International Qualifiers

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 | 193 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 | 345 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 | 481 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 | 494 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 | 208 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 | 765 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 | 572 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 | 756 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 | 902 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 | 1,114 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 | 540 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 | 611 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 | 538 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 | 528 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 | 883 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 | 792 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 | 2,554 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 | 1,710 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 | 919 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 | 1,232 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.