Start rooting out your gear and molding your gum-shields…. because the countdown is ON! Yes, pre-season kicks off on Monday the 12th of August (time TBC) in Muckross Park College.
What is Pre-Season?
Pre-Season is a great way to shake off the Summer cobwebs and get back into the hockey frame of mind! The weekly session combines fitness, stick work, drills and games to help ensure you hit the new season running come September.
Who can come?
Pre-Season is open to ALL Senior and Vets players. Any new players interested are also very welcome to come down any of the weeks to give it a go! You can contact us to let us know you’re coming, but there’ll also be club members there to welcome you on the night!
We can’t wait to see you all – it’s going to be a BIG season!
Muckross Hockey Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Pearson as 1st XI Head Coach and Anna O’Flanagan as Assistant Coach/Player for the 2019/2020 season.
After his debut season at Muckross, where he steered the 2nd XI to both the League and Cup titles, Simon Pearson joined William & Mary Field Hockey as an Assistant Coach. On his return to Ireland, he worked with the Muckross 1st 1XI squad as Assistant Coach to Sarah Scott for the latter half of the 2018/2019 season.
Having played a key role in the team retaining their spot in what was their debut EYHL season, the Club are delighted Pearson will be assuming the mantle of MHC Head Coach for the upcoming season.
Pearson will be instrumental in achieving the team’s goals, as well as identifying and developing breakthrough talent from Muckross’ Junior section into the club’s 1s XI. He will be working closely with Anna O’Flanagan, who is assuming the role of Assistant Coach/Player within the squad.
The Club are delighted in welcoming Anna back to her school grounds of Muckross Park College as she joins the Muckross Magic. With 180 international caps to her name, Anna will be utilizing her vast experience and world class skills to further develop this young, talented and ambitious team.
From all of us in Muckross, we wish you the very best with your new roles!
Sarah Scott has announced that she has decided to step down as 1st team coach.
All of us at Muckross would like to thank Sarah for her contribution in bringing our club to EY Division 1, as well as her help in developing the club over the last few years. Sarah has been a fantastic asset to the club and will be missed.
We wish her all the best in her continuing hockey career!
The Muckross Hockey Club AGM will take place on Tuesday 14th May in The Dropping Well at 7:30PM. We need a MASSIVE turnout on the night, so please put it in your diary / set a reminder / write it on your forehead and make sure that you will BE THERE!
Tickets for the Muckross Hockey Club 2018/2019 End-of-Season Awards Dinner are on sale… we’re taking over ‘The Penthouse’ of Horse Show House in Ballsbridge on Saturday 11th May from 7:30PM for what promises to be an EPIC night of club craic, with much to celebrate! Book your ticket via our Easy Payments Plus site HERE.
We are excirah n’ delirah to reveal the launch date for 2018/2019 PRE-SEASON!
Muckross Hockey Club’s senior section caters for players at every level, with the highest standard of coaching and training facilities. For the 2018/2019 season, we are fielding six squads across EY Hockey League I and Leinster League Divisions 2, 5, 7, 11 and 12.
We welcome players of all ages and experience – so whether you’re a seasoned athlete seeking top-flight action, a player on the move to Dublin in search of a new club, a beginner who’s keen to take up a new team sport, or someone who just loves playing hockey in a friendly and inclusive club and having great craic whilst doing so – we want to hear from YOU.
This session is open to EVERYONE – Muckross Magicians past, present and future. If you’re coming along to join us for the first time, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to introduce yourself!
WHAT A DAY. That magic moment at the full time whistle of the EYHL Playoffs yesterday was many years in the making. To everyone who has given so much of themselves to the club, at all levels – and in particular Sarah Green, Jeananne Fennelly, Deirdre Mathews & Ann Ronan; to the many players who have weathered the storm throughout the seasons; to our sponsors who backed us to make the next step up, especially Eoin O’Neill Property Advisers; to those who have supported us along the way, at all levels, in all eras; and to THIS special group – THANK YOU!
Muckross is a family – and it was fitting that our impromptu victory party in Kiely’s was a real family affair; as was the support system that got us over the line at the weekend and throughout the season as a whole. The support has been SUPER.
We can’t put a measure on how many hours of hard graft and preparation that Scottie & Freda have put into this, since they first gathered their troops for pre-season way back in August. The Dynamic Duo have been INCREDIBLE to watch at work. And as for their squad – the young stars that played such a pivotal role in our landmark return to top-flight hockey back in 2015 are now the leaders of today’s team, alongside new Muckross Magicians who’ve joined our ranks, old friends who’ve made such a welcome return to them, and the immense young talent that has broken through. Intensely focused momentum instilled a strong belief which led them to a first Leinster Division One title in 21 years – and now promotion to the national league.
