International Tournament

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 | 367 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.

Coetzee surpasses world record with stunning quartet; Kidd secures second for the Scots

Coetzee surpasses world record with stunning quartet; Kidd secures second for the Scots

June 21, 2011 | 309 views | Comments (1)

South Africa’s Pietee Coetzee smashed the world goal-scoring record with four fine goals at Belfield, playing the starring role in an amazing 5-5 draw with USA; SA top the group with Scotland, still unbeaten, taking second spot

Irish draw satisfaction from morale boosters

Irish draw satisfaction from morale boosters

June 21, 2011 | 343 views | Leave a comment

While back-to-back FIH Champion’s Challenge wins may prove academic, Irish manager Sally-Ann Fanagan believes the psychological boon garnered from games against India and Azerbaijan will be the real bonus.

Second quarter magic sees Ireland beat China

Second quarter magic sees Ireland beat China

June 20, 2011 | 474 views | Comments (3)

The feel-good factor for Irish hockey continued as the men extended their unbeaten run to eight games in 2011 – and a fourth win in four days – as they produced four scintillating goals to beat China on day one of the UCD 4 Nations Cup

Men take the stage for UCD Nations Cup

Men take the stage for UCD Nations Cup

June 20, 2011 | 305 views | Comments (5)

After eight women’s FIH Champion’s Challenge games, the men take centre-stage at Belfield tonight as the UCD 4 Nations makes its debut; streaming and live updates to be posted

Celtic rivals swept aside by young Irish men

Celtic rivals swept aside by young Irish men

June 19, 2011 | 333 views | Comments (5)

Ireland retained the Celtic Cup in Cardiff this afternoon with a comfortable 4-0 victory over the Welsh hosts, making it 11 goals in two games for a supposedly under-strength Irish side.

Granite replaces grace but outcome the same as Ireland win 2-1 again

Granite replaces grace but outcome the same as Ireland win 2-1 again

June 19, 2011 | 462 views | Leave a comment

In stark contrast to Saturday’s stylish win, Ireland showed they have the grit to grind out a result, battling well against an Azerbaijan side intent on making life uncomfortable; Spain and India draw to see Irish top

Irish line up Azerbaijan on CC day two

Irish line up Azerbaijan on CC day two

June 19, 2011 | 245 views | Leave a comment

Ireland aim to back up their debut day victory over India when they face a tough encounter against an impressive Azerbaijan side (3.30pm); day two preview and more options to follow the tournament live

Blakeney fires magnificent Celtic seven

Blakeney fires magnificent Celtic seven

June 18, 2011 | 327 views | Leave a comment

Peter Blakeney’s four star performance helped Ireland roll over an under-strength France in some style in Cardiff with plenty to spare, moving them close to retaining the Celtic Cup; Ireland also faced Pakistan in a close tie

Irish beguile Indians at Champs Challenge

Irish beguile Indians at Champs Challenge

June 18, 2011 | 357 views | Comments (3)

Chloe Watkins’ beautiful goal – from conception to finish – proved the winner for Ireland as they picked off a notable win in fine fashion, getting their FIH Champions Challenge I campaign off to a dream start.

Japan begin Challenge with edgy win; South Africa come back from the depth

Japan begin Challenge with edgy win; South Africa come back from the depth

June 18, 2011 | 272 views | Leave a comment

Top seeds Japan produced a resolute performance to hold the US at bay and start the FIH Champion’s Challenge with a high tempo win at Belfield while South Africa came from 2-0 down to tie with Scotland

McConnell steals last gasp win; Hobbs returns

McConnell steals last gasp win; Hobbs returns

June 17, 2011 | 456 views | Leave a comment

Andy McConnell struck in the final ten seconds to turn a forgettable game into a memorable win for an inexperienced Irish side over Scotland. The Irish were bolstered by a surprise return for David Hobbs in Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

Speers excited over captaincy duties

Speers excited over captaincy duties

June 17, 2011 | 301 views | Leave a comment

New Irish skipper Alex Speers says she cannot wait to experience her first world ranking tournament as captain since taking over the role full-time from Eimear Cregan.

Muller pin-points turning point for Irish women

Muller pin-points turning point for Irish women

June 16, 2011 | 297 views | Comments (1)

A year on from an ill-fated battle with India, Gene Muller is excited about the prospect of getting one back on the Asian side this Saturday in Ireland’s Champion’s Challenge I opener.

Revington names two distinct Irish panels

Revington names two distinct Irish panels

June 13, 2011 | 315 views | Comments (4)

Paul Revington has named what looks ostensibly to be a squad of probables and one of possibles for the back-to-back tournaments coming up this week as the build-up to August’s European championships heightens.

Symmons and Daly return for Irish Challenge

Symmons and Daly return for Irish Challenge

June 8, 2011 | 752 views | Comments (8)

Loreto’s Nikki Symmons and Nicci Daly are the two returnees to the Irish team following head coach Gene Muller’s announcement of the 18-player panel for next week’s Champion’s Challenge; the Irish U-18 panel was also release today

Euro dream in sight for buzzing Watkins

Euro dream in sight for buzzing Watkins

June 8, 2011 | 497 views | Comments (6)

While it was a ground-breaking year for Monkstown, skipper Gareth Watkins has already set his sights on new horizons as he, along with a growing club contingent, aims to bed himself into the men’s senior Irish squad.

Kidd keeps Scottish and Celtic hoodoo intact

Kidd keeps Scottish and Celtic hoodoo intact

June 5, 2011 | 258 views | Leave a comment

Nicky Kidd’s low drag-flick five minutes from time meant Ireland’s wait for the Celtic Cup will continue into a sixth year as Scotland picked off a 1-0 victory and the title in Largs.

Harvey powers five-star Wales whitewash

Harvey powers five-star Wales whitewash

June 4, 2011 | 242 views | Leave a comment

Ireland set up a Celtic Cup title showdown with Scotland as they swept to a comfortable 5-0 victory over Wales this afternoon in Largs.

Men and women to face world champs

Men and women to face world champs

June 1, 2011 | 298 views | Leave a comment

The IHA today confirmed Ireland’s men will play in a Five Nations tournament featuring world number ones Australia as well as Korea (currently sixth in the world) as part of their European championships build-up.