Ireland’s youth teams felt the Oranje heat as they endured five losses to the Dutch powerhouses in Valencia and Eindhoven on Monday.
Sean Dancer’s reign as Ireland coach began in confident style as the Green Army recorded back-to-back wins over Scotland at Stormont with two clean sheets to boot.
Matthew Crookshanks and Ben Johnson are buzzing to get going on Sunday in the men’s EuroHockey Junior Championships II when they face Belarus in the Czech Republic.
Dave Passmore resisted saying “it is what it is” as he will have to cope without being able to select Sarah Torrans from around the fire pit this week in Valencia.
Dave Passmore has named his panel of 18 for the Irish Under-21 women’s side whose EuroHockey Junior Championship gets underway on Saturday, July 13 in Valencia.
The Irish women look all but assured of a home draw for the Olympic qualifiers later this year while the men are likely to be on the road following the release of the latest world ranking list over the weekend.
When the dust settles, the Irish men can reflect on a decent week’s work in Le Touquet and their demeanour will probably prove far more upbeat than their dejected exit from the Eric Choteau field
The Green Machine recorded their first ever win over Korea in a ranking competition to guarantee their place in next October’s Olympic qualifiers with a 4-2 win in the FIH Series semi-final in Le Touquet.
“It’s very humbling and very honoured to knock in 100 goals for my country,” Shane O’Donoghue said as he became the first Irish hockey player to hit the huge milestone.
Shane O’Donoghue’s historic hat trick helped Ireland on their way to the all-important top spot in Le Touquet, putting them within one win of a confirmed Olympic qualifier place.
When Jina Kang clipped home the killer goal with six seconds on the clock, an eerie quiet fell over a sold out Banbridge as the game was up in pursuit of FIH Series gold, a slightly deflating end to a joyous week for the Green Army.
Ireland’s chances of topping their men’s FIH Series Finals group took a big blow as they succumbed to world number 20 side Egypt in Le Touquet.
Chloe Brown described her call-up to replace Megan Frazer in the Irish women’s squad for the FIH Series Finals semi-final against the Czech Republic as something of a whirlwind.
Ireland’s women took a big leap forward on their Road to Tokyo as they dismissed the Czech Republic 4-0 at a drenched Banbridge, assuring they will be part of next October’s Olympic qualifiers.
Eugene Magee’s double set Ireland on course for a winning start to their FIH Series Finals campaign in Le Touquet, seeing off Scotland 4-2.
Le Touquet will always hold a special place for the Harte household as the French coastal venue brought international debuts for David, Conor and Emer all on the same weekend; the twins are back this week looking to make their mark again
Interim coach Gareth Grundie says last Sunday’s 8-1 mauling of the Czech Republic will have “no bearing” on his Ireland side’s outloook as they face a rematch in Saturday’s FIH Series’ semi-final at Banbridge.
Alexander Cox is hoping the evolving tactical approach he is looking to implement with the Irish senior men will serve the side well at the FIH Series Finals in Le Touquet.
Luke Madeley is raring to go to finally making his world ranking tournament debut at the FIH Series Finals this weekend in Le Touquet.
The Green Army marched into the semi-final of the FIH Series Finals with the minimum of fuss as their 11-0 win over Singapore at Banbridge puts them one win away from a guaranteed direct Olympic qualifier tie.