHockey League

Belgian champions Dragons will play host to the EHL Men’s Cup at their grounds in the park of Brasschaat from September 30 to October 3 with 16 teams taking part. Teams will play on either on September 30 and October 1 or else have their matches on October 2 and 3. This will be the third time the club have hosted the EHL following a ROUND1 event in 2011 and then the FINAL4 in 2017.
 
The competition consists of Mannheimer HC (Germany), Rot-Weiss Köln (Germany), SV Kampong (Netherlands), HC ’s-Hertogenbosch (Neterlands), La Gantoise HC (Belgium), KHC Dragons (Belgium), Club de Campo de Madrid (Spain), Surbiton (England), Hampstead & Westminster (England), Dinamo-Ak Bars (Russia), Dinamo Elektrostal (Russia), Saint Germain (France), Three Rock Rovers (Ireland), HC Minsk (Belarus), Grange (Scotland) and SV Arminen (Austria).

Good luck to Elun, Fraser and the whole squad next weekend!

Fixtures Round Up

Closer to home the only competitive league match this weekend is the Men’s 1s match against Annadale in the EYHL.

M1s v Annadale, EYHL, 15:30, Front Pitch.
All visitors must follow all Covid-19 Protocols when at Grange Road.

John Findlater, a former TRRHC President, cordially invites our members to join us at Grange Road next Saturday 25th July when Three Rock Rovers 1sts play Annadale, match at 3.30pm. This is  their last match before they represent Ireland in the EHL Ranking Cup at Antwerp.

Let’s give them a rousing send off and meet hockey friends and our incoming President, Kara Browning.

John has kindly rounded up all the current season’s information and match details for any potential supporters which can be found here:

Subscriptions

2021/2022 Subscriptions
With the current climate the need for All Subscriptions for the 2021/2022 season to be paid ASAP is greater than every before!

Junior and Senior subs can be paid here: 2021/2022 Subs

IF you have not already paid all or part (if a student) of your subs, please do so promptly. The Club can tell who has paid and which sub they picked, it will be noticed if you have not paid.

NO PAY NO PLAY WILL BE ENFORCED.

Sidney Dagg hockey memorabilia

Dennis Livingstone, on behalf of Mr Eric Williams (Banbridge HC) last weekend presented Kara Browning and John Findlater with three original bound volumes of hockey memorabilia which belonged to Sidney Dagg. During his lifetime, Sidney was holder of almost every office in Irish Hockey, Leinster and TRR. The wrought iron sign in the background was part of a memorial to him, which was originally located at the IHU grounds at Londonbridge Road

(L-R) John Findlater, Dennis Livingstone & Kara Browning

Training 2021/2022

Ladies
Monday
1s: 20:00 – 22:00
2s: 20:30 – 22:00
3s: 19:00 – 20:30

Wednesday
1s: 19:00 – 20:30
2s: 19:00 – 20:30
3s: 20:30 – 22:00

Men’s
Tuesday
M1s: 19:00 – 21:00
M3s-6s: 19:30 – 20:30

Thursday
M1s: 19:00 – 21:00
M2s: 19:15 – 21:00

Rockets
Tuesday: 18:30 – 19:30

Angus Dunlop’s Fundraiser:  IYF Mizen to Malin Head Charity Cycle

If you can please support Angus Dunlop, our U16 boys coach, as he swaps his hockey stick for a bike to raid much needed funds for the Irish youth foundation and their effort to support children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds post pandemic,

Read Angus’s words below and you can pay what you can here:  IYF Mizen to Malin Head Charity Cycle

This September I’ll be taking on the challenge and cycling from Mizen to Malin Head in aid of the Irish Youth Foundation. The charity is dedicated solely to meeting the needs of children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Their recent Generation Pandemic Report has shown just how devastating the pandemic has been for those children and young people. We chose this route because lighthouses are guiding lights and beacons of hope. Supporting this cycle will help them to provide a brighter future for children across every point of Ireland. Futures are on the line. But, with your help, we can catch this.

