Three Rock Rovers and Alexandra College have been named as two venues to host international hockey matches in early November between Ireland and Scotland.
For Rovers’ Grange Road, it offers the perfect showcase of their brand new Astroturf pitch along with their recently opened coffee shop, The Wooden Spoon, both of which were completed in the summer.
Alexandra College’s Milltown grounds, are of great significance in Irish hockey history as the venue of the very first official international hockey match which took place on March 2, 1896, when Ireland women beat England 2-0.
Ireland’s national women’s team have a series of 15 international matches taking place over the next four-months period as they build up to the World League round two early in 2015, part of the Olympic qualifying process.
This has given Irish Hockey an opportunity to bring these international fixtures to suitable alternative venues to the National Hockey Stadium in Belfield.
National coach Darren Smith said of the venues: “The pitch at Three Rock Rovers looks fantastic and the club must be delighted that all their hard work has paid off. We will get the chance now to play an international match against Scotland at this fine facility.
“For the match in Alex, we looked at the timing of the match, which had to be played in the middle of the day, and thought it was a tremendous opportunity to link up with Alexandra College to play the game during school hours.
“This school has Emily Beatty, Deirdre Duke and Nikki Evans as past pupils in the squad and always produces talent through their hockey programs. Playing in Alexandra College will be an enjoyable experience.”
Smith went on to discuss the opposition who are ranked 16th in the world, just one place behind Ireland. “Scotland are a very good team. We have seen them deliver some good performances over 2014 in the Champions Challenge and Commonwealth Games both hosted at their impressive new national training centre, Glasgow Green.
“We always enjoy playing them and our close link between the two teams ensures we get plenty of opportunities to do so. The three matches will be very competitive and we look forward hosting Scotland.”
Ireland play Scotland in Three Rock on Sunday, November 2 at 6pm and Monday, November 3 before lining out in the third test on Wednesday, November 5 in Milltown.
Ireland are also currently in Belgium competing in a double header on 14th & 15th October as the team continues preparation for 2016 Rio Olympic Qualification in the form of the World League 2 set for Ireland, March 2015.
Ireland v Scotland Match Schedule
Sunday, November 2: Ireland v Scotland, 6pm, Grange Road
Monday, November 3: Ireland v Scotland, 7pm, Grange Road
Wednesday, November 5: Ireland v Scotland, 12.15pm, Milltown