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Irish International Open 2019 – Belfast 7th-8th of September

Canoe Polo Ireland are delighted to announce that the 2019 Irish International Open will be held in the Knockbracken Reservoir in Belfast on the 7th and 8th of September. This will be the 1st Senior International to be held in the Knockbraken Reservoir the home of the Junior International Championships.

Belfast Kayak Academy have spent the last number of years developing their venue that now has 4 full sized regulation pitches, glamping and camping facilities a cafe and restaurant all on site. They have also recently opened their new spectators stand the ‘Argento Arena’ where fans and spectators can site and enjoy the best of Irish Canoe Polo.

All International and National clubs and teams are welcome to enter into the four categories available: Division 1, 2, 3 and U15’s. 

Entries will open soon.

2019 Canoe Polo Ireland Competition Application

The National Committee are looking to formulate the 2019 calendar as early as possible this year, to help in the organisation and marketing of all Irish competitions for the 2019 season. 

Additional efforts will be made to increase the quantity of travelling teams to all Irish Canoe Polo events and to help to continue the redevelopment of the sport within Ireland.

The National Committee are also looking for Clubs to host the Irish International Open and the Irish Club Championships

The Club Champs is the qualifying event for the 2019 ECA Canoe Polo Club Championships where all Canoeing Ireland Clubs battle it out for the honour of representing Ireland on the European Stage. The 2019 European venue is still to be announced.

The host will organise and run the competition to the standards set by the national committee and complying with the ECA’s requirements. All profits go to the organisers however if qualified teams travel to the European Club Championships entry fees must be forwarded from the organiser.

The Irish Open is our biggest international competition of the canoe polo calendar which the National Committee organise and run with the help of the host club. The Committee are looking for a quality venue to host the Irish Open and would require a lend of facilities. This is the committees best way of generating funding to help develop and run the sport in Ireland.

 If your Club is interested in organising it own competition or would like the opportunity to host the Irish Club Championship or the Irish International Open in 2019 please email comps@canoepolo.ie with the name of the competition, the rough dates that you would like to hold the competition on and the proposed location of the event. If all applications could be in by November the 1st it would be much appreciated.

Extension: Coaches and Manager Positions for Squads

Canoe Polo Ireland would like to Extend the deadline for applications for the roles of coach or manager of the following squads:

  • Senior Men
  • Senior Women
  • U21 Men
  • U21 Women

To apply please submit a CV to sec@canoepolo.ie by the 3rd of November 2018.

CV should include following:

  • Position applied for
  • Qualifications and experience in Canoe Polo in said position
  • Skills and qualities one can bring to the position
  • Aspirations and goals for the squad
  • Brief outline of how you plan to achieve your aspirations and goals.

Role of the Coach:

  1. Must treat everyone equally and sensitively regardless of his/her gender, ethnic origin, cultural background, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliation.
  2. To look after the physical, technical, tactical and mental preparation of the Squad’s Development Canoe Polo Squad/s for International and Domestic competitions.
  3. To utilize the support of other qualified personnel in the preparation of the squad where required upon ratification by the National Canoe Polo Committee (NCPC) Chairperson.
  4. To organize training sessions in conjunction with the Manager of the squad.
  5. To finalize selection criteria for European competitions and submit to NCPC for ratification.
  6. In conjunction with the manager to deal with any disciplinary matters arising within the squad.
  7. To treat all members of the squad/s and NCPC with dignity and respect.
  8. To present any grievances to the committee should they arise.
  9. To abide by the Canoeing Ireland Child Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children and as such agree to adhere to the principles and responsibilities embodied in the code. (U21 SQUADS)
  10. To make best efforts to ensure athletes adhere to the Canoeing Ireland’s (CI) Athletes Code of Conduct.

Role of the Manager:

  1. Must treat everyone equally and sensitively regardless of his/her gender, ethnic origin, cultural background, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliation.
  2. To look after the administration and management of the Irish Canoe Polo Squad(s) for International and Domestic competitions.
  3. To manage the financial affairs and to keep detailed records of all financial transactions.
  4. In conjunction with the Coach to deal with any disciplinary issues arising within the squad.
  5. To report to the NCPC Chairperson any disciplinary issues arising within the squad.
  6. To submit a short-written report to the NCPC at the end of March, June, September and December.
  7. To present selection criteria for the squad for European competitions by the end of March to the NCPC for ratification.
  8. To present names of team members for European competitions for ratification by the NCPC at agreed times.
  9. To keep detailed records of all international competitions, results and members of teams for duration of term as manager.
  10. To present squad goals and aspirations (in conjunction with the Coach) by the end of March to the CI NCPC Chairperson.
  11. To provide the CI NCPC PRO with information for Press Releases.
  12. To ensure that all (athletes and management) members of the Squad sign the National Squads Athlete Agreement by agreed date.
  13. To liaise with the other Managers of the CI NCPC National Squads.
  14. To present any grievances to the committee should they arise
  15. To abide by the Canoeing Ireland Child Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children and as such agree to adhere to the principles and responsibilities embodied in the code. (U21 SQUADS)
  16. To make best efforts to ensure athletes adhere to the Athletes Code of Conduct.

