A short report from Head Coach Ken Moussat from the U16 tryouts on 26th September 2020.
Following our AGM on 23rd August we are providing a brief summary of points that will have impact on IHI and our members over the next year.
The 2020 AGM will take place on Sunday 23rd August over Zoom.
We are providing an update on all leagues to conclude the 2019/20 season.
QUIZ: Name the Ireland roster from the 2013 IIHF qualifiers
Inline Hockey Ireland is committed to improving the future of the sport of inline hockey in Ireland. A key element to this is the successful implementation of a Junior Development Programme. This programme is designed to both improve the level of play for domestic play while also improving the chances of success of Irish national teams at all levels. Due to the makeup of our membership, the programme will focus on the Junior Men (U18) and U16 categories in the 2020-21 season.
If you have any queries regarding the programme please contact
Structure of Programme
Each season, there will be tryouts to select a development squad, which can be attended by any IHI member that meets the criteria. Players must be registered to IHI for insurance purposes. Players could also be invited to join the development squad based on strong domestic play. The development squad will then have regular training sessions throughout the season.
Plans are under way for 2021 events, with Junior Men's aiming to attend the Roller Games in Cartegena, Columbia, while the U16s will attend the European Championships.
Teams will be selected from the development squad to attend these competitions.
Junior Men's: Male players born between 2003 and 2007 that have or are eligible for an Irish passport. For information on whether you are eligible for an Irish Passport through birth, descent or naturalisation please visit, http://citizensinformation.ie/en/moving_country/irish_citizenship/
U16: Male Players born between 2006 and 2010 that have or are eligible for an Irish passport. For information on whether you are eligible for an Irish Passport through birth, descent or naturalisation please visit, http://citizensinformation.ie/en/moving_country/irish_citizenship/
As inline hockey is not yet recognised by Sport Ireland we receive no financial assistance from the government. This means that all costs have to be funded by ourselves. We are committed to financially assisting as much as possible, but we need to be economically sustainable. Therefore majority of costs will fall on the players and their families. However, we will organise fundraising events and source as many sponsors as possible to ensure this cost is kept to a minimum.
Players and parents are encouraged to support fundraising and sponsorship efforts as much as possible.
Programme Coordinator - Eduards Bartkevics
Junior Men's Head Coach - Victor O’Brien
Junior Men's Team Manager - Mal Caughers
U16 Head Coach - Janis Kipars
U16 Team Manager - Michael Creane
Junior Men's Assistant Coach - Paul Cummins
U16 Assistant Coach - Ken Moussat
Consultant Coach - Dave Hammond
Parent Representatives - TBC
Junior Men's National Training Squad
U16 National Group
Frank Balfry, Cork Wolfpack
Gatis Jekabsons, Midland Thunder
Michael Kennedy, Cork Wolfpack
Roberts Kipars, Midland Thunder
Toby McKelvey, Bangor Chiefs
Pauls Mengelis, Midland Thunder
Jamie O'Brien, Kilkenny Storm
Matthew O'Shea, Cork Wolfpack
Ivan Pantepajevs, Flying Ducks
Blaze Shields-Pettitt, Ballymena Vandals
Matthew Graham, Bangor Chiefs
Alfie McFarland, Armagh Stars
Oscars Vitolins, Clare Badgers
Robert Young, Kilkenny Storm
2nd Review Process
Oliver Costello, East Coast Blaze
Adam Donnohue, Flying Ducks
Alex Jones, Ballymena Vandals
Elijus Preisaitis, Midland Thunder