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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.