International Tournament

Irish women produce special second half performance at Hawkes Bay Cup

Irish women produce special second half performance at Hawkes Bay Cup

April 9, 2016 | 5,486 views | Leave a comment

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.

Hockeyroos stave off Ireland in Hawkes Bay Cup

Hockeyroos stave off Ireland in Hawkes Bay Cup

April 7, 2016 | 2,289 views | Leave a comment

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.

Black Sticks make late pressure tell in Hawkes Bay

Black Sticks make late pressure tell in Hawkes Bay

April 5, 2016 | 1,652 views | Leave a comment

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.

Ireland bounce back in brilliant style at Hawkes Bay

Ireland bounce back in brilliant style at Hawkes Bay

April 3, 2016 | 1,595 views | Leave a comment

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 first half goals sweep past Ireland

China’s four first half goals sweep past Ireland

April 2, 2016 | 1,193 views | Leave a comment

China’s four-goal first half blitz saw them sweep past Ireland in their opening game of the Hawkes Bay Cup in New Zealand.

Loughran a late call up for Hawkes Bay Cup

Loughran a late call up for Hawkes Bay Cup

April 1, 2016 | 1,166 views | Leave a comment

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.

Ireland’s women depart for Hawkes Bay Cup

Ireland’s women depart for Hawkes Bay Cup

March 21, 2016 | 1,159 views | Leave a comment

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.

Irish women confirmed for Hawkes Bay tournament

Irish women confirmed for Hawkes Bay tournament

January 28, 2016 | 1,238 views | Leave a comment

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.

The 10 most read Hook stories of 2015

The 10 most read Hook stories of 2015

January 1, 2016 | 1,382 views | Leave a comment

The 2015 year gone by will be remembered long into the future as the year the Irish men finally ended a lengthy wait for Olympic qualification and this is reflected in the most-read stories on The Hook.

Ireland learn Olympic task as pools announced

Ireland learn Olympic task as pools announced

December 21, 2015 | 1,552 views | Leave a comment

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.

Dealing with 2012 imperative to finally earning Olympic place

Dealing with 2012 imperative to finally earning Olympic place

October 29, 2015 | 1,599 views | Leave a comment

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.

Australia lay out Road to Rio for Ireland’s men

Australia lay out Road to Rio for Ireland’s men

October 25, 2015 | 4,566 views | Comments (3)

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.

Anxious Olympic wait for Oceania Cup outcome

Anxious Olympic wait for Oceania Cup outcome

October 22, 2015 | 2,534 views | Comments (1)

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 set to host World League Round 2 in 2017

Dublin set to host World League Round 2 in 2017

September 9, 2015 | 937 views | Leave a comment

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.

Anatomy of a bronze; Fulton’s charges play waiting game after epic 18-month rise

Anatomy of a bronze; Fulton’s charges play waiting game after epic 18-month rise

August 31, 2015 | 2,498 views | Leave a comment

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.

Bloodied and bruised Gleghorne embodies fighting Irish spirit

Bloodied and bruised Gleghorne embodies fighting Irish spirit

August 30, 2015 | 3,216 views | Comments (1)

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

History boys claim first ever elite level medal with 4-2 win over England

History boys claim first ever elite level medal with 4-2 win over England

August 29, 2015 | 1,563 views | Leave a comment

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.

Harte: Ireland “not leaving without a medal” from Euros

Harte: Ireland “not leaving without a medal” from Euros

August 28, 2015 | 1,348 views | Leave a comment

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.

Hertzberger solo strike denies Ireland final berth in tight Euro battle

Hertzberger solo strike denies Ireland final berth in tight Euro battle

August 27, 2015 | 1,206 views | Leave a comment

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.

Another marquee day for Irish men as Belgian draw earns maiden Euro semi-final

Another marquee day for Irish men as Belgian draw earns maiden Euro semi-final

August 25, 2015 | 1,282 views | Leave a comment

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.