Irish Women to take on Great Britain March 13th, 14th, 16th in SoftCo Series.
The games will be streamed with Sunday’s match being broadcast live.
The announcement comes today the 2nd of March on the 125th anniversary of the first international women’s hockey match between Ireland and GB.
Hockey Ireland is excited to announce the SoftCo Series which will take place in Queen’s University Belfast, with the Irish Women taking on Great Britain on Saturday the 13th, Sunday the 14th and Tuesday the 16th of March. The uncapped series matches against Great Britain are the first international matches for the team on home soil since the Olympic Qualifier in December 2019.
Hockey Ireland are delighted to announce that all the matches will be available to view via streaming or broadcast. BBC Sport NI will be streaming all three matches on their website as well as the BBC iPlayer, while RTÉ will broadcast Sunday evening’s match live on RTÉ 2 with coverage starting from 16:30. Nigel Ringland will present BBC Sport NI’s coverage of the three matches and will be joined on commentary by former Ireland international Alex Speers; while Evanne Ní Chuillin will present RTÉ’s coverage, joined by Cliodhna Sargent and Gillian Pinder in studio, with match commentary from George Hamilton and Sarah Scott.
The announcement comes today on the 125th anniversary of the first ever women’s international field hockey match. A year after the establishment of the Irish Ladies Hockey Association, the match took place on the 2nd of March 1896 at Alexandra College, with the Irish Women recording a 2 – 0 victory over England, with goals from Johnson and Merton sealing the win.
The matches will provide the Green Army with the opportunity to play high quality international matches ahead of an intense international summer. With the EuroHockey Championships now an integral aspect of the World Cup qualification process, the 2018 silver medallists will be keen to ensure they maximise every opportunity to allow them to perform this summer in Amstelveen not only as a warmup for the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games but also to secure their spot in the 2022 World Cup.
Speaking on the announcement, Captain Katie Mullan said: “Given the past 12 months we are really excited to play these international matches at home. The squad has been training hard throughout which showed in our recent matches against Spain. They are a strong team and we recorded two wins and two draws out of the five friendlies, putting us in a confident position going into our next block of training.
These matches against GB will be great preparation for the EuroHockey Championships this summer ahead of travelling to Tokyo. As current Olympic gold medallists GB are an experienced and strong team, so this is a really good opportunity for us to put all the training into practice ahead of this summer.”
Match dates, times and where to watch:
Match 1: Saturday March 13th @ 2pm. BBC Sport NI website, BBC iPlayer. RTE Player TBC.
Match 2: Sunday March 14th @ 5pm. BBC Sport NI Online, BBC iPlayer, RTE 2
Match 3: Tuesday March 16th @ 3pm. BBC Sport NI Online, BBC iPlayer. RTE Player TBC.
For more info and pictures of the first international match, check out:
Hockey Ireland Coronavirus (COVID-19) UPDATE regarding Government Announcement on Changes to COVID-19 Restrictions.
30th December 2020
The following changes have been made to the Hockey Ireland Covid-19 guidelines given the latest announcement on Covid-19 restrictions made by the Irish (ROI) Government.
Under Level 5, individual training only is permitted, within a 5km radius of an individual’s home. No matches or group training sessions are to take place.
The exemptions to this are Elite sports*.
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.
Competition/matches may not be played at any level.
In line with the above, BHC will remain closed until the end of January. Coaches will be in touch with training groups when there is further information via WahtsApp as normal so please check your group messages for updates.
Stay safe, stay apart, stay healthy!
As we wrap up a very disrupted year, we hope your families are safe and well coming up to Christmas. Here’s hoping the recent news of vaccines will bring an end to the pandemic early in 2021.
The loss of competitive fixtures and much of our physical activity through the lockdowns has been disappointing for all involved, but for the boys and girls who could continue training it has been a great escape, and a massive thanks is owed to the coaches, COVID supervisors and club volunteers for keeping the teams “ticking over”.
Thanks also to the retiring committee members (Sonja, Sinéad and Emma) who have given hours of enthusiasm and commitment to the club, and who we hope will remain interested and involved in the club going forward.
