Ireland’s women begin their summer programme of challenge matches and tournaments on Friday in Glasgow with a two game series against a Scotland side amid their Commonwealth Games preparations.
Irish coach Darren Smith has named squads of 21 and 20 athletes for the first two phases of their summer programme in Scotland and Italy, respectively.
Stella Davis and Hannah Matthews are the two uncapped players named in Darren Smith’s extended panel of 25 for Ireland’s series of 17 games this summer.
Ireland ended second in their Four Nations tournament in Barcelona as they fell 4-2 to hosts Spain this morning, finishing ahead of Wales and Russia.
Ireland picked up their second win of the Four Nations tournament in Barcelona as Shane O’Donoghue’s 30th minute goal saw them add to Tuesday’s 5-3 win over Russia.
Timmy Cockram marked his return to the Irish senior squad with a second half hat-trick to see off Russia 5-3 in Barcelona yesterday, starting their Four Nations campaign in confident fashion.
Craig Fulton has brought in 12 different faces to the Irish men’s hockey team for a four-nations tournament in Spain next week from the panel that competed in the recent Champions Challenge I in Malaysia including former captain Ronan Gormley.
Ireland’s U-18 boys and girls completed clean sweeps against Scotland this week in Dublin with both running up three successive victories.
Ireland put paid to India’s perfect record in their three-game series between the sides as they played some scintillating hockey at both ends of the pitch in front of a healthy crowd.
Ireland were undone by two penalty corners in the first half as they fell 2-1 in their second game in their three game series heading into their last clash on Good Friday.
India inflicted a 3-1 defeat on Ireland ladies in the first game in their three-game series in Belfield tonight. Ireland were undone by their inability to get their short-corner routine functioning, whereas India had no such problems with theirs.
Ireland’s ladies take on India’s women in UCD on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evening as part of their respective Champions Challenge I warm-up campaigns that start at the on the April 27 in Glasgow Scotland.
Craig Fulton’s tenure as Irish senior men’s hockey coach began with a 3-0 defeat to world number four side England in Reading last night.
Ireland’s men play England this evening and tomorrow morning in two challenge matches as part of their build-up to the Champions Challenge I in Malaysia in what will be Craig Fulton’s first game in charge.
Craig Fulton’s first squad as Irish coach has an experimental look to it, building on the new look side that lined out in Spain earlier this year under Mick McKinnon as the South African reacquaints himself with the setup.
Two second half goals from UCD’s Anna O’Flanagan were enough for Ireland’s women to beat Spain 2-0 in Terassa on Wednesday and seal a 2-1 series victory with one drawn game between the two sides in a four-game trip.
Ireland’s men were left frustrated by a trio of second half corner decisions that saw them fall to a second loss from three outings against Spain in Terrassa, ending the series at 2-0 for Salva Indurain’s side.
Ireland’s women played out a low-key 0-0 draw with Spain in the third game of their four match series in Terrassa yesterday morning with chances at a premium.
Ireland’s young charges fell 3-1 to Spain in the second of their three game series in Terrassa having drawn their initial tie on Saturday 1-1.
Audrey O’Flynn, Megan Frazer and Anna O’Flanagan all scored in the closing three minutes in their second game of four tour games, beating Spain 4-2 in Barcelona, handing Ireland a stunning late win over their hosts.