International Qualifiers

Ireland overcome flashbacks of 2015 to reach Holy Grail – reaction to Olympic qualification

Ireland overcome flashbacks of 2015 to reach Holy Grail – reaction to Olympic qualification

November 4, 2019 | 158 views | Leave a comment

Chloe Watkins admitted “flashbacks of 2015 were coming into my head” as she stepped up for her vital shoot-out to keep Ireland’s Olympic hopes alive.

Shoot-out queens end years of pain with ticket to Tokyo

Shoot-out queens end years of pain with ticket to Tokyo

November 4, 2019 | 50 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s shoot-out queens are Tokyo-bound as Ayeisha McFerran added another glorious entry into her own sporting folklore with three incredible shoot-out saves.

Dancer admits it wasn’t pretty after first leg stalemate

Dancer admits it wasn’t pretty after first leg stalemate

November 3, 2019 | 777 views | Leave a comment

Sean Dancer admitted “it wasn’t pretty” as the first leg of the Irish women’s Olympic qualifiers double-header in a rain-soaked 0-0 draw at Energia Park in Donnybrook against Canada.

Video nasty sting in the tail ends Irish men’s Tokyo 2020 vision

Video nasty sting in the tail ends Irish men’s Tokyo 2020 vision

October 28, 2019 | 64 views | Leave a comment

“The video umpire should hang his head in shame.” Captain Jonathan Bell’s summation will be echoed around the Irish hockey world as a video review decision with one second to go denied his side a place at the 2020 Olympic Games.

“Job only half-done” for O’Donoghue and Green Machine

“Job only half-done” for O’Donoghue and Green Machine

October 27, 2019 | 335 views | Leave a comment

Ireland will take a two goal lead into the second leg of their Olympic qualifier against Canada tomorrow after beating the hosts 5-3 in Vancouver today.  A goal from Chris Cargo and two each from Shane O’Donoghue and Sean Murray gave Ireland the win in an impressive performance.  Man-of-the-match O’Donoghue attributed the win to the […]

Green Machine rediscover mojo to build important half-time advantage

Green Machine rediscover mojo to build important half-time advantage

October 27, 2019 | 569 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s men put themselves into a golden position to claim a second successive Olympic spot as they will carry a two-goal lead into the second leg in west Vancouver.

Tumilty’s Ireland primed for Olympic showdown in Vancouver

Tumilty’s Ireland primed for Olympic showdown in Vancouver

October 26, 2019 | 401 views | Leave a comment

Mark Tumilty his Ireland team are primed and fully motivated for this weekend’s Olympic qualification showdown with Canada in Vancouver. Speaking after yesterday’s captain’s run to Eoin Luc O’Ceallaigh, the Ireland boss said that his team were ‘buzzing’ to put the disappointing European campaign behind them. “We’ve come off the back of a disappointment. We’ve […]

Tumilty says Irish side getting their mojo going ahead of Olympic qualifier

Tumilty says Irish side getting their mojo going ahead of Olympic qualifier

October 23, 2019 | 362 views | Leave a comment

Safely installed in Vancouver, new Irish coach Mark Tumilty says the Irish men’s squad are bubbling up nicely for their two-legged Olympic qualifier against Canada.

O’Donoghue says Irish men in good place for Olympic qualifiers

O’Donoghue says Irish men in good place for Olympic qualifiers

October 22, 2019 | 426 views | Leave a comment

Shane O’Donoghue says Ireland are in a good place ahead of their huge men’s Olympic qualifiers next weekend at Rutledge Field in Vancouver.

Tumilty keen to deploy players in preferred positions for Olympic qualifier

Tumilty keen to deploy players in preferred positions for Olympic qualifier

October 9, 2019 | 737 views | Leave a comment

Mark Tumilty says he is keen to seeing his Ireland side getting back to deploying players in their regular positions as he announced his Olympic qualifiers panel to meet Canada on October 26 and 27.

Pels and Hockey Ireland grasping unique chance to promote the sport with ambitious qualifiers project

Pels and Hockey Ireland grasping unique chance to promote the sport with ambitious qualifiers project

September 19, 2019 | 262 views | Leave a comment

Hockey Ireland CEO Jerome Pels says the sport is grasping a “unique set of circumstances” at the launch of the ambitious project to host November’s Olympic qualifiers at Energia Park in Donnybrook.

Raw materials there to make major Olympic push, says new boss Tumilty

Raw materials there to make major Olympic push, says new boss Tumilty

September 19, 2019 | 379 views | Leave a comment

New coach Mark Tumilty says it is crucial to get the Irish men’s side back playing with a smile on their face for the helter-skelter six-week preparation phase for the Olympic qualifiers in west Vancouver against Canada.

Final preparations in place for Olympic qualifiers for both sides as China visit Dublin this weekend

Final preparations in place for Olympic qualifiers for both sides as China visit Dublin this weekend

September 17, 2019 | 526 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s men are to play recently-crowned European and reigning world champions Belgium in an away international next month after two games with France in Bordeaux to prepare for their upcoming Olympic qualifying double-header with Canada in Vancouver

Tumilty to lead Irish men’s Olympic bid

Tumilty to lead Irish men’s Olympic bid

September 14, 2019 | 515 views | Leave a comment

Mark Tumilty will head up the Irish senior men’s team as head coach with assistance from Jason Lee for their upcoming Olympic qualifier campaign in Canada in October.

Donnybrook Stadium to be host venue for women’s Olympic qualifiers

Donnybrook Stadium to be host venue for women’s Olympic qualifiers

September 11, 2019 | 302 views | Leave a comment

Hockey Ireland have confirmed ambitious plans to install a drop-in pitch at Donnybrook’s Energia Park for the women’s side’s Olympic qualifiers which take place on November 2nd and 3rd against Canada.

Green Machine set for tough but doable away date in West Vancouver

Green Machine set for tough but doable away date in West Vancouver

September 9, 2019 | 780 views | Leave a comment

Given the chance from the offers on the table, the Irish men would likely have plumped for a trip to West Vancouver to face Canada for a place at the Tokyo Olympics.

McCay and Watkins’ full focus on finally reaching Olympic promised land with Canada date set in stone

McCay and Watkins’ full focus on finally reaching Olympic promised land with Canada date set in stone

September 9, 2019 | 622 views | Leave a comment

When the glitchy live draw stream suddenly popped up with Ireland’s women facing Canada, it elicited staccato laughter and the odd cheer and hand-clap from the fully assembled Green Army squad.

FIH launch Hockey Series as Ireland get ready for over 80 international ties in 2018

FIH launch Hockey Series as Ireland get ready for over 80 international ties in 2018

May 4, 2018 | 763 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s men and women will skip through to the second phase of the new Olympic and World Cup process which the FIH formally launched this week, entitled the Hockey Series.

Half-century milestone was not on the radar – O’Flanagan

Half-century milestone was not on the radar – O’Flanagan

January 23, 2017 | 911 views | Leave a comment

In addition to sweeping to World League Round 2 glory in Kuala Lumpur, Irish players scooped all of the individual awards with Anna O’Flanagan landing both the top scorer and player of the tournament prizes

Outstanding Ireland add gold to WL3 ticket

Outstanding Ireland add gold to WL3 ticket

January 22, 2017 | 1,393 views | Leave a comment

Graham Shaw described Ireland’s 3-0 win over Malaysia as “outstanding” as they beat the hosts 3-0, adding that the tournament will act as a benchmark for exciting times ahead.