International Qualifiers

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

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

January 23, 2017 | 724 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 | 880 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.

Mission accomplished as two goals in two minute blitz powers Irish women to fine win

Mission accomplished as two goals in two minute blitz powers Irish women to fine win

January 21, 2017 | 491 views | Leave a comment

Mission complete in Kuala Lumpur as Ireland’s women defeated Wales 2-0 to guarantee at least a top two finish at World League Round 2 with Yvonne O’Byrne and Anna O’Flanagan striking quick succession to underpin the win.

Ireland’s women a win away from World League Round 3

Ireland’s women a win away from World League Round 3

January 20, 2017 | 503 views | Leave a comment

Ireland are a win away from progression to World League Round 3 and a massive step closer to potential World Cup 2018 qualification.

O’Flanagan reaches half century in rout of Singapore

O’Flanagan reaches half century in rout of Singapore

January 19, 2017 | 395 views | Leave a comment

Anna O’Flanagan passed the 50-goal mark for Ireland as she continued her incredible scoring feats in Kuala Lumpur, helping the green army to a comprehensive win over Singapore.

Nine second half goals belatedly breaks down Hong Kong’s all-out defence

Nine second half goals belatedly breaks down Hong Kong’s all-out defence

January 17, 2017 | 450 views | Leave a comment

Graham Shaw says his Irish women’s side will work on their “conversion rate” despite a 10-0 win over Hong Kong that saw them top their initial World League Round 2 group in Kuala Lumpur.

Ireland survive physical contest to beat WL2 hosts

Ireland survive physical contest to beat WL2 hosts

January 16, 2017 | 767 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s women survived a major scare from hosts Malaysia to record their second win of World League Round2 in Kuala Lumpur as goals from Chloe Watkins and Anna O’Flanagan earned a 2-1 win.

Ireland’s dozen far too good for Kazakhstan

Ireland’s dozen far too good for Kazakhstan

January 14, 2017 | 683 views | Leave a comment

Irish coach Graham Shaw knows bigger challenges await after his green army trampled over Kazakhstan with a clean dozen as Anna O’Flanagan and Nikki Evans racked up the goals.

Olympic qualification takes two Pan-Am twists

Olympic qualification takes two Pan-Am twists

July 24, 2015 | 2,452 views | Comments (1)

The Irish men’s Olympic hopes took a couple of twists during the week with the news that Brazil and Canada have confirmed their place at Rio 2016 via the Pan-American Games.

The Road To Rio: how Ireland stand right now

The Road To Rio: how Ireland stand right now

June 19, 2015 | 1,653 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s defeat to China has denied them one of three direct tickets to the Olympic Games. There is still an outside chance of Darren Smith’s side qualifying but it requires a series of permutations to work in their favour, allied to a couple of wins over the weekend.

O’Byrne comes in for Carroll in WL3 panel

O’Byrne comes in for Carroll in WL3 panel

May 29, 2015 | 837 views | Leave a comment

Yvonne O’Byrne’s inclusion at the expense of Naomi Carroll is the one change in Ireland women’s panel for Darren Smith’s World League 3 panel as they bid to become the first team to qualify for the Olympic Games.

Road to Rio mapped out for Irish teams

Road to Rio mapped out for Irish teams

March 27, 2015 | 1,178 views | Leave a comment

The Road to Rio was outlined this week for both the Irish men and women with the confirmation of their respective schedules at the World League semi-finals this summer.

Connery and McFerran shoot Ireland to World League Round 2 trophy

Connery and McFerran shoot Ireland to World League Round 2 trophy

March 22, 2015 | 1,038 views | Leave a comment

Aine Connery’s nerveless penalty saw Ireland land the UDG Healthcare World League Round 2 title at Belfield, completing a perfect week with a final victory over Canada.

Ireland in seventh heaven as picture perfect performance sees Smith’s side through to WL3

Ireland in seventh heaven as picture perfect performance sees Smith’s side through to WL3

March 21, 2015 | 833 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s women put in a breathtaking first half performance to seal progression to the final phase of the Olympic qualifying process as they beat Belarus 7-0 at the UDG Healthcare World League Round 2 in Belfield.

Ireland bound for Belgium after SA fall to Egypt

Ireland bound for Belgium after SA fall to Egypt

March 20, 2015 | 680 views | Leave a comment

While the Irish women push forward their Olympic agenda at Belfield this week, Craig Fulton’s men’s team have been given another nudge forward from an unexpected source.

Evans and Frazer find route past Lithuania’s parked bus

Evans and Frazer find route past Lithuania’s parked bus

March 19, 2015 | 501 views | Leave a comment

Scarcely entertaining but Ireland got the job done and took another assured performance step forward in the Olympic qualification process with a 2-0 quarter-final win over Lithuania in Belfield in the UDG Healthcare World League Round Two.

Unlucky 13 for inexperienced Turkey as Ireland show ruthless streak to top Pool A

Unlucky 13 for inexperienced Turkey as Ireland show ruthless streak to top Pool A

March 17, 2015 | 659 views | Leave a comment

Ireland proved far too strong for Turkey to complete their UDG Healthcare World League Round 2 with a huge 13-0 win, with Naomi Carroll netting four times at Belfield.

Dillon delight as Ireland make it two wins from two

Dillon delight as Ireland make it two wins from two

March 15, 2015 | 933 views | Leave a comment

Set piece goals from Aine Connery and Kate Dillon saw Ireland make it two wins from two at the UDG Healthcare World League Round 2 in Belfield, seeing off Canada 2-1; there were also wins for Ukraine, Chile and Austria

Five-star Ireland cruise past sluggish Ukraine

Five-star Ireland cruise past sluggish Ukraine

March 14, 2015 | 474 views | Leave a comment

Ireland cruised to a powerful opening victory in Pool A of the UDG Healthcare Hockey World League Round 2, beating Ukraine 5-0 at Belfield; Canada made a confident first step forward as they saw off the world number 38 side Turkey; Belarus and Chile also win on day one

Ireland add gold to Olympic progression as O’Donoghue shoots down Austria

Ireland add gold to Olympic progression as O’Donoghue shoots down Austria

March 9, 2015 | 1,196 views | Comments (1)

Player of the tournament Shane O’Donoghue was once again the goal-scoring hero as his 35th minute goal saw Ireland beat Austria 2-1 in San Diego, capping a superb week with a sixth successive victory.