International Qualifiers

Belgian blitz downs Ireland

Belgian blitz downs Ireland

November 17, 2009 | 91 views | Comments (11)

World Cup Qualifers Ireland 0 Belgium 3 (J Truyens, J Dekeyser, B van Hove) Ireland crashed to a 3-0 loss to world number nine side Belgium in Quilmes, Argentina last night to deal a severe blow to their hopes of taking the last remaining place in the 2010 Wold Cup. The Irish fell behind to […]

Revington upbeat ahead of Belgian tie

Revington upbeat ahead of Belgian tie

November 17, 2009 | 99 views | Comments (11)

Paul Revington speaks to WorldHockey Ireland coach Paul Revington gave his thoughts (above) to World Hockey in the wake of the 4-1 win over Chile and about what he expects from today’s crucial game against Belgium. The match tips off at 7.45pm (Irish time) in Quilmes. Meanwhile, Pembroke will play Dublin University tonight in a […]

Sothern hat-trick sees Ireland struggle past Chile

Sothern hat-trick sees Ireland struggle past Chile

November 15, 2009 | 87 views | Comments (7)

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_9KeHIKYys&hl=en_US&fs=1&] * Video courtesy of TazVideoSport World Cup Qualifier Ireland 4 (Alan Sothern 3, John Jermyn) Chile 1 (Thomas Kannegniesser) Four second half goals belatedly eased the nerves but, despite a better connected performance than Saturday’s disjointed 6-1 hammering of USA, Ireland endured a stern test against a resolute Chile. Last time out, Ireland comprehensively […]

Ireland open with thumping win

Ireland open with thumping win

November 14, 2009 | 86 views | Comments (6)

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfEVIr21pJw&hl=en_US&fs=1&] World Cup Qualifier Ireland 6 (Mikey Watt 3, Stephen Butler 2, Mitch Darling) USA 1 (Nate Coolidge) Ireland swept past the challenge of the USA in Ireland produced a confidence-building 6-1 thrashing over the USA – ranked just one rung below them on the world list – to lead their World Cup Qualifying group […]

Ireland aim to bridge 19-year gap

Ireland aim to bridge 19-year gap

November 14, 2009 | 75 views | Comments (2)

The time for talking is over. After a hectic summer of action, the Irish men face their biggest challenge of 2009 as they endeavour to reach their first major tournament since the 1990 World Cup in Lahore. They go into this week’s World Cup Qualifiers in Argentina with less than ideal preparation with David Hobbs […]

Revington dealt double injury blow

Revington dealt double injury blow

November 9, 2009 | 85 views | Comments (30)

Paul Revington was dealt a huge blow on the eve of Ireland’s World Cup Qualifying campaign as both Joe Brennan (below, right) and David Hobbs (left) were ruled out of the trip to Argentina. The Irish team flew out to South America this morning without the duo as they both lost their race against time to be […]

Gleghorne the surprise inclusion in WCQ squad

Gleghorne the surprise inclusion in WCQ squad

October 22, 2009 | 92 views | Comments (16)

Loughborough’s Paul Gleghorne is the surprise inclusion in Paul Revington’s 18-strong panel for the World Cup qualifiers, which take place from November 14-22. The rangy defender has impressed since making his senior Irish debut in the summer and receives his first call-up to a major tournament. Revington said of Gleghorne’s inclusion: “Paul brings good personal […]

EuroHockey Nations: Ireland retain A status

EuroHockey Nations: Ireland retain A status

August 29, 2009 | 100 views | Leave a comment

Ireland 1 (Lisa Jacob) Russia 1 (Olga Shentsova)In the final reckoning, the crucial statistic was that Ireland got the point they needed to survive in the A division, ultimately earning a fifth place to equal the country’s best ever finish in the competition – the other time being in Dublin in 2005. A couple of […]

Symmons cleared for Russia

Symmons cleared for Russia

August 28, 2009 | 112 views | Leave a comment

Following a review, Nikki Symmons has been cleared to play in Ireland’s final EuroHockey Nations Championships against Russia tomorrow morning (7.30am, Irish time). The midfielder received yellow cards against both Spain (dissent) and Azerbaijan (breaking down play) which made her liable to receive a one-game suspension and limit Ireland to four substitutes for their next […]

EuroHockey Nations: Ireland 2 Azerbaijan 1

EuroHockey Nations: Ireland 2 Azerbaijan 1

August 27, 2009 | 129 views | Leave a comment

Ireland 2 (Nikki Symmons, Alex Speers) Azerbaijan 1 (Zhun Mammadova)Ireland moved to the verge of survival in the A division of European competition for 2011 thanks to Alex Speers’ 64th minute goal against Azerbaijan today. It means Ireland need just a draw in their final relegation pool game against Russia on Saturday morning (7.30am, Irish […]

