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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

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!

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)
Executive.

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: https://fb.watch/28YsAoxzJk/

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 club.manager@threerockrovershc.com if you have any questions
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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 secretary@threerockrovershc.com
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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!

THE LEAD UP TO CHRISTMAS
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.

THREE ROCK ROVERS YOUTHS CHRISTMAS APPEAL IN AID OF THE PETER MCVERRY TRUST

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:

*FACE PAINTING YOUR RED STRIPES FOR TRAINING
ON THE WEEKEND OF THE 13th, 14th & 15th NOVEMBER

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

*Please face paint at home before attending training

AGM
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: https://hockeyirelandhub.ie/. 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: Hockey.ie

Junior Committee Update!
HALLOWEEN WEEKEND
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.

COVID

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!

LEAGUE TEAMS

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.

FOCUS ON OUR MEMBERS
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.

CONGRATULATIONS

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)

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

COVID- 19
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.

TRAINING OVER MIDTERM
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!

GAISCES
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.