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Ireland move within touching distance of Olympic berth with breathtaking 4-1 victory

Ireland move within touching distance of Olympic berth with breathtaking 4-1 victory

July 5, 2015 | 1,072 views | Comments (1)

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.

Ireland and Malaysia lock Olympic horns once again

Ireland and Malaysia lock Olympic horns once again

July 5, 2015 | 940 views | Leave a comment

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.

First ever win over Pakistan sets up Olympic showdown with Malaysia

First ever win over Pakistan sets up Olympic showdown with Malaysia

July 4, 2015 | 1,133 views | Leave a comment

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 meet Pakistan in Olympic repecharge

Ireland meet Pakistan in Olympic repecharge

July 2, 2015 | 886 views | Leave a comment

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.

Brave performance but world number one Kookaburras show clinical edge to down Ireland

Brave performance but world number one Kookaburras show clinical edge to down Ireland

July 1, 2015 | 946 views | Comments (2)

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 looking to break mould and qualify for Rio

Ireland looking to break mould and qualify for Rio

July 1, 2015 | 820 views | Leave a comment

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.

Video nasty as Ireland fall to hosts, setting up Australia date for Olympic qualification

Video nasty as Ireland fall to hosts, setting up Australia date for Olympic qualification

June 28, 2015 | 2,678 views | Comments (1)

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

Sothern hat-trick inspires Ireland; Harte cleared after nasty neck injury

Sothern hat-trick inspires Ireland; Harte cleared after nasty neck injury

June 26, 2015 | 1,581 views | Leave a comment

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.

Malaysia sharper to beat below par Ireland 4-2

Malaysia sharper to beat below par Ireland 4-2

June 25, 2015 | 881 views | Leave a comment

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.

Mixed emotions for Irish men after strong comeback against Great Britain

Mixed emotions for Irish men after strong comeback against Great Britain

June 23, 2015 | 1,256 views | Comments (2)

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.

Irish men’s turn to attempt to end Olympic wait

Irish men’s turn to attempt to end Olympic wait

June 22, 2015 | 1,332 views | Leave a comment

It is the turn of the Irish men this week to try and end the wait to qualify a sports team of any description for the Olympic Games, dating back to 1948, as they begin their World League Round 3 campaign in Antwerp this afternoon against Great Britain.

Eighth place finish rough justice and “no reflection” of Irish women in Valencia

Eighth place finish rough justice and “no reflection” of Irish women in Valencia

June 22, 2015 | 710 views | Leave a comment

A 4-0 mauling and an eighth place finish overall provided an extra harsh exclamation mark, ending the World League Round 3 competition that offered so much Olympic hope in desperate fashion.

Rio dream extinguished as USA hit form to dismiss Ireland

Rio dream extinguished as USA hit form to dismiss Ireland

June 20, 2015 | 1,355 views | Comments (1)

In the end, the Olympic dream evaporated in something of a whimper as Ireland’s women were unable to summon up yet another big performance against USA. They ultimately fell 6-1 and will now play South Africa in the seventh place playoff

Chinese burn Irish in agonising shoot-out to push back Olympic dream

Chinese burn Irish in agonising shoot-out to push back Olympic dream

June 18, 2015 | 1,233 views | Leave a comment

After the utter devastation of a shoot-out loss to China in what was a direct Olympic qualifier, Darren Smith has the unenviable task of picking up his players to go again for another huge match on Saturday in Valencia.

Olympic dream within touching distance for Irish women

Olympic dream within touching distance for Irish women

June 17, 2015 | 1,728 views | Comments (2)

Ireland’s women face China on Thursday (10.30am, Irish time) in the quarter-final of World League Round 3 knowing victory will all but assure Darren Smith’s side a first ever ticket to the Olympic Games.

Ireland top World League group to set up Olympic showdown with China

Ireland top World League group to set up Olympic showdown with China

June 16, 2015 | 1,815 views | Comments (1)

Ireland stunned world number five side USA 2-0 with goals from Megan Frazer and Anna O’Flanagan to ensure they finish top of Pool B of the World League Round 3.

Smith’s side to have “crack” at toppling USA

Smith’s side to have “crack” at toppling USA

June 15, 2015 | 760 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s women conclude the pool phase of World League 3 on Tuesday afternoon at 2pm (Irish time) with a victory over USA guaranteeing them a place in the top two in the group.

Connery nicks vitally important late winner as Ireland labour to 3-2 Uruguay win

Connery nicks vitally important late winner as Ireland labour to 3-2 Uruguay win

June 13, 2015 | 961 views | Leave a comment

Aine Connery’s 55th minute winner saw Ireland guarantee their place in the quarter-finals of World League Round 3 as they survived a second half onslaught from Uruguay to prevail 3-2.

Smith looks to the positives as Ireland undone by Germany in WL3

Smith looks to the positives as Ireland undone by Germany in WL3

June 11, 2015 | 875 views | Leave a comment

Ireland pushed European champions Germany all the way but ultimately succumbed as a third quarter blitz proved their undoing in Valencia in a contentious battle in which Ireland got few rubs of the green

McCay set for 200th international cap

McCay set for 200th international cap

June 11, 2015 | 497 views | Leave a comment

Shirley McCay will hit the 200 cap mark this afternoon when Ireland face Germany in their second World League 3 game at 2pm in Valencia, a tie set to be broadcast live on Sky Sports 1.