Direct road to London closed by South African hosts

Direct road to London closed by South African hosts

July 20, 2017 | 388 views | Leave a comment

The Irish women’s second chance at direct qualification for the 2018 World Cup came a cropper as they came unstuck in a 3-0 defeat to South Africa in their fifth to eighth place playoff.

Ireland left frustrated as Cortes holds out Green barrage

Ireland left frustrated as Cortes holds out Green barrage

July 19, 2017 | 403 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s first chance at nailing a World Cup place were denied in horribly frustrating manner as they came up against an inspired Spanish goalkeeper in Johannesburg in their Hockey World League quarter-final.

Ireland denied in first World Cup shot but dream not over

Ireland denied in first World Cup shot but dream not over

July 18, 2017 | 159 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s women pushed Argentina all the way but ultimately fell 2-1 to the world number three side in their Hockey World League quarter-final tie in Johannesburg, missing out in their first direct shot at World Cup qualification.

Under-18 girls keep rolling with Belgian win; U-16 boys draw with the Dutch

Under-18 girls keep rolling with Belgian win; U-16 boys draw with the Dutch

July 18, 2017 | 708 views | Leave a comment

The Irish Under-18 girls produced another great performance to beat Belgium 3-2; the Under-16 boys also shone with a fine 1-1 draw with the Netherlands in their Six Nations tournament

McLoughlin strokes Ireland to opening win over England

McLoughlin strokes Ireland to opening win over England

July 17, 2017 | 744 views | Leave a comment

Grace McLoughlin’s second half stroke saw the Irish Under-18 girls start their Six Nations campaign in style; the U-16 girls drew against England while the boys had tough outings against Spain

Stakes set to rise against Spain after men’s HWL group stages

Stakes set to rise against Spain after men’s HWL group stages

July 17, 2017 | 190 views | Leave a comment

Craig Fulton’s Irish men’s team will face a date with Spain in their first chance at landing a 2018 World Cup spot as the preliminary phase of the Hockey World League ended with a 2-0 loss to Germany in Johannesburg.

Ireland tune up for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier tie with strong performance against England

Ireland tune up for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier tie with strong performance against England

July 16, 2017 | 228 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s women pushed world number two side England – featuring nine Olympic gold medalists – all the way in Johannesburg in their final Hockey World League Semi-Final pool match.

Five Irish players confirm moves to European clubs

Five Irish players confirm moves to European clubs

July 14, 2017 | 2,112 views | Leave a comment

Five Irish players have had their moves to European clubs confirmed this week with a pair of the women’s team moving to Bloemendaal while a trio of men are going to Crefelder in Germany.

O’Donoghue strikes late to see Green Machine through to HWL quarter-finals

O’Donoghue strikes late to see Green Machine through to HWL quarter-finals

July 13, 2017 | 384 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s men emulated their female counterparts by reaching the quarter-final of the Hockey World League Semi-Final in Johannesburg thanks to a 2-1 win over Egypt.

Ireland take major step forward in World Cup qualification bid with win over Poland

Ireland take major step forward in World Cup qualification bid with win over Poland

July 12, 2017 | 373 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s women beat Poland 2-0 in Johannesburg this afternoon to copper-fasten a place in the quarter-finals of the Hockey World League Semi-Final with a game to spare.

Scotland claim laurels from lively U-16 boys series

Scotland claim laurels from lively U-16 boys series

July 11, 2017 | 231 views | Leave a comment

The Irish Under-16 boys had mixed results from a lively series at Queen’s last weekend, winning one out of their three ties against Scotland.

Junior Green Army battle it out with England at Queen’s

Junior Green Army battle it out with England at Queen’s

July 11, 2017 | 235 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s Under-21 women continued their summer programme with two tough battles against England at Queen’s last weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

Irish U-18s impress in Scotland with clean sweep

Irish U-18s impress in Scotland with clean sweep

July 11, 2017 | 354 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s Under-18 girls won all three of their games against Scotland last weekend as part of an impressive weekend’s work in Glasgow while the Under-16 girls also had three ties against the Scots.

