Smith names Electric Ireland Irish Women’s Squad for EuroHockey Championship

Electric Ireland Irish Women’s Coach Darren Smith has today named his squad for this summer’s TriFinance EuroHockey Championships 2013 from August 17th – 25th in Belgium.

The Irish coach has selected his panel following review of the Electric Ireland Irish Senior Squad recent extensive International series vs. Canada, Wales & Scotland in which 27 players were involved. Ireland are in Pool A at the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships where they will face The Netherlands, Belarus & hosts Belgium. Continue reading →

Smith announces Electric Ireland Women’s Hockey Training Camp Squad

Electric Ireland Irish Women’s Coach Darren Smith has named a 43 player squad for a 2-day training camp in Dublin on 25th and 26th May 2013 in preparation for the European Championships in Boom, Belgium from 17th to 25th August 2013.

India vs Ireland Women's Hockey Team

File Photo: Ireland Women’s Hockey Players in Action (Photo Credit: Matías Noé Correa Arce)

Smith has selected the group having taken in every round of the Electric Ireland Irish Hockey League recently culminating in the Finals last weekend at Three Rock Rovers Hockey Club. Smith’s selection includes some new faces in the squad with uncapped players Vanessa Surgeoner, Chloe Brown, Kate Lloyd, Emily Beatty, Erika Hinkson, Yvonne O’Byrne, Aisling Campion & Kate Dillon joining the Green Army on this occasion. The Irish coach will also have to do without the services of Emma Clarke who is unavailable due to her upcoming marriage.

After the training weekend Smith will reduce the squad further to select a squad to train toward the European Championships and in to the latter part of 2013. Continue reading →

Darren Smith names Irish Women’s Squad for Hockey World League 2 in Valencia

Electric Ireland Irish Women’s coach Darren Smith has named his 18 players to travel to the World League 2 tournament in Valencia, Spain later this month following a 9 day training camp last week which culminated yesterday in the Green Army claiming their first victory under the new Coach with a 1-0 victory over Spain.

Irish Hockey Association LogoIreland will travel to Valencia on Thursday 21st February 2013 ahead of their opening encounter with Czech Republic on Monday 25th February 2013 before facing Belarus the following day. The Green Army will then face hosts Spain for the 4th time in a month on 2nd March 2013 before finishing off their World League 2 campaign v Italy on 3rd March 2013. Continue reading →

Darren Smith announces ‘Electric Ireland’ Senior Women’s Squad

Wednesday, 9th January 2013:  New Irish Women’s coach Darren Smith has today announced his first ‘Electric Ireland’ Senior Women’s Squad for the upcoming training camp in Valencia, Spain . Smith’s squad will train under the new coach from the 2nd – 11th February 2013 and will also play three friendly games vs. Spain during the training camp.

Irish Hockey Association Logo17 of the 18 Irish players who claimed the Bronze Medal at the FIH Champion Challenge I in Dublin last September have been included in this ‘Electric Ireland’ Senior Women’s Squad with the only exception being Miriam Crowley who is unavailable due to sitting her final dentistry exams and additionally Lizzie Colvin who is also unavailable due to study commitments.  Smith’s selection also sees the return of Emma Clarke, Nicci Daly, Cliodhna Sargent & Shirley McCay who were previously unavailable for the FIH Champions Challenge I tournament. Continue reading →

Irish Hockey announce Darren Smith as new Women’s National Coach

Irish Hockey is delighted to announce Darren Smith as new Ireland Women’s National Coach. Smith, a New Zealand native, takes up the role following 6 years as Assistant Coach to the New Zealand Men’s team who recently finished 9th at the Olympic Games in London 2012.

Irish Hockey Association LogoDarren brings with him a wealth of International coaching experience gained with the ‘Blacksticks’ including participation at Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, World Cup & Champions Challenge. As well as his extensive coaching experience, Darren also brings vast playing experience to the role having represented New Zealand on 212 occasions as a player including earning a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002. Continue reading →

Black Sticks Assistant Coach Darren Smith will be New Head Coach of Irish Women’s Hockey Team

Black Sticks Men’s assistant coach Darren Smith has accepted the role as head coach for the Ireland Women’s team and will be taking up the position at the end of January 2013.

Black Sticks LogoContracted by Hockey New Zealand through till December 2012, Smith has been assistant coach with the Black Sticks Men for six years and a player for the previous 11 years.

“It has been a really tough decision. To be part of a team for that long, means it is engrained in everything you do and is part of who you are, so it hasn’t been an easy decision at all,” says Smith. Continue reading →