The three Irish Masters women’s teams played Wales on Friday afternoon recording two strong wins and a draw to get their busy weekend of action off to a good start.
Darren Smith described some of Ireland’s play as “thoughtless” as they fell to a frustrating 4-3 loss to Scotland as their attacking play improved in parts but defensively his side were punished.
Lisa Jaocb’s 69th minute equaliser saw Ireland snatch a 2-2 draw against Scotland in Edinburgh in their first build-up game to August’s European championships this afternoon.
An extensive build-up campaign toward the European championships begins on Monday for the Irish women as Darren Smith’s new look squad as they take on Scotland before meeting South Africa in Peffermill on Tuesday.
Darren Smith has left out the vastly experienced quartet of Cliodhna Sargent, Sinead McCarthy, Miriam Crowley and Aine Connery from the Irish women’s senior squad for the foreseeable future.
Three goals in a four minute spell either side of half-time proved the difference as Germany bounced back from Friday’s defeat to record a 5-2 win over Ireland, sharing the series.
Ireland’s men produced a superb performance to beat reigning Olympic champions Germany 3-2 in Heilbronn last night in their first build-up game for the World League round three.
Andrew Meredith looks set to hand international debuts to Lisnagarvey duo James Lorimer and Daniel Buser having named a 20-man Irish squad for three tests against Olympic champions Germany later this month.
The IHA have confirmed a series of 11 initial fixtures this summer in the build-up to August’s European championships in August as the Irish women attempt to bounce back from their World League elimination.
Ahmad Tajuddin’s pair helped Malaysia make it three from three as Ireland’s World League 2 warm-up games completed earlier today with a 3-1 loss in the Bukit Jalil stadium.
Mixed fortunes for the Irish senior teams in their World League preparatory games as the women saw off Spain 1-0 but the men fell 3-0 in Kuala Lumpur against Malaysia
Ireland produced a slightly lethargic opening performance against Malaysia yesterday in their first warm-up game ahead of the World League round two, lining out within a day of travelling to South East Asia
Smith’s competitive tenure as Ireland’s senior women’s coach opens with two challenge match defeats to Spain in Valencia
Andrew Meredith’s World League panel took another hit on the eve of their departure as Peter Caruth was forced out of the trip to Asia due to a leg injury; international absentees make for intriguing Leinster league ties
Darren Smith’s coaching rein takes its first venture into the competitive realm this afternoon when they play a friendly tie against Spain in Valencia.
New Irish women’s coach Darren Smith’s first international selection is along tried and trusted lines as he admits he has “been unable to see the athletes in person” just yet.
David Ames is an informative omissions from the latest Irish men’s senior national team, heightening fears he will take up the option of sitting out three years of international hockey in a bid to declare for Great Britain.
Denis Pritchard’s Irish senior women’s team got an idea of the task ahead of them as Australia showed a sharp edge in their warm-up game on Sunday afternoon, six days prior to the Electric Ireland FIH Champions Challenge I.
Katie Mullan and Nicola Gray are the two newcomers to retain their place in the Irish women’s panel from last week’s Wales’ series as they complete their formal match practice in Scotland from September 7-9.
Multi-talented Naomi Carroll showed her potential in an Irish hockey jersey as she showed a poacher’s instinct to net twice in a 3-1 win over Wales; Ireland won 2-0 on Saturday afternoon, making it a series whitewash