Munster women Yvonne O’Byrne and Naomi Carroll set Ireland up for a second win in two days as they beat Ukraine 3-0 in Prague.
Ireland swept to a fine 7-1 in Graham Shaw’s first game in charge to get their EuroHockey Championships II in Prague off to the perfect start, beating France with plenty to spare.
Andy Smyth says the fear factor that may have previously existed for Irish underage teams has diminished markedly off the back of the national senior team’s ability to mix it with the world’s top ten.
Graham Shaw says he will only be making “tweaks” to the game plan implemented by Darren Smith in his first tournament as Irish senior women’s coach which gets underway on Saturday in Prague.
Ireland’s Under-18 Girls advanced to the final of the EuroHockey Championship II in Mori with a 3-1 victory over hosts Italy.
Ireland beat Lithuania 2-1 on a rainy morning in Mori to finish top of Group A and put themselves in a very good position to earn promotion to the next grade, which would have been the main aim from the beginning.
Graham Shaw’s first panel as Irish senior women’s coach features seven Changes from the recent World League Round 3 panel As They face a quick turnaround to preparing for the EuroHockey Championship II in Prague.
Craig Fulton says that with proper financial support in place, Ireland’s men can push to become an established top ten side in the world following their fifth place finish in World League Round 3 in Antwerp.
“It’s all a bit surreal and indescribable. We have given an Irish team the best possible chance to qualify for an Olympic Games,” David Harte’s initial reaction in the wake of Ireland’s 4-1 win over Malaysia.
Ireland’s fifth place finish at World League Round 3 in Antwerp has put them in great shape to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games but there are still plenty of variables that have to play out over the next four months.
Ireland moved within touching distance of a first ever qualification for the Olympic Games as they beat Malaysia 4-1 in Antwerp, rounding off their World League Round 3 campaign in fifth place.
One step from heaven. World number 12 side Malaysia are the last big barrier between Ireland and what would all but assure a place at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Alan Sothern’s 46th minute goal moved Ireland within touching distance of Olympic qualification as they saw off Pakistan 1-0 yesterday in Antwerp, the first time they have beaten the Asian side in 11 attempts.
Ireland face Pakistan at 12pm (Irish time) in the first phase of the World League Round 3’s fifth to eighth playoffs in Antwerp on Friday afternoon, aiming to keep alive their hopes of reaching the Olympic Games.
Ireland’s first potential route to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 was closed in Antwerp as world number one side Australia ran out 4-1 winners in their World League Round 3 quarter-final.
Ireland’s men are aiming to go somewhere they have never gone before by doing something they never have before; beat Australia to all but assure qualification for the Olympic Games.
The simple facts are Ireland will meet world number one side Australia in the quarter-finals of the World League Round 3 in Belgium after a 2-1 loss to the hosts; they have plenty of reason to be aggrieved, though, after a glut of video review decisions left a sickening taste
Alan Sothern’s hat trick under-pinned a comprehensive 6-0 win over China in Antwerp in World League Round 3, guaranteeing Craig Fulton’s side a place in the last eight of the competition with a group game to spare.
Ireland face a crucial battle with China on Friday afternoon (1pm, Irish time) after an ordinary performance against Malaysia put Craig Fulton’s side under pressure to qualify for the World League 3 quarter-finals in Antwerp.
Craig Fulton’s Ireland side were left with mixed emotions following their opening day 2-2 draw with Great Britain at World League Round 3 in Antwerp, coming from two goals down to earn a share of the spoils.