AGM 20th October 2018

We would like to formally invite all members to the canoe polo AGM being held on 20th October 2018 at 10:30am in the Canoeing Ireland Development Center on the Strawberry Beds, Dublin.

The following positions will be available:

  • Chairperson
  • Treasurer
  • Ordinary member 1
  • Ordinary member 2

Motions and proposals to be sent to chair@canoepolo.ie no later than 6th October 2018

Irish Open Time Table Available

Just a couple of days to go to the 2018 Irish Open…

Schedule & Rules
– Timetable and Rules available here …  http://canoepolo.ie/irish-open
– Updates will be posted to that page.
– Please study the entire timetable (not just your division), as you may be on Table Duty or Refereeing a lower division than the one you have entered.
– There is a separate tab for each Division.

Captains and Referees – IMPORTANT !
– Captains & Referees are to assemble at 8.00am on Saturday Morning at the Boathouse in the Harbour for a meeting with the Head Referee(Sean Downes) and Organisers.
– A number of steps are being taken to improve Refereeing and Player Discipline. Your Captain and Referees MUST attend this meeting.
– Under competition rules, if your Captain and Referees do not attend, your team will start your first game 1-0 down. If you have an insurmountable reason why you cannot attend (e.g. flight arrival time), please email develop@canoepolo.com looking for a written waiver.

CI Numbers – ALSO IMPORTANT !!
Per my previous email a couple of teams have still not replied with their player CI numbers. Canoeing Ireland Insurance requires that we check these numbers so unfortunately unless you provide these before the competition, your team will not be playing 🙁

Pitches
· Div 1, 2 and U14 games will be played in the Harbour (pitches 1 and 2)
· Div 3 games will be played above the bridge (pitch 3).

Parking
· On Saturday, please do NOT park in the ‘TopLine’ hardware store car-park on the bridge, or down the Cul de Sac near the bridge.
· There is parking along the Harbour, and in the Railway station car park and in the car parks on the north (town) side of the harbour. There is also a lot of free space at the old Kellys Garage site.

Toilets
· Toilets are at the Scouts Hall, which you can access by going down the steps near Pitch 3.

Food
· Free Tea and Coffee will be available in the Scouts hall 10am-4.30pm each day. You can access this by going down the steps near Pitch 3.
· On Saturday we will have free Soup and Rolls available between 11am and 3pm in the Scouts hall.
· On Sunday we will have a free Barbecue between 12pm and 2pm.
· Sunday Barbecue location will be advised – depending on weather !

Camping
· Camping is at the Kilcock GAA Club . Google Map Location : https://goo.gl/maps/Mcb9XzhCden
· There will be onsite security at night time only – DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES UNATTENDED
· Under 18s are not to camp unaccompanied.
· If you intend to avail of the free camping but have not let me know, please do so now.

First-Aid Contact
· Every pitch has a pitch manager, if you need first-aid or have any other query, please alert the pitch manager who will organize first-aid/assistance.

Restaurants
· Kilcock GAA/Camping site has a restaurant and bar.
· O’Keefes (on the harbour) – pub food – Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-9pm
· Blackforest bakery (on the Harbour) Saturday 9am-5pm
· Timeless Café (opposite Tesco – in Kilcock Village) Sat 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am – 4pm
· Rye River Café (near Supervalu –The Square, Kilcock Village) – Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9.30am-2.30pm
· Costa Coffee (near Supervalu – The Square, Kilcock Village) Saturday and Sunday 7am – 7pms

Order your Irish Open Tee Shirts

Get your Irish Open 2018 Tee Shirts !

This year we are having sports breathable T-Shirts for the Irish Open and you can order yours in advance to be first up to get your size.

Don’t be left out – order yours and pay in advance for collection at the competition.

Tee Shirts are €10 each we have sizes from Age12 to XXL. This is the price for Collection at the Irish Open – does not include postage.

Order and Pay here (payment by Credit Card or Paypal)

Please select the size you want.  Tee Shirts are €10 each.  This is the price for collection at the Irish Open in Kilcock on 29/30 2018.  To order more than one size just click the Add to Cart button for each size.  you can change quantity during checkout.

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OVERLOAD !

Registrations are open for ‘Overload 2018’ a two day intensive training camp for Junior Canoe Polo players being held in Mullingar Harbour on 1st and 2nd September, 2018. Experienced and beginner players between 9 and 18 are welcome.

