Darren Smith said he felt a "little hollow" after his Irish side had plenty of good things to reflect on from their Tri-Nations game against Spain but ultimately fell 2-1 to hand the visiting side the honours from the first of four series this week.
The Ireland Masters 40s have made eight changes to the squad that competed at the Masters World Cup in June as they begin their Home Nations weekend against Scotland this evening at 7.30pm in Lisnagarvey.
Audrey O'Flynn's quartet of penalty corner goals ensured Ireland opened their series of eight games in 12 days in comfortable fashion, exposing a gulf in class to beat an inexperienced France 9-0 at Belfield.
The Irish women’s senior team are hosting a fundraising golf classic on Friday, September 26 in Edmondstown Golf club, Rathfarnham to help their push for qualification to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
With preseason in full swing, there's plenty of hockey shenanigans about the world wide web this week - Southern Fried have a great interview with Yvonne O'Byrne, Glenanne's tweet of the week, NZ's hockey player curse and eye-catching transfers...
Ireland's women will play eight games in August as part of four rapid-fire Tri-Nations series against Spain and France with Darren Smith retaining the majority of the 25-player panel that he has worked with throughout the summer.
The Irish Under-21 men produced a string of high scoring performances before ultimately winning the EuroHockey Junior Championships II with a dramatic late show against Italy; here's all the goals from the tournament from camera man Wal McConnell
Monkstown will meet Belgium’s third place finishers Daring and French runners-up Racing Club de France in round one of the rejigged Euro Hockey League in Barcelona with just one side to progress to round two.
Mixed emotions for the Irish Under-21 women but, ultimately, primary objective achieved as they got the draw they needed to earn a top two spot in Vienna. Gold, though, was tantalisingly out of reach as they built a three-goal lead only to be pegged back by a last quarter Italian fightback.
Ireland were unable to break down a resolute Ukraine defence but, nonetheless, nudged themselves a step closer to claiming promotion to the A division of Under-21 European hockey while, should they beat Italy tomorrow, the gold medal is still up for grabs.