International Tournament

Evans inspires Ireland to memorable WL3 win

Evans inspires Ireland to memorable WL3 win

June 10, 2015 | 1,350 views | Comments (2)

Nikki Evans’ hat trick inspired Ireland to an opening game 4-1 win over South Africa, starting their Hockey World League semi-final in style in Valencia.

Olympic dreams on the line as Irish women open World League 3 campaign against South Africa

Olympic dreams on the line as Irish women open World League 3 campaign against South Africa

June 9, 2015 | 1,494 views | Comments (1)

The shadow-boxing is over; let the games commence for Darren Smith and the Irish women as they bid for a first ever Olympic berth as they begin their World League 3 campaign in Valencia, Spain against South Africa on Wednesday afternoon (11.30am, Irish time).

Good in for injured McCandless for WL3

Good in for injured McCandless for WL3

June 9, 2015 | 884 views | Leave a comment

Kyle Good has been rewarded for an excellent club season in Belgium with a return to the Irish panel for the Olympic qualifier – the World League 3 – in Antwerp which gets underway for Ireland on June 23.

Road to Rio mapped out for Irish teams

Road to Rio mapped out for Irish teams

March 27, 2015 | 1,330 views | Leave a comment

The Road to Rio was outlined this week for both the Irish men and women with the confirmation of their respective schedules at the World League semi-finals this summer.

Connery and McFerran shoot Ireland to World League Round 2 trophy

Connery and McFerran shoot Ireland to World League Round 2 trophy

March 22, 2015 | 1,270 views | Leave a comment

Aine Connery’s nerveless penalty saw Ireland land the UDG Healthcare World League Round 2 title at Belfield, completing a perfect week with a final victory over Canada.

Ireland bound for Belgium after SA fall to Egypt

Ireland bound for Belgium after SA fall to Egypt

March 20, 2015 | 811 views | Leave a comment

While the Irish women push forward their Olympic agenda at Belfield this week, Craig Fulton’s men’s team have been given another nudge forward from an unexpected source.

Evans and Frazer find route past Lithuania’s parked bus

Evans and Frazer find route past Lithuania’s parked bus

March 19, 2015 | 645 views | Leave a comment

Scarcely entertaining but Ireland got the job done and took another assured performance step forward in the Olympic qualification process with a 2-0 quarter-final win over Lithuania in Belfield in the UDG Healthcare World League Round Two.

Unlucky 13 for inexperienced Turkey as Ireland show ruthless streak to top Pool A

Unlucky 13 for inexperienced Turkey as Ireland show ruthless streak to top Pool A

March 17, 2015 | 879 views | Leave a comment

Ireland proved far too strong for Turkey to complete their UDG Healthcare World League Round 2 with a huge 13-0 win, with Naomi Carroll netting four times at Belfield.

Dillon delight as Ireland make it two wins from two

Dillon delight as Ireland make it two wins from two

March 15, 2015 | 1,144 views | Leave a comment

Set piece goals from Aine Connery and Kate Dillon saw Ireland make it two wins from two at the UDG Healthcare World League Round 2 in Belfield, seeing off Canada 2-1; there were also wins for Ukraine, Chile and Austria

Five-star Ireland cruise past sluggish Ukraine

Five-star Ireland cruise past sluggish Ukraine

March 14, 2015 | 661 views | Leave a comment

Ireland cruised to a powerful opening victory in Pool A of the UDG Healthcare Hockey World League Round 2, beating Ukraine 5-0 at Belfield; Canada made a confident first step forward as they saw off the world number 38 side Turkey; Belarus and Chile also win on day one

Smith ready for toughest of three WL2 tournaments; sacrifices worth it for Frazer

Smith ready for toughest of three WL2 tournaments; sacrifices worth it for Frazer

March 13, 2015 | 921 views | Leave a comment

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

Ireland add gold to Olympic progression as O’Donoghue shoots down Austria

Ireland add gold to Olympic progression as O’Donoghue shoots down Austria

March 9, 2015 | 1,845 views | Comments (1)

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.

O’Donoghue double shoots Ireland to World League 3

O’Donoghue double shoots Ireland to World League 3

March 7, 2015 | 648 views | Leave a comment

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.

Explosive dozen does for T&T as Ireland move step closer to World League 3 place

Explosive dozen does for T&T as Ireland move step closer to World League 3 place

March 5, 2015 | 764 views | Leave a comment

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.

Italian job complete as Ireland top WL2 group

Italian job complete as Ireland top WL2 group

March 3, 2015 | 753 views | Leave a comment

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 defy sodden San Diego turf to beat Austria

Ireland defy sodden San Diego turf to beat Austria

March 2, 2015 | 1,117 views | Leave a comment

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.

Magic eight as Ireland get off to a flyer

Magic eight as Ireland get off to a flyer

February 28, 2015 | 878 views | Leave a comment

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.

Acclimitisation complete as Fulton’s Ireland ready to formally begin Olympic qualifying bid

Acclimitisation complete as Fulton’s Ireland ready to formally begin Olympic qualifying bid

February 26, 2015 | 1,207 views | Comments (2)

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.

Meeke and O’Byrne vye for final WL2 place

Meeke and O’Byrne vye for final WL2 place

February 17, 2015 | 897 views | Leave a comment

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.

Experienced Ireland panel California dreaming

Experienced Ireland panel California dreaming

February 4, 2015 | 1,225 views | Comments (1)

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.