Grange Road will this week host hundreds of Masters hockey players in the Home Nations tournament when seasoned internationals and World Cup winning player compete for the title of Home Nations Champions.
Sinead Loughran is set for her world ranking tournament debut as she earned a place in Graham Shaw’s final plans for the Irish women’s tilt at 2018 World Cup qualification via the World League Semi-Final which takes place in Johannesburg next month.
Ireland will travel to the Hamburg Masters this week without a trio of Olympians who played their part in the recent series win over Pakistan with Conor Harte, Peter Caruth and Kirk Shimmins not taking part this time.
Ireland beat their second world top ten side in quick succession as they saw off Korea 2-1 at the Berlin Four Nations Invitational, adding the ninth ranked side to the scalp of Germany claimed last Thursday.
Purpose-built stadium required to make Pro League viable for Ireland; Pels and McCracken on the Irish bid
Hockey Ireland chief executive Jerome Pels says the current infrastructure, primarily the lack of a suitable stadium, meant that it was not financially viable to take part in the first wave of the Hockey Pro League.
Ireland’s bid to be part world hockey’s Pro League came to an end as they were left out of the International Hockey Federation’s final list, released on Sunday, for the first four seasons of the competition that launches in January 2019.
Hermes-Monkstown will look to bounce back today in the women’s EuroHockey Club Champions Cup after a chastening 9-0 loss against a star-studded Den Bosch; Pegasus had a win, loss and a draw in the Trophy