Goals from Shane O’Donoghue and Chris Cargo saw Ireland’s men begin Olympic year with a 2-0 win over Rio rivals Canada in their first of eight challenge matches.
These are exciting times for Zoe Wilson, who will make her senior international debut over the coming days when Ireland face Spain in four internationals in Valencia; she tells John Flack about what has been her time in the US.
Ireland’s men begin a series of eight international matches this afternoon against Canada at 4pm (Irish time) as part of their intensive warm-weather training camp in Cape Town; the women’s series in Valencia begins tomorrow
The vastly experienced Mitch Darling, Paul Gleghorne and Mikey Watt, FIH Rising Star nominee Shane O’Donoghue and Lee Cole have all been announced in the Irish panel for January’s warm-weather training camp in South Africa.
A quartet of US-based players have been added to Graham Shaw’s Irish senior women’s panel of 26 players for their upcoming warm-weather training trip to Valencia where they will take on the Spaniards five times between January 15 and 19.
Spain completed a clean sweep of their three-match series in San Cugat as they got the better of Ireland 3-1, adding to 3-2 and 3-0 wins earlier in the week.
Ireland were roundly beaten in game two of their three game series in San Cugat as Spain controlled matters for the vast majority of the tie.
Gareth Watkins scored on his first appearance for the Irish men’s national team since 2012 in their first test match of three at FC Junior against Spain, a 3-2 loss this afternoon.
Gareth Watkins is in line to make his first international appearance for a number of years following his inclusion in the Irish senior men’s panel for an upcoming series against Spain.
Nikki Evans and Emily Beatty were both on the mark as Ireland’s women ended their international schedule on a winning note with a 2-0 success over Scotland in Glasgow, earning them a share of their three game series.
Scotland came from a goal down to beat Ireland 2-1 in their second tie this week in Glasgow, taking the lead in their three game series.
Ireland shared the spoils with Scotland in the opening game of their three-match series, drawing 1-1 in Glasgow.
St Gerard’s schoolgirl Elena Tice will add to her long list of representative honours next week following her inclusion in the Irish women’s senior squad to play Scotland three times in Glasgow.
Sean Murray and Jonny McKee made their Irish debuts as a fresh-faced Ireland drew with Argentina 2-2 in the third tie of their series in Dublin.
Three final quarter goals saw Argentina run out 6-3 winners over Ireland in game two of their series in Dublin this week on a night when Gonzalo Peillat scored a hat trick at Serpentine Avenue.
Ireland continue their three-game series this evening against Argentina at Serpentine Avenue; there is also a full programme of Leinster league games in Division 1 as YM, Corinthian and Clontarf look to build on their good starts to the campaign
Juan Gilardi’s 48th minute penalty stroke earned Argentina the laurels from the first of three test matches this week in Dublin, shading a 2-1 victory.
Lisnagarvey’s Sean Murray and Banbridge’s Jonny McKee are in line for Irish international debuts next week after they were named in the Irish panel to take on Argentina in a three-game series in Dublin.
Ireland’s Under-16 boys and girls play a couple of high quality tournaments in Breda, the Netherlands and Bremaen, Germany, respectively where they will meet the cream of their continental rivals.
Despite four goals in two days from Shane O’Donoghue, Ireland concluded their pre-Olympic qualifying warm-up games with a pair of losses to world number five side Belgium over the weekend.