Truth be told – this moment has been MANY seasons in the making, with invaluable lessons learned along the way. Winning Division Three in 2012/2013 to secure promotion to Division Two. Driving on to reach the promotional playoff in 2013/2014 and so narrowly missing out on ascension to Division One in a shootout. Re-grouping to go again in 2014/2015 and finally secure our return to the provincial top flight. Making our mark on Division One with a maiden season to be so proud of in 2015/2016. Reaching the EYHL Playoffs in 2016/2017. Winning them in 2017/2018.
To EVERYONE who played a part in all those big days throughout the past five years – on the pitch, on the sideline, and behind the scenes – all we can say is, once again, THANK YOU. Bring on the next chapter…
“IT’S OVER! WE HAVE WON! WE’RE GOING TO THE EYHL!” If you were following our journey through the EYHL Provincial Playoffs over the weekend – these were the magic words. The words we were all waiting and wishing to hear; the words our club has worked so hard for. Just after 5:30PM on Sunday evening, we got to say them. We can’t quite believe it.
What a difference 12 months makes. This time last year – Scottie, Freda and our gals in green n’ white stood dejected on the pitch in Rathdown as their season’s efforts and EYHL Playoffs journey ended in tears. Yesterday, they stood in that familiar post-match team huddle together again – as the Leinster Champions, having just booked a direct ticket to the national league.
It was a weekend of high-intensity hockey action to get there – five teams, four matches, one winner. Muckross started the weekend strong on Saturday morning, beating the Connacht champions NUIG 3-0 in their opening game – the goals coming from Natasha Twomey, and Yasmin Pratt on the double. A few hours of recovery and it was on to the next challenge – our provincial rivals Old Alex. The pace of the match was relentless – but after 50 minutes and a number of heart-stopping moments, it ended all square. A win and a draw for the day. Two clean sheets. A solid start.
Saturday evening was spent on recovery in the team hotel, getting good grub on board, analysing the day’s performance, and doing the homework on what was to come. Two more matches – win them both, and we’re in the EYHL. Simple as. A good night’s sleep, and a breakfast of champions – time to rise and shine.
Munster title holders, the hosts UCC, were up next. We went ahead early in the second quarter thanks to another Yasmin special, and it looked like we’d be taking the lead into half-time – until the Cork side struck back, right on the whistle. “SHINE A LIGHT.” Into the dugout. Re-group, re-focus. Keep working, keep fighting, keep creating chances – it’ll come. Except it didn’t… and another quarter passed, still deadlocked. Into the final quarter – we needed to find a winner, and we needed it quick. A well-worked free set-piece found Gilly in the D – no better woman to stick it in the net. GOAL. Muckross leading with 7 minutes to go. UCC had their chances to equalise in the closing minutes – but the green n’ white wall of defence shut them out. Full time whistle. The points belonged to Muckross.
Top of the tournament leaderboard with only one more game to play. A win and promotion would be ours – simple as. A draw, and we’d be in for an agonising wait, reliant on other team’s results and goal difference. Nodoby wanted that. Our destiny was in our own hands – time to make sure of it.
The final match against Ulster champions Lurgan will be remembered as one of the most tense that our club has ever been involved in. Immense pressure applied from the get-go – and eventually they broke through at the end of the first quarter. 1-0 down. Don’t panic; keep working; we’ll get back into this… and we did. A penalty corner halfway through the second quarter was perfectly executed – Laura Hanlon picking one hellova time to score her first goal of the season, as she pounced from the back post to put it away. All square; GAME ON. Lurgan upped the pressure again. Two minutes to half-time, they won a penalty corner, and we went down to 10 players for the infirngment. They set up to take it. Then… down came the hailstones.
Time stopped; teams sent to the dugouts; supporters sent scrambling for shelter. A 20 minute weather delay followed – time to cool down, talk tactics, and re-focus. Back out onto the pitch to defend that penalty corner – cleared straight out, no getting through. The follow-up phase brought a stunning save between the sticks from Rachel. Half-time whistle. All square.
The third quarter came and went with more end-to-end action but no score to be found by either side. Into the fourth, we go again – 12.5 minutes to find a winner. Four minutes into it, we did. A penalty corner at a crucial juncture – no time for fancy stuff – straight strike from Yasmin and BOOM the backboard is rattled. Muckross go ahead. An agonising eight minutes followed, full of thrills n’ spills. We keep calm. We hold our nerve. This is our day. Full time whistle. Elation.
IT’S OVER. WE HAVE WON. WE ARE GOING TO THE EYHL!