New Irish coach Alexander Cox has named an extensive 28-player squad as the World Cup comes into focus for the men’s side following the women’s heroics in London.
Ulster hockey fans will get a chance to meet and greet 13 of the World Cup stars at Stormont with a number of the silver medal winners set to be in attendance at the Under-21 international between Ireland and England at Stormont
Ireland closed out the Real Four Nations series in Dusseldorf with a 2-2 draw against France in a tight game, leading twice but ultimately being pegged back.
Four second half goals saw Germany pull away from Ireland at the Four Nations Cup in Dusseldorf on a day when Callum Robson became the latest Irish international.
Ireland’s women completed their home World Cup preparations with a feisty and open 2-2 draw against an aggressive and loud Italian side at Pembroke.
Ireland’s men fell to something of a shock loss to USA at Belfield as two goals in the closing eight minutes saw them succumb to the visitors.
Ireland eased to a facile 5-1 win over USA at Belfield with John Bessell taking the coaching role for the night with two goals in the first 66 seconds setting up the success.
Megan Frazer made her first appearance for Ireland in over two years as they continued their World Cup warm-up with a 1-0 win over Chile at Belfield
Belfield will host its first international hockey matches since October 2015 on Thursday evening as a late stand-in venue with the Irish women and men lining out in a double-header.
Anna O’Flanagan’s last minute goal saw Ireland’s women complete the Cork leg of their World Cup preparation with an upbeat 2-1 win over Japan at the Mardyke.
For a second successive game, the 53rd minute was cursed for Ireland as Japan came from a goal down to win 2-1 at the Mardyke in their World Cup build-up series.
Two goals in the 53rd minute saw Ireland fall to a 2-0 defeat to Japan in the first of their three games at Mardyke this week.
Craig Fulton was given a suitable send-off as three goals in the closing 17 minutes saw Ireland beat France for a second day in succession at the Mardyke.
Shane O’Donoghue is closing in rapidly on John Jermyn’s Irish scoring record as he scored the first four goals of a thumping 6-1 win over France in game two of their series.
John Jermyn signed off on his international career in front of the “biggest crowd” he has seen at his Garryduff home, scoring a typically powerful penalty corner into the bargain.
Ireland’s record goalscorer, John Jermyn will formally hang up his international hockey stick in front of his home crowd at Garryduff on Thursday evening when the men’s side take on France in a test match.
Ireland’s women completed their pre-World Cup selection series in Germany with a 3-0 loss in a challenge match in Dusseldorf.
Ireland got the draw they needed to win the Three Nations tournament in Dusseldorf, adding a tie with the Canucks to Thursday’s win over Germany.
Ali Meeke’s last minute goal gave Ireland a big boost as they beat the Olympic bronze medalists 2-1 in their Three Nations tournament in Dusseldorf.
Graham Shaw has made the first tough cut to the Irish senior women’s squad for next month’s World Cup with Cliodhna Sargent the biggest name to miss out at this stage.