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Huge Rovers crew set to shine at Olympic Games

A huge congratulations to Ben Johnson, Daragh Walsh and Ben Walker who have all been named in the Irish Olympic squad of 16 players for Paris next month along with Ali Empey and Jaime Carr who are both travelling reserves for the event.

An incredible achievement for each of them personally and also for us as a club to have so many involved with such close club ties!

They will join umpire Ali Keogh at the Games to make sure Rovers are represented on the highest stage of the game!

We wish them well for the Games while also taking the opportunity to also pay tribute to Luke Madeley who has been a pivotal figure in the team’s qualification before an injury issue curtailed his involvement.

Ireland’s qualification was always built around a wider squad effort, raising standards across the board over the past few years in which Mark Samuel and Conor Empey were among those to make key contributions along the road to Paris!

Rovers represent in style in Pro League

Our Rovers represented in a big way at the FIH Pro League over the past week as the Irish men’s team pulled off a remarkable pair of wins over reigning Olympic champions Belgium as well as putting it up to 2016 Olympic gold medalists Argentina!

It comes during a key phase in their preparations for the Olympic Games in Paris.Among many highlights:

– Ben Johnson scored two brilliant goals on Sunday in a 4-1 win over the Belgians, winning player of the match into the bargain!

– Ali Empey scored his first senior international goal against Argentina on Saturday

– Daragh Walsh won his 100th cap on Sunday against Belgium, putting together some virtuoso performances in midfield

– Luke Madeley fired home three drag-flicks over the course of the four games

– Ben Walker set up Ben Johnson and scored another in the Sunday win over the Belgians!

– Jaime Carr starred in goal, including two particularly spectacular save/stick clearances

What a week! They have their next games next weekend in London where they will play Great Britain and Germany.
Pictures via Hockey Ireland media releases!

Pictures courtesy of Hockey Ireland/World Sport Pics

50th anniversary reunion dinner for 1974 Irish Senior Cup winning side

On 6th April 1974 Three Rock Rovers 1st XI won the Irish Senior Cup in a season when they also won the Leinster Senior League.

A 50th Anniversary Reunion Dinner was held on 5th April 2024 where four of the surviving six members of the 1974 team attended.  Regrettably six of the original team – Derek Hennessy, Richard Fitzsimon, Michael Varian, Malcolm McMullan, Richard Mellon and David Judge – are no longer with us while Peter Craig and Paul Coulson were both unable to attend on the evening.

In the 1970’s the format of the Irish Senior Cup was different in that the winners of the Leinster, Ulster and Munster Sections played off for the title.  Rovers had won the Leinster Section defeating Dublin University by 1-0 on 9th February 1974.

Lisnagarvey had won the Ulster Section and they came to Dublin on 23rd February 1974 where the match finished in a 1-1 draw.  Rovers then had to go to Ulster on 9th March 1974 for the replay on the Lisnagarvey ground at Blaris outside Lisburn.  Played on a muddy pitch in front of a hostile crowd, Rovers went 2-0 up in the first half with goals from Derek Hennessy and David Judge and survived a second half siege to emerge victorious by 2-1.

The final was then played at Londonbridge Road on 6th April 1974 against Cork Church of Ireland who had won the Munster Section.  An early goal by Richard Fitzsimon and a penalty stroke by Derek Hennessy in the final five minutes won the match for Rovers by 2-1.

The 1974 winning team pictured above:  (Back Row) Derek Hennessy, Eric Bradshaw, Houghton Fry, Trevor Myles, Richard Fitzsimon, Paul Coulson, Michael Varian.  (Front Row) Peter Craig, Malcolm McMullan, Richard Mellon (Capt), John Findlater, David Judge.

Trevor Myles, John Findlater, Eric Bradshaw and Houghton Fry at the reunion.  (Inset) Peter Craig and Paul Coulson.

Another photo of the reunion.  Roger West (Current Club President), Trevor Myles, John Findlater, Eric Bradshaw, Houghton Fry, Neale Webb (Past Club Captain and member of the 1974 squad) and Cedric Christie (Past Club President).

1973/74 Final Leinster Senior League Table.

Joseph Haughton RIP

The Haughton family would like to inform the club on the passing of Joe Haughton (peacefully) on Monday 4th March at the age of 104.

Joe was father to Robert and Jenny, and grandfather to Phelie and Michael (Maguire) all of whom club members will know well. He was also cousin to Bill and Ken whom older members will remember fondly.

Although Joe never played, his contribution to the club was large in other ways.Should anyone wish to celebrate a great life well lived, there will be a service in Churchtown Meeting House at 2 pm Thursday 7th March.

Rovers representing with five players in Irish indoor panels

Five Rovers have been called up for Irish indoor international duty early this year as the senior side travel to Portugal in February and a development side play in Denmark this weekend.

Ross Canning, Jody Hosking and Hames Walker have all been included in the senior side who go to Paredes for the EuroHockey Championship II-A from February 2 to 4.

It is the second tier in Europe and the highest level Ireland have competed at in men’s competition since nations events were introduced in 1974.

All three of the lads played in the 2022 Championship III in Cyprus, scoring 30 goals between them when the side finished in third place.

Ireland are in a five-team competition with Cyprus, Denmark, Lithuania and Norway with the winner potentially earning promotion to the top division for 2026. Ali Haughton is on the reserve list for the panel should there be any late changes.

For the Development side, Rovers will be represented by Harry MacMahon and new club member Ryan Williams who joined before Christmas from Waterford.

