Positive Childhood – Women in Sport Hockey Challenge

Are you ready for our Women in Sport Hockey Challenge?!  Take our Irish Hockey Quiz and see how many of these questions you can answer correctly:

1)    Who is the current Women’s Irish team captain?
2)    Who is the current record cap holder for the National Women’s Hockey Team?
3)    Which Irish senior women’s player was the top goal scorer at the recent Olympic qualifiers in Belgium?
4)    Tommy Bowe the Irish rugby player has a sister who plays hockey for Ireland. What is her name?
5)    The National Hockey Stadium is in University College Dublin.
6)    The length of a hockey match is (A) 60 mins (B) 70 mins (C) 90 mins
7)    Who is the current sponsor of the Irish senior women’s team?
8)    Ireland’s away strip is all black?
9)    Where are Ireland women’s team currently in the world rankings?
10)    A famous hurling star had a sister who played hockey for Ireland. What is her name? Hint: The Cats.

Check the answers and see how many you got right!

Time to Get to Know Hockey!

Here at Mykidstime, when we first got these questions, we were ashamed to say that we didn't know any of these answers, so we thought we had better educate ourselves fast. 

We have teamed up with Irish Hockey to bring you some info on the team and 3 of their key players and some fun facts and info for you to get to know the Women's Hockey team a bit better! 

And enter our giveaway to win tickets to the Celtic Cup taking place in Lisnagarvey 29th June –  1st July.

Ireland Senior International Women's Hockey Team

The senior women’s team made its debut under The Ladies’ Hockey Union against England in 1896 with Ireland winning on a score-line of Ireland 2 England 0. 

Traditionally the team plays in a home strip of green shirt, navy skirt and green socks. The second strip is usually a white shirt with green sleeves, green skirt and green socks.

Currently the kit is supplied by Samurai sportswear. Shirts carry the logo of Electric Ireland across the chest as per terms of a sponsorship agreement.

The women are currently seeded 14th in the world and are captained by Alex Speers. The team competes annually in world ranking competitions. 

Ireland has never qualified for the Olympics but has come close on a couple of occasions most notably as recent as March of this year where Gene Muller’s side faced Belgium in the Olympic qualifying final –  the first time the Irish Women’s side had ever reached the Olympic Qualifying Final.

With a superb win against Spain in the group matches hopes were high for a first appearance at an Olympic games unfortunately the women’s dreams came undone after a superb run in the tournament when Belgium secured a 4-1 win.

Ireland currently has an interim manager, Denis Pritchard who will be in charge over the summer period. Following the culmination of the Olympic qualifying cycle head coach Gene Muller stepped down from his post.

In reaching the final of the Olympic qualifying tournament he had taken the team further than any coach before him. Whoever gets the job as Irish national women’s coach on a full time basis will have a young vibrant group to work with. The future looks bright for The Green Army.

Related: Women in Sport Gaelic Challenge and Women in Sport Soccer Challenge

3 of the Team Players

Alex Speers
Position:    Forward
Height:    5ft 5in
Born:    15th March 1987
Birthplace:    Banbridge
School:    Royal School Armagh
Club:    Railway Union
Occupation:    Property Valuer   

Honours and Achievements:    

•    1st Cap V Scotland, South Africa, 2006
•    50th Cap V Scotland, Banbridge, 2008
•    Ulster School’s Cup & Kate Russell Winner 2002 & 2004
•    Ulster League Winner 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
•    Winemark Ulster Winner 2008, 2009
•    Irish Senior Cup Winner 2007 & 2008
•    All Ireland Club Championships 2007
•    European Club Championships Berlin (2006) and Prague (2008)
•    European Club Cup Winners Cup Lille (2009)
•    Played Professional with Dragons Hockey Club (2009-2010)

Chloe Watkins
Position:    Midfield
Born:    07/03/1992
Birthplace:    Ireland
School:    St. Andrews College, Blackrock
Club:    Hermes/ UCD
Occupation:    Student

Honours and Achievements:    

•    First cap vs Scotland (away) 23rd July 2010
•    Young Player of the Year 2010

Audrey O’ Flynn
Position:    Defender
Height:    5f t8in
Born:    20/02/1987
Birthplace:    Cork
School:    Mount Mercy College Cork  
Club:    Hermes
Occupation:     Student

Honours and Achievements:    

•    1st Senior Cap vs Belgium February 2010
•    Ireland ‘A’ 2009
•    Munster Senior/U21/U18/U16
•    Intervarsity Winner with UCC in 2006 & 2007
•    Munster Senior Cup and Examiner Cup winner with UCC in 2009
•    Munster Senior League and Munster Senior Cup winner with Cork Harlequins in 2006

Upcoming Women's Team Fixtures

The national women’s team upcoming fixtures for the summer include both the Investec Cup in London from 6th – 10th June and the Celtic Cup taking place in Lisnagarvey 29th June –  1st July.

Hear what some of the Team Members have to say

Irish Hockey

Ireland’s national women’s hockey team represents the entire island of Ireland (both Republic and Northern Ireland) in field hockey. It is run by The Irish Hockey Association and currently plays home fixtures at the national hockey Stadium in UCD.  The Association was formed in 2000, as a result of the merger of the two pre-existing Unions which governed men's and women's hockey separately. Both pre-existing Unions' origins date back to the late 19th Century, when they were formed within a year of each other.

The sport's approximate 168 clubs and 280 schools are affiliated to the IHA through its Branch network.

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