Three Rock Rovers open title defence against Cookstown


HOCKEY:Hockey goes indoors this weekend for the first phase of the National Indoor Trophy with venues at Belfast’s Queen’s University, Gormanstown College in Co Meath and Loughlinstown in Dublin.

With the 12 teams divided into two groups of six Avoca kick off the Gormanstown College group against Corinthains in the first 10.30am match tomorrow morning. With games running 17 minutes a side, the venue also hosts Three Rock Rovers, Cookstown, Glenanne and Clontarf.

Mossely and Pembroke open proceedings in Queen’s tomorrow afternoon with NICS, YMCA, Suttonians and Railway Union also in the group.

Defending champions Three Rock Rovers open the defence of their title in the second match in Gormanstown against Ulster side Cookstown before playing Avoca in the final match of that session. Three teams will qualify from each group for the finals, which will be run over the weekend of January 12th-13th.

Many involved in hockey were disappointed that the sport received just €800 from almost €26 million in the recently announced Sports Capital Grants scheme, the first round in four years. That went to Boyne HC. People in the sport have been asking why so little landed into a sport that this year was just a match away from qualifying for the Olympic Games in men and women.

There were many other winners among the 2,170 applications, including Cork City Archery Club, which received €6,000; the Midlands Martial Art and Training Centre, €4,500; Sitjaipetch Muay Thai Club in Cork, €12,000; and Oran GAA club in Roscommon, €100,000 – or 125 times the entire amount that hockey received.

Sign In

Forgot Password?

Sign Up

The name that will appear beside your comments.

Have an account? Sign In

Forgot Password?

Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In or Sign Up

Thank you

You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.

Hello, .

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

Thank you for registering. Please check your email to verify your account.

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.