Graham Shaw says some of the sacrifices made by the Irish women’s squad this summer can see them reach new heights and qualify for a first major world level tournament since the 2002 World Cup.
Colin “Bacchus” Stewart has returned to Ireland to link up with Graham Shaw’s women’s side until September as the national technical coach for an intense summer featuring a World Cup qualification bid and a return to Europe’s top tier.
The Irish men will play three games against Pakistan in Lisnagarvey in early June as the latest addition to their summer schedule building up to the World Cup qualifiers in July in South Africa.
Graham Shaw has made several changes to his Irish senior women’s panel as July’s World Cup qualifiers in South Africa come sharply into focus.
Twenty-two girls got to experience high quality international hockey last week as the Irish Under-16s took on a hugely talented US Under-17s in a three match series with two ties in Booterstown and one in Bray.
Germany closed out a 2-0 series success with a 3-1 win over Ireland in Dusseldorf, coming from a goal down to claim the laurels.
The Irish Under-16 girls are looking forward to a special series this week as they meet the USA Under-17 side in three test matches over the weekend before paying a visit to Aras an Uachtarain on Monday.
Two goals in the space of three minutes in the final quarter took some of the shine off a positive Irish performance against the Olympic bronze medallists Germany in the first of their two-game series this week in Dusseldorf.
The Irish women found out their destination and group opponents for the World League semi-finals on the day it was confirmed they have moved up to 15th in the world rankings.
Cork Harlequins’ Emma Buckley is in line to be the latest Irish cap following her inclusion in the Irish senior women’s panel to travel to Germany next week for a pair of test matches against the world number seven side.
Ireland’s men have risen to ninth in the latest world rankings following their success at March’s World League Round 2, jumping ahead of Spain in the ratings released on Monday afternoon.
Ireland look certain to be without their inspirational team captain Megan Frazer for the World League 3 tournament in the summer which will determine whether they can reach the 2018 World Cup in London, writes John Flack.
Ireland added Hockey World League Round 2 gold on Sunday evening to their all-important to the next phase of the competition with a 4-2 shoot-out win over France at Stormont.
Ireland produced a composed performance to come from a goal down to beat Wales 3-1, guaranteeing they will advance not just to Sunday’s final but also to Round 3 of the World League where the World Cup 2018 tickets will be decided.
Ireland’s young side produced their performance of the week to date in a pressure-filled tie against Poland, winning 5-1 to advance to the semi-final.
Matthew Nelson’s single goal in the 25th minute was enough to see Ireland top their group at Hockey World League Round 2 in Stormont, setting up a quarter-final date with Poland on Thursday evening.
Ireland earned a winning draw ahead of Austria to ensure they will top Pool A of the Hockey World League Round 2 after normal time had ended 1-1 against Austria.
Ireland claimed a 9-2 win over Ukraine in their opening Hockey World League Round 2 tie in Stormont with Jonny McKee netting twice while seven other players got on the score sheet.
Ireland’s women have a jam-packed schedule ahead of them with trips confirmed to Dusseldorf, Pennsylvania and Berlin in addition to next week’s uncapped series at Bisham Abbey against Great Britain.
Eight players will make their ranking tournament debuts for Ireland next weekend as Craig Fulton confirmed the final 18 to play in World League Round 2 in Belfast.