Ireland’s harrowing 5-0 defeat at the hands of Olympic silver medallists the Netherlands in Rotterdam last night has left a daunting path ahead of them if they are to reach a first World Cup since 1990.
Ireland’s tempestuous affair with the video referral system came to pass once more as they were left frustrated in their opening World League round three tie, drawing with world number 11 side India, drawing 4-4.
Ireland’s men’s hockey team begins their most important tournament since last March’s Olympic qualifier as they bid to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1990; full preview featuring review of potential opposition, interview links and World Cup qualification info
Phelie Maguire admits that thoughts did persist that he might “not realistically get another chance” of playing in a top level tournament but he is now looking to shine having enjoyed a new lease of life in green since Andrew Meredith took the coaching reins.
Four years after Ireland first participated in the women’s masters home nations in Swansea, with one Over-40s squad of 13, they are set to host the tournament, fielding teams at O-40s, O-45s and O-50s level.
Kyle Good and Jonathan Bell look set to play in their first major world level event as Irish senior men’s head coach Andrew Meredith named the duo in the 18-man final panel for June’s World League round three in Rotterdam.
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