Ireland find Belgium too hot to handle as unbeaten streak comes to an end

Ireland find Belgium too hot to handle as unbeaten streak comes to an end

July 11, 2017 | 152 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s 15-game unbeaten run came to an abrupt end in Johannesburg as the pumped-up Red Lions of Belgium showed their class, running up a 6-2 scoreline in their second Hockey World League group game.

Green Army cruelly denied famous win over Germany

Green Army cruelly denied famous win over Germany

July 10, 2017 | 574 views | Leave a comment

Ireland were cruelly denied a famous victory over Germany, one that could have all but assured their passage through to the quarter-finals of the World League in Johannesburg by Nike Lorenz’s controversial corner on the final hooter.

Winning habit continues for Irish men against hosts

Winning habit continues for Irish men against hosts

July 9, 2017 | 255 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s men began their Hockey World League Semi-Final with a 2-0 win over hosts South Africa in Johannesburg courtesy of goals from Matthew Nelson and Shane O’Donoghue

Polish magic shows off new-look Green Machine

Polish magic shows off new-look Green Machine

July 8, 2017 | 542 views | Leave a comment

For Conor Harte, Ireland’s glorious fifth goal against Poland in March provided the moment when there was a feeling that things were coming together nicely for the green machine.

Ireland and Japan inseparable in HWL Semi-Final opener

Ireland and Japan inseparable in HWL Semi-Final opener

July 8, 2017 | 513 views | Leave a comment

Hockey World League Semi-Final Ireland 1 (R Upton) Japan 1 (S Oikawa) “Not the worst result” was Graham Shaw’s assessment of Ireland’s opening draw at the Hockey World League Semi-Final in Johannesburg as the split the difference with Japan, ranked four places higher on the world list. Indeed, by almost all stats, the two sides […]

Third time’s a charm as Upton finally gets extended opportunity to shine for Green Army

Third time’s a charm as Upton finally gets extended opportunity to shine for Green Army

July 8, 2017 | 166 views | Leave a comment

Roisin Upton is hoping to continue making up for lost time with the Irish women’s team as they look to land a 2018 World Cup spot over the course of the next two weeks.

Mullan taking the long and winding road to Green Army captaincy

Mullan taking the long and winding road to Green Army captaincy

July 6, 2017 | 903 views | Leave a comment

New captain Katie Mullan talks about her dual passion for hockey and camogie, the long distances on the road, playing multiple positions and learning lessons from Valencia 2015 to propel Ireland to the 2018 World Cup

Fulton reading little into healthy stats ahead of HWL3

Fulton reading little into healthy stats ahead of HWL3

July 3, 2017 | 761 views | Leave a comment

Craig Fulton is not reading much into the Irish men’s superb run of form in 2017 to date other than the upbeat mood it has brought the new-look side as a glut of new faces make their mark ahead of the World League Semi-Final

Irish Over-45s land Home Nations for a first time

Irish Over-45s land Home Nations for a first time

July 3, 2017 | 185 views | Leave a comment

The tale of the Irish women’s Over-45s success at last week’s Home Nations as they beat both Wales and England 2-1 at Grange Road

Belfast Quins sign up international duo

Belfast Quins sign up international duo

July 3, 2017 | 616 views | Leave a comment

Belfast Harlequins have made a massive declaration of intent, writes John Flack, by signing Irish internationals Lizzie Colvin and Zoe Wilson to boost their chances of becoming the leading Ulster side in next season’s EY Hockey League.

Denham and McNeill finalise Irish U-16 squads

Denham and McNeill finalise Irish U-16 squads

July 2, 2017 | 1,651 views | Leave a comment

Irish Under-16 coaches Niall Denahm and Alison McNeill have finalised their respective squads for their upcoming six national tournaments later in July.

Green Army in confident mood for World Cup qualification bid

Green Army in confident mood for World Cup qualification bid

July 2, 2017 | 506 views | Leave a comment

Graham Shaw’s Irish women’s team jetted out to Johannesburg last Thursday evening in confident mood but wary not to get “carried away” by recent results in the final countdown for the World League Semi-Finals.

