The Irish men’s senior team were left stunned as the Irish Hockey Association board announced their intention to withdraw them from the Champions Challenge I in Argentina which gets underway in late November.
Ireland succumbed to a second half USA fight-back to lose 3-1 in Belfield and drop to third place in Pool B of the FIH Champions Challenge I, handing them a quarter-final date with nemesis Belgium on Thursday.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
“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.
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
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
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.
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