On the eve of World League round two in Dublin, Darren Smith gives his thoughts on the tournament; Megan Frazer talks about the sacrifices required to compete at the highest level while we outline how you can follow the tournament
Player of the tournament Shane O’Donoghue was once again the goal-scoring hero as his 35th minute goal saw Ireland beat Austria 2-1 in San Diego, capping a superb week with a sixth successive victory.
A pair of Shane O’Donoghue penalty corners around the 40-minute mark saw Ireland win through to the final of the Hockey World League round two in San Diego. More importantly, the result means Ireland are into WL3 when the Olympic qualifying places will be doled out.
Ireland powered through to the semi-finals of the World League round two with a 12-2 win over Trinidad and Tobago with nine different scorers on the mark in San Diego.
Ireland topped their World League round two group with a third straight win in San Diego, seeing off Italy 2-0 despite being slightly wasteful with their many chances.
Ireland made it two wins from two at the World League Round Two at a rain-soaked Chula Vista in San Diego, seeing off a tricky Austrian opponent 3-1 to add to Saturday’s 8-0 win over Chile.
Four first quarter goals powered Ireland to a confident 8-0 victory over Chile in their opening World League round two group game in Chula Vista, San Diego.
After nine warm-up matches in 2015 already, Craig Fulton’s Irish senior men formally start their Olympic qualifying bid at Chula Vista in California at the World League round two, needing a top three finish to keep their road to Rio on course.
Seventeen of the 18 spots in Darren Smith’s squad for the women’s World League 2 in Dublin have been finalised with Ali Meeke and Yvonne O’Byrne vying for the last defender’s spot.
Craig Fulton has named a hugely experienced panel for the first phase of the Olympic qualifying process with the release of his 18 player panel for World League Round Two which tips off in San Diego on February 28.
Trinidad and Tobago have completed the line-up for the Irish men’s World League group in San Diego following the completion of the latest round one tournament in Kingston, Jamaica.
Ireland’s road to Rio 2016 became a little clearer over the weekend with the line-up for the women’s World League round two complete while two more teams have been added to the men’s tournament.
The Irish men’s World League Round Two – which will be held from February 25 to March 8, 2015 – has been moved from Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Chula Vista on the southside of San Diego, California.
Ireland’s Over-50s finished second in the Home Nations last weekend in Lisnagarvey, beating Scotland and Wales but missed out on the title at the hands of England.
Irish men’s senior coach Craig Fulton has laid out an extensive day-by-day plan up to the end of August 2015 that he is keen that all stakeholders, including club coaches get on board with, as they pursue the Olympic dream.
The Irish men’s Over-40s team landed the Home Nations title in Lisnagarvey over the weekend as they ran up a clean sweep, eye-catchingly beating England 4-2 on Saturday.
The Ireland Masters 40s have made eight changes to the squad that competed at the Masters World Cup in June as they begin their Home Nations weekend against Scotland this evening at 7.30pm in Lisnagarvey.
The Irish Under-21 men produced a string of high scoring performances before ultimately winning the EuroHockey Junior Championships II with a dramatic late show against Italy; here’s all the goals from the tournament from camera man Wal McConnell
Mixed emotions for the Irish Under-21 women but, ultimately, primary objective achieved as they got the draw they needed to earn a top two spot in Vienna. Gold, though, was tantalisingly out of reach as they built a three-goal lead only to be pegged back by a last quarter Italian fightback.
Ireland were unable to break down a resolute Ukraine defence but, nonetheless, nudged themselves a step closer to claiming promotion to the A division of Under-21 European hockey while, should they beat Italy tomorrow, the gold medal is still up for grabs.