Craig Fulton went with experience as he made his first major cut to his Olympic panel, reducing his squad from 27 to 21 ahead of next week’s six nations tournament in Valencia, quickly followed by a two game sequence against the Netherlands in Cork.
Two drag flicks from Shane O’Donoghue at Stormont ensured that Ireland maintained a 100% record in the four game series against Canada, coming from a goal down to earn the win. The series now moves to Dublin for the second two games as part of the Green Machines build up to Rio Olympics in August.
Spain won the final game of the Phoenix Gas series at Univeristy of Ulster in Jordanstown on Friday morning, leaving Graham Shaw’s side with a tie from the series against the Olympic bound opposition.
Ireland played the first of four test matches against Canada this evening at the beautiful setting at the Playball, Stormont. Both Canada and Ireland are Rio bound and will face one another on the 11th of August in the Olympics. Ireland eventually got the win through goals from Micheal Watt and John Jackson after breaking down a resolute Canadian defence.
Armagh have appointed Simon Toole as their new head coach, taking over from outgoing coach Niall McCool and will be immediately tasked with gaining promotion to the Ulster Premier League after their shock exit last time out.
Ireland beat Korea 2-1 at a gloriously sunny Merrion Fleet Arena in the penultimate game of the Ballsbridge énergie Fitness Match Series. Goals from Alan Sothern and Shane O’Donoghue gave Ireland the win and enable them to take the series 2-0 heading into the final game tomorrow at 2pm in Monkstown.
Havelock Park looks set to play host to an all-star cast with Banbridge looking forward to a memorable occasion. It will be their second campaign in the EHL having played in the 2011/12 season and their eighth European campaign in total.