International Qualifiers

“Best ever” win gives Ireland Olympic shoot-out

“Best ever” win gives Ireland Olympic shoot-out

March 22, 2012 | 212 views | Comments (5)

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.

Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament – day four

Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament – day four

March 22, 2012 | 119 views | Comments (1)

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

Irish women win away from OQT final

Irish women win away from OQT final

March 21, 2012 | 114 views | Leave a comment

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

Heartbreak for Irish Olympic dream as Lee touch wins it in Belfield

Heartbreak for Irish Olympic dream as Lee touch wins it in Belfield

March 19, 2012 | 217 views | Comments (17)

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

O’Flynn double guides Ireland to second win

O’Flynn double guides Ireland to second win

March 19, 2012 | 108 views | Leave a comment

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.

Ozerskyi powers Ukraine to fifth

Ozerskyi powers Ukraine to fifth

March 18, 2012 | 103 views | Leave a comment

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.

Five alive for Irish women after early scare

Five alive for Irish women after early scare

March 17, 2012 | 432 views | Comments (1)

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

Closing quarter measure of Irish leadership

Closing quarter measure of Irish leadership

March 17, 2012 | 112 views | Comments (3)

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.

Jermyn raises roof to set up Olympic decider

Jermyn raises roof to set up Olympic decider

March 17, 2012 | 213 views | Comments (2)

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 claim first OQT final berth; Chile get morale edge over Ukraine

Korea claim first OQT final berth; Chile get morale edge over Ukraine

March 17, 2012 | 216 views | Leave a comment

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.

Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament – day five

Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament – day five

March 17, 2012 | 115 views | Comments (14)

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

Victorian experience key motivator for Speers as Ireland seek to right OQT memories

Victorian experience key motivator for Speers as Ireland seek to right OQT memories

March 16, 2012 | 92 views | Leave a comment

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

No Malaysian emotional hang-up for Anthoni

No Malaysian emotional hang-up for Anthoni

March 16, 2012 | 130 views | Leave a comment

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

Watt lights up gritty Chilean win

Watt lights up gritty Chilean win

March 15, 2012 | 199 views | Leave a comment

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

Korea deny Malaysia at the last; Russia close in on third place playoff

Korea deny Malaysia at the last; Russia close in on third place playoff

March 15, 2012 | 110 views | Leave a comment

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.

Olympic Qualifying Tournament – day four

Olympic Qualifying Tournament – day four

March 15, 2012 | 75 views | Comments (8)

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

News in brief: Harte ruled out of OQT

News in brief: Harte ruled out of OQT

March 15, 2012 | 150 views | Comments (3)

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

Ireland rue indiscipline but garner Korean draw; Malaysia top the pool overnight

Ireland rue indiscipline but garner Korean draw; Malaysia top the pool overnight

March 13, 2012 | 325 views | Comments (12)

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 record second biggest all-time win; Malaysia and Korea both two from two

Ireland record second biggest all-time win; Malaysia and Korea both two from two

March 11, 2012 | 212 views | Comments (1)

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

Imperfect performance but Ireland net six; Asian sides show early strength

Imperfect performance but Ireland net six; Asian sides show early strength

March 10, 2012 | 158 views | Leave a comment

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.