Ireland’s club sides opened their European accounts with a win, a draw and a loss with Ulster Elks the stars of the day at their event in Prague.
Pegasus and Ulster Elks represent Ireland this weekend in European action as they take on the first and third tier of continental club competition at Bilthoven and Prague, respectively.
Banbridge have their own potential Euro Hockey League qualification in their own hands as they travel to Glasgow this weekend for the EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy.
Queen’s University finished seventh in the EuroHockey Indoor Club Champions Challenge I in Bulgaria, an outcome that sees Ireland drop back to the fourth tier of competition for 2017.
Monkstown produced an epic comeback to draw 3-3 with Spain’s Club Egara but despite goals from Kyle Good, Gareth Watkins and Peter Caruth, they ended up just shy of a ticket to the KO16.
Monkstown earned a 1-1 draw with East Grinstead on opening day of the Euro Hockey League Round 1 in Hamburg as Kyle Good produced a moment of magic to earn the victory.
Monkstown are looking to build on the positive mood in Irish hockey at the moment to upset the odds in Hamburg this weekend against the much vaunted East Grinstead from England and Spain’s Club Egara.
Pegasus will travel to Bilthoven in the Netherlands in May 2016 at the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup, battling it out with the best club teams in the continent.
While the Irish senior men had a week to remember, their Over-40 counter-parts had a similarly memorable time in London last week when they earned their first ever bronze medal in the Masters event; here is Duggie Good’s report from the event
And now the wait commences. October 25 is the date almost indelibly marked on the minds of the Irish hockey public after one of the most thrilling years for the sport.
If ever there was an image to embody the performance of the team, Paul Gleghorne’s slinged up arm with blood dripping from his knuckles captured it; his and Matthew Bell’s reaction to what was another mighty week for Irish hockey
Irish legend Nikki Symmons became one of two new additions to the European Hockey Federation Hall of Fame following her immaculate career.
Making history, the recurring mantra of the Irish senior men’s team. An incredible year for the team was capped with the biggest moment yet, winning Ireland’s first ever medal at an elite level competition with a breathless 4-2 win over home host England.
David Harte says the Irish team mantra is “we are not leaving here without a medal” as they build up for their European Championships semi-final in London.
Irish coach Craig Fulton felt his side “missed an opportunity” as they lost 1-0 to world number two side the Netherlands in the semi-final of the EuroHockey Nations Championships in London.
Matching the senior men’s team, Ireland’s Over-40 Masters secured a European semi final place for the first time in their history to setup a match against the old foe of England.
The good times keep on rolling. Ireland’s men’s hockey team added yet another incredible result to their ever-growing list in 2015 as they squeezed out a draw against world number four side Belgium in London to reach the semi-final of the European championships for the very first time.
Late goals from Lukas Windfeder and Florian Fuchs saw Ireland fall 2-0 to reigning Olympic and European champions Germany in their second EuroHockey Nations Championships tie.
Ireland’s men clinched a 4-3 win over France in their opening EuroHockey Nations Championship tie, beating one of the few sides that can hurt their Olympic hopes at this competition.
The full lowdown on the EuroHockey Nations Championships from an Irish perspective with an overview of the group opponents, where to watch the games and more