Covid-19 Protocols

These are the Covid-19 guidelines currently in place at Grange Road, if you have any queries regarding these contact Peter at covid.officer@threerockrovershc.com

Club Clean Up, EHL, 21/22 subs, training times & more!

Training times & Subs

2021/2022 Subscriptions
With the current climate the need for All Subscriptions for the 2021/2022 season to be paid ASAP is greater than every before!

Junior and Senior subs can be paid here: 2021/2022 Subs

IF you have not already paid all or part (if a student) of your subs, please do so promptly. The Club can tell who has paid and which sub they picked, it will be noticed if you have not paid.

IF YOU HAVE NOT PAID, YOU ARE NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE.

Training times
Ladies
Monday
1s: 20:00 – 22:00
2s: 20:30 – 22:00
3s: 19:00 – 20:30

Wednesday
1s: 19:00 – 20:30
2s: 19:00 – 20:30
3s: 20:30 – 22:00

Men’s
Tuesday
M1s: 19:00 – 21:00
M3s-6s: 19:30 – 20:30

Thursday
M1s: 19:00 – 21:00
M2s: 19:15 – 21:00

Euro Hockey League Antwerp 21/22

Three Rock Rover’s Men’s 1s will be representing Ireland at the EHL Ranking Cup in Antwerp over the first weekend in October, September 30th – October 3rd.

Tickets for the weekend can be be bought here: EHL Ranking Cup 2021/2022

The Men’s 1st will play HC Minsk on the 2nd of October at 9.30am (Belgian time) and depending on that result they will know who they play the day after, October 3rd!

Belgian champions Dragons will play host to the EHL Men’s Cup at their grounds in the park of Brasschaat from September 30 to October 3 with 16 teams taking part. Teams will play on either on September 30 and October 1 or else have their matches on October 2 and 3. This will be the third time the club have hosted the EHL following a ROUND1 event in 2011 and then the FINAL4 in 2017.
 
The competition consists of Mannheimer HC (Germany), Rot-Weiss Köln (Germany), SV Kampong (Netherlands), HC ’s-Hertogenbosch (Neterlands), La Gantoise HC (Belgium), KHC Dragons (Belgium), Club de Campo de Madrid (Spain), Surbiton (England), Hampstead & Westminster (England), Dinamo-Ak Bars (Russia), Dinamo Elektrostal (Russia), Saint Germain (France), Three Rock Rovers (Ireland), HC Minsk (Belarus), Grange (Scotland) and SV Arminen (Austria).

Angus Dunlop’s Fundraiser:  IYF Mizen to Malin Head Charity Cycle

If you can please support Angus Dunlop, our U16 boys coach, as he swaps his hockey stick for a bike to raid much needed funds for the Irish youth foundation and their effort to support children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds post pandemic,

Read Angus’s words below and you can pay what you can here:  IYF Mizen to Malin Head Charity Cycle

This September I’ll be taking on the challenge and cycling from Mizen to Malin Head in aid of the Irish Youth Foundation. The charity is dedicated solely to meeting the needs of children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Their recent Generation Pandemic Report has shown just how devastating the pandemic has been for those children and young people. We chose this route because lighthouses are guiding lights and beacons of hope. Supporting this cycle will help them to provide a brighter future for children across every point of Ireland. Futures are on the line. But, with your help, we can catch this.

Volunteer Day: September 12th, 2021

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who came out in force to help with the Club clean up that place yesterday, Sunday, between 2pm & 5pm!See some of the painting done below, by the past and current Presidents of the Club!Looking forward to seeing everyone up at Grange Road sooner rather than later!

Rockets joined by Gaisce Students

On Tuesday night our rockets were joined by 4 GAISCE students at training for the season! Lots of learning and fun for all!!! They welcomed Sophie Glynn, Holly Williams, Maria Bisgood & Amy Crowe to their sessions for the season! A great example of club spirit and working together!

