Thursday, November 19, 2009

LHUA UDP underway: News in Brief

* The Leinster Hockey Umpires Association launched their Umpire Academy (LHUA UDP) last week at Grange Road with nine young umpires (male and female) committed to improving their knowledge, pitch presence and umpiring capabilities.

They will work in three groups, each of which has an experienced mentor who wil continue with training sessions throughout the season and constantly monitor progress on the pitch.

In December, the LHUA will host Training Session # 2 for 2009/10. With the new rules bedded in, the LHUA plans to gather our members together for another valuable Q&A session.

The session will be at Grange Road on December 3 at 8pm. It wil be open to non-members and the Association is accepting questions at from both members and non-members in advance.

* For video highlights of the World Cup Qualifier in Quilmes, courtesy of TazVideoSport, click here for Day One; here for Day Two and here for Day Three, including Ireland vs Belgium.

For a couple more photos from that same game, courtesy of World Hockey, click here.

* Pembroke face an incredibly tough proposition to reach the KO8 of the EuroHockey League after they drew Germany’s Rot-Weiss Koln in this morning’s draw.

The Germans were one of the stand-out side’s in round one of the competition with Christian Zeller scoring a remarkable ten times in two games.

Should the Irish club make it through the tie – scheduled for April 2, 2010 at 5pm (subject to confirmation due to tv scheduling) in Rotterdam – they will face the winners of RC Polo de Barcelona and Reading. For the full draw, click here

*The IHA launched this week the new Irish Hockey Youth Leader website. The website is dedicated to all of the young people helping out in their local hockey clubs either on the pitch or in the clubhouse. To learn more about the Youth Leaders initiative, click here.


Anonymous said...

Stephen when is ASK Ray coming back on the hook. There is a lot people still don't the Rules. It is important that we dont get to the finals stage and people don't know the rules.

Stephen Findlater said...

If you submit a specific question to then we can do more Ask Ray features. There has been a couple of requests for this feature but, despite a couple of appeals, no questions have been forthcoming so please, if you have a concern or query, let us know about it.

Also, to improve your knowledge, go along to the event the LHUA are hosting on December 3 or submit queries to their email.

Plenty of ways to get up to speed!

Anonymous said...

I saw a comment earlier in the week about a navan ym mills cup being played...did this happen?

Stephen Findlater said...

I don't believe so. Spoke to a YM first teamer who said he knew nothing about it being played this week.

Ru Clarke said...

The Navan/YM fixture is on December 13th, isn't it? We definitely didn't play anyway, unless the lads had a snakey match without me!

Anonymous said...

polo and reading played each other in KO16 last season, and were to play the winner of the rovers/leuven match.