Ireland’s Under-21 women continued their summer programme with two tough battles against England at Queen’s last weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
Ireland’s men will head to Johannesburg next week in confident mood following a superb 4-2 victory over world number three side Germany to win the Hamburg Masters title.
Ireland’s men scored another emphatic win at the Hamburg Masters as they beat Austria 7-2 on a day when Eugene Magee became just the second Irish player to reach the 250 international cap mark.
Ireland’s men stretched their unbeaten run to 12 games with a 4-1 dismissal of 10th ranked Spain on the opening day of the Hamburg Masters.
Ireland will travel to the Hamburg Masters this week without a trio of Olympians who played their part in the recent series win over Pakistan with Conor Harte, Peter Caruth and Kirk Shimmins not taking part this time.
Ireland beat their second world top ten side in quick succession as they saw off Korea 2-1 at the Berlin Four Nations Invitational, adding the ninth ranked side to the scalp of Germany claimed last Thursday.
Ireland’s women came back down to earth with a bump in Berlin as three goals in the closing 17 minutes saw them fall 5-2 to China
Ireland produced a superb win over Germany, courtesy of Katie Mullan’s winner two minutes from time to beat the 2016 Olympic bronze medalists in Berlin.
Ireland’s women face top level preparation games against three of the world’s top ten sides next week as they meet hosts Germany (seventh in the world), Korea (ninth) and China (eighth) in Berlin.
Ireland scored back-to-back 3-2 wins over Pakistan to win their three-game series 2-0, an impressive feat against a side they had only beaten once in 10 previous all-time attempts.
Shane O’Donoghue struck a late winner for Ireland as they beat Pakistan 3-2 in their second tie of three at Comber Road in a far more open tie than Thursday night’s draw.
Conor Harte celebrated his 200th international appearance in style as he fired home a 17th minute penalty corner in Ireland’s 2-2 draw with Pakistan at Comber Road.
Conor Harte will become the fifth Irish man to reach 200 international caps this evening when he lines out to face Pakistan at Comber Road (7.30pm) on Thursday evening.
The women’s Irish Under-21 have an extensive programme in place for the summer which coach Dave Passmore can form part of an ongoing cycle for developing elite players
Two goals in the closing four minutes saw Ireland close out their series in the US with a well merited draw against the world number six side after two losses earlier in the trip.
Two final quarter goals saw USA make it two wins from two at Spooky Nook after a physical, hard-fought battle that saw four yellow cards brandished.
World number six side USA came from a goal down to beat Ireland 3-1 at Spooky Nook in the opening game of their three-test series this week.
Graham Shaw says some of the sacrifices made by the Irish women’s squad this summer can see them reach new heights and qualify for a first major world level tournament since the 2002 World Cup.
The Irish men will play three games against Pakistan in Lisnagarvey in early June as the latest addition to their summer schedule building up to the World Cup qualifiers in July in South Africa.
Graham Shaw has made several changes to his Irish senior women’s panel as July’s World Cup qualifiers in South Africa come sharply into focus.