International Tournament

Smith’s charges face Olympic champions in Euro opener

Smith’s charges face Olympic champions in Euro opener

August 16, 2013 | 262 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 | 168 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 | 345 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 | 692 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 | 2,175 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 | 1,055 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 | 400 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 | 302 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 | 608 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 | 604 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 | 612 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 | 505 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 | 461 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 | 2,867 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 | 304 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.

Meredith: Irish “model has to change” in current economic climate

Meredith: Irish “model has to change” in current economic climate

June 23, 2013 | 289 views | Comments (36)

Andrew Meredith believes that an overhaul of the current Irish senior men’s training setup is needed with elite players being encouraged back to Ireland from their foreign bases if the side is to be able to thrive in the current economic environment.

Harte and passion sees Ireland summon incredible six-goal turnaround

Harte and passion sees Ireland summon incredible six-goal turnaround

June 22, 2013 | 320 views | Comments (3)

From the ridiculous to the sublime, Ireland produced a psychologically vital comeback 6-4 win over France after a rough tournament in Rotterdam to end up matching their pre-tournament ranking.

Padros controversial effort leaves Ireland reviewing end of World Cup dream

Padros controversial effort leaves Ireland reviewing end of World Cup dream

June 21, 2013 | 347 views | Comments (5)

Barring a European miracle, Ireland will miss out on the 2014 World Cup as a controversial Roger Padros goal saw Spain advance to the fifth place playoff of the World League round three in Rotterdam.

Netherlands blow away abject Irish performance

Netherlands blow away abject Irish performance

June 17, 2013 | 356 views | Comments (18)

Ireland’s harrowing 5-0 defeat at the hands of Olympic silver medallists the Netherlands in Rotterdam last night has left a daunting path ahead of them if they are to reach a first World Cup since 1990.

England sweep Masters titles with Ireland claiming couple of second places

England sweep Masters titles with Ireland claiming couple of second places

June 17, 2013 | 201 views | Leave a comment

Strong performances from the England O-40s and O-45s against Ireland in the last day of the tournament was enough for them to retain the cups for the respective age categories.