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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Ireland coach Craig Fulton has spoken of his frustration at not having his full compliment of players available for the upcoming World League 2 tournament in Belfast, writes John Flack
Ireland ran up a win, two draws and a loss from their four games in Spain in their latest preparatory series for World League Round 2
Teenager Ben Walker and Sam O’Connor look set to make their senior international debuts next week following their inclusion in Craig Fulton’s latest Irish squad for a four-game trip to Spain.
A new-look Ireland side with four absolute newcomers and just four players from Rio involved took on Spain in a pair of friendlies in Terrassa this week
Jamie Wright, Keith O’Hare, Matthew Nelson and Julian Dale have an early chance to stake a claim for inclusion in Craig Fulton’s ongoing Irish plans with their inclusion in the panel to travel to Terrassa, Spain for a two-game series next week.
Ireland claimed the series win with Scotland with a clean sweep, doing so while handing debut caps to Jessica McMaster, Roisin Upton, Clodagh Cassin and Ellen Curran
Belgium held off concerted Irish pressure to claim back-to-back wins from their series this week, edging Ireland out 2-1 at Waterloo Ducks on Tuesday evening.
Belgium scored twice late in the day to pull away from Ireland in the first tie of two this week, this one taking place in Auderghem.
Preparations begin in earnest for the 2018 World Cup qualifying bid as Graham Shaw has named two panels for upcoming trips to Belgium and Scotland with five potential debutantes.
Two goals from Marie Ronquetti proved the undoing of Ireland’s five-game winning streak in a closely contested Four Nations Invitational final.
Naomi Carroll’s 52nd minute goal saw Ireland extend their winning streak to five successive games as they beat Chile 2-1 in the semi-final of the Four Nations Invitational tournament at the Merrion Fleet Arena.
Anna O’Flanagan and Ireland’s hot streak continued as the striker scored the only goal of a 1-0 win over Chile, her fifth goal in three games.
Anna O’Flanagan made it four goals in two games as Ireland produced a superbly aggressive second half performance, coming back from a goal deficit at half-time to beat higher ranked Belgium.