Five back for second year with Borland’s U-18 boys

Five back for second year with Borland’s U-18 boys

June 30, 2017 | 916 views | Leave a comment

Gareth Borland has named an 18 player Irish Under-18 boys squad – along with two reserves – for their six nations tournament in Nottingham which takes place from July 17 to 23.

Arbuthnot confirms Irish Under-18 girls side for busy July

Arbuthnot confirms Irish Under-18 girls side for busy July

June 30, 2017 | 824 views | Leave a comment

Steven Arbuthnot has named two Irish Under-18 squads as they take on Scotland next week in Glasgow before travelling out to Terrassa on July 17 for the highlight of their summer series.

Conor Harte back for Green Machine’s World Cup bid

Conor Harte back for Green Machine’s World Cup bid

June 27, 2017 | 276 views | Leave a comment

Conor Harte has overcome a knock to take up a place in the Irish men’s squad for July’s Hockey World League Semi-final tournament in Johannesburg, the main qualifier for the 2018 World Cup.

IHUA launch new plan to address current umpiring crisis

IHUA launch new plan to address current umpiring crisis

June 26, 2017 | 875 views | Leave a comment

The Irish Hockey Umpires Association (IHUA) has launched a four-year plan for umpiring to address both national and provincial level umpiring as they seek to address the “current crisis”

Irish Masters win three out of four at Home Nations

Irish Masters win three out of four at Home Nations

June 26, 2017 | 395 views | Leave a comment

​Ireland won three of the four Home Nations titles in which they were competing in their most successful competition ever, taking gold at Over-40s, Over-45s and Over-50s level

The Green Machine win the Hamburg Masters with big comeback victory over Germany

The Green Machine win the Hamburg Masters with big comeback victory over Germany

June 25, 2017 | 824 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s men will head to Johannesburg next week in confident mood following a superb 4-2 victory over world number three side Germany to win the Hamburg Masters title.

Over-40s and 45s keep on rolling at Masters Home Nations

Over-40s and 45s keep on rolling at Masters Home Nations

June 25, 2017 | 538 views | Leave a comment

On the second day of the women’s masters Home Nations at Three Rock Rovers, the Irish Over-40s and Over-45s continued their winning ways, while the Over-50s were held to a draw with the Over-55s lost out

Three from three for Ireland at Masters Home Nations

Three from three for Ireland at Masters Home Nations

June 24, 2017 | 776 views | Leave a comment

Ireland started the first day of the Home Nations Women’s Masters tournament with three strong wins by the O-40s, O-45s and O-50s.

Green Machine sweep aside Austria in Hamburg

Green Machine sweep aside Austria in Hamburg

June 23, 2017 | 642 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s men scored another emphatic win at the Hamburg Masters as they beat Austria 7-2 on a day when Eugene Magee became just the second Irish player to reach the 250 international cap mark.

Trio of corners keeps unbeaten streak rolling

Trio of corners keeps unbeaten streak rolling

June 22, 2017 | 730 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s men stretched their unbeaten run to 12 games with a 4-1 dismissal of 10th ranked Spain on the opening day of the Hamburg Masters.

Over 350 Masters to battle for Home Nations at Grange Road

Over 350 Masters to battle for Home Nations at Grange Road

June 22, 2017 | 956 views | Comments (2)

Grange Road will this week host hundreds of Masters hockey players in the Home Nations tournament when seasoned internationals and World Cup winning player compete for the title of Home Nations Champions.

Loughran set for world ranking tournament debut as Shaw names panel for HWL3

Loughran set for world ranking tournament debut as Shaw names panel for HWL3

June 21, 2017 | 888 views | Leave a comment

Sinead Loughran is set for her world ranking tournament debut as she earned a place in Graham Shaw’s final plans for the Irish women’s tilt at 2018 World Cup qualification via the World League Semi-Final which takes place in Johannesburg next month.

Ireland Hamburg-bound without trio of Olympians

Ireland Hamburg-bound without trio of Olympians

June 20, 2017 | 662 views | Leave a comment

Ireland will travel to the Hamburg Masters this week without a trio of Olympians who played their part in the recent series win over Pakistan with Conor Harte, Peter Caruth and Kirk Shimmins not taking part this time.

