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
Craig Fulton has made three changes to the Irish panel for the European championships which begin next weekend in London with Michael Robson, Matthew Bell and Jonny Bruton coming into the side.
Monkstown will play in the EuroHockey League next season while Banbridge are bound for the EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy following the release of the confirmed final national ranking positions by the EHF.
Three Rock Rovers ended fourth in the EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy as the ran out of legs against Azerbaijan’s Atasport at Grange Road.
All the full match video from the Tilman Brewin Dolphin EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy final day with Three Rock Rovers taking on Atasport and SC Stroitel Brest playing SK Slavia Praha in the final
Three Rock Rovers huffed and puffed but could not break through the Belarussian wall put up by SC Stroitel Brest to miss out on a final berth at the Tilman Brewin Dolphin EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy in Grange Road.
Pembroke’s women’s EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy campaign ended on a low-key note in Minsk as they finished in eighth place overall, falling 5-1 to Russia’s Metrostroy in their classification match.
Ross Canning’s second goal from a narrow angle proved enough for Three Rock Rovers to scrape to second win from two outings at the Tilman EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy to head up Pool B.
Hosts Three Rock Rovers produced a superb closing salvo to get off to a flying start in the Tilman Brewin Dolphin EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy in Dublin.