International Tournament

‘Scratchy’ Ireland hit USA for six in Lille

‘Scratchy’ Ireland hit USA for six in Lille

July 7, 2011 | 1,255 views | Comments (1)

Ireland’s men showed the USA a clean pair of heals to set up a semi-final date with Russia on Saturday, hoping to repeat their 4-0 win from the group stage.

Franks hopes to turn Irish intel against greens

Franks hopes to turn Irish intel against greens

July 6, 2011 | 239 views | Leave a comment

While many Irish like to poke fun at tenuous American links often cited on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, the USA side tomorrow has a couple of very direct inside lines on Paul Revington’s side as Nathan Franks explains

Irish cruise past limp Russian challenge to top Group B; USA next on the list on Thursday

Irish cruise past limp Russian challenge to top Group B; USA next on the list on Thursday

July 5, 2011 | 237 views | Leave a comment

Ireland cruised to a comfortable 4-0 victory over Russia to claim top spot in Group B ahead of France and will now play the USA on Thursday (4.30pm, Irish time) in the quarter-finals of the Champions Challenge

Last gasp Magee goal salvages French draw

Last gasp Magee goal salvages French draw

July 3, 2011 | 184 views | Leave a comment

Eugene Magee’s last second penalty corner rebound saw Ireland salvage a point from a frustrating afternoon in Lille as they bossed their tie with France, their second FIH Champions Challenge II match of the weekend.

Austria celebrate derby victory; China sweep past USA; Russia too strong for Scots

Austria celebrate derby victory; China sweep past USA; Russia too strong for Scots

July 3, 2011 | 258 views | Comments (1)

Austria celebrated an Eastern European derby win over neighbours the Czech Republic to begin day two of the men’s Champions Challenge II in Lille, one which their bench greeted with some relish

Sharp learning curve for Women’s Over 40s

Sharp learning curve for Women’s Over 40s

July 3, 2011 | 573 views | Leave a comment

The Irish Women’s Masters team (Over 40s) took part in their second home countries tournament in Sheffield, England last weekend.

Irish almost scupper comfortable Scots win

Irish almost scupper comfortable Scots win

July 2, 2011 | 179 views | Leave a comment

Ireland got off to a winning start to the FIH Champions Challenge II in Lille this afternoon but it was a far nervier affair than it should have been as two goals around the hour mark gave Scotland late hope.

Balance key for hectic summer – Revington

Balance key for hectic summer – Revington

July 1, 2011 | 344 views | Leave a comment

Balancing two world ranking events in one summer is proving the major juggling act for Paul Revington as he endeavours to deliver a fully functional side to August’s European championships, naming his Champions Challenge team

Increased exposure to top teams offers big positives for Muller in Euro build-up

Increased exposure to top teams offers big positives for Muller in Euro build-up

June 30, 2011 | 147 views | Leave a comment

Looking back on the Electric Ireland FIH Champions Challenge, Gene Muller has mixed emotions on an event which showed promise but saw three wins over higher rated opposition translate into just a sixth place finish.

Coetzee cuts Irish down to sixth in CC1

Coetzee cuts Irish down to sixth in CC1

June 26, 2011 | 273 views | Comments (10)

Ireland finished their Electric Ireland Champions Challenge campaign in sixth place as Pietee Coetzee, the world record goalscorer, netted a glorious 59thminute drag-flick to secure a 2-1 South African victory

Stunning Japanese comeback secures Champs Challenge for top seed, Scotland claim bronze, India into seventh

Stunning Japanese comeback secures Champs Challenge for top seed, Scotland claim bronze, India into seventh

June 26, 2011 | 273 views | Leave a comment

Japan produced a remarkable fightback to meet their pre-tournament rating as top seed, getting the better of the USA with a 3-2 victory; Scotland picked off an excellent bronze medal while India got seventh

Abbas fires Pakistan to UCD 4 Nations title

Abbas fires Pakistan to UCD 4 Nations title

June 26, 2011 | 222 views | Leave a comment

World record holder Sohail Abbas fired a corner double to down Ireland in the final of the UCD 4 Nations Cup on Saturday night on a memorable occasion at the National Hockey Stadium.

Murukami strikes golden goal; USA trounce Scotland to set up final showdown with Japan

Murukami strikes golden goal; USA trounce Scotland to set up final showdown with Japan

June 25, 2011 | 273 views | Leave a comment

Ai Murukami’s golden goal propelled Japan into the Champions Challenge final, eventually putting paid to dogged Spanish resistance in the final minute of the first half of extra time. USA join them, making the final a repeat of the tournament’s opening game

Pakistan edge Ireland in thriller; China notch first win

Pakistan edge Ireland in thriller; China notch first win

June 24, 2011 | 173 views | Leave a comment

It proved to be little more than a dress rehearsal, but Ireland and Pakistan served up some cracking fare in front of a raucous Belfield crowd last night in the final pool clash of the UCD Four Nations.

Sargent helps Ireland bounce back; South Africa see off India

Sargent helps Ireland bounce back; South Africa see off India

June 24, 2011 | 166 views | Leave a comment

Ireland ensured their pool stage progress wasn’t in vain as they edged out Azerbaijan 1-0 to earn a shot at fifth place in at the Champions Challenge I at a sodden Belfield tonight.

US soar to render group stage meaningless

US soar to render group stage meaningless

June 23, 2011 | 225 views | Leave a comment

Group ranking counted for little. That was the message as Ireland were one of the two group winners to crash out of the newly introduced quarter-final phase of the Champions Challenge, falling 3-1 to the USA

Scots join semi-final party; Mitsuhashi guides Japan; Spanish steal golden semi-final place

Scots join semi-final party; Mitsuhashi guides Japan; Spanish steal golden semi-final place

June 23, 2011 | 337 views | Comments (1)

Champs Challenge, quarter-final reports: Spain’s corner efficiency saw them steal a semi-final berth, incredibly making it into the last four without winning a game in normal time at four attempts this week, beating SA on golden goal

Record breaking Coetzee’s amazing return

Record breaking Coetzee’s amazing return

June 23, 2011 | 197 views | Leave a comment

Pietee Coetzee sets about extending her world goalscoring record this morning as South Africa tip off the FIH Champions Challenge quarter-finals at 10am against Spain, taking the field as major contenders for the title.

Super six but Gormley insists its no Euro Cup

Super six but Gormley insists its no Euro Cup

June 22, 2011 | 206 views | Leave a comment

Barring a Friday night horror show against Pakistan, Ireland are virtually assured a place in Saturday’s UCD 4 Nations Cup final after a stunning 6-1 win over France in Belfield tonight.

Irish complete group stage unbeaten to set up USA date; India smash Azerbaijan

Irish complete group stage unbeaten to set up USA date; India smash Azerbaijan

June 21, 2011 | 265 views | Comments (3)

Saba Anjum’s first half hat-trick inspired her Indian side to a comfortable victory over Azerbaijan, a result which means Ireland top Group B and will play at 5.30pm in Thursday’s quarter-final against UCD.