Irish relegation schedule confirmed

Irish relegation schedule confirmed

August 25, 2009 | 95 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s schedule for their relegation dog-fight sees them pitted against Azerbaijan at 1pm (Irish time) on Thursday afternoon before tipping off the women’s classification final’s day at 7.30am (Irish time) on Saturday. The series was decided late on Tuesday as the Netherlands late surge of goals against the Russians meant they swapped positions in the […]

EuroHockey Nations: Ireland 1 Spain 4

EuroHockey Nations: Ireland 1 Spain 4

August 25, 2009 | 192 views | Leave a comment

Ireland 1 (Cliodhna Sargent) Spain 4 (M Cruz, O Piniero, E Termens, S Bonastre)The final reckoning shows Ireland missed out on a first ever EuroHockey Nations Championships’ semi-final due to their 4-1 loss to Spain. Though their performance certainly did not merit that margin, results are what count and Ireland’s inability to put away more […]

Watch Ireland's women live…

Watch Ireland's women live…

August 24, 2009 | 153 views | Leave a comment

* Story has been amended since original post due to a timing error! Apologies for any inconvenience caused… To catch Ireland’s crucial match with Spain on Tuesday, your best bet is still to try and watch it online. The other links for live streaming online that I have to hand are from hockey.nl and NOS […]

EuroHockey Nations: Ireland 0 Scotland 0

EuroHockey Nations: Ireland 0 Scotland 0

August 23, 2009 | 142 views | Leave a comment

Ireland 0 Scotland 0Ireland flirted with disaster in their second group game against Scotland but ultimately were the side who came closest to stealing all three points after a second half onslaught. As such, combined with Spain’s 2-1 defeat to Germany in the day’s second game, the difference between one and three points does not […]

EuroHockey Nation's: Ireland 0 Germany 7

EuroHockey Nation's: Ireland 0 Germany 7

August 22, 2009 | 142 views | Leave a comment

Ireland 0 Germany 7 (A Kuhn, N Keller, F Rinne 2, M Stockel 2, J Muller)Ireland endured a torrid opener to their EuroHockey Nations Championship campaign as they were on the receiving end of a 7-0 thrashing from reigning champions Germany in Amsterdam this afternoon. It was never likely to prove a crucial result for […]

Ireland avoid direct EHL and WCQ clash

Ireland avoid direct EHL and WCQ clash

August 13, 2009 | 98 views | Leave a comment

The likelihood of both Glenanne and Pembroke’s international players being available for the EuroHockey League’s opening rounds was given a huge boost as both were confirmed to play in the first of the two weekends of group stages. Both clubs will play in Barcelona on the weekend of October 9 to 11, giving at least […]

Ireland can still improve – Revington

Ireland can still improve – Revington

August 10, 2009 | 111 views | Leave a comment

In the aftermath of Ireland’s EuroHockey Nations Trophy win in Wrexham, The Hook caught up with Paul Revington, Ronan Gormley and John Jermyn to get their thoughts on the final and the tournament as a whole. First off, Paul Revington was asked about the decider against Russia: “Performance-wise, the final was ok. I thought we […]

Jermyn double fires Ireland to Euro glory

Jermyn double fires Ireland to Euro glory

August 8, 2009 | 102 views | Leave a comment

Ireland 2 (John Jermyn 2) Russia 1 (Alexandre Plantonov)John Jermyn’s double completed a fairytale ending to an incredibly successful international summer which yielded three trophies as Ireland came from behind to beat Russia and take the EuroHockey Nation’s Trophy title in Wrexham. No doubt this was the biggest of the three titles – the others […]

Wales take bronze on home turf

Wales take bronze on home turf

August 8, 2009 | 128 views | Leave a comment

Wales 5 (Rick Gay 2, Rhys Joyce, Ben Edge, Ben Croxall) Czech Republic 2 (David Vacek, Jakub Kyndl)Wales produced their best hockey of the tournament to emulate the feat of their female counterparts to upset the pre-tournament rankings to claim bronze at the EuroHockey Nation’s Trophy. The home nation produced their most complete 70 minutes […]

EuroHockey Nation's Trophy: Live updates

EuroHockey Nation's Trophy: Live updates

August 8, 2009 | 78 views | Leave a comment

For live, minute-by-minute updates from the EuroHockey Nation’s Trophy final between Ireland and Russia, and indeed all the other classification games today, go to http://euronations2009.blogspot.com/ Ireland’s match gets underway at 5pm.