International Friendlies

Good, Harte and Watt back for French series

Good, Harte and Watt back for French series

May 19, 2015 | 678 views | Leave a comment

Kyle Good and David Harte have returned to the Irish senior men’s panel following the conclusion of their club seasons in Belgium and the Netherlands, respectively.

Sharkey bites twice as US too good for Ireland

Sharkey bites twice as US too good for Ireland

May 19, 2015 | 557 views | Leave a comment

World number fives, USA, showed a clean set of heels to Ireland in their first match of three in Pennsylvania, managing a lightning-delayed tie at Spook Nook in smoother fashion.

Smith to step down after WL3 with Shaw moving up

Smith to step down after WL3 with Shaw moving up

May 14, 2015 | 1,660 views | Leave a comment

Darren Smith has announced he will step down as Irish senior women’s coach at the end of World League Round 3 in Valencia in June, the key qualifier for the Olympic Games, to return to his native New Zealand to be with his family.

Germany too strong in second half for Irish men

Germany too strong in second half for Irish men

May 12, 2015 | 824 views | Leave a comment

Ireland succumbed to a second half German onslaught to end their two-match series in Krefeld with a 6-2 loss. Jonny Bruton’s pair of first half goals had seen Craig Fulton’s side level at 2-2 toward the end of the first half but four goals saw the Olympic champions racing out of sight.

Sothern and Gormley’s fairytale landmarks ruined by late German strikes

Sothern and Gormley’s fairytale landmarks ruined by late German strikes

May 11, 2015 | 855 views | Leave a comment

Two goals in the closing four minutes saw Olympic champions Germany spoil Ronan Gormley’s 200th cap as they came from 2-1 down to beat Ireland 3-2 in Krefeld.

Gormley to become first Irishman to hit 200 caps

Gormley to become first Irishman to hit 200 caps

May 7, 2015 | 1,017 views | Leave a comment

Ronan Gormley is set to become the first Irish man to reach 200 international caps when he lines out for the national team against the Olympic champions, Germany, next Monday in Krefeld.

Billy Lynch called into extensive Irish men’s panel

Billy Lynch called into extensive Irish men’s panel

April 24, 2015 | 1,445 views | Leave a comment

Craig Fulton has named a panel closing in on 40 names to pick from for the coming months as the Irish men plot their assault on an Olympic ticket.

Smith trims panel to 20 for North American tour

Smith trims panel to 20 for North American tour

April 24, 2015 | 1,052 views | Leave a comment

Irish coach Darren Smith has named a squad of 20 to travel to the USA and Canada where they will play seven test matches in their final preparations for World League Round 3 in Valencia in June where the Olympic places will be decided.

Ireland strike three times in last 10 minutes to nick draw

Ireland strike three times in last 10 minutes to nick draw

April 19, 2015 | 561 views | Leave a comment

Darren Smith’s Ireland side produced a thrilling late comeback to earn a second successive draw against Italy at Jordandstown, coming from 3-0 down in the closing 10 minutes.

Connery earns draw in second Italian game

Connery earns draw in second Italian game

April 18, 2015 | 511 views | Leave a comment

Ireland drew the second game of their three match series against Italy 1-1 in Jordanstown, the home of the newly crowned Irish Senior Cup champions Ulster Elks.

Daly scores only goal in opening win over Italy

Daly scores only goal in opening win over Italy

April 16, 2015 | 536 views | Leave a comment

Nicci Daly’s 45th minutes goal saw Ireland win the first game of their three-match series with Italy, winning 1-0 at the Glade in Belfast.

Irish women take on Italy; Sloan and Ames line out for GB

Irish women take on Italy; Sloan and Ames line out for GB

April 16, 2015 | 923 views | Leave a comment

Preparation for the second, and most important, phase of the Olympic qualifying campaign ramps up this evening when Ireland take on Italy in the first of three games in Belfast. It is part of Darren Smith’s side’s preparations for World League Round 3 in Valencia where the top four sides are assured of a trip […]

Harvey back, Mulcahy in line for debut against Italy

Harvey back, Mulcahy in line for debut against Italy

March 31, 2015 | 1,619 views | Leave a comment

Irish coach Darren Smith will shuffle his deck for a three test series with Italy on April 16, 18 and 19 in Ireland with Michelle Harvey back in the panel for the first time in 11 months while Hayley Mulcahy is set to make a debut.

France bounce back to share three-game series

France bounce back to share three-game series

February 13, 2015 | 347 views | Leave a comment

Ireland completed their pre-World League round two warm-up series with a 3-2 loss to France in a frustrating performance at times against a tricky opponent in front of a bumper crowd at Grange Road.

Sothern on the double as Ireland see off France

Sothern on the double as Ireland see off France

February 13, 2015 | 543 views | Leave a comment

An Alan Sothern double saw Ireland come from a goal down at half-time to defeat France 3-1 in the second of their three game series at Grange Road on Thursday evening.

Four debutants as Ireland earn creditable French draw

Four debutants as Ireland earn creditable French draw

February 10, 2015 | 1,188 views | Leave a comment

A youthful Irish side earned a creditable 1-1 draw with France at Grange Road as Shane O’Donoghue’s first half goal was cancelled out late on by France’s Jean-Laurent Kieffer in the first tie of their three game series this week.

Belgium too strong for Ireland at end of hectic tour

Belgium too strong for Ireland at end of hectic tour

February 1, 2015 | 381 views | Leave a comment

Ireland concluded their South African tour with a 7-2 loss against world number five side Belgium on Sunday in Cape Town.

Belgium run up 3-0 win in first test in Cape Town

Belgium run up 3-0 win in first test in Cape Town

January 31, 2015 | 433 views | Leave a comment

Ireland fell to a 3-0 loss to Belgium in their fifth game in seven days in Cape Town this week, succumbing to the world number five side, Belgium, in the first of two games this weekend.

Five-star Dutch see off Ireland in second test

Five-star Dutch see off Ireland in second test

January 29, 2015 | 307 views | Leave a comment

The Netherlands ran up their second win in two days over Ireland in Stellenbosch as they proved too strong for a Green Machine playing their fourth game in five days.

Boevendeert denies Ireland with final quarter flurry

Boevendeert denies Ireland with final quarter flurry

January 28, 2015 | 634 views | Leave a comment

A final quarter blitz denied Ireland a famous result against world number two side, the Netherlands, as they eventually succumbed 5-2 in their test match in Cape Town.