Irish Hockey Association are forced to cancel the remainder of the season

Irish Hockey Association are forced to cancel the remainder of the season
Emily O'Leary in action for Harlequins.Picture: Larry Cummins.

THE Irish Hockey Association have issued a statement saying they have cancelled the rest of the season, from the EY Irish Hockey League, down to domestic league and cup competitions.

The statement reads: 

Hockey Ireland continues to follow the advice of the Government and Sport Ireland and has noted recent Government announcements that further measures are being introduced to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The Hockey Ireland board, after further consultation with its branches, has decided the following in the interest of the health and safety of the hockey community and all people on the island of Ireland:

In line with government advice all hockey activity remains suspended.

In order to provide clarity and to assist with immediate and longer-term planning, Hockey Ireland is announcing that the 2019/20 hockey season for all league, cup and all other domestic hockey competitions in Ireland are deemed to have finished.

The consequences of this decision will be looked at by a Hockey Ireland Competitions Working group. The Competitions Working Group will consist of representatives from the Hockey Ireland Board, the Competitions Committee, and representatives from each of the four branches.

The Competitions Working Group’s proposals, addressing the postponement or cancellation of fixtures, the final league standings, promotion and relegation, and possible European spots for the 2020/21 season will then go to the Hockey Ireland Board for consideration and approval.

The final decisions on the details for the conclusion of 2019/2020 season will be published no later than April 12.

The Hockey Ireland offices are situated on the UCD campus which remains closed since March 13, all staff continue to operate from their homes.

We apologise for this disruption; however, staff continue to have access to our server remotely and are set up to respond to emails as usual.

Hockey Ireland will continue to closely follow developments and issue further information as appropriate.

Hockey Ireland would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this time and appreciates the efforts many of you are going to in order to continue training while at home.

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