Irish coach Craig Fulton says that finally dealing with the “hurt” of missing on London 2012 played a pivotal part in building the mental resolve of his side to mount their first successful Olympic qualifying campaign.
Ireland’s men are on the Road to Rio 2016 as they recieved the favour they required from the other side of the world to finally have their ticket stamped after a three month wait. It means that an Irish team will play in the Olympics for the first time since 1908.
The Irish senior men’s panel will gather together in Dublin at the early hours of Sunday morning to watch online their Rio 2016 fate decided by Australia and, more than likely, New Zealand in the Oceania Cup final.
Dublin is set to host one of the three men’s World League Round 2 tournaments in early 2017 as part of the initial phases of the qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup.
And now the wait commences. October 25 is the date almost indelibly marked on the minds of the Irish hockey public after one of the most thrilling years for the sport.
If ever there was an image to embody the performance of the team, Paul Gleghorne’s slinged up arm with blood dripping from his knuckles captured it; his and Matthew Bell’s reaction to what was another mighty week for Irish hockey
Making history, the recurring mantra of the Irish senior men’s team. An incredible year for the team was capped with the biggest moment yet, winning Ireland’s first ever medal at an elite level competition with a breathless 4-2 win over home host England.
David Harte says the Irish team mantra is “we are not leaving here without a medal” as they build up for their European Championships semi-final in London.
Irish coach Craig Fulton felt his side “missed an opportunity” as they lost 1-0 to world number two side the Netherlands in the semi-final of the EuroHockey Nations Championships in London.
The good times keep on rolling. Ireland’s men’s hockey team added yet another incredible result to their ever-growing list in 2015 as they squeezed out a draw against world number four side Belgium in London to reach the semi-final of the European championships for the very first time.
Late goals from Lukas Windfeder and Florian Fuchs saw Ireland fall 2-0 to reigning Olympic and European champions Germany in their second EuroHockey Nations Championships tie.
Ireland’s men clinched a 4-3 win over France in their opening EuroHockey Nations Championship tie, beating one of the few sides that can hurt their Olympic hopes at this competition.
The Irish Masters Over-40s tip off in their own European championships this weekend, starting off against the Netherlands in St Alban’s this morning.
The full lowdown on the EuroHockey Nations Championships from an Irish perspective with an overview of the group opponents, where to watch the games and more
“There is still a buzz around the squad and the hockey community back home,” Shane O’Donoghue says of Ireland’s mood ahead of the European championships campaign.
Craig Fulton says that Ireland’s senior men will have tunnel-vision on what they can do rather than worrying too much about the opposition at next week’s European championships.
Craig Fulton has made three changes to the Irish panel for the European championships which begin next weekend in London with Michael Robson, Matthew Bell and Jonny Bruton coming into the side.
Pre-tournament, Graham Shaw said his Ireland side “don’t see ourselves as a two-tier side” and they showed that in emphatic fashion with a final heavy win in Prague, easing to a 5-0 victory.
Ireland cruised through their EuroHockey Championships II semi-final to earn promotion to the top tier of the continental competition with the minimum of fuss, disposing of Belarus 4-0 in Prague.
Ireland’s women cruised to top spot in their EuroHockey Championships II group with a third successive heavy win, this time beating the hosts Czech Republic 3-0.