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With the New Season only around the corner we would like to get things going. Player registration will start from August 15th 2014 and the new forms will be emailed out to all the registered clubs. Player registration will take place through your club this year with instructions being sent to all clubs on August 15th.
Cost of player registration will be Junior €15/£12 Senior €30/£24.
Only player registration from registered clubs will be accepted.

The following Clubs are registered to date

Waterford Vikings - Senior Gold and Silver
West Coast Pirates Galway - Senior Silver
Waterford Shadows HC - Senior Silver
Kilkenny Bandits - Senior Gold
Kilkenny Storm - Senior Gold and Silver, Junior U16, U14, U12
Cork Wolfpack - Senior Gold and Silver, Junior U16, U14, U12
Dundalk Raiders - Senior Silver
Galway Bay Lightening - Senior Gold and Silver
Belfast Bruins - Senior Gold
East Coast Blaze - Senior Gold and Silver, Junior U16, U14, U12
Bangor Chiefs - Senior Gold and Silver, Junior U16, U14, U12
Dungarvan Inline - Junior U14, U12

If your clubs name is not above and you have sent in the registration form please contact committee@inlinehockeyireland.org immediately.
For those clubs that have not yet submitted we strongly encourage you so send it in as soon as possible as league schedules need to be written.

The Senior League Manager for the South will be Martin Novak, he is currently getting people together to help run the league, so if you feel like you have something to offer please let us know. Martin will be contacting all managers/coaches regarding structures and schedules in the near future.

We are looking forward to a great season.

Also we would like to welcome the new clubs West Coast Pirates, Waterford Vikings, Dundalk Raiders and Dungarvan Inline.

The Inline Hockey Ireland AGM took place on Sunday 22nd in th Alsaa, Dublin.

This past season IHI had 302 senior and 120 junior members registered, this is an increase of over 250 on the previous year. Following the coming together of IHI and the NIIHA and their six clubs this was one of the main factors for the member increase along with the joining of three new clubs Galway Pitbulls, Clare Waves and Dun Dealgan Warriors and the return of Kilkenny Bandits to regular competition.

In September of last year 2013 IHI became a member of the Federation of Irish Sports this allowed us to join the FIS Insurance Program which has given us significant savings. As told at the previous AGM IHI continued the process of application to become a member of FIRS and on 28th Feb 2014 Ireland was made an affiliate member, which allows entry into international competition under the FIRS programs. IHI will continue to work to become a full member within the coming months.

As under request from the Irish Sports Council and FIRS the continuation of the formation of Irish Roller Sports was persued, it was put to members the way in which a vote for the governance of IRS was to be taken. The vote of Proportional Representation was chosen, i.e. 1 council vote per every 1-99 members of the relevant member bodies.

A vote to determine if the affiliation to FIRS will continue, this motion was passed. IHI will continue to work on its relationship with this international body.

 

 

League Report

During the past season there were 220 scheduled senior games within leagues and cups, there were 8 tournaments between junior and seniors levels. The Hibernia Cup was launched with the top two Senior teams from both the North and South competed in a playoff tournament to determine the best Senior Team on the Island, this was won by the Northern Cyclones, with Galway Pitbulls placing second.

 

National Training Program Report

The National Training Program comprises of four sections, Senior mens, Senior Ladies, Juniors and Officials. This is the development program of Inline Hockey and is part of a 5 year plan.

Falcons (Under 18 all nationalities)

We currently have 20 juniors from Bangor, Belfast, Dundalk. Athlone and Cork.

When scheduling permits we try to get together on average every 4 weeks for either practice or games. Since it's creation the program has competed in The NIIHA U14's and U16's league cup winning them both, one cup resides in Dundulk the other is in Cork.

During the All Ireland playoffs a selected team played 2 games against the Armagh Stars senior silver team. Although they lost the players gained valuable experience against a stronger opposition. Even gaining the respect and praise of their opposition.

During the weekend of the 14th and 15th June the program was split into 2 teams to enable them to take part in an U18 tournament in The Valley in Newtowabbey, NI. They played against 2 strong teams from the Midlands in the UK.

The white team played well showing great unity to finish 4th, they improved with each game. The black team finished 2nd beating the tournament favourites on route to the final.

2 players, 14 & 15 have been chosen to train with the Men's National Squad, we feel this is testament to the hard work and progression they are making through the program.

Following the Report aout the Falcons, a proposal of a Scholarship Program was made. This scholarship would be giving up to 4 memers of the falcons program the opportunity to train and travel with the Mens National Squad free of charge where possible. This scholarship will be mostly covered by the National Squad Program with a vote taken to support this program by the members, motion was passed.

 

Ladies

Over the last year there was a development of a ladies National Squad. This squad included ladies from all across the island and trained numerous times at the Alsaa in Dublin and other venues. They entered their first tournament the Valley Vase, special Thanks to Corey McKay. This brought the squad together. They have continued to train up to the end of the season and brought a team to Slovenia to Ladies only tournament.

This squad will be grown over the next season to include more ladies and bring in juniors.

 

Mens

Following the 2013 AGM, a Mens National Squad program was developed, during the summer of 2013 two trials took place. While the long term aim of a 5 year plan was established, which is to have a consistant squad travel to International tournaments. An opportunity of sending a team to the IIHF qualifiers for the 2014 World Championships was given with short notice, 4 weeks. This tournament took place in Passau, Germany. Latvia and Macedonia were the other two nations that took part. Ireland played Macedonia and won their first International match. Then Ireland took on Latvia and while they played well, they lost to Latvia and Latvia qualifing.

