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