Rules Briefing

The Munster Hockey Umpires Association will be holding a rules briefing session on Monday the 14th of September at 8PM in Cork Harlequins. All players, coaches and umpires are encouraged to attend the session with a couple of really important rule changes coming into operation this season. Please contact Peter Murphy ( for any queries prior to the night.


Munster Branch Vacancies

The Munster Branch need to fill the following positions:

1. Men’s Registrar – this person needs to be in place by the 12th of September. The season WILL NOT START without a person in place.

2. Secretary

3. Treasurer

Please share with members in your club.


Junior Interpros Results

Junior Interpros Results:

Munster 0 v 4 Leinster; Leinster 4 v 2 Ulster; Ulster 4 v 4 Munster; Ulster 0 v 1 Leinster; Ulster 2 v 3 Munster; Leinster 0 v 1 Munster.

Final Standings: 1. Leinster 9pts; 2. Munster 8pts; 3 Ulster 2pts.

Munster 5 v 0 South East; Leinster 0 v 2 Ulster; Ulster 4 v 1 South East; Leinster 6 v 0 South East; Munster 1 v 1 Ulster; Munster 3 v 1 Leinster;

Final Standings: 1. Munster 8pts; 2. Ulster 8pts; 3. Leinster 3pts; South East 0pts.

Munster Ladies Claim Junior Interpro Title

Munster ladies won the Junior Interpro title in dramatic style coming from behind to beat Leinster and deny Ulster 3 in a row.

They beat South East 5-0 on Saturday morning with Emma Harrington bagging a hat-trick. They then faced a strong Ulster side on Sunday morning. Ulster started strongly but Munster scored a cracking goal on the break with Caroline McCarthy setting up Emma Harrington for the finish. Ulster continued to press in the second half but found Rachelle Nyhan, Laura Buttimer and Emma White very hard to beat. Ulster finally made the breakthrough with only 2 minutes left on the clock to draw level.

Munster knew a win would give them the title on goal difference but they started slow against Leinster and were punished midway through the first half with a well-executed short corner. Munster then woke up and forced the Leinster keeper into some fantastic saves. After half time Munster started to dictate the pace of the game and 3 goals in 8 minutes turned the game on its head. First Caroline McCarthy struck after some Mel Ryan had won the ball in a dangerous area. Then Jenni Lyttle converted from close range after a well worked short corner. Two minutes later Steph Peters roofed a cross from Emma Harrington. Munster then sat back and soaked up some pressure to lift the trophy and bring the title back to Munster for the first time since 2007.

2015 Sports Capital Programme Open for Applications

The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, is pleased to announce the opening of the 2015 Sports Capital Programme for applications.
A fund of €40 million is available for development of sports facilities and the purchasing of sports equipment.

Applications are now sought from sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities. Third level colleges, Education and Training Boards and schools may only apply for funding jointly with sports clubs.

Application can only be made online at



The first Munster Junior Ladies trial is this Sunday (8th March) at 5pm in Ashton School. Please note that all players who have not played Irish Senior Cup this season are eligible (anyone who isn’t Quins/UCC/Cath Inst firsts) – this is a change from previous years. The tournament is in Ulster the 8th/9th/10th of May. Anyone who will be attending or is interested in attending future trials is requested to send an email to the Coach Graham Catchpole ( to register interest. Further trials will be announced soon.

MHUA Rules Briefings for Club Umpires 2nd Briefing

The second MHUA Rules Briefing for Club Umpires will take place on Monday 3rd November at 7.30 p in the Hibernian Hotel in Mallow.

We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.


Julie Beamish
On behalf of the MHUA

The MHUA are commencing an umpire development programme starting with a comprehensive series of briefings on the rules, rule interpretation, game management and general tools of umpiring.

These briefings will be held on 4, 2 hour evening sessions over a 4 week period. The objective is to provide those within their clubs interested in umpiring a detailed knowledge of the rules and an understanding of the role of the umpire in the game of hockey.

At the end of these sessions the MHUA will embark on a mentor programme with pitch side training for any attendees who wish to further develop their umpiring skills. This will not be mandatory for those who attend the sessions but those who do attend will be awarded an umpire grading in line with the National Grading structure upon successful completion of the programme.

As many of you will be aware if a club enters a team in an Irish Competition they must supply a nominated umpire – the MHUA will assist in providing clubs with the knowledge base to hopefully allow a club have a pool of umpires capable and confident to step onto the pitch.

The first briefing is taking place in Garryduff on Monday next, 20th October at 7.15 pm. Until such time as we see where attendees are located we will not confirm the location of the second session but it will be on Monday 27th October. It is intended that attendees will not have to travel for all sessions and that we can get a reasonable spread across the 4 weeks.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible next week in Garryduff. Please note there is no restriction on how many can attend from each club. The more that attend the more everyone will get out of the sessions. I would encourage anyone who wishes to attend to make every effort to attend all 4 sessions to get the full benefit as different topics and aspects will be covered each evening.

Participants must be over 18 years of age

Limerick HC win Clubmark award

Congratulations to Limerick HC on being awarded the “Clubmark” award at the IHA AGM yesterday.