Through out the playing season the National Training took a back seat as almost every weekend for the entire season league or cup competition was taking place in either North or South or both leagues. Once the season finished the Training program restarted with an open trial (open to any player with an Irish Passport) that was held in the Alsaa, Dublin. A second training took place and following this a squad of 16 was selected, this squad will be grown over the coming months with the addition of new players and also the inclusion of Falcons within the program.

The opportunity of sending a team to the IIHF qualifiers for the 2015 tournament was offered again this year. However the tournament was to be held in Bulgaria and only 3 weeks notice was given. The coaching and management staff decided that this was an almost impossible task with the cost of almost 800euro per player due to such short notice. To maintain momentum for this program the team will be playing in a tournament at the Midlands Arena, UK in August.

The 2016 IIHF qualifiers and the FIRS World Championships will be the goal for next summer and the program will be allowed to continue through out the regular season, thus allowing better preparation.

 

Referrees

This year saw the continuation of referree training. An addition of a skating skills test and review of the rules was done. A number of individuals were awarded a level 1 certificate. This is part of the overhaul of officials and over the next season a level 2 and possible higher will be conducted. A continuous review of the rule book and officials training will be conducted to increase the standard.

 

 

Fees, Registration and Insurance

The 2013/2014 season had a registration fee of 10 per Junior member and 25 per Senior member. This covered clubs to train with a public liability for the venues that they used. During the last year it was put to the committee the option of having personnal accident cover. This was investigated and following a number of quotes an approximate cost of 5euro per member was given as the increased cost to our current policy.

A vote was taken to change the insurance policy to cover personnal injury while playing or training, this also changed the cost of membership to 15 for Junior and 30 per Senior member for the 2014/2015 season. As agreed the rate for players in Northern Ireland was to be determined based on exchange rates og Monday 23rd with a review to be done in December. Therefore a cost of 12 GBP for Junior and 24 GBP for Seniors will be the standing rate.

With the increasing number of members, all membership will be done through the clubs for the coming season. Full details and instructions will be announced shortly.

 

Election of Officers

The following people were elected

Chairperson - Victor O'Brien

Vice Chairperson - Gerard Spence

General Secretary - Michael Creane

Treasurer - Hugh Bancroft

Childrens Officer - Paul Cummins

DPO Juniors - Janis Kipars

 

The remaining committee positions will be appointed within the near future along with the Head of Officials and Discipline Officer. Applications to these positions are open, should you wish to apply please email committee@inlinehockeyireland.org

 

Any Other Buisness

A vote was taken to change to Internet banking, motion was passed.

A welcome of three new clubs to IHI for the coming season, Dublin Wolves, Waterford Vikings and West Coast Pirates.

A detailed club registration form was to be sent out, this is to give us better information for planning of leagues and competition.

 

 

2014/2015 Club Registration Forms have been emailed to All clubs. If you have not received the email please contact committee@inlinehockeyireland and a copy will be sent to you.
Deadline for registration to be included in leagues and competition is July 18th. So please ensure your form is submitted on time if you would like to partake.

Dear Members,

I would like to call this years AGM for 11am at the ALSAA (next to Dublin Airport Long Term Carpark) on Sunday, June 22nd. This meeting is open to All members that are paid up and registered.

We are strongly urging a number of representatives from each club to be present.

The Agenda for the AGM is as follows.

- Acknowledgements and Apologies.
- Financial Report.
- Secretary's Report - Registrations and Additions of New Clubs
- League Reports - IHI Senior Gold, Silver, NIIHA Gold + Silver, Junior Activities.
- National Training Program - Ladies, Mens, Junior (Falcons)
- Affiliations with International Governing Body and Irish Roller Sports.
- Fees for 2014/2015 season.
- Set up of Rules Commission (to review and amend our game rules)
- Election of Officers

Chairperson
Vice Chairperson
General Secretary
Financial Officer
National Children’s Officer
Director of Playing Operations
Director of Junior Playing Operations
Director of Ladies’ Playing Operations
Legal and Communications Officer

Additions of Motions to be taken or Nominations for any of the above committee positions can be made by emailing committee@inlinehockeyireland.org

Victor O'Brien
Chairperson
Inline Hockey Ireland

 

For full Regular Season Standings and Statistics, please see the following links:

Gold Division

Silver Division

 

Gold Division

The Gold Division NIHL Playoffs will be taking place at the Rink in Portadown.

Please see the day's opening Schedule here.

The losing teams from both matches will face each other for a Bronze Medal Game at 12:00.
The winning teams from both matches will face each other for a Gold Medal Game at 13:00.

 

Silver Division

The Silver Division NIHL Playoffs will be taking place in Ennistymon.

Please see the day's opening Schedule here.

The losing teams from Games #1 and #2 will play each other at 13:30 for 7th and 8th placement.
The winning teams from Games #1 and #2 will play each other at 14:30 for 5th and 6th placement.
The losing teams from Games #3 and #4 will play each other at 15:30 for a Bronze Medal Game.
The winning teams from Games #3 and #4 will play each other at 16:30 for a Gold Medal Game.

 

Best of luck to all Clubs participating this Sunday.

 

 

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