Interviews

Blood, sweat and tears: Jackson eye still on the prize after 250 caps as sixth Euro campaigns beckon

Blood, sweat and tears: Jackson eye still on the prize after 250 caps as sixth Euro campaigns beckon

August 15, 2019 | 923 views | Leave a comment

“I’ve just got to be grateful Bruce has such a soft forehead!” Eight years ago, as his eye slowly made its way back into place over the course of three weeks, it is unlikely John Jackson could have envisaged playing his 250th international cap in the lead-up to the 2019 EuroHockey Championships. He became just […]

Apprentice Dancer looks to get one over former master as Green Army face down England

Apprentice Dancer looks to get one over former master as Green Army face down England

August 15, 2019 | 632 views | Leave a comment

New Irish coach Sean Dancer says there will be a “couple of tricks up our sleeve” when the Green Army take on England and his long-time mentor on Sunday in his first world ranking game in charge.

Hartes go back to where it all began as vital cogs in the Green Machine

Hartes go back to where it all began as vital cogs in the Green Machine

June 14, 2019 | 569 views | Leave a comment

Le Touquet will always hold a special place for the Harte household as the French coastal venue brought international debuts for David, Conor and Emer all on the same weekend; the twins are back this week looking to make their mark again

Evolving tactical approach to serve Green Machine well in Le Touquet

Evolving tactical approach to serve Green Machine well in Le Touquet

June 14, 2019 | 357 views | Leave a comment

Alexander Cox is hoping the evolving tactical approach he is looking to implement with the Irish senior men will serve the side well at the FIH Series Finals in Le Touquet.

Wilson’s Olympic vision comes into focus at Banbridge

Wilson’s Olympic vision comes into focus at Banbridge

June 6, 2019 | 593 views | Leave a comment

The sight of Antrim woman Zoe Wilson wearing a broad smile and proudly peering through a pair of goggles while clutching her silver medal was among the many unforgettable images at the women’s World Cup in London last August, writes John Flack.

O’Flanagan says Grundie’s calming effect a perfect match for Green Army

O’Flanagan says Grundie’s calming effect a perfect match for Green Army

May 30, 2019 | 733 views | Leave a comment

Anna O’Flanagan says Gareth Grundie’s calm, composed demeanour will complement the Green Army’s exuberant outlook for the FIH Series Finals in Banbridge next week.

Bacchus closes current Green Army chapter of long-term Irish love affair

Bacchus closes current Green Army chapter of long-term Irish love affair

May 23, 2019 | 1,009 views | Leave a comment

After four summers with the Irish women’s squad, Colin “Bacchus” Stewart has decided this “chapter was over” as he looks forward to new challenges.

Dancer enjoys “weird” induction after Shaw information-swap

Dancer enjoys “weird” induction after Shaw information-swap

May 23, 2019 | 557 views | Leave a comment

Sean Dancer says he had a “weird” induction to the Irish women’s hockey team as the man taking over his old job, Graham Shaw, was the man showing him the ropes.

Jacob points to “the hard bits of life” that helped find her Hidden Strength

Jacob points to “the hard bits of life” that helped find her Hidden Strength

February 4, 2019 | 547 views | Leave a comment

Lisa Jacob is embarking on a new venture to help “develop hidden strength in young people”, using her experiences form a diverse sporting career in hockey, rugby and ultra marathons

Rising Star Tice in “total shock” at FIH nomination despite medals on four fronts in 2018

Rising Star Tice in “total shock” at FIH nomination despite medals on four fronts in 2018

January 16, 2019 | 524 views | Leave a comment

Lena Tice says she “never even considered” she would be nominated for the FIH Rising Star despite one of the most spectacular years by anyone’s standards, winning medals in four separate jurisdictions.

No time to rest on laurels as Softco support brings Tokyo 2020 firmly into focus

No time to rest on laurels as Softco support brings Tokyo 2020 firmly into focus

December 20, 2018 | 471 views | Leave a comment

Anna O’Flanagan says there is no time for the Green Army to rest on their laurels as the World Cup silver medalists gear up for a Christmas Day training session as Tokyo 2020 comes firmly into view.

McFerran looking forward to Living Like a Legend again in 2019

McFerran looking forward to Living Like a Legend again in 2019

December 20, 2018 | 344 views | Leave a comment

Ayeisha McFerran will make her return to the Ireland squad for the first time since her World Cup heroics in August for next month’s trip to Chile as BBC2 set to look back on epic World Cup journey with Live Like Legends documentary on December 27

Ireland left empty after devastating World Cup exit

Ireland left empty after devastating World Cup exit

December 8, 2018 | 1,058 views | Leave a comment

With emotions still raw in the wake of their World Cup departure, the Irish squad attempted to put into words their feelings following their departure from the competition.

Green Machine hail defence to go into China tie in upbeat mood

Green Machine hail defence to go into China tie in upbeat mood

December 2, 2018 | 639 views | Leave a comment

In the wake of the Irish game with Australia game, the Irish players reflected on a strong performance against the world number one side that ultimately ended in a 2-1 defeat. Here is what David Harte, Shane O’Donoghue and Matthew Nelson had to say:

Shane does not have to look far for World Cup inspiration

Shane does not have to look far for World Cup inspiration

November 30, 2018 | 221 views | Leave a comment

Shane O’Donoghue says he does not have to look too far to draw inspiration as he looks forward to the Hockey World Cup in India this week, getting underway on Friday against reigning champions Australia.

Batch wary of Irish threat of “causing an upset”

Batch wary of Irish threat of “causing an upset”

November 30, 2018 | 155 views | Leave a comment

Australia coach Colin Batch says his side won’t be underestimating world number 10 Ireland in their opening game of the 2018 FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar.

Harte of Mumbai getting ready for World Cup cauldron

Harte of Mumbai getting ready for World Cup cauldron

November 30, 2018 | 168 views | Leave a comment

While David Harte is by a distance Ireland’s most high profile men’s hockey player, there is the distinct possibility he is far more recognised in India than on home soil.

Mullan calls on Irish businesses to employ international players

Mullan calls on Irish businesses to employ international players

November 26, 2018 | 500 views | Leave a comment

Ireland captain Katie Mullan has urged businesses around the country to consider employing international players to allow them to combine sport and work as they prepare for the Olympic qualifying campaign, writes John Flack.

Brown enjoying new challenge at East Grinstead

Brown enjoying new challenge at East Grinstead

November 14, 2018 | 439 views | Leave a comment

Chloe Brown is thoroughly enjoying her first season in the English Premiership and, if all goes to plan, she hopes to extend her stay, having moved from Ards to East Grinstead over the summer, writes John Flack.

Bell putting in the extra hours to continue Green Machine lifestyle

Bell putting in the extra hours to continue Green Machine lifestyle

November 8, 2018 | 855 views | Leave a comment

Jonny Bell says he has worked all the hours available over the last year to put him in position to continue being part of the Green Machine’s World Cup challenge.