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.
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.