Germany hit Ireland for six in Hamburg

Hamburg Masters, day one
Germany 6 (M Miltkau 2, O Deecke, T Stralkowski, M Grambusch, F Fuchs) Ireland 0

Olympic champions Germany swept to a 6-0 win over an experimental Ireland on day one of the Hamburg Masters, inflicting the heaviest defeat on the side since 1997.

The side featured debutants Kirk Shimmins and Matthew Bell while Irish U-18 player James Lorimer featured as head coach Andrew Meredith seeks to explore new options from the side that missed out on World Cup qualification last month.

In total, he made seven changes from the World League round three panel but they were unable to match a well-stocked German side.

Marco Miltkau netted twice in the first half before Oskar Deecke extended the lead in the 37th minute. Thilo Stralkowski and Florian Fuchs made it 5-0 before Mats Grambusch scored with the last play of the game.

The result was the biggest deficit for Ireland since they fell 9-1 to Argentina in the 1997 World Cup qualifiers in Kuala Lumpur.

It does not get much easier for Ireland at this European championship warm-up event as they meet Olympics silver medalists the Netherlands on Saturday before facing world number four England on Sunday.

Ireland: D Harte, C Harte, B McCandless, J Jackson, J Lorimer, C Cargo, P Brown, P Maguire, M Watt, M Darling, S O’Donoghue
Subs: D Fitzgerald, J Bell, S Cole, K Shimmins, A Sothern, K Good, M Bell

Hamburg Masters
Results: Germany 6 (M Miltkau 2, O Deecke, T Stralkowski, M Grambusch, F Fuchs) Ireland 0; Netherlands 6 England 1

Fixtures (all Irish time):
 Ireland vs Netherlands, 1pm; England vs Germany, 3.30pm
Sunday: Ireland vs England, 11am; Netherlands vs Germany, 1.30pm

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