The weekend promises to be a packed with learning, polo skills development, game play and a lot of fun.    The Harbour in Mullingar is an enclosed area with onsite camping and facilities, so the perfect location for this two-day Canoe Polo getaway.

The event builds on the development days for existing Junior players that we ran over the summer.  We will also be welcoming new players from Mullingar’s budding Junior team who are making great progress already.

To find out more and register before August 15th, click here

Ireland 🇮🇪 5 – Chinese Taipei 4

The Irish U21 Men win their first match of this years World Championships after another fight back.

The Chinese went 2 nil up in the first few minutes after a few handling errors by the Irish. It took a well worked move and a strong shot from the Irish captain Oisin McKay to get a goal back. The Chinese were looking to move the ball fast up the pitch after a break down in Irish play and forced a penalty which was converted to put them two goals ahead.

Before half time the Irish returned with a break away goal themselves working the ball through a disrupted defence and Caleb Bowden drove down the right side and skipped past a couple of defenders before burying the ball from a tight angle.

There was quite a wait at half time as one of the goals needed a repair and this gave the Irish a good oppertunity to regroup for the second half and it was the Irish that were putting on the pressure to start, a well put together move where the play was quickly switch from the right over to Kevin Quinn on left who fended of the Chinese zone to score the equaliser.

The Chinese were awarded their second penalty after they broke away, there was deemed to be a paddle foul and and the Irish were down by 1 with 3 to minutes to play.

But the Irish showed that never give up attitude and with the Chinese reduced down to 4 men after a series of paddle fouls Oisin found space down the right to bang in his second goal of the game and tie the score up for the second time in the game.

With the Chinese still short a man the lads pushed man on and stripped the Chinese and Kevin Quinn broke free to score the winner.

Well done lads and congrats on your first ever World Championships Win. Enjoy it and push on with the last two games of the tournament and get a couple more under your belt.

Nex Game: Tomorrow
Pitch one against the home nation Canada at 3.55pm Irish time.

The watch today’s game visit the below link and scroll to 2.27.00

It’s here ! – the all new CanoePolo.ie

It’s here – the all new CanoePolo.ie

As part of our plan to develop Canoe Polo, increase visibility of our sport, and improve communication, we’ve revamped the CanoePolo.ie website.

The goals of the redesign are firstly, to showcase our sport, explain it to potential new players, volunteers and sponsors. Secondly to serve as a source of information on events, programmes and other resources for polo players in Ireland.

Look across the site menu and explore the sections …

Competitions – this section is where you will find details of all upcoming events and details of how to enter your team in national and club competitions.  There’s also information here on the leagues which run over the winter.  If your league or competition is not listed here, please email comps@canoepolo.ie

Development – details of our National Junior Development programme, and information on Clubs that play Canoe Polo. 

Squads – information on our International Team Ireland Squads.

Refereeing – Game Rules and details of how to get graded as a qualified referee.  The content in this section will build over time.

About – Information about the game in Ireland,  and the National Polo Committee, part of Canoeing Ireland.

Calendar – contains an overview of all events (competitions, squads, development) that Irish players are participating in nationally and internationally.  

News – major news and updates – we will continue to provide all updates to Facebook, with major items and posts that contain reference information being posted on the website

Also on the home page you will see links to

Signup for Updates –  enter your email in order to be kept up to date on Canoe Polo Ireland events and updates.  You will receive a confirmation email and can unsubscribe at any time.

Find a Club – here you can find details of all Clubs that are involved in Canoe Polo listed and on a map so you can find a club near you.   If you run a club that is engaged in Canoe Polo and want to update the information about your club, email details to develop@canoepolo.ie

Hope you find the site a big improvement – this is an important part of our efforts to develop Canoe Polo in Ireland and attract new players and partners to our sport.

 If you have feedback on the site please email sec@canoepolo.ie.

Busy Competition Season Continues

Here is an update on upcoming competitions and national events over the next couple of months in the Irish Canoe Polo Calendar.

Belfast Argento Cup – this one day competition on August 3rd for Juniors is the second competition in the Argento Sponsorship, following on from the Kilcock Junior competition earlier this year.  Find out more and register your teams here.

Club Championships – This years club champs is run by Royal Canal Kayak Club in Phibsborough on 11th and 12th August.   Find out more.

Kilcock One Day Competition – this one day competition has Div 1, 2 and 3 and will be similar format to the one day competition in July. Register your team here.

Junior Development Weekend in Mullingar, 1st and 2nd September.  This is open to any junior who can paddle and promises to be an exciting event in the new venue of Mullingar Harbour.

and of course…

The 2018 Irish Open, which will take place in Kilcock on 29th and 30th September.

To stay up to date check the Canoe Polo Ireland calendar

 

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