Welcome to the 2021/2022 season

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Grange Road!

President’s 2021/2022 Welcome
Hello Everyone,
I would like to welcome you all back to the new season. Hopefully we will get to see a lot more hockey played this year and I wish every team success at their respective levels.

This year will be a challenging year for the Club as we try to get back up and running under the current Covid protocols and I would ask everyone to be patient and understanding as things settle into the new normal.
I hope everyone will support the Club in whatever way they can and most of all enjoy your hockey!

Regards,
Kara Browning
TRRHC President 2021/2022

Three Rock Rover’s Men’s 1s start their EYHL campaign (words by Fraser Morris)

The Three Rock Rovers Men’s first team started their program of EYHL matches against UCD in Belfield, with a delgightful 5-2 win, on Saturday 11th September. The past six weeks have seen an intense period of pre-season practice matches and training sessions. There have been many personnel changes this year and matches against Brooklands (UK), Banbridge, Pembroke, Glenanne, Avoca & Monkstown have given under-18 Rovers players and players new to the club a chance to bed in. Competition for places is healthily keen. The coaching staff are extremely grateful to the players who trained so hard and lined up for these matches. They were impressed with many of the performances especially by the youth players.

Not only the league but the ‘Road To Antwerp’ is under way too. Three Rock Rovers travel to Antwerp on Friday, 1 October with a first round match on Saturday morning (9.30) against Minsk. The team from Minsk contains nine Belarus international players which won the EuroHockey championship III earlier this year. The following day would see TRR play the winners or losers of the match between Hampstead & Westminster and Mannheimer HC.  

It is a very exciting time for the club, proudly flying the Three Rock Rovers flag in the Irish and European leagues. 

Covid-19 Guidelines

As mentioned by Kara, above, these are the Covid-19 guidelines currently in place at Grange Road, if you have any queries regarding these contact Peter at covid.officer@threerockrovershc.com

Please be aware of the Club’s more vulnerable members, supporters and visitors when at Grange Road and follow all guidance from the Covid officer at training sessions.

We’re Getting Close to the return of Hockey

As we pass the traditional 1st August start to the new hockey year the club is busy gearing up to the new season, hopefully one that will see normal service resume after last year’s stop-start.

The Mens and Ladies 1st XIs are both back training and we’re getting everything in place for the 2nd XIs to return later in the month, with the remaining teams planning to get back to training from the start of September.

We should have fixtures confirmed from both Hockey Ireland and Leinster Hockey in the next week, at which point you should be able to find a link to the details on our website. For the first time this year, Leinster fixture secretaries are going to organise match times for each half-season in advance. This means by the start of the season you’ll know not only the date of your matches but the times of the matches all the way up to Christmas, making planning weekends in advance a whole lot easier.

Another new Leinster initiative this year (still to be confirmed but looking very likely) is the introduction of an under 18’s league for both the mens and ladies side of the club. This has been in discussion for a number of seasons now and is seen as a way to encourage our younger players to continue playing hockey. In essence the prospect of continuing to play with the same cohort of players up to 18 should be more appealing than moving straight into the senior club at 15/16. We’ll be in touch with the players concerned once we get confirmation of how the new league will work from Leinster, but we hope it’s something that will work well for a group of our graduating young players. 

On the junior side, our interim chair has been very busy in the background getting everything ready for our juniors returning to hockey in September.

As always, if you’ve friends who are interested in getting back to hockey then they can get in touch with the ladies or mens captain, all the details are on the website.

We’ll be in touch soon with more details on returning to training and fixtures as we get things confirmed.

Jess Rule and Peter Hinds
Ladies & Men’s Club Captains

Rovers Round Up; Sweepstakes, Euros, Ladies 2s & More

Ladies 2s 2018/2019 Division 6 Champions

TRRHC Ladies 2s coach wanted

Three Rock Ladies 2s are looking for a coach ahead of the 2021/2022 season.

