International Qualifiers

Watt lights up gritty Chilean win

Watt lights up gritty Chilean win

March 15, 2012 | 204 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 | 117 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 | 82 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 | 154 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 | 351 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 | 222 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 | 167 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.

Irish men bid to end 104 year Olympic wait

Irish men bid to end 104 year Olympic wait

March 9, 2012 | 201 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 | 146 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 | 111 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 | 269 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 | 142 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 | 229 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 | 144 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 | 233 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 | 149 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 | 196 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 | 120 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 | 102 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 | 292 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.