Dear Friends and Supporters of TRR Indoor Hockey,
I know that Fraser Morris, John Findlater and I have been plaguing many of you for years to help us to fund the very many National Indoor successes we have had which have led to forays with increasing success into Europe. Some of you have been part of this 15-year journey.
This is not a direct plea for financial contributions although there are students on the squad who would welcome a helping hand.
The main reason I am messaging you all is that this is one of the very rare occasions that we are playing relatively close to home. Indeed, we are playing in the heart of the home of indoor hockey, Germany, in Mannheim. Three Rock Rovers are competing in the EuroHockey Indoor Club trophy, the second-ranked competition for clubs in Europe
There will be a big hall with lots of noisy supporters, accessible trains, flights and relatively reasonable hotels. We are playing at a club level that arguably supersedes what Ireland played when Irish indoor was at its height in the mid-1980s. We would love it if there was some home support and I am going to give you the details if anyone has the time and inclination to travel. It should be great fun for the spectators, no one hosts or understands the indoor game like the Germans.
The Squad is flying out on Thursday the 16th of February and is playing the first match of the tournament on Friday at 09.30 v the Czech side. Our second match is against the Dutch side Pinoke who are hosting the EHL outdoor finals this Easter at 16.15. Both sides will have players who recently played in the European International Championships. A daunting opening for us.
Aer Lingus and Lufthansa had the best flight options when we booked. Chuck Walker is flying out on Friday morning’s €16 flight and should arrive for the Dutch game. There is a train station at the airport and it is about a 45 min journey from Frankfurt to Mannheim.
The team are returning to Dublin on the 21.30 Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt. There is an earlier Aer Lingus one but the team is required to stay for the closing ceremony.
I really hope to see many of you in Mannheim. Realistically staying in this division would be a fantastic achievement. But this part-time indoor hockey team from Balinteer has punched above its weight many times in the past. In the slightly altered immortal words of Sanka Coffie “Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, it’s indoor time. Cool Runnings’
Liam / Fraser / Scott
Details of accommodation and competition schedule
Team Accommodation is in two different hotels:
TRR and some parents and supporters have already booked the first listed option:
Hilton Garden Inn Mannheim (Homepage Hilton Garden Inn)
3 *** (7 km from Hotel to Venue – 15 min by car)
Single: 99,00 € incl. BF / per room per night
Double: 119,00 € incl. BF / per room per night
LanzCarré Hotel Mannheim, a member of Radisson Individuals (Homepage Lanzcarré)
3 *** (8 km from Hotel to Venue – 15 min by car)
Single: 79,00 € incl. BF / per room per night
Double: 99,00 € incl. BF / per room per night
Pool A Pool B
Partille SC (SWE) Pinoké (NED)
HC OKS-SHVSM Vinnitsa (UKR) Three Rock Rovers (IRL)
Slagelse Hockeyklub (DEN) Luzerner SC (SUI)
Mannheimer HC (GER) SK Slavia Prague (CZE)
Friday 17 February 2023
09.30h Pool B Hall A Three Rock Rovers vs SK Slavia Prague
10.45h Pool B Hall A Pinoké vs Luzerner SC
12.00h Pool A Hall A Partille SC vs Slagelse Hockeyklub
13.15h Pool A Hall A HC OKS-SHVSM Vinnitsa vs Mannheimer HC
15.00h Pool B Hall A Luzerner SC vs SK Slavia Prague
16.15h Pool B Hall A Three Rock Rovers vs Pinoké
17.30h Pool A Hall A HC OKS-SHVSM Vinnitsa vs Partille SC
18.45h Pool A Hall A Slagelse Hockeyklub vs Mannheimer HC
Saturday 18 February 2023
09.00h Pool B Hall A Pinoké vs SK Slavia Prague
10.15h Pool B Hall A Luzerner SC vs Three Rock Rovers
11.30h Pool A Hall A Slagelse Hockeyklub vs HC OKS-SHVSM Vinnitsa
12.45h Pool A Hall A Partille SC vs Mannheimer HC
16.30h 17.45h 19.00h Crossover Relegation and Promotion Matches
Sunday 19 February 2023
10.15h 11.30h 13.00h 14.15h Final Ranking Promotion Relegation Matches
15.30h Prize Giving Ceremony