International Qualifiers

EuroHockey Nations: Day four round-up

EuroHockey Nations: Day four round-up

August 4, 2009 | 112 views | Leave a comment

Pool A: Italy 5 (Massimo Lanzano 3, Agustin Nunez, Federico Ardito) Belarus 5 (Ivan Kisliavich, Ihar Zyshchyk 2, Ihar Litouchanka, Aliaksandr Hancharou)Belarus and Italy will each take a point with them into the relegation pool after they played out an incredible 5-5 draw. After 15 chanceless minutes, one could scarcely have predicted the goalfest that […]

EuroHockey Nations: Day Three round-up

EuroHockey Nations: Day Three round-up

August 3, 2009 | 60 views | Leave a comment

Pool A: Russia 6 (Alexandre Platonov 2, Alexey Sergeev 2, Alexander Korolev, Alexander Likov) Belarus 1 (Ivan Ilyuschts)Russia confirmed their place in the semi-finals with as they hit near neighbours Belarus for six, joining Ireland in the last four of the EuroHockey Nation’s Trophy with a one series of pool games to go. After a […]

EuroHockey Nation's Trophy: Ireland 10 Italy 2

EuroHockey Nation's Trophy: Ireland 10 Italy 2

August 2, 2009 | 133 views | Leave a comment

Ireland 10 (John Jermyn 4, Eugene Magee 2, Mitch Darling, Peter Caruth, Stephen Butler, Timmy Cockram) Italy 2 (Massimo Lanzano, Agustin Nunez) Ireland all but ensured their place in the semi-finals of the EuroHockey Nation’s Trophy with an awesome ten-goal performance against hapless Italy. John Jermyn netted four while Stephen Butler scored on the day […]

EuroHockey Nation's Trophy: Day two round-up

EuroHockey Nation's Trophy: Day two round-up

August 2, 2009 | 148 views | Leave a comment

Pool B: Wales 1 (Ben Croxall) Czech Republic 1 (Tomas Prochazka) Wales were denied a second straight win by the towering Czech Republic goalkeeper Filip Neusser who pulled off a series of top drawer saves in a direct duel with Saturday’s hero Rick Gay. Neusser blocked out six drag-flicks – five from Gay’s stick and […]

EuroHockey Nations Trophy: Day One round-up

EuroHockey Nations Trophy: Day One round-up

August 1, 2009 | 99 views | Leave a comment

* Ireland vs Belarus match report can be found here. Live updates can be found here throughout each game. Photos from the day can be found here in the EuroHockey Nation panel Pool A: Russia 6 (Alexey Sergeev 3, Alexander Korolev 2, Alexander Likov) Italy 3 (William Cottam, Agustin Nunez, Daniele Malta)A second-half Alexey Sergeev […]

EuroHockey Nation's Trophy: Ireland 2 Belarus 1

EuroHockey Nation's Trophy: Ireland 2 Belarus 1

August 1, 2009 | 73 views | Leave a comment

Ireland 2 (John Jermyn, Alan Sothern) Belarus 1 (Ivan Kisialevich)It was hardly a thing of beauty but Ireland got their EuroHockey Nation’s Trophy campaign off to a winning start with a laboured 2-1 win over Belarus in Wrexham this morning. The Belarussians – with one online bookmaker offering 12/1 for them to win the game […]

U-16 girls end on a high

U-16 girls end on a high

July 24, 2009 | 82 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s U-16 girls produced their best performance of the Four Nation’s tournament in Largs today, comfortably beating Wales 2-0 to finish the tournament on a high. Joanne Orr broke the deadlock in the 25th minute with a right-wing shot before Amy-Kate Trevor got her second goal of the week to complete the scoring a minute […]

England get the better of Irish U-16s

England get the better of Irish U-16s

July 23, 2009 | 92 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s hopes of claiming either the boy’s or girl’s Four Nations trophy were all but dashed today by England, losing out 3-1 and 1-0, respectively, in Largs. The boys fell to a 3-1 defeat, leaving them requiring a favour from Scotland in the final round of games today. Brendan Creed gave England an early lead […]

Champion's Challenge II: Ireland denied on strokes

Champion's Challenge II: Ireland denied on strokes

July 12, 2009 | 82 views | Leave a comment

Poland 3 (Marcin Strykowski 2, Dariusz Rachwalski) Ireland 3 (Mikey Watt 2, John Jermyn); Poland win 5-4 on penaltiesIreland let the inaugural Champion’s Challenge II title slip through their fingers at Belfield this afternoon as they let a commanding lead and performance come unstuck in the closing stages of a pulsating final battle against Poland. […]

Champion's Challenge II: 3rd/4th playoff

Champion's Challenge II: 3rd/4th playoff

July 12, 2009 | 62 views | Leave a comment

France 4 (Freddie Soyez 2, Martin Genestet, Sebastian Jean-Jean) Malaysia 3 (Hafiz Hanifi, Selvaraju Sandrakasi, Abd Rahim) after golden goalFrance withstood a second half barrage to eventually take the bronze medal at the inaugural Champion’s Challenge II with Freddie Soyez holding his nerve to net a three-times respotted penalty corner in the sixth minute of […]