Junior Green Army comeback to win Scotland series

Junior Green Army comeback to win Scotland series

June 18, 2017 | 630 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s Under-21 women produced wins on Saturday and Sunday to see off Scotland at Queen’s, using 30 players across three games as they continue their Euro preparations.

Mullan strikes again as Ireland add another top ten scalp

Mullan strikes again as Ireland add another top ten scalp

June 18, 2017 | 307 views | Leave a comment

Ireland beat their second world top ten side in quick succession as they saw off Korea 2-1 at the Berlin Four Nations Invitational, adding the ninth ranked side to the scalp of Germany claimed last Thursday.

China punish Ireland at Berlin Invitational

China punish Ireland at Berlin Invitational

June 16, 2017 | 366 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s women came back down to earth with a bump in Berlin as three goals in the closing 17 minutes saw them fall 5-2 to China

Purpose-built stadium required to make Pro League viable for Ireland; Pels and McCracken on the Irish bid

Purpose-built stadium required to make Pro League viable for Ireland; Pels and McCracken on the Irish bid

June 16, 2017 | 1,002 views | Leave a comment

Hockey Ireland chief executive Jerome Pels says the current infrastructure, primarily the lack of a suitable stadium, meant that it was not financially viable to take part in the first wave of the Hockey Pro League.

Mullan magic lands memorable win over Germany

Mullan magic lands memorable win over Germany

June 15, 2017 | 924 views | Leave a comment

Ireland produced a superb win over Germany, courtesy of Katie Mullan’s winner two minutes from time to beat the 2016 Olympic bronze medalists in Berlin.

Herakles-bound Duncan embracing high performance lifestyle

Herakles-bound Duncan embracing high performance lifestyle

June 12, 2017 | 1,149 views | Comments (1)

Jeremy Duncan says his move to Belgium to take up a contract with Herakles is part of a “conscious decision to live a high performance lifestyle and see how far I can take myself”

Hockey Ireland misses out on new Pro Hockey League

Hockey Ireland misses out on new Pro Hockey League

June 11, 2017 | 1,271 views | Comments (1)

Ireland’s bid to be part world hockey’s Pro League came to an end as they were left out of the International Hockey Federation’s final list, released on Sunday, for the first four seasons of the competition that launches in January 2019.

Shaw to use Berlin Four Nations to finalise selection

Shaw to use Berlin Four Nations to finalise selection

June 7, 2017 | 592 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s women face top level preparation games against three of the world’s top ten sides next week as they meet hosts Germany (seventh in the world), Korea (ninth) and China (eighth) in Berlin.

Shoot-out finishes for Hermes-Monkstown and Pegasus as Irish status remains the same for 2018

Shoot-out finishes for Hermes-Monkstown and Pegasus as Irish status remains the same for 2018

June 5, 2017 | 520 views | Leave a comment

Hermes-Monkstown closed out their European challenge on a high as they beat Russia’s CSP Krylatskoye on a shoot-out to end seventh; Pegasus finished sixth in Munich

Sothern strikes for back-to-back 3-2 wins over Pakistan

Sothern strikes for back-to-back 3-2 wins over Pakistan

June 5, 2017 | 529 views | Leave a comment

Ireland scored back-to-back 3-2 wins over Pakistan to win their three-game series 2-0, an impressive feat against a side they had only beaten once in 10 previous all-time attempts.

Hermes-Monkstown look to bounce back; Pegasus miss out on top two berth

Hermes-Monkstown look to bounce back; Pegasus miss out on top two berth

June 4, 2017 | 559 views | Leave a comment

Hermes-Monkstown will look to bounce back today in the women’s EuroHockey Club Champions Cup after a chastening 9-0 loss against a star-studded Den Bosch; Pegasus had a win, loss and a draw in the Trophy

O’Donoghue fires Ireland to victory over Pakistan

O’Donoghue fires Ireland to victory over Pakistan

June 4, 2017 | 461 views | Leave a comment

Shane O’Donoghue struck a late winner for Ireland as they beat Pakistan 3-2 in their second tie of three at Comber Road in a far more open tie than Thursday night’s draw.