International Tournament

Speers double and Jacob cracker see Ireland battle past Belarus

Speers double and Jacob cracker see Ireland battle past Belarus

August 18, 2013 | 239 views | Leave a comment

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.

Dutch run injury-hit Ireland ragged with late goal rush

Dutch run injury-hit Ireland ragged with late goal rush

August 17, 2013 | 506 views | Comments (1)

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

Boon raises the roof at the Boombox

Boon raises the roof at the Boombox

August 17, 2013 | 262 views | Leave a comment

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.

Stunning second half sees Belgium start in style

Stunning second half sees Belgium start in style

August 17, 2013 | 99 views | Leave a comment

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.

Germany and England open Euros with victory

Germany and England open Euros with victory

August 17, 2013 | 139 views | Leave a comment

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

Smith’s charges face Olympic champions in Euro opener

Smith’s charges face Olympic champions in Euro opener

August 16, 2013 | 187 views | Comments (1)

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.

Jackson’s young charges target semi-final spot

Jackson’s young charges target semi-final spot

August 16, 2013 | 97 views | Leave a comment

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.

Babas lead Irish charge at Masters European Open

Babas lead Irish charge at Masters European Open

August 15, 2013 | 247 views | Leave a comment

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

Garda take bronze at World Police and Fire Games in Belfast

Garda take bronze at World Police and Fire Games in Belfast

August 13, 2013 | 577 views | Comments (2)

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

Jackson to lead Irish men in Boom

Jackson to lead Irish men in Boom

August 11, 2013 | 289 views | Comments (1)

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.

Garvey hosts mammoth European Masters Open

Garvey hosts mammoth European Masters Open

August 11, 2013 | 860 views | Leave a comment

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

Penalty heartbreak as Russia relegate Ireland’s little green army

Penalty heartbreak as Russia relegate Ireland’s little green army

August 5, 2013 | 302 views |

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 must-win Russia date after Belgium loss

Ireland face must-win Russia date after Belgium loss

August 3, 2013 | 238 views | Leave a comment

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.

Smooth transition the key aim for Irish underage programme

Smooth transition the key aim for Irish underage programme

August 2, 2013 | 496 views | Leave a comment

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

Lardeur’s late rocket denies Irish semi-final slot

Lardeur’s late rocket denies Irish semi-final slot

August 1, 2013 | 501 views | Leave a comment

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.

Classy Dutch see off Irish U-18s

Classy Dutch see off Irish U-18s

July 30, 2013 | 487 views | Leave a comment

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.

Duncan double gets nervy Irish on the board

Duncan double gets nervy Irish on the board

July 29, 2013 | 387 views | Leave a comment

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.

Malone hopeful Ireland can push for podium

Malone hopeful Ireland can push for podium

July 28, 2013 | 353 views | Leave a comment

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.

Seven changes as Smith shuffles his deck for European championships

Seven changes as Smith shuffles his deck for European championships

July 15, 2013 | 431 views | Comments (1)

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.

Byrne and Wolfe added to Irish U-18 final selection

Byrne and Wolfe added to Irish U-18 final selection

June 26, 2013 | 211 views | Leave a comment

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.