We know many businesses have taken stock during the lockdown to re-evaluate and re-organise, and BHC will too. We welcome your thoughts and suggestions as we prepare for a New Year and look forward to sharing our plans with you later in January.
In the meantime, best wishes for Christmas and 2021. We’ll leave you with some images from this weekend’s end of year training (2nd class to 3rd year). Enjoy and stay safe!
Audrey Gallen, President; Andrea Farrell, Vice President; Janell Callan, Secretary; Michelle Moralee, Treasurer; Sarah Burke, Child Officer; Elaine Leonard, Child Officer; Sue Eakin, Communications Officer; Ian Casey, Membership Secretary; Niall Donnelly, Match Coordinator
AGM 2020 on 24th November at 20.00
The Annual General Meeting for Boyne Hockey Club will take place on November 24th at 8pm. This year the meeting will be virtual via Zoom (link to the meeting https://qualio.zoom.us/j/5789506316)
If you require the minutes for last year’s meeting or should you wish to attend, please contact Niall Donnelly (email@example.com).
All are welcome to attend.
- Welcome & apologies
- Minutes from last AGM
- Presidents Report
- Treasurers Report
- Election of new committee Members
- Covid 19 update
- League status
- Training Schedules
- Nominations for new Committee Members
Boyne Hockey Club is committed to following the guidance issued by Leinster hockey, Hockey Ireland and the Irish Government. The statement issued by Leinster Hockey today in relation to the move to Level 3 is as follows:
All clubs, players and officials are reminded that they must abide by the Hockey Ireland return to play & competition protocols which include:
- A Covid Officer must be present for any and all engagement in hockey activity and flag to those involved if protocols are not being adhered to.
- Members with any symptoms of Covid must stay away from the hockey facility.
- All members should follow governmental guidance when travelling to and from the facility.
- Club should ensure all member contact details are accurate and up to date to assist with contract tracing if necessary.
- All those entering or leaving the pitch should be instructed to wash their hands or use hand sanitiser.
- Spectators are not permitted at training sessions.
- Everyone should abide by the Club Covid 19 Protocols.
- Pods of no more than 15 people.
- Strictly non contact training. i.e no mini matches etc.
- No training matches at training sessions.
- No friendly matches against other clubs.
With our playing fields at Drogheda Grammar School being on the Louth/Meath border, there is some ambiguity regarding addresses and county lines. It is the personal responsibility of each individual / family to ensure that they are complying with governmental advice in travelling to and from the club.
And it is the clubs responsibility (the Covid Officers, supervisors and coaches) to make every effort to comply with guidance and protocols regarding activities on the hockey pitch and at the perimeter of the pitch (e.g. hand sanitiser, pod size, contact tracing, non contact activities, social distancing, equipment, spectators etc).
Thank you to all for your efforts in following government and hockey guidance. Together we will continue to #HoldFirm and play our part in flattening the curve.
Saturday 5th September
The sun came out this morning to welcome back the kids of Boyne HC. Special thanks to our wonderful coaches, covid supervisors, covid officer, membership secretary, treasurer and committee. We are all in this together. #BoyneHockeyAreBack
Sunday 6th September
Another 4 year groups back to hockey on Sunday followed by a fantastic Irish Hockey Youth Leaders course for our new Rookie Coaches.
That’s 140 kids over 2 days with 4 more groups yet to come. Lots of smiling faces coming off the pitch. Thanks again to everyone for making this happen!
We’ve really missed you and are delighted to be welcoming back our members from next Saturday 5th September.
Please note: In line with Sports Ireland Guidance, there will be a phased return to training with 4th class upwards starting from next Saturday, 2nd class to follow later in the month and a decision regarding 1st class in October. 3rd class will go back after Holy Communion classes are over. All groups will be contacted in the normal way in advance by their coaches.
We will post the times and pitch play areas as soon as possible on the website along with the new entry and exit gates to and from the pitch. Watch this space!
