Ulster Hockey Union

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Ulster Hockey Union
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Formation 1896
HeadquartersStirling House
478 Castlereagh Road
Belfast
BT5 6BQ [1]
Region served
Ulster
Parent organization
Hockey Ireland
Website https://ulsterhockey.com/
Formerly called
Ulster Branch of the Irish Hockey Association
Ulster Women's Hockey Union

The Ulster Hockey Union is the governing body for field hockey in Ulster. It is affiliated to Hockey Ireland. It organises a number of leagues and cup competitions for clubs and schools in the province. These include the Ulster Senior League, the Kirk Cup and the Ulster Shield. Over 70 clubs are affiliated to the union.

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Foundation

The modern Ulster Hockey Union was founded in May 2009 following the merger of the Ulster Branch of the Irish Hockey Association and the Ulster Women's Hockey Union. The UBIHA was originally formed in December 1896. [2] Founding members of the original association included the North Down, Cliftonville and Antrim hockey clubs. [3] [4] [5] At a special general meeting on 15 October 1897 at the Royal Avenue Hotel, Belfast, members of the association agreed to form the Ulster Senior League. [6] The 1897–98 season also the introduction of the association's senior men's cup competition, the Kirk Cup. [7]

Competitions

Men's

Women's

Schoolboys

Schoolgirls

Representative players

The Ulster Hockey Union also organises representative teams. They mainly play against teams representing the other provinces of Ireland. A number of Ireland, England and Great Britain internationals have also played for Ulster at interprovincial level.

Men

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Notes

Women

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Personnel

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