International Tournament

Inspired Ireland on brink of Champs Challenge history with gritty South Africa win

Inspired Ireland on brink of Champs Challenge history with gritty South Africa win

May 3, 2014 | 1,170 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s women are in dreamland overnight as they racked up their second successive win over World Cup-bound opposition to earn their place in the final of the Champions Challenge I in Glasgow, coming from a goal down to stun South Africa.

Ireland’s penalty kings through to men’s CC1 semi-final with French win

Ireland’s penalty kings through to men’s CC1 semi-final with French win

May 1, 2014 | 1,711 views | Comments (1)

Ireland rode their luck but ultimately kept alive their hopes of another medal at the Champions Challenge I in Kuantan, Malaysia as they continued their hoodoo over France, winning out 3-0 in a penalty shoot-out after normal time had ended 2-2.

Smith hails “best victory” as Ireland trump world number eights

Smith hails “best victory” as Ireland trump world number eights

May 1, 2014 | 1,162 views | Leave a comment

Just a day after a humbling 3-0 loss to the USA, Darren Smith’s produced “easily the best victory” during his tenure as they saw off the world number eight side, Korea, with a gritty performance in Glasgow, putting them through to semi-finals of the Champions Challenge I.

USA’s first half show shoots down Ireland with Korea now on the horizon

USA’s first half show shoots down Ireland with Korea now on the horizon

April 30, 2014 | 758 views | Leave a comment

USA showed a clean pair of heels to Ireland’s women as they cruised to a 3-0 win in Glasgow in the Champions Challenge I, condemning Darren Smith’s side to bottom of Pool B, setting up a date with Korea in the quarter-finals

Sothern strikes late to hand Fulton first win in charge of Ireland

Sothern strikes late to hand Fulton first win in charge of Ireland

April 29, 2014 | 951 views | Leave a comment

Alan Sothern struck late to secure Ireland’s first victory at the Pahang Hockey Champions Challenge 1 in Kuantan as the Green Machine defeated Japan’s Samurais 1-0 in pool A, a result that eventually lifted them to second in the initial table.

Beatty inspires strong Irish comeback but frustrations remain over first half show

Beatty inspires strong Irish comeback but frustrations remain over first half show

April 28, 2014 | 821 views | Leave a comment

Emily Beatty’s double in the closing eight minutes earned Ireland a second successive 2-2 draw at the Champions Challenge I in Glasgow this evening, tying with Spain.

O’Flynn drags Ireland to 2-2 draw against South Africa

O’Flynn drags Ireland to 2-2 draw against South Africa

April 27, 2014 | 941 views | Leave a comment

Audrey O’Flynn’s 58th minute drag-flick earned Ireland an encouraging 2-2 draw with World Cup bound South Africa to open up their Champions Challenge I in Glasgow this afternoon.

Poland strike late to inflict second narrow defeat

Poland strike late to inflict second narrow defeat

April 27, 2014 | 1,187 views | Leave a comment

Pawel Bratkowski’s late corner goal saw Ireland fall to a second successive 2-1 defeat of the Champions Challenge I in Kuantan, Malaysia, falling to Poland 24 hours after they had been defeated by New Zealand.

Black Sticks stall Green Machine’s push

Black Sticks stall Green Machine’s push

April 26, 2014 | 1,338 views |

Ireland fell to tournament favourites New Zealand 2-1 in the opening Pahang Hockey Champions Challenge 1 tie in Kuantan in a tie split into quarters due to the hot weather conditions in Malaysia.

Smith’s Ireland face familiar foes but with diverging CC1 targets

Smith’s Ireland face familiar foes but with diverging CC1 targets

April 25, 2014 | 991 views | Leave a comment

Familiarity is the bye-word for Darren Smith’s Ireland team as they contest the Champions Challenge I for the third time in three years, meeting old rivals South Africa, the USA and Spain in the opening Pool B which gets under way on Sunday.

New look Ireland set to feel the heat of Champions Challenge in Malaysia

New look Ireland set to feel the heat of Champions Challenge in Malaysia

April 25, 2014 | 1,083 views | Leave a comment

A journey into the unknown for Craig Fulton’s first major tournament in charge of the Irish men’s team as they contest the Champions Challenge I in searing heat and humidity in Kuantan, Malaysia.

Elliott an eye-catching inclusion in Fulton’s Irish squad

Elliott an eye-catching inclusion in Fulton’s Irish squad

April 14, 2014 | 1,816 views | Leave a comment

New Irish head coach Craig Fulton has named a fascinating squad for the upcoming Champions Challenge I in Kuantan, Malaysia with the uncapped Maurice Elliott an eye-catching inclusion.

Frazer handed Irish captaincy for Champs Challenge

Frazer handed Irish captaincy for Champs Challenge

April 7, 2014 | 1,349 views | Leave a comment

Megan Frazer has been named as the new Irish captain for the upcoming Champions Challenge I in Glasgow later this month, taking over from the exam-tied Alex Speers.

Germany prove too strong for Irish Under-21s

Germany prove too strong for Irish Under-21s

February 13, 2014 | 1,010 views | Comments (1)

Ireland’s U-21s found Germany too clinical at Newtonabbey as they fell to a 5-1 loss, meaning that overall victory from the Four Nations tournament was beyond them after good performances against Scotland and England.

English draw gives Ireland shot at Four Nations title

English draw gives Ireland shot at Four Nations title

February 12, 2014 | 771 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s Under-21s face a potential title decider with Germany on Thursday in their Four Nations international tournament in Newtonabbey following a hard fought 1-1 draw with England in abject conditions.

Shimmins nets twice for five-star Irish U-21 show

Shimmins nets twice for five-star Irish U-21 show

February 11, 2014 | 1,141 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s U-21s produced a controlled performance to sweep aside Scotland 5-1 in Johnny Caren’s first game in charge, starting their Four Nations campaign in style at a frosty Newtonabbey.

Seven UCD players named in Irish U-21 panel

Seven UCD players named in Irish U-21 panel

December 12, 2013 | 1,659 views | Leave a comment

A preliminary panel of 27 players has been named for the Irish U-21 men as their preparations begin for the 2014 European championships. They will play a four nations tournament in Mossley in February as part of their preparations

Ireland follow top nations to withdraw from U-16 Euros

Ireland follow top nations to withdraw from U-16 Euros

November 14, 2013 | 1,088 views | Leave a comment

With Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands following the lead of Germany and England in pulling out of the European U-16 championships, Ireland have followed suit and will not play next summer in the event

Extended 2018 World cup field increases Irish qualification chances

Extended 2018 World cup field increases Irish qualification chances

September 11, 2013 | 527 views | Leave a comment

The FIH has received seven different proposals for hosting of the 2018 World Cup with four official offers to host the men’s World Cup with a further three submissions being made for the women’s equivalent.

Double Challenge headache for IHA following FIH/IHL fixture clash

Double Challenge headache for IHA following FIH/IHL fixture clash

August 29, 2013 | 464 views | Comments (3)

The Irish Hockey Association was handed a headache on two fronts this morning following the confirmation of the Champions Challenge I hosting venues by the International Hockey Federation this morning.