Important notes and changes – the new normal
In light of the current situation and new Covid 19 regulations it is important that sessions start and finish on time, and that groups only enter and exit via the designated gates. It’s really important to remember now, that as things open up further, that PERSONAL responsibility and your own JUDGEMENT are more important than ever. We must continue to act responsibly and work together. Strict physical distancing protocols will be in place outside the field area and must be adhered to at all times. We ask for your understanding, commitment and cooperation to ensure this and prevent any further setbacks.
Please see some of the actions and necessary information below (further details will follow shortly):
Club House & Toilets
There will be no access for players to either the club house or toilets for the foreseeable future. School toilets are also out of bounds. A note with more information will go out to parents shortly. We envisage shorter sessions, particularly for the younger groups because of this.
Covid 19 Officer and Supervisors
All groups must have a Covid 19 Supervisor present at each session. These supervisors will be easily identifiable in high vis jackets. They have various duties, one of the more important being to ensure players have completed the Health Declaration Form and signed up to each session in advance (more detail on this also to follow next week).
Janell Callan will be our new Covid Officer this year. The Covid Officer role and other protocols can be found on the Hockey Ireland website HERE
The Officer and Supervisor positions are all voluntary so we thank all the volunteers for their assistance.
To start the season, only players who were registered and played in season 2019/20 can come back to training in the first instance. Once these players are back, we will open registration for 2020/21 but please note that some groups are likely not be in a position to open up to new players this year (due to group size requirements).
Further details and requirements will be issued next week via e mail, so please check your inboxes and get back to us ASAP if you have any comments or queries.
Really looking to seeing you all and getting back to “normality”.
Here’s a wee video to help you understand everything:
Leinster McCann Cup Winners!
The Boyne Hockey U14 Girls Indoor Team has won the Leinster Championship (McCann Cup) hosted by Portrane at Donabate in spectacular style. This is a first for BHC in the Leinster arena and a momentous win for the club.
The team went unbeaten all tournament and after a 2:2 draw in the final against cup holders Monkstown HC (and at least 6 x short corners awarded against them), the winner was decided in a stokes playoff. Super star goal keeper Jessica did the unspeakable and saved all 5 Strokes. It was a spectacular finish and the team were very deserving winners.
Massive congratulations to all involved, especially Niall & Sonya, and the great support shown by parents at the two days. All that Friday night training was worth it!
Onwards and upwards for BHC.
Skerries Inter Club Tournament
On Saturday 4th January Boyne HC entered a 2nd year team (mix of Team East and Team North) to play in a fun inter hockey club tournament arranged by Skerries HC at Skerries. There were 6 teams in total: (Group 1) Skerries, Portrane, & Suttonians; (Group 2) Glennane, Boyne & Cavan.
The Boyne team won in group 2 and went on to play Portrane in the Cup Final (winners of Group 1). Unfortunately they were pipped in the final which went to a penalty shoot out following a nil all draw final match.
The girls had a great day, enjoyed the experience and look forward to other similar events in the future.
U14 Leinster Indoor Hockey 2020 First Round Matches
Huge congratulations to the Boyne Hockey Indoor team today, a selection of 1st and 2nd years.
The team topped their pool in the Leinster Girls Indoor competition. They finished unbeaten with 5 wins, scoring 11 goals and conceding only 1! Especially sweet as there were 4 Leinster division 1 sides and a number of Leinster players in their pool.
A great start to the season! Best of luck girls For the next round of matches later in January.
Wishing all our members a very Healthy & Happy New Year 2020.
HAPPY HOCKEY CHRISTMAS
SoHockey are coming to Boyne HC with their mobile Christmas shop this Saturday November 30th. They will have sticks, gloves, shin guards, runners., etc. Also stocking fillers like hockey pens, bracelets, key rings, socks, bandanas, etc. Plus Irish Hockey jerseys, socks & hats.
So plenty of present ideas for the hockey players in your life. If there is something in particular you would like – check out the website and phone the shop and they’ll make sure to bring it with them (no obligation to buy).