International Tournament

EuroHockey Nations: Day four round-up

EuroHockey Nations: Day four round-up

August 4, 2009 | 129 views | Leave a comment

Pool A: Italy 5 (Massimo Lanzano 3, Agustin Nunez, Federico Ardito) Belarus 5 (Ivan Kisliavich, Ihar Zyshchyk 2, Ihar Litouchanka, Aliaksandr Hancharou)Belarus and Italy will each take a point with them into the relegation pool after they played out an incredible 5-5 draw. After 15 chanceless minutes, one could scarcely have predicted the goalfest that […]

152 'just a number' – Butler

152 'just a number' – Butler

August 3, 2009 | 166 views | Leave a comment

In a tournament that will mark a series of personal milestones, Stephen Butler is keen to downplay the most outstanding of individual landmarks to achieve on a national level. Butler’s 152nd appearance in the green yesterday in the 10-2 win against Italy in the EuroHockey Nation’s Trophy saw him surpass the great Paddy Brown as […]

EuroHockey Nations: Day Three round-up

EuroHockey Nations: Day Three round-up

August 3, 2009 | 71 views | Leave a comment

Pool A: Russia 6 (Alexandre Platonov 2, Alexey Sergeev 2, Alexander Korolev, Alexander Likov) Belarus 1 (Ivan Ilyuschts)Russia confirmed their place in the semi-finals with as they hit near neighbours Belarus for six, joining Ireland in the last four of the EuroHockey Nation’s Trophy with a one series of pool games to go. After a […]

EuroHockey Nation's Trophy: Ireland 10 Italy 2

EuroHockey Nation's Trophy: Ireland 10 Italy 2

August 2, 2009 | 152 views | Leave a comment

Ireland 10 (John Jermyn 4, Eugene Magee 2, Mitch Darling, Peter Caruth, Stephen Butler, Timmy Cockram) Italy 2 (Massimo Lanzano, Agustin Nunez) Ireland all but ensured their place in the semi-finals of the EuroHockey Nation’s Trophy with an awesome ten-goal performance against hapless Italy. John Jermyn netted four while Stephen Butler scored on the day […]

EuroHockey Nation's Trophy: Day two round-up

EuroHockey Nation's Trophy: Day two round-up

August 2, 2009 | 185 views | Leave a comment

Pool B: Wales 1 (Ben Croxall) Czech Republic 1 (Tomas Prochazka) Wales were denied a second straight win by the towering Czech Republic goalkeeper Filip Neusser who pulled off a series of top drawer saves in a direct duel with Saturday’s hero Rick Gay. Neusser blocked out six drag-flicks – five from Gay’s stick and […]

EuroHockey Nations Trophy: Day One round-up

EuroHockey Nations Trophy: Day One round-up

August 1, 2009 | 114 views | Leave a comment

* Ireland vs Belarus match report can be found here. Live updates can be found here throughout each game. Photos from the day can be found here in the EuroHockey Nation panel Pool A: Russia 6 (Alexey Sergeev 3, Alexander Korolev 2, Alexander Likov) Italy 3 (William Cottam, Agustin Nunez, Daniele Malta)A second-half Alexey Sergeev […]

EuroHockey Nation's Trophy: Ireland 2 Belarus 1

EuroHockey Nation's Trophy: Ireland 2 Belarus 1

August 1, 2009 | 87 views | Leave a comment

Ireland 2 (John Jermyn, Alan Sothern) Belarus 1 (Ivan Kisialevich)It was hardly a thing of beauty but Ireland got their EuroHockey Nation’s Trophy campaign off to a winning start with a laboured 2-1 win over Belarus in Wrexham this morning. The Belarussians – with one online bookmaker offering 12/1 for them to win the game […]

Ireland to cope with favourites tag

Ireland to cope with favourites tag

July 31, 2009 | 94 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s go into this week’s EuroHockey Nation’s Trophy in Wrexham with expectation rather than hope as they aim to regain A division status from this summer’s key international tournament. Three targets are rolled into one event as Paul Revington’s side will be gunning not only for the Trophy but the promotion that comes with reaching […]

U-16 girls end on a high

U-16 girls end on a high

July 24, 2009 | 98 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s U-16 girls produced their best performance of the Four Nation’s tournament in Largs today, comfortably beating Wales 2-0 to finish the tournament on a high. Joanne Orr broke the deadlock in the 25th minute with a right-wing shot before Amy-Kate Trevor got her second goal of the week to complete the scoring a minute […]

England get the better of Irish U-16s

England get the better of Irish U-16s

July 23, 2009 | 109 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s hopes of claiming either the boy’s or girl’s Four Nations trophy were all but dashed today by England, losing out 3-1 and 1-0, respectively, in Largs. The boys fell to a 3-1 defeat, leaving them requiring a favour from Scotland in the final round of games today. Brendan Creed gave England an early lead […]

