International Qualifiers

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 | 1,258 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.

O’Donoghue double shoots Ireland to World League 3

O’Donoghue double shoots Ireland to World League 3

March 7, 2015 | 562 views | Leave a comment

A pair of Shane O’Donoghue penalty corners around the 40-minute mark saw Ireland win through to the final of the Hockey World League round two in San Diego. More importantly, the result means Ireland are into WL3 when the Olympic qualifying places will be doled out.

Explosive dozen does for T&T as Ireland move step closer to World League 3 place

Explosive dozen does for T&T as Ireland move step closer to World League 3 place

March 5, 2015 | 657 views | Leave a comment

Ireland powered through to the semi-finals of the World League round two with a 12-2 win over Trinidad and Tobago with nine different scorers on the mark in San Diego.

Italian job complete as Ireland top WL2 group

Italian job complete as Ireland top WL2 group

March 3, 2015 | 604 views | Leave a comment

Ireland topped their World League round two group with a third straight win in San Diego, seeing off Italy 2-0 despite being slightly wasteful with their many chances.

Ireland defy sodden San Diego turf to beat Austria

Ireland defy sodden San Diego turf to beat Austria

March 2, 2015 | 987 views | Leave a comment

Ireland made it two wins from two at the World League Round Two at a rain-soaked Chula Vista in San Diego, seeing off a tricky Austrian opponent 3-1 to add to Saturday’s 8-0 win over Chile.

Acclimitisation complete as Fulton’s Ireland ready to formally begin Olympic qualifying bid

Acclimitisation complete as Fulton’s Ireland ready to formally begin Olympic qualifying bid

February 26, 2015 | 1,061 views | Comments (2)

After nine warm-up matches in 2015 already, Craig Fulton’s Irish senior men formally start their Olympic qualifying bid at Chula Vista in California at the World League round two, needing a top three finish to keep their road to Rio on course.

T&T complete World League group for Ireland’s men

T&T complete World League group for Ireland’s men

October 8, 2014 | 352 views | Leave a comment

Trinidad and Tobago have completed the line-up for the Irish men’s World League group in San Diego following the completion of the latest round one tournament in Kingston, Jamaica.

Road to Rio becomes slightly clearer for Irish teams

Road to Rio becomes slightly clearer for Irish teams

September 16, 2014 | 901 views | Comments (1)

Ireland’s road to Rio 2016 became a little clearer over the weekend with the line-up for the women’s World League round two complete while two more teams have been added to the men’s tournament.

Fulton lays out Green Machine programme for Road to Rio Olympic Games

Fulton lays out Green Machine programme for Road to Rio Olympic Games

August 20, 2014 | 975 views | Leave a comment

Irish men’s senior coach Craig Fulton has laid out an extensive day-by-day plan up to the end of August 2015 that he is keen that all stakeholders, including club coaches get on board with, as they pursue the Olympic dream.

First step on Road to Rio laid out for Irish teams

First step on Road to Rio laid out for Irish teams

December 19, 2013 | 781 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s men are bound for Lancaster, USA for round two of the World League as part of their Olympic qualification bid while the women have been handed a trip to Montevideo, Uruguay in round two of the competition;; national indoor champions to be crowned on Sunday

Harte and passion sees Ireland summon incredible six-goal turnaround

Harte and passion sees Ireland summon incredible six-goal turnaround

June 22, 2013 | 227 views | Comments (3)

From the ridiculous to the sublime, Ireland produced a psychologically vital comeback 6-4 win over France after a rough tournament in Rotterdam to end up matching their pre-tournament ranking.

Padros controversial effort leaves Ireland reviewing end of World Cup dream

Padros controversial effort leaves Ireland reviewing end of World Cup dream

June 21, 2013 | 242 views | Comments (5)

Barring a European miracle, Ireland will miss out on the 2014 World Cup as a controversial Roger Padros goal saw Spain advance to the fifth place playoff of the World League round three in Rotterdam.

Belgium hit Ireland for six despite improved showing in WL3

Belgium hit Ireland for six despite improved showing in WL3

June 19, 2013 | 269 views | Comments (12)

Ireland missed out on their first shot at qualifying for the World Cup this afternoon in Rotterdam as Belgium were too strong for Andrew Meredith’s side despite a much improved performance.

Netherlands blow away abject Irish performance

Netherlands blow away abject Irish performance

June 17, 2013 | 246 views | Comments (18)

Ireland’s harrowing 5-0 defeat at the hands of Olympic silver medallists the Netherlands in Rotterdam last night has left a daunting path ahead of them if they are to reach a first World Cup since 1990.

Blacksticks intensity sees off inconsistent Irish

Blacksticks intensity sees off inconsistent Irish

June 15, 2013 | 170 views | Leave a comment

New Zealand’s second half intensity put punished a lack-lustre Irish performance that showed the gap they still have to bridge to mix it at the top table of world hockey.

World League 3: top four target for Ireland in Rotterdam to guarantee World Cup berth

World League 3: top four target for Ireland in Rotterdam to guarantee World Cup berth

June 12, 2013 | 208 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s men’s hockey team begins their most important tournament since last March’s Olympic qualifier as they bid to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1990; full preview featuring review of potential opposition, interview links and World Cup qualification info

Maguire ready for “highest calibre” tournament of career

Maguire ready for “highest calibre” tournament of career

June 12, 2013 | 139 views | Comments (2)

Phelie Maguire admits that thoughts did persist that he might “not realistically get another chance” of playing in a top level tournament but he is now looking to shine having enjoyed a new lease of life in green since Andrew Meredith took the coaching reins.

Buser, Rollins and Lorimer called up to 30-man Irish men’s selection

Buser, Rollins and Lorimer called up to 30-man Irish men’s selection

April 16, 2013 | 333 views | Comments (26)

Daniel Buser, Matthew Rollins and James Lorimer have all earned spots in Andrew Meredith’s 30-player panel that will convene for the preparations for June’s World League round three in Rotterdam.

Gierts’ triple ends second Irish Olympic dream

Gierts’ triple ends second Irish Olympic dream

March 26, 2012 | 160 views | Comments (16)

A second Irish Olympic hockey dream went up in smoke within seven days as Belgium proved an all-round superior force in Kontich yesterday, barely offering a glimmer of hope in a comprehensive result.

O’Flynn injury key concern ahead of OQT final

O’Flynn injury key concern ahead of OQT final

March 24, 2012 | 192 views | Comments (1)

Ireland’s women were left fretting the possible absence of top scorer Audrey O’Flynn for their all-or-nothing Olympic qualifying game tomorrow in Kontich, Belgium.