Kyle Good’s first half goal was over-turned by India, condemning Ireland to a second successive single-goal loss at the Six Nations tournament in Valencia.
Ireland’s men fell to a frustrating 1-0 loss to Argentina in their opening game of the Six Nations tournament in Valencia
Gareth Borland is drawing an almost completely new look Irish Under-18 panel for the European championships with just three players returning from last year’s team that finished fifth in Europe last year.
Craig Fulton went with experience as he made his first major cut to his Olympic panel, reducing his squad from 27 to 21 ahead of next week’s six nations tournament in Valencia, quickly followed by a two game sequence against the Netherlands in Cork.
The Irish hockey public will get their first chance to see the men’s national side in action this summer on home turf when they play world number side Korea four times between Tuesday and Sunday in the Ballsbridge énergie Fitness Match Series.
The Ireland men’s Over-60s Grand Masters team ended ninth at last week’s World Cup in Newcastle in New South Wales in Australia as they closed out the competition with four wins in succession.
“Are you a logistics manager as well as a coach?” comes the question from Peter Sweeney, one of a couple of journalists assembled for a press briefing with Craig Fulton and David Harte.
To address the €225,000 Olympic shortfall in funding, the Irish men’s team launched their main fundraiser this morning via the Pledge Sports platform as they look to fill the financial gap and give them the best chance at Rio 2016.
Ireland’s Over-50s Masters were denied a famous World Cup victory last week as home favourites Australia edged them out in a thriller. Ireland had reached the final off the back of a flawless group stage, not conceding in any of their build-up matches.
Ireland ended the Hawkes Bay tournament in fifth place, two above their pre-tournament ranking, with a second successive shoot-out win as they saw off Rio-bound India for the second time in the tournament.
Rewatching Ireland’s comeback from 3-0 down to beat world number nine side Korea in a shoot-out, it was hard not to feel that there was some extra importance to the performance.
Ireland will contest the 5th to 8th place playoffs at the Hawkes Bay Cup as world number three side Australia proved too strong in their quarter-final tie in New Zealand.
Two final quarter goals cost the Green Army dear in an otherwise impressive performance as they eventually fell 3-1 to Hawkes Bay Cup hosts New Zealand having led 1-0 at half-time.
The Green Army looked a different side on day two of the Hawkes Bay Cup as impressive pressure and clinical penalty corners saw them run out 4-0 victors over India.
China’s four-goal first half blitz saw them sweep past Ireland in their opening game of the Hawkes Bay Cup in New Zealand.
Sinead Loughran will link up with the Irish women’s team for the Hawkes Bay Cup in New Zealand following an injury to Shirley McCay, a broken bone in her hand ruling her out of the tournament.
Following Ireland’s three match training series at Bisham Abbey against Great Britain, Graham Shaw’s squad of 18 players departed this evening to take on the Hawkes Bay Cup in New Zealand from April 2-10.
Ireland’s women will travel to New Zealand to play in the highly competitive Hawkes Bay Cup from April 2-10 in a tournament that features five of the world’s top ten sides.
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Ireland’s men have been handed a tough draw in the Olympic Games group stages, facing four current world level title holders in Pool B for Rio 2016.