International Friendlies

Four-star USA complete series clean sweep

Four-star USA complete series clean sweep

May 22, 2015 | 389 views | Leave a comment

USA produced a strong a powerful performance to run up a third successive win by three goals to sweep their series at Spooky Nook, Pennsylvania.

US press provides plenty of lessons for Ireland

US press provides plenty of lessons for Ireland

May 20, 2015 | 710 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s women fell to a second successive 3-0 defeat at the hands of the USA at Spook Nook, Pennsylvania, succumbing to a high press that they never fully got to grips with.

Good, Harte and Watt back for French series

Good, Harte and Watt back for French series

May 19, 2015 | 658 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 | 544 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 | 1,629 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 | 806 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 | 835 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 | 992 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 | 1,420 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 | 1,034 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 | 546 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 | 489 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 | 520 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 | 906 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 | 1,597 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 | 334 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 | 533 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 | 1,169 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 | 369 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 | 424 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.