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.
The Irish U-21 men left it late but ultimately won gold at the EuroHockey Junior Championships II in Lousada, Portugal by beating Scotland 3-1 with two goals in the last two minutes.
Ireland’s Under-21 men moved within a point of promotion to the top tier of European Junior hockey as they swept aside Italy 9-2 in Portugal.
World number four side New Zealand always had the edge but there was plenty for Irish senior women’s coach Darren Smith to be happy about in the performance in the Electric Ireland Four Nations final in Belfield.
With progression assured, Ireland’s Under-21 men needed victory to get their promotion pool up and running with three points for a win but they came up against a feisty hosting Portugal side who snatched a late draw.
Coach David Passmore praised his side’s ability to dig deep as Ireland twice came from behind to grab the draw they needed to progress to the winner’s pool in the women’s EuroHockey Junior Championships II and now have a two in three chance of promotion to the top tier.
Alex Speers’ 58th minute goal assured Ireland of a place in tonight’s final of the Electric Ireland Four Nations tournament in Belfield, eventually breaking down a robust Chilean defence to win 1-0.
Ireland’s Under-21 men are through to play in the final four promotion group in Lousada, Portugal as they bounced back from a sticky first half to run out big winners for the second day running.
Chloe Brown’s hat trick has put Ireland in a strong position to progress to the promotion pool as they eventually broke down a defensive-minded Lithuania in their opening European tie in Vienna.
Nick Burns led from the front as his pair of penalty corner goals saw Ireland’s Under-21 men start their European championship campaign in flying form with a 5-2 win over Russia in Lousada, Portugal.