They are playing in the annual Mason Cup in Denmark where they are in an initial group with local clubs Orient Lyngby and Copehagen as well as Sweden’s Roslagen.

The other four-team group has teams from Denmark and Germany. The tournament starts on Friday, January 5 and runs until Sunday.

In a busy international January, there is also a wealth of Belgian-based Rovers who have been called into the Irish side to compete for Olympic qualification.

Luke Madeley, Ben Walker, Daragh Walsh and Jaime Carr are off to Valencia for an eight-team tournament from which three sides will earn a ticket to Paris 2024. The tournament runs from January 13 to 21.

Every game from this event will be live-streamed on the FIH’s Watch.Hockey platform.

Welcome to Three Rock Rovers New Website!

There may not have been as much action as the Club and our members would have hoped for or wanted but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy behind the scenes getting the Club ready for the 2021/2022 season!

This site has been in the works for well over a year and with the extra time on our hands due to so little on field action we put a lot of energy into creating this new site, the old one was over 10 years old and deserved a nice update.

Peter Hinds, the current Men’s Captain and Sam Cogan, Senior Men’s section, have provided a huge amount of time and their expertise to get this project over the line and the Club, and myself, are immensely grateful to the two of them for their help.

We hope that this new site will help all our members and sponsors, current and prospective, look forward to the 2021/2022 with even more optimism than before.

Jack McCann,
TRRHC Webmaster

Read the first Rovers Round up of 2021 here, short, sweet and to the point!

Covid Lockdown

We ask all members, and parents of junior members, to please adhere to Covid restrictions and the level 5 lockdown criteria, and not to enter the club grounds or complex during the current lockdown. Some staff are required to continue working for essential pitch and other duties and maintenance, and unregistered visitors to the grounds place them, and any visitors, at risk. All visitors to the club must also be registered for Covid tracing purposes.

The current restrictions are difficult and unpleasant for everyone, and it has been a challenging year for the club. We appreciate the support of our loyal members, and we hope that we will be in a position to see you all back again once it is safe to do so and government guidelines allow it.

Stay safe and we will see you sooner rather than later up at Three Rock Rovers!

ROADSTONE sponsorship.

The club wishes to thank Frank Heisterkamp, TRR Men’s 5s & 6s player, and Roadstone, for renewing their club partner sponsorship package. This support is very much appreciated during what will be a tough financial year for the club.

Thank you Frank.

A festive message from TRR’s Ladies and Men’s Club Captains as we look forward to 2021

To the TRR Family

Thanks for your support and here’s to Hockeying in 2021!

We wanted to say a massive thank you to all our members, without you paying your subs the club would not be able to continue to operate, to all the volunteers who have helped us to keep hockeying and comply with the COVID rules so far this year, so many people are unaware of the huge work that volunteers do for the club which helps us keep afloat and to Bernie who has been a tremendous help throughout.

We have seen incredible support from our Three Rock members and so many junior parents so far this season, which has been a huge help in keeping our club going through difficult times. Three Rock are proud to have been able to provide a safe environment for everyone to enjoy some hockey and we thank all of those who helped work through complicated decisions as the state of play changed continually and the volunteers who stepped up to make it all possible.

It really has been so heartening to see the TRR family pull together this year and we want to say thank you all so much for your continued support. We hope that as the days begin to stretch again and vaccine rollouts become the news of the day let’s all have a safe Christmas and look forward to hockeying in 2021!

Jess & Peter
Club Captains

Christmas Trees, Junior Update, Rockets Christmas training & More!

Christmas Trees
Christmas Trees are on sale up at Grange Road, in the front car park! If you’re looking for a tree for this year look no further than Three Rock Rovers!

It would be great to see as many people as possible purchase their tree at Grange Road as not only are you shopping local but you will also be supporting the Club as some of the money earned will go to the Club!

Rockets Christmas Training
The Rockets held their Christmas training session on Tuesday evening, see article photo, which saw plenty of prancing and dancing as well as the Rockets welcoming a new player!

Zoe attended her first session and went home smiling! Thanks to Siobhan, Hannah, Scott, Zoe and all the coaches who have helped this side of Christmas!
(Photos in newsletter)

Juniors Update

Recent Activity – Peter McVerry Appeal
We received a very warm sincere letter from the Peter McVerry Trust thanking the children and parents of Three Rock Rovers for the huge, generous and much needed donation which we handed over last week. The response from the Junior Club was amazing – over 120 selection boxes, almost 100 tins of biscuits, 80 tubs of sweets, 5 boxes full of toiletries, 100s of presents, loads and loads of hats, socks, gloves and so much more ! These we were told will be distributed to families in need in temporary accommodation, in hostels and in direct provision centres all over Leinster.

Last weekend was Christmas Jumpers weekend !
Unfortunately it was very wet and windy for most of it, so not everyone managed to brave it in their Christmas gear ! Those that did looked fantastic ! and thanks to all who made the effort! (Photos in newsletter)

December 11th – 13th
This is our final weekend before the Christmas break.

So don your Christmas jumpers and hats again, pick up some last minute stocking fillers in Ed Sports and watch out Santa may be lurking with a small gift for all the children !!

We have had a very busy, very unusual first term of the season. Renewed thanks to EVERYONE : coaches, parents, the numerous volunteers and committee and subcommittee members whose combined efforts have ensured that we have had as much hockey as possible for the children in a safe environment.

A special word of thanks must go to Chris for all his enthusiasm and dedication!