The joint men’s and women’s invitational competition will feature top ranked nations and will be sponsored by Setanta Sports.
The inaugural Setanta Sports Trophy, which will follow a four-nations tournament format, will be held from June 13th-17th at the National Hockey Stadium in UCD.
In the Women’s section, Ireland will compete with Olympic Champions Germany, South Africa and Scotland. In the Men’s, Ireland face Canada, Egypt and Wales. The competitions will be held simultaneously.
The sponsorship is part of a broader three-year commitment from Setanta Sports to Irish Hockey, which will see the network broadcast at least 29 school, club and international hockey matches in full every year. In addition to the Setanta Sports Trophy, there will also be coverage of the semi-finals and finals of the Men’s and ESB Women’s All-Ireland Club Championships, the ESB Kate Russell All-Ireland Schoolgirls Championship and the Leinster Schoolgirls Cup Final for a further three years.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the Irish sporting public to see both our senior national teams in competitive action against top hockey nations in their preparations for the Eurohockey Nations Championships in Manchester in August,” said IHA Chief Executive Paul Varian.
“Our goal in creating this tournament is to ensure that the Irish sporting public is exposed to top, competitive international hockey year-on-year. In the Setanta Sports Trophy, we have achieved this and we are delighted that Setanta Sports has extended this commitment to Irish hockey and offered exciting hockey competitions to their subscribers. We are very enthused at the prospect of an exhilarating competition this June and for years to come.”
“We are delighted to be the sponsors of this competition and are looking forward to showing the games on Setanta Ireland,” said Setanta Ireland CEO Niall Cogley.
“Setanta’s commitment to this event reflects the continued growth of both hockey in Ireland and Setanta Sports. The matches add to the unrivalled sports content that Setanta is now offering its viewers.”
ESB will also sponsor the Women’s Setanta Sports Trophy, as part of its National Sponsorship of Women’s and Girl’s Hockey in Ireland.
June 13th: Ireland v South Africa (W), Ireland v Canada (M).
June 14th: Germany v Scotland (W), Egypt v Wales (M).
June 15th: Germany v South Africa (W), Canada v Wales (M); Ireland v Scotland (W), Ireland v Egypt (M).
June16th: South Africa v Scotland (W), Ireland v Germany (W), Egypt v Canada (M), Ireland v Wales (M).
June 17th: Women 4th v 3rd, Women 2nd v 1st, Men 4th v 3rd, Men 2nd v 1st.