International Tournament

Mullan super strike keeps Ireland riding high

Mullan super strike keeps Ireland riding high

September 30, 2012 | 322 views | Comments (5)

Katie Mullan’s cracking reverse-stick goal 11 minutes from time ensured Ireland share top-spot in Pool B of the Champions Challenge I with Scotland as the pair played out a feisty 1-1 draw.

Watkins super strike powers Ireland to South Africa victory

Watkins super strike powers Ireland to South Africa victory

September 29, 2012 | 321 views | Comments (2)

Ireland got their Champions Challenge I campaign off to a great start as they surprised world number 10s South Africa with Chloe Watkins’ 52nd minute goal making the vital difference.

World Cup cycle begins Dublin with Champs Challenge

World Cup cycle begins Dublin with Champs Challenge

September 28, 2012 | 259 views | Leave a comment

Dublin will play host to the Champions Challenge I for the second successive year after a spectacular event in 2011 ended with Japan just edging out USA, coming from behind to claim a thrilling 3-2 victory.

Ireland’s men to face Argentina, Japan and SA

Ireland’s men to face Argentina, Japan and SA

September 19, 2012 | 685 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s men have been placed in an initial group with hosts Argentina, Japan and South Africa as they contest the Champions Challenge I in Quilmes which gets underway on November 24.

Flannery gets Champions Challenge I call

Flannery gets Champions Challenge I call

September 12, 2012 | 480 views | Comments (2)

After a number of months searching for a replacement for Spain, the FIH and the IHA confirmed world number 27 Wales will be the eighth side to compete in the Champions Challenge I while Brenda Flannery could debut

Ireland top World League pool with Swedish romp

Ireland top World League pool with Swedish romp

September 9, 2012 | 1,320 views | Comments (5)

A third successive comfortable win saw Ireland waltz into the second phase of the World League as John Jermyn, Mikey Watt and Andy McConnell all fired braces in Cardiff in an 8-0 win over Sweden; Ireland’s women fall 1-0

Jermyn breaks scoring record in style

Jermyn breaks scoring record in style

September 9, 2012 | 192 views | Leave a comment

John Jermyn spearheaded Ireland’s set-piece to blow away Austria and write his name into the history books with a cracking hat-trick this afternoon in a 5-1 win; Ireland’s women fell 3-1 to Scotland in Auchenhowie

Five star Ireland sweep aside Wales; O’Flynn ends Scotland hoodoo for women

Five star Ireland sweep aside Wales; O’Flynn ends Scotland hoodoo for women

September 7, 2012 | 309 views | Comments (1)

John Jermyn equalled the Irish national goal-scoring record as he scored the first goal of a 5-0 romp over Wales in Cardiff this evening as they debuted in the World League; Ireland’s women stretch streak to five wins

Goals record in Jermyn’s line of vision

Goals record in Jermyn’s line of vision

September 7, 2012 | 393 views | Leave a comment

John Jermyn has a big chance to become his country’s all-time top goalscorer this weekend, as Ireland embark on their first foray into the new FIH World League; Irish women also in action while preseason reaches penultimate weekend

Irish women battle to fourth and sixth at intense Masters World Cup

Irish women battle to fourth and sixth at intense Masters World Cup

August 30, 2012 | 1,122 views | Comments (2)

The inaugural FIH approved Hockey Masters World Cup saw 43 teams from 11 countries take part in six competitions in Canterbury last week for a hugely successful event in which Ireland sent five teams to compete

World League to test new Irish midfield combinations

World League to test new Irish midfield combinations

August 29, 2012 | 423 views | Comments (5)

Brendon Carolan’s first squad as interim Irish coach shows five changes from the panel that reached the Olympic qualifying tournament final last March as Ireland embark on the first phase toward potential World Cup qualification

World League offers new route to World Cup

World League offers new route to World Cup

August 15, 2012 | 287 views | Comments (3)

Just three days after the conclusion of the 2012 Olympic Games, the route to hockey’s other major, the World Cup, began in earnest in the Czech Republic as the World League debuted in Prague.

Coming down  – Olympic blog days 12-15

Coming down – Olympic blog days 12-15

August 14, 2012 | 227 views | Comments (2)

As I started putting together this closing blog post, the Olympic comedown could already be seen around London. Three hours since the end of the closing ceremony the Olympic blog ends as it started, waiting for a bus.

Venting frustrations – Olympic blog days 10&11

Venting frustrations – Olympic blog days 10&11

August 9, 2012 | 226 views | Comments (1)

“Devastated, heart-broken, sad, lost for words, empty.” Ashleigh Nelson sums up the feelings of the ever-growing number of sides to miss out on their targets at the Olympic hockey tournament.

Mission accomplished as Irish U-21s storm to comfortable European victories

Mission accomplished as Irish U-21s storm to comfortable European victories

July 22, 2012 | 253 views | Comments (3)

Another set of thrashings saw Ireland’s U-21 men and women ease to promotion from their respective European ‘C’ division campaigns as they completed the first phase pod rebuilding after eight years absence from competition

Ewart edged U-21 women home; men thrash Slovakia

Ewart edged U-21 women home; men thrash Slovakia

July 21, 2012 | 258 views | Leave a comment

Leah Ewart’s 62nd minute goal saw Ireland’s U-21 women scrape to a third successive win in Lisbon meaning they and the Irish men will contest ‘C’ division finals on Sunday; the men won 12-0 in Bratislava

U-21 women all but secure final berth

U-21 women all but secure final berth

July 20, 2012 | 376 views | Leave a comment

A four goal burst in nine first half minutes saw Ireland cruise to a second victory and assure themselves of a final berth barring a goal difference miracle.

Irish U-21s down Turkey and Lithuania

Irish U-21s down Turkey and Lithuania

July 19, 2012 | 426 views | Leave a comment

Both Irish U-21 men and women picked off comfortable wins to advance their European hopes; the men won 8-0 against Lithuania to confirm their place in the final; the women beat Turkey 4-0 in their opening game

U-21 men create history with 17-0 Bulgaria win

U-21 men create history with 17-0 Bulgaria win

July 18, 2012 | 414 views | Comments (4)

Ireland’s U-21 men created European junior nations history as they recorded the highest win since the U-21 grade was introduced in 1976 with Stephen Dowds scoring five times in a 17-0 defeat of Bulgaria

U-16 girls Czech into bronze medal match

U-16 girls Czech into bronze medal match

July 7, 2012 | 611 views | Leave a comment

Irish U-16 girls set to playoff for European bronze after big Czech win; boys face tough battle after Spanish loss; Irish U-18 boys and girls both well on course for Celtic glory while U-21s fall to Germany