Both Alex Speers and Gene Muller described Ireland’s gritty 3-2 win over Spain as the best of their Irish careers as they moved Ireland to within one game of the Olympic Games.
The Hook’s minute by minute coverage of Ireland’s vital fourth game in the Olympic qualifiers. They face Spain at 3.30pm (Irish time) with victory assuring them of a place in Sunday’s final
Second half doubles from Audrey O’Flynn and Emma Smyth finally got Ireland over the hump of world number 30 side Mexico as they eventually ran out 5-0 winners against the minnows at the women’s Olympic qualifying tournament
The Irish men’s Olympic dream went up in smoke in agonising fashion as a free-in nine seconds from time found a feint touch, too feint for the umpire to initially spot, to hand Korea a last-gasp 3-2 win
Ireland’s women continued their excellent start to their Olympic qualifying campaign in Beerschot as their penalty corner routine yielded three flicks and three more points for the green army.
Ukraine saved their best to last as Artem Ozerskyi’s corner double handed them a first win of the competition and fifth place ahead of Chile, a side who beat them a day earlier.
Ireland’s women survived an early fright to get their Athlon FIH Road to London campaign underway with a 5-1 win over France in Beerschot, Belgium
Paul Revington paid tribute to an immaculate closing 15 minutes as Ireland grittily reeled in the Malaysian lead to earn the draw they merited to go at least one step further than four years ago.
John Jermyn hailed it “the most important” drag-flick he has ever scored. Should Sunday go to plan, his 60th minute ripper may not last too long at that status as Ireland now have a bumper, winner takes all shot at the Olympics.
Korea eased into the final of the men’s Olympic qualifiers as two early goals against Russia killed off the tie as a contest with plenty of time to spare.
Day of reckoning for Ireland as they face Malaysia for a final berth in the Olympic qualifiers; Russia and Korea start the day at 10am, Chile face Ukraine in a bottle of the table clash at 12.30pm
One of six survivors from Canada four years ago, Alex Speers and her Irish panel are taking nothing for granted as they begin their Olympic Qualifying tournament on St Patrick’s Day in Beerschot, Belgium
Irish assistant coach Arul Anthoni says the emotional element of facing his native Malaysia has dimmed over the past three years and will not be a major factor when the two sides clash in their vital Olympic qualifying date
A Mikey Watt double nudged Ireland’s hopes of a first Olympic hockey berth since 1908 a touch closer but the tournament format means the real battles lie further ahead
A goal in each half saw Russia make it two wins in-a-row to close in on a third place playoff as they had the edge on neighbouring Ukraine.
Another big day in the Olympic qualifiers; we have live updates starting at 1pm from Russia vs Ukraine before Korea and Malaysia face in the day’s key game at 3.30pm; Ireland’s challenge continues at 6pm
Due to medical advice, Conor Harte has been ruled out of the remainder of the Olympic qualifier; Dublin has been announced as the venue for the European U-18 girl’s nations championships; school’s finals submissions
Malaysia made it three wins from three but were ultimately underwhelming against a determined Ukrainian defensive effort which did a good job at stifling the Asian side’s corner efforts.
Ireland ran up their second biggest win of all time as they put Ukraine to the sword; Malaysia’s corner routine saw them a recovering a potentially threatening 2-0 deficit to beat Russia; Korea wore down Chile
Paul Revington admitted his Ireland side need to clean up a few “mental” aspects after their game after a 6-1 win over Russia; Malaysia and Korea got their campaign off to winning starts with emphatic wins.