A famous result if not a famous outcome for Railway Union as they produced one of Ireland's best performances in a women's European club competition but, with the tournament taking a knock-out form, but have little to show for their efforts.
New Irish coach Craig Fulton says that he is "90 percent" confident he will have a full panel at his disposal as the summer progresses as he looks to put his personal stamp on the Irish senior men's squad after a helter-skelter start to his tenure.
Irish interest in the Euro Hockey League came to a crashing halt in Eindhoven in the past two days with the six players involved all seeing their clubs bow out at the last 16 stage of the world's best club competition.
Cecelia Joyce is beginning to get used to taking on the world's best. Just 12 days since the T20 cricket World Cup concluded in Bangladesh, she is one of three players back on a plane, this time to the Netherlands with Railway Union.
Sarah Greene, captain of UCD’s Hockey team, was last week named The Irish Times / Irish Sports Council ‘Sportswoman of the Month’ for March following UCD's epic run to the Irish Hockey League, Irish Senior Cup and Leinster women's division one treble.
India inflicted a 3-1 defeat on Ireland ladies in the first game in their three-game series in Belfield tonight. Ireland were undone by their inability to get their short-corner routine functioning, whereas India had no such problems with theirs.
Ireland's ladies take on India's women in UCD on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evening as part of their respective Champions Challenge I warm-up campaigns that start at the on the April 27 in Glasgow Scotland.
On the second day of national cup finals at Belfield this weekend, UCD II and Pembroke II took home the Irish Junior Cup titles while Limerick closed out a lively weekend with a comeback win against Portrush
Munster's Cork C of I and Clonakilty made it a memorable day for clubs from the southern province as they won the women's Irish Hockey Trophy and Challenge titles respectively while Newry closed out a stunning season with their third title of 2013/14
The Irish Hockey League wildcard playoffs looks set to be a fraught affair for Old Alex this weekend with just one place left in the 2014/15 competition with four teams vying for it; six IHA finals also take place over the course of Saturday and Sunday
Ireland's men play England this evening and tomorrow morning in two challenge matches as part of their build-up to the Champions Challenge I in Malaysia in what will be Craig Fulton's first game in charge.