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Appointment of Waterford Hockey Club Women’s and Men’s 1st team coaches for 2020/21 season
Waterford have been quick to secure a high quality management team for the Ladies First XI for 2020/21 season with the appointment of David Quinn, head coach and Jonathan Earl, assistant coach. The club are delighted to welcome back David Quinn (Level 2 Irish Hockey/FIH coach), who will head up the team. He has been heavily involved with the squad over the past two seasons in which the ladies team has grown in strength. David has also successfully coached at a number of clubs and schools in Ireland and Canada (Pembroke Wanders, The Jokers HC Vancouver, The High School Dublin and Newtown School Waterford). Before that he was also highly successful in playing Irish National League hockey (IHL) with Pembroke Wanders. David was delighted to take up the position along with the role of developing coaches in the underage section.
“Waterford HC is a great club with an excellent pool of youth players, infrastructure and history. We need to build on the recent success of the men’s section and continue to replicate that in the ladies section. The club unquestionably has the potential to be one the best in Munster and I am looking forward to the coming year with the team.”
Waterford is delighted to announce the appointment of Stuart Greene as coach of the Men’s 1st Team for the coming 2020/21 season. Stuart is a Hockey Ireland Level 2 qualified coach. He has been coaching hockey for over 15 years at school, club and inter provincial level. He has developed a number of provincial and international players through his involvement in coaching with Newtown School and Waterford Hockey Club. He was the head coach of Newtown Senior Boys Hockey team that won the All Ireland School Boys Championship in 2018. He was also coach of the Waterford Men’s 1st Team that were victorious in the Irish Hockey Trophy Final in 2019. Following on from this success, he won Munster Hockey Coach of the year for the 2018-2019 season. Subsequently, he spent some time in Australia and gained ample experience coaching Sydney Girls High School and University of New South Wales, both of which teams won their respective leagues. He also won Coach of the Year at the University of New South Wales club that season.
Further details about this position can be found at the following link: Waterford Hockey Club Director of Hockey
Youth Umpire Development at U16 Boys and Girls Six Nation Tournament at UCC, 21st July 2018.
As a follow on to the Introductory Umpiring Course on the 9th and 10th of May 2018 in Waterford, a group of young developing umpires travelled to UCC from Waterford Hockey Club to take part in an umpiring workshop with Malcolm Coombes at the U16 Girls and Boys Six Nation Tournament. Many thanks to Sally Kavanagh for organizing it and Peter Murphy and Malcolm Coombes of MHUA for facilitating. Well done to all our Youth Umpires on the day.
Forget Wimbledon!! Try hockey. WLM FM presenters, Ollie Carroll and Mary O’Neill try their hand at hockey.
Waterford Hockey Club play hockey all year round on our new state of the art hockey pitch based at Newtown School in Waterford city. Club member Jonathan Earl, along with some of our youth members were interviewed pitch side at one of our recent ‘Fun Hockey’ evenings by WLR FM radio presenters Ollie Carroll and Mary O’Neill of ‘The Big Breakfast Blaa’. The interview aired on WLR FM on Friday July 7th 2017. Ollie and Mary joined in for an evening of fun to give it a go!
Book your pitch side advertising hoarding now. Spaces are limited and booking fast.
Waterford Hockey Club are selling a limited number of advertising hoardings surrounding the new ‘Tiger Turf’ all-weather hockey pitch at Newtown Secondary School. Your sponsorship, by purchasing an advertising hoarding, will help raise vital funds for the ongoing running of our club along with promoting your business or enterprise.
Apart from the school’s usage, the hockey club’s over 250 members train at the pitch. Our teams play competitive hockey in The Munster League, representing Waterford at the highest level in both the Ladies and Men’s Divisions. We provide hockey training to approximately 120 school children on Sunday mornings along with our Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evening senior sessions.
Cost: €850 sponsors one pitch side hoarding for three years. This cost includes the sign production and installation, but excludes any artwork which is required to be provided by the customer. If required, our signage manufacturer can assist with providing artwork to our customers at an additional cost. All hoardings are approximately 3 metres wide by 1 metre high. All hoardings will be erected onto the new fencing facing onto the hockey pitch (along the rugby pitch side). Some examples of the new hoardings are shown above. Also, as the hoarding is located within the grounds of Newtown School some restrictions may apply regarding some types of advertising.
Please note that while we cannot give exclusivity per industry sector we will endeavour to keep sponsors from a similar industry well separated. The position of the hoarding can be chosen (from those available) by the sponsor themselves as soon as payment is made. Once chosen, the exact dimensions of that hoarding will be provided.
Waterford Hockey Club would a very grateful if you could give this proposal serious consideration. To book your space, if you require any further information or if you have any queries, please contact our ‘Club Secretary’, Cecily Johnston, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New ‘Tiger Turf’ pitch to launch next generation of Hockey players in Waterford
For a minority sport hockey has made its mark in Ireland this year. The heroics of the men’s team at the 2016 Rio Olympics has inspired a new generation of hockey players, both male and female, throughout the country.
While Dublin and Cork have always been the twin capitals of hockey in Ireland the real growth of the sport can be seen in the regions, and nowhere is this more evident than in Waterford.
The opening of a new ‘Tiger Turf’ hockey pitch at Newtown School Waterford is set to become the launching pad for this new generation of internationals and Olympians.
Newtown School Waterford has been the home for hockey in Waterford for generations. National sports stars of other codes, Nick Popplewell (Irish and Lions rugby), Niall Tuohy (Athletics)and Jamie Deacon (Rugby) all represented their country in hockey while attending Newtown School Waterford.
But this investment is all due to one grandfather’s ambition.
Roger Johnson, former vice principal of Newtown School was selected for Ireland in hockey in 1958, his son Craig also represented Ireland in 1985. So when his grandson Ben was named on the Irish under 16 squad for a European Championships in Antwerp last summer, Roger knew something had to be done about the twenty-year-old Newtown pitch Ben learned his sport and honed his skills on.
The old AstroTurf, despite serving Newtown and Waterford hockey club well since 1997, was past its best and even a detriment to the progress of the young players.
Roger proceeded to approach a number of former ‘friends’ of Newtown School Waterford, at home and abroad and within a couple of months managed to raise over €200,000. This led to comprehensive research of the best pitches in the country and the decision to opt for a ‘Tiger Turf’ pitch.
Roger has been stunned by the speed of progress, “For what was just an idea in April, now at the end of September, we have a new pitch for future generations in Newtown and Waterford. While the primary motivation for the pitch was personal, it will also give all the boys and girls of Newtown and Waterford hockey club a real chance to learn the sport on an equal footing with the players who have access to the best facilities in the country”.
Another inspirational character agreed to officially open the pitch, Craig Fulton, Irish men’s Olympic coach and international coach of the year 2015 made time in his busy schedule to give the pitch his blessing and launch its future.
Hopefully his presence will inspire the next generation of internationals as much as it does the present crop.
Killian O’Reilly discusses Olympics Irish Men’s Hockey & WHC on Beat 102 103
Killian O’Reilly interviewed on Beat 102 103 radio station on Saturday August 6th 2016. Killian discusses with Stephen Long of Beat the Irish men’s team’s chances in Rio, the sport of hockey and the development of hockey in Waterford within Waterford Hockey Club.
Ireland Hockey at Rio Olympics
Our national Irish Men’s Hockey Team are on their way to the Rio Olympics 2016.
The following video shows how they got there……..