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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eight Leinster players have been included in Turloch O’Siochain’s primary 18-man panel for the upcoming Volvo EuroHockey U18 Championships which take place in July