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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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