Champion's Challenge II: Classification matches

Champion's Challenge II: Classification matches

July 12, 2009 | 71 views | Leave a comment

5th – 6th playoff: Japan 9 (Yoshihiro Anai 3, Ryuji Nagasawa 2, Ryuji Furusato, Tomori Ono, Kazuhiro Tsubouchi, Hikroke Watanabe) Russia 2 (Alexandre Platonov, Dimitriy Azarov)Japan struck eight times in the second half to turn a first half deficit into a comprehensive victory to claim fifth place in the Champion’s Challenge II this afternoon. The […]

European U-18 Championships: Day Five

European U-18 Championships: Day Five

July 11, 2009 | 54 views | Leave a comment

Ireland U-18 girls 3 (Chloe Watkins, Brenda Flannery, Katie Codyre) Russia 2Ireland’s U-18s survived relegation from the A division, scoring three minutes from time against Russia to end their EuroHockey Youth Championships in fifth place courtesy of their 3-2 win over Russia this morning. France’s 3-0 defeat of Lithuania meant only a win would see […]

Champion's Challenge: Ireland 2 Poland 3

Champion's Challenge: Ireland 2 Poland 3

July 9, 2009 | 95 views | Leave a comment

Ireland 2 (Mikey Watt, Alan Sothern) Poland 3 (Tomasz Gorny, Maciej Janiszewski, Tomasz Dutkiewicz)Despite the match being solely to decide semi-final pairings, Ireland and Poland played out the most intense battle of the Champion’s Challenge II to date. Tomasz Dutkiewicz’s low corner strike early in the second half proved the vital moment of a helter-skelter […]

Champion's Challenge II: Day three

Champion's Challenge II: Day three

July 9, 2009 | 195 views | Leave a comment

Group A: Japan 4 (Genki Mitani, Ryuji Fukushiro, Kenji Kitazato, Naoto Shiokawa) Chile 3 (Felipe Montegu, Alexis Berzcely, Felipe Eggers)With just seeding for the relegation play-offs at stake, Japan got a low-key tussle off to a decent start as Genki Mitani scrambled in from close range inside 100 seconds. Other than that, chances were at […]

European U-18 Championships: Day three

European U-18 Championships: Day three

July 8, 2009 | 85 views | Leave a comment

EuroHockey Girl’s Youth ChampionshipsIreland 1 (Ali Meeke) England 3 (Shona McCallin, Rebecc Dru, Holly Chipman)Following Belgium’s 3-0 win over France, Ireland were left with the tough task of needing to beat England by three clear goals in the final group B. They started brightly with Deirdre Duke’s magical build-up play setting up Ali Meeke for […]

Champion's Challenge: Ireland 3 Japan 0

Champion's Challenge: Ireland 3 Japan 0

July 7, 2009 | 73 views | Leave a comment

Group A: Ireland 3 (John Jermyn 2, Mikey Watt) Japan 0 What a difference a day makes. The indecision and individual errors that characterised Monday night’s match with Chile all but dissipated as Ireland eased into the semi-finals of the Champion’s Challenge II at Belfield last night. The 3-0 score-line was the only similarity between […]

Champion's Challenge: Day Two results

Champion's Challenge: Day Two results

July 7, 2009 | 73 views | Leave a comment

Group B: Austria 4 (Michael Korper 2, Benjamin Stanzl 2) Russia 4 (Alexey Sergeev 2, Evgeny Mokrousov, Azarov)Austria produced a stunning comeback in another lively game at the Champion’s Challenge this afternoon as they recovered from a three-goal deficit to draw 4-4, though the value of a draw for either side following opening day defeats […]

European U-18 Championships: Day Two

European U-18 Championships: Day Two

July 7, 2009 | 80 views | Leave a comment

Girl’s EuroHockey Youth ChampionshipsIreland U-18 Girls 1 (Chloe Watkins) France 0Ireland created a chance to qualify for the semi-finals as they got the better of France 1-0 in Nivelles, Belgium. They created plenty of opportunities including nine short corners and plenty of goalmouth action but their lone goal came courtesy of Chloe Watkins’ 12th minute […]

Irish women downed by Belgium

Irish women downed by Belgium

June 26, 2009 | 97 views | Leave a comment

The Irish women’s senior team fell to a 3-1 defeat to Belgium this afternoon in Kazan and will now face Ukraine in the competition’s third/fourth place play-off at 12.30pm (Irish time) tomorrow. They were unable to hold onto a tenth minute lead, courtesy of Shirley McCay‘ penalty corner goal and found themselves chasing the game […]

Jacob strike ensures top spot

Jacob strike ensures top spot

June 24, 2009 | 91 views | Leave a comment

Lisa Jacob’s (pictured celebrating UCD’s ISC win) 18th minute, penalty corner goal against Malaysia – in combination with Ukraine’s 2-1 win over Russia – meant Ireland topped their Champion’s Challenge II group in Kazan early this morning. The Wexford native defelcted home Shirley McCay’s bash from Ireland’s second corner of the day for her second […]