Both Irish sides face tough start at 2017 Euros

Ireland’s schedule for the men’s and women’s 2017 EuroHockey Championships at the newly revamped Wagener Stadium in Amsterdam was confirmed yesterday by the EHF.

Both Irish sides have very tricky starts with less than 24 hours turnaround time between games one and two of the group stages.

The women are the first side in action, beginning their campaign against reigning champions England on Saturday, August 19 at 2.45pm before meeting Scotland a day later at 1.15pm. Graham Shaw’s side complete their group with a tie against Germany on Tuesday, August 22 at 2.45pm.

Ireland's women have a tough start to the competition with two games inside 24 hours. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Ireland’s women have a tough start to the competition with two games inside 24 hours. Pic: Adrian Boehm

The men play Germany in their first tie at 3.30pm on Sunday, August 20 before facing newly promoted Poland a day later at 2.45pm. They conclude the group with a re-match against England on Wednesday, August 23 at 2.45pm.

The competition will run over 10 days from August 18 – 27 as the teams compete to be crowned European Champions and earn a slot at the World Cup in 2018.

The EHF have announced the schedule early to allow fans to start to make their travel plans ahead. Tickets will go on sale in late September. Angus Kirkland, Director General of the EHF said “We are delighted to be able to announce the match schedule for the EuroHockey Championships 2017.

“It is fantastic to be back in the Netherlands for their first major championships since the 2014 World Cup. We know from the World Cup the support this event will receive from fans both from the Netherlands and abroad will be incredible.”

Indeed, not many countries host a hockey party like the Dutch with crowds of over 5,000 turning out for the KO16 and KO8 stages of the EHL at the venue last season while the World Cup raised the level of fan experience for the sport.

Men’s Pool A: Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Austria
Men’s Pool B: Germany, England, Ireland, Poland
Women’s Pool A: Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Czech Republic
Women’s Pool B: England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland

Fixture schedule (August 18-27)
Women’s Pool A:
Friday, August 18: Netherlands vs Spain
Saturday, August 19: Belgium vs Czech Republic, 12.30pm
Sunday, August 20: Spain v Czech Republic, 11am; Belgium v Netherlands, 8pm
Tuesday, August 22: Spain v Belgium, 5pm; Netherlands v Czech Republic, 8pm

Pool B
Saturday, August 19: Germany vs Scotland, 10.15am; England vs Ireland, 2.45pm
Sunday, August 20: Ireland v Scotland, 1.15pm; Germany v England, 5.45pm
Tuesday, August 22: England v Scotland, 12.30pm; Ireland v Germany, 2.45pm

Men’s Pool A
Saturday, August 19: Belgium v Austria, 5pm; Netherlands v Spain, 8pm
Monday, August 21: Spain v Austria, 12.30pm; Belgium v Netherlands, 8pm
Wednesday, August 23: Spain v Belgium, 5pm; Netherlands v Austria, 8pm

Pool B
Sunday, August 20: England v Poland, 9am; Germany v Ireland, 3.30pm
Monday, August 21: Ireland v Poland, 2.45pm; England v Germany, 5pm
Wednesday, August 23: Germany v Poland, 12.30pm; Ireland v England, 2.45pm

Thursday, August 24: Women’s semi-finals; classification matches
Friday, August 25: Men’s semi-finals; classification matches
Saturday, August 26: Women’s final, bronze medal match; classification matches
Sunday, August 27: Men’s final, bronze medal match; classification matches

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