BBC to broadcast Ireland vs England clashes

Irish supporters who cannot make it to Monchengladbach for the European Championships will be follow the tournament through a number of media outlets with a couple showing Irish games live.

As mentioned on The Hook’s facebook page a fortnight ago, the BBC will broadcast all of England’s games live on their red button service, including Saturday’s men’s game with Ireland and the women’s fixture on Tuesday. For more details, click here.

British Eurosport have sporadic coverage of the men’s competition and highlights packages from the women’s semi-finals. From the current schedule, it looks likely Ireland’s game with the Netherlands on Wednesday will be shown live from 5pm on Eurosport 2. See below for their latest schedule.

RTE, meanwhile, are sending over a crew to Germany and will put together a one-hour package which will be broadcast on August 29 at 8pm. With their crew in place, they will also provide radio reports. Online, live streaming with German commentary will be available throughout the tournament on http://www.spobox.tv/.

The Hook will be providing twitter updates minute-by-minute from each Irish game while also posting goal updates from every game from Saturday afternoon onwards.

Stanislas Brochier and Frank Uijlenbroek will provide photographic content for the week while news, reports, interviews and hopefully some video content will be posted daily on The Hook.

There are a number of other notable websites we recommend at the moment though this is subject to change as new worthwhile sites always tend to emerge mid-tournament. Our friends at Push Hockey will be covering the tournament and is a good source on English stories and also post video interviews which they have shared with The Hook in the past.

The European Hockey Federation and the German Hockey Bond have produced an iPhone application which you can find here. That page is also the official tournament website with photos, videos, schedules, results and everything else you need to know about the event. The EHF site will also feature similar content.

In 2009, www.hockey.nl provided a superb service from Amsterdam. The site will produce plenty of stories during the tournament and is likely to be a good alternative to the official EHF site. Click here for their tournament site.

On the print side, the Irish Independent’s David Medcalf will be in situ for the tournament while hopefully the Irish Times will take some words from The Hook (TBC!).

Finally, the IHA are sending a media correspondent – Katie Roche – as well as a photographer to the event and will be posting twitter updates at the event – www.twitter.com/irishhockey.

** Irish match schedule **
Saturday, August 20:
Ireland (w) vs Germany, 2.50pm
Sunday, August 21: Ireland (m) vs England, 9am – BBC red button; Ireland (w) vs Belgium, 7pm
Monday, August 22: Ireland (m) vs France, 12pm
Tuesday, August 23: Ireland (w) vs England, 12pm – BBC red button
Wednesday, August 24: Ireland (m) vs Netherlands, 5pm – potentially on British Eurosport 2
Thursday, August 25: Women’s playoffs, times TBC
Friday, August 26: Men’s playoffs, times TBC
Saturday, August 27: Women’s classification matches, times TBC
Sunday, August 28: Men’s classification matches, times TBC

** British Eurosport 2 schedule **
Sunday, August 21: 8-10pm – TBC
Monday, August 22: 7-8.30pm – England vs Netherlands live
Wednesday, August 24: 2pm-3.30pm – Germany vs Russia live; 5.30-7pm – possibly Netherland vs Ireland, live
Thursday, August 25: 3-4pm Highlights
Friday, August 26: 3-4.30pm – TBC
Saturday, August 27: ** Note, will be on British Eurosport, 0-0.30am – semi-final highlights
Sunday, August 28: British Eurosport 2, 0-0.30am & 11pm-0.30am – semi-final and final highlights

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