Eight new caps helped Ireland start their preparations for the Champions Challenge I in earnest as they wiped out a similarly new-look Wales in the first of three games this weekend at Belfield.
Interim women’s coach Denis Pritchard has a chance to assess the merits of a string of newcomers this weekend as Wales visit Belfield as part of the warm-up programme for the Champions Challenge I.
The numbers continue to pile up for the Irish U-21 boy’s side as they brought their tally to five wins from five and 19 goals to their name to build up for the European ‘C’ division campaign in Bratislava next week.
Germany’s U-18 girls proved too strong for their Irish counterparts this week, sweeping their four-game series in Belfield.
Spain took the series laurels as they showed the cutting edge to bounce back from defeat to Ireland a day earlier while Ali Smith made his international debut in Santander while Mikey Watt played his 100th game in green.
Ireland’s senior men will hope they have provided inspiration to their footballing counterparts as they beat Spain 3-2 on Thursday afternoon in Santander.
Drew Carlisle came off the bench to earn his first international cap in the first of their three game series against Spain as Paul Revington continues to test out new faces in the Irish setup
Uncapped Ali Smith was confirmed today as the 18th member of the Irish men’s senior panel who travel to Santander to play a series of three games against Olympic-bound Spain; Ireland A and U-16 selections announced
Ireland’s U-16s stepped up their respective boys and girls preparations for the European championships this weekend with a three-game series against Austria; video and photo links included
Paul Revington has named an extensive panel for his last two months in charge of the Irish senior men’s team with over 50 players involved in various phases; IHA release further statement on Revington departure
Denis Pritchard has stuck mainly with the tried and trusted as he named his first panel since taking over as interim Irish women’s senior coach as they take on the Investec London Cup, starting on June 6
Cookstown natives Ian Sloan and David Ames handed Ireland just their second ever victory over Germany – the current world number two side – in their challenge match in Mannheim.
Jonny Bruton scored on his return to the Irish men’s national team but it was not enough to stop Paul Revington’s side from falling to a 3-2 defeat to world number two side Germany in Mannheim.
Life after the Olympic qualifiers begins for the Irish senior men’s squad this weekend as a panel of 20 go to Mannheim for three, back-to-back matches in Germany, two against the senior setup and one against an U-21 side.
Ireland’s men completed their Olympic qualifier warm-up with two more comprehensive wins over the Czech Republic in Belfield over the weekend
Using many of the panel ruled out of next week’s Olympic qualifiers by this afternoon’s final selection, Ireland put in an impressively hungry display to defeat the Czech Republic in an uncapped challenge match to start a three-game series.
Ireland showed a liking for the Beerschot turf – the venue of their Olympic qualifier – as they ran up three 3-0 wins in training games against France in 48 hours.
Ireland’s men will play two fixtures against the Czech Republic next week to complete their warm-up programme for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament which gets underway on March 10.
Ireland finished off their series of challenge matches in Valencia with three successive losses with no goals accruing to sound a couple of warning bells for Paul Revington’s men.
Belgium bounced back from two successive defeats in Valencia – one against France, one against Ireland – as they showed their quality against Paul Revington’s side who made several changes.