The team compete in Leinster Division 5 and are looking for a coach to help them progress up the Leinster ladder. This a paid role with the ideal candidate being available for training on Mondays & Wednesdays as well as matches on Saturday.

If you are interested in the role, know someone who might be or would like more information please contact ladies.captain@threerockrovershc.com.

Men’s EuroHockey Championship II 

Congratulations to current Rovers Daragh Walsh and Ben Walker & Rovers abroad, Jaime Carr and Luke Madeley on their selection for the Irish Senior Men’s squad that is taking part in the Men’s EuroHockey Championships II in Poland. Their first game is against the hosts on Sunday, August 15th.

ALL games will be LIVE-STREAMED on http://eurohockeytv.org. You can find the full Match schedule here https://eurohockey.org/calendar/.

All at Rovers congratulate the players on their hard work to earn a spot in the squad and look forward to them representing themselves, the Club and Ireland to aplomb!

The full squad and story can be found here https://hockey.ie/six-debutants-in-irish-mens-team-for-euros-in-poland/.

Euros Sweepstakes

During the recent European Championships Ben and James Walker coordinated Rover’s fundraiser, the Sweepstakes. Massive thanks to those two for doing the job so successfully. Thanks to all who too part and congratulations to Meriel Walker who predicted the winner, Italy, and top scorer, Ronaldo! I’ll leave the coordinators, Ben and James, with the final words below:

Firstly, thank you all again for entering the sweepstakes and all your predictions during the tournament. I hope it gave you some added entertainment (if England losing a home final wasn’t enough).  Despite a three-way tie at the top, Meriel Walker is the overall winner as a result of both her winner and top goal scorer prediction being correct (which was previously said would be the tie-breaker). 

Leinster Hockey Training Panels

Congratulations to all our Under 16 and Under 18 Girls and Boys who have been selected across all four age groups and training panels! Good luck over the coming weeks to all our Rovers Representing!

Leinster Under 16 BoysLeinster Under 16 GirlsLeinster Under 18 Boys
James CoffeyHannah DuffyCharlie Beatty
Phillip ColeAnna HoeyRex Dunlop
Hugo Faulkner Bryan Lydan
Isaac LindsayMark Smyth
Peter MontgomeryCian Tucker
Oscar PasleyConor Walsh
Zac SilvermanAndrew Crowe
Luke Fitzpatrick
Angus Dunlop (Assistant Coach)Josh Gill
Alex Lynch
Sam Maxwell
Ben Pasley
Tom Whelan

Well done to all the players, their hard work is paying dividends, as well as their coaches, parents and supports who have played a vital role to this stage as well!

Shout out to former Rover Orna Bools, formerly Ladies 1s and now Old Alex, on her selection for the Under 21/23 panel!

You can find the full squads here: Leinster Training Panels

Dublin Sports Partnerships

With the 2021/2022 season approaching fast why not check out the courses that are run by Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) as they often run the Child Protection courses that are required to be in involved with the Under 18s, either coaching, management. etc. The LSPs do the following:

  • Working to develop clubs, coaches and volunteers and supporting partnerships between local sports clubs, community based organisations and sector agencies.
  • Creating great opportunities for access to training and education in relation to sports and physical activity provision
  • Provision of targeted programmes, events and initiatives to increase physical activity and sport participation
  • Providing information about sport and physical activity to create awareness and access.

You can find the contact details for Dublins LSPs below!

Dublin City Sport & Well being Partnership
01 222 7870
sports@dublincity.ie
www.dublincity.ie

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership
01 271 9502
sportspartnership@dlrcoco.ie
www.dlrsportspartnership.ie

Fingal Sports Partnership
01 890 5107
Sports@fingal.ie
www.fingal.ie

Covid-19 Protocols

You can find all the Club’s Covid-19 Information and Protocols below, please be aware of all policies and procedures in place at Grange Road at all times!

Spanish Classes & Courses

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.