International Qualifiers

Irish men bid to end 104 year Olympic wait

Irish men bid to end 104 year Olympic wait

March 9, 2012 | 191 views | Comments (13)

The most anticipated tournament in Ireland since the mid-1990s, Ireland’s men begin their bid to qualify for the Olympic Games since 1908 tomorrow at Belfield.

Spirit of Parana key for Ireland: Colvin

Spirit of Parana key for Ireland: Colvin

March 7, 2012 | 143 views | Leave a comment

Lizzie Colvin hopes to summon the spirit of Parana when the Irish women travel to Antwerp in the next fortnight for their Olympic qualifying tournament.

Jermyn given late chance to prove fitness

Jermyn given late chance to prove fitness

March 1, 2012 | 107 views | Comments (5)

Paul Revington has given John Jermyn a chance to prove himself ahead of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, naming him in the Ireland men’s squad pending a final fitness assessment.

Speers and Clarke winning OQT fitness race

Speers and Clarke winning OQT fitness race

March 1, 2012 | 260 views | Comments (2)

Gene Muller says his captain Alex Speers and vice-captain Emma Clarke are winning their race against time to be fit in time for this month’s Olympic qualifiers in Beerschot, Belgium.

Huge turnout for Irish players meet and greet

Huge turnout for Irish players meet and greet

February 29, 2012 | 131 views | Comments (4)

Capitalising on the upcoming Olympic Qualifying Tournament which gets underway on March 10 in Belfield, over 325 boys from 24 clubs were in UCD last Sunday for a meet and greet with the Irish men’s senior hockey players.

Gormley’s focus guiding Irish men at OQT

Gormley’s focus guiding Irish men at OQT

February 29, 2012 | 219 views | Comments (1)

Four years ago, the Irish men’s Olympic dream unwound in gut-wrenching fashion in New Zealand. A heart-breaking experience but not one which Irish men’s captain Ronan Gormley has dwelt on ahead of this year’s qualifier

Irish men set to host Olympic qualifier

Irish men set to host Olympic qualifier

November 13, 2011 | 136 views | Comments (8)

Ireland men’s Olympic hopes received a huge boost yesterday afternoon as the International Hockey Federation confirmed Dublin as the host city for one of the three qualifying tournaments for London 2012.

Healy back as O’Halloran withdraws from CPP

Healy back as O’Halloran withdraws from CPP

October 25, 2011 | 209 views | Comments (8)

Louisa Healy is the big returnee to Gene Muller’s latest Irish centralised training panel which was announced this afternoon, providing extra competition for the goalkeeping spots.

News in brief: Hermes Switzerland-bound; IHA tender for OCQ; Launch of Hooked for Life

News in brief: Hermes Switzerland-bound; IHA tender for OCQ; Launch of Hooked for Life

October 10, 2011 | 143 views | Leave a comment

Hermes found out where their European adventure will take them in late May; IHA bid for newly available Olympic qualifier and are set to roll out new long-term development initiative

Olympic qualifiers narrowed down after Euros

Olympic qualifiers narrowed down after Euros

August 29, 2011 | 187 views | Comments (6)

Following the completion of the European championships, the picture for Olympic qualification has cleared up somewhat with five automatic places confirmed while 17 nations have been placed into the second chance, qualifier mix.

South Africa second half storm downs Japan; Scotland enjoy USA Judge-ment day

South Africa second half storm downs Japan; Scotland enjoy USA Judge-ment day

June 19, 2011 | 116 views | Leave a comment

Scotland continued their fine start to the Champion’s Challenge as the tournament’s lowest ranked side added to yesterday’s tie with South Africa with a gritty win over the USA – eight places their senior in the world list.

Men and women to face world champs

Men and women to face world champs

June 1, 2011 | 100 views | Leave a comment

The IHA today confirmed Ireland’s men will play in a Five Nations tournament featuring world number ones Australia as well as Korea (currently sixth in the world) as part of their European championships build-up.

Ireland prosper but Malaysia secure INSEP title

Ireland prosper but Malaysia secure INSEP title

August 29, 2010 | 287 views | Leave a comment

Ireland kept up their half of the bargain in their bid to claim the inaugural INSEP Five Nations title but ultimately had to settle for second place as Malaysia’s 4-2 win over hosts France sealed the title in their favour.

Penalty decision key as Ireland downed

Penalty decision key as Ireland downed

May 2, 2010 | 67 views | Leave a comment

Women’s hockey World Cup Qualifiers – day seven Ireland 1 (Alex Speers) Australia 4 (Hope Munro 2, Nicole Arrold, Shelly Liddelow) Ireland produced a strong showing but ultimately closed out their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 4-1 defeat against the mighty Australia. The scoreline, though, was flattering to the hockeyroos but was good enough […]

Australia within point of qualification

Australia within point of qualification

May 1, 2010 | 65 views | Leave a comment

World Cup Qualifiers – Day Five Australia 2 (Casey Eastham, Madonna Blyth) Scotland 1 (Holly Cram) Scotland gave Australia a reasonable scare in Santiago on Friday but nonetheless got the win that put them on the edge of a place in the World Cup, needing just a point from their game with Ireland on Sunday […]

Ireland bow out after Scot's WCQ loss

Ireland bow out after Scot's WCQ loss

April 29, 2010 | 80 views | Leave a comment

Women’s hockey World Cup Qualifiers – day four Ireland 0 Scotland 2 (Alison Bell, Vikki Bunce) Ireland’s mathematical chances of reaching the World Cup were ended this afternoon in Santiago and, while there was more life to their performance, a lack of real incision cost them dear against a zesty Scottish outfit. The Scots showed […]

Malaysia lay waste to Irish dreams

Malaysia lay waste to Irish dreams

April 28, 2010 | 104 views | Leave a comment

Women’s Hockey World Cup Qualifier Ireland 0 Malaysia 3 (Norbiani Hashim, Rabiatul Mohamad, Norazlin Sumantri) Gene Muller described Ireland’s performance as “the weakest for over the past two or three years” as they were left deflated by a sub-par performance this afternoon in Santiago to leave their World Cup dreams in tatters. Malaysia bossed the […]

Muller zones in on tricky Malaysian tie

Muller zones in on tricky Malaysian tie

April 28, 2010 | 83 views | Leave a comment

After a turbulent build-up, Ireland finally get to do their talking on the pitch this afternoon at the revised time of 12pm (5pm, Irish time) when they go begin their search for a place at the World Cup in Argentina next August. They start out against Malaysia this afternoon, beginning a hectic run of four […]

Chile bounce back to take Malaysian scalp

Chile bounce back to take Malaysian scalp

April 27, 2010 | 95 views | Leave a comment

World Cup Qualifiers (day two) Javiera Villagra’s second half penalty stroke enabled Chile to bounce back from their opening day defeat to Australia as they put Malaysia on the back foot with a 1-0 win on a gloomy afternoon in Santiago. The home team’s skipper was the stand-out player in a low quality affair which […]

Australia enjoy comfortable WCQ start

Australia enjoy comfortable WCQ start

April 25, 2010 | 81 views | Leave a comment

As three flagpoles stood unadorned (pictured right), Australia and Chile opened the World Cup Qualifier in Santiago in front of a large crowd at the impressive Manquehue complex with the pre-tournament favourites running up a comfortable 5-0 victory. Scarcely did they need any help but the Aussies from three tamely awarded corners, the first of […]