The Ireland Women’s Hockey team captured the public’s imagination with their exploits last summer, as they upset the formbook and confounded all predictions by reaching the World Cup final in London.
Now, their return to competitive action will be shown live by BBC Sport NI as Banbridge Hockey club hosts the FIH Hockey Series from June 8-16.
This should be fun…can't wait to be a part of it…@BBCSPORTNI continues its coverage of @irishhockey with Live streaming of @FIH_Hockey Series from @BanbridgeHC 8-16 June as @IreWomenHockey begin #RoadtoTokyo @hookhockey
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The quest for a place at the Olympic Games for the first time ever begins for Ireland with the eight-nation tournament. All of Ireland’s games will be streamed live on the BBC Sport NI website.
The team’s first match in the tournament is against Malaysia on Saturday 8th June at 3pm. They then take on the Czech Republic on Sunday 9 June at 3pm, before completing the group stage with a game against Singapore at 2pm on Tuesday 11 June. The tournament’s semi-final stage and final are on Saturday 15 June and Sunday 16 June respectively.
Nigel Ringland and Simon Mason will be joined in the commentary booth by former Irish international Alex Speers, current Belfast Harlequins player Jenna Watt and Olympic gold medallist Stephen Martin.
Eddie Doyle, BBC NI Head of Content Production, said: “The world cup heroics of captain Katie Mullan and her side were the feelgood sports story of last summer. Now the serious business of qualifying for the Olympic Games for the first time ever begins with this tournament – and we’re delighted to show all of Ireland’s games live on the BBC Sport NI website.”