Madeley double gets Ireland off to flyer

Madeley double gets Ireland off to flyer

July 22, 2009 | 138 views | Leave a comment

Shane Madeley (pictured) struck twice for Ireland’s U-16 to spearhead an opening day 3-0 victory in the Four Nations tournament in Largs, Scotland. The Three Rock Rovers forward netted eight minutes in before Darren Sweetnam doubled the advantage 20 minutes into the game. The side soaked up some serious pressure from the home side, Mark […]

Champion's Challenge II: Ireland denied on strokes

Champion's Challenge II: Ireland denied on strokes

July 12, 2009 | 117 views | Leave a comment

Poland 3 (Marcin Strykowski 2, Dariusz Rachwalski) Ireland 3 (Mikey Watt 2, John Jermyn); Poland win 5-4 on penaltiesIreland let the inaugural Champion’s Challenge II title slip through their fingers at Belfield this afternoon as they let a commanding lead and performance come unstuck in the closing stages of a pulsating final battle against Poland. […]

Champion's Challenge II: 3rd/4th playoff

Champion's Challenge II: 3rd/4th playoff

July 12, 2009 | 70 views | Leave a comment

France 4 (Freddie Soyez 2, Martin Genestet, Sebastian Jean-Jean) Malaysia 3 (Hafiz Hanifi, Selvaraju Sandrakasi, Abd Rahim) after golden goalFrance withstood a second half barrage to eventually take the bronze medal at the inaugural Champion’s Challenge II with Freddie Soyez holding his nerve to net a three-times respotted penalty corner in the sixth minute of […]

Champion's Challenge II: Classification matches

Champion's Challenge II: Classification matches

July 12, 2009 | 86 views | Leave a comment

5th – 6th playoff: Japan 9 (Yoshihiro Anai 3, Ryuji Nagasawa 2, Ryuji Furusato, Tomori Ono, Kazuhiro Tsubouchi, Hikroke Watanabe) Russia 2 (Alexandre Platonov, Dimitriy Azarov)Japan struck eight times in the second half to turn a first half deficit into a comprehensive victory to claim fifth place in the Champion’s Challenge II this afternoon. The […]

Ireland line up Polish revenge mission

Ireland line up Polish revenge mission

July 12, 2009 | 64 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s dramatic win over Malaysia last night has set up a near instant chance for revenge over Poland following the 3-2 defeat on Thursday as the home nation compete in their first ever world ranking final to be played on home soil. Billed pre-match as somewhat of a non-event with both countries already semi-final bound, […]

Champion's Challenge II: Ireland reach final – semi-final reports

Champion's Challenge II: Ireland reach final – semi-final reports

July 11, 2009 | 189 views | Leave a comment

Ireland 2 (John Jermyn , David Hobbs) Malaysia 1 (Tengku Tajuddin)Ireland held out for a famous victory at Belfield this afternoon amid the pouring rain, edging out a lively Malaysia to set up a revenge mission in tomorrow’s final against Poland. They were made to live on their nerves, though, as a corner conceded 15 […]

Champion's Challenge II: 5th-8th playoffs

Champion's Challenge II: 5th-8th playoffs

July 11, 2009 | 73 views | Leave a comment

5th-8th place playoffs: Russia 2 (Alexander Likov, Alexandre Platonov) Chile 1 (Thomas Kannegiesser)Russia’s greater proficiency in both circles proved the vital factor as Chile created much but threatened little except in the closing four minutes. Alexander Likov’s 14th minute reverse-stick effort was the sole highlight of the first half as the South American side let […]

Anthoni to face old friends for first time

Anthoni to face old friends for first time

July 11, 2009 | 126 views | Leave a comment

Given the spectator numbers to date, Ireland’s match with Malaysia should prove the biggest draw of the Champion’s Challenge II to date with the South-East Asian side adorning the crowd with bodhrans and plenty of noise (seen talking to players post-match, below right). Some may have hoped for the fixture to have been the final […]

European U-18 Championships: Day Four

European U-18 Championships: Day Four

July 10, 2009 | 90 views | Leave a comment

Ireland U-18 Boys 1 (Stu Loughrey) Wales 0Andy Smyth’s side showed their steely determination for a second successive game as they struck late to beat Wales in an extremely tight-fought battle in Vienna. Stu Loughrey finished off fellow Leinster man Kyle Good’s brilliant cross with just four minutes to go of their semi-final for the […]

Champion's Challenge: Ireland 2 Poland 3

Champion's Challenge: Ireland 2 Poland 3

July 9, 2009 | 119 views | Leave a comment

Ireland 2 (Mikey Watt, Alan Sothern) Poland 3 (Tomasz Gorny, Maciej Janiszewski, Tomasz Dutkiewicz)Despite the match being solely to decide semi-final pairings, Ireland and Poland played out the most intense battle of the Champion’s Challenge II to date. Tomasz Dutkiewicz’s low corner strike early in the second half proved the vital moment of a helter-skelter […]