Alex Speers played a captain’s role as her pair of goals helped Ireland cling on for a 3-2 win over Belarus, a result that will allow Darren Smith’s side a straight shot at a semi-final berth.
An injury hit Ireland were put to the sword by the Olympic champions who produced a comprehensive second half showing to sweep past the world number 15s in the final game of day one of the women’s TriFinance EuroHockey Championships
Tom Boon’s penalty corner double gave Belgium a huge win as they beat the Olympic champions Germany in front of an exultant home crowd; Edi Tubau’s stylish hat trick saw Spain soar to an opening win, seeing off Czech Republic 6-1.
Ireland’s group opponent’s Belgium produced a stunning second half performance to open their women’s TriFinance EuroHockey Championships in style, seeing off Belarus 5-1 in Boom.
England eased to a 3-0 win over Spain on day one of the women’s European championships in Boom; Germany found things much tougher though against Scotland, scraping to a 1-0 courtesy of an own goal
While a 2014 World Cup spot is on offer for the overall winner of this week’s European championships, breaching the top four for the first time is very much the target for the Irish men and women’s hockey teams this week in Boom, Belgium.
John Jackson says that Ireland’s young stars have the potential to fill the considerable midfield boots that are unavailable for the European Championships this week with a semi-final place the clear target.
After two days of competition, England are holding the box seat in three of the six Masters European Open categories, an event described as one the biggest in Ulster hockey history by club chairman John Gray
The Garda Hockey Club, with the support of the IHA, claimed third place last week at the World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) 2013 in Belfast, the third largest sporting event in the world this year, after forming back in May
Mossley man John Jackson will lead Ireland at the European Championships next weekend following the release of the 18-player men’s senior squad to play in Boom, Belgium.
30 teams from nine nations across six tournaments will take part in 67 games over five days as Lisnagarvey is set to host the European Open, the biggest event the Irish Masters have brought to the island; full squads and fixture info for the week
For the second time in three games, Ireland were left with late heartbreak as Russia held their nerve to win a penalty shoot-out that saw the little green army relegated to the B division of European hockey.
Ireland face a must-win tie against Russia on Sunday if they are to avoid relegation from the EuroHockey U-18 girls ‘A division’ as Belgium’s 4-1 win meant they retained their place at this level of competition.
This weekend sees the culmination of two years building toward this classification weekend for coach Richie Malone, his coaching and management team; The Hook spoke to Malone, Mary Goode and Gerry Heaney about how they have prepared
Ines Lardeur burst Ireland’s medal hopes with a penalty corner rocket three minutes from time to see France through to the semi-finals of the girls U-18 European championships in Belfield.
Tournament favourites the Netherlands swept Ireland aside with a classy 6-0 win at Belfield this evening, making them the first confirmed EuroHockey U-18 girls youth championships semi-finalists.
Ireland’s U-18 girls showed a composed edge to eventually see off a resolute Wales to start their EuroHockey Youth Championships with a 5-0 win at Belfield.
Irish U-18 coach Richie Malone says that while his side’s preparations have been limited in some respects, he says that his team is in great shape ahead of this week’s EuroHockey U-18 girls championships in Belfield.
Darren Smith has made seven changes to the Irish panel for the European championships from the World League round two line-up with the backline set to undergo a major transformation.
Irish U-18 boys coach Graham Shaw confirmed Neil Byrne and Simon Wolfe will complete his side’s 18-man panel for the EuroHockey Championships II in Gasawa, Poland which get underway on July 8.