The Irish women’s hockey team have soared to eighth place in the world rankings, moving up eight places following their run to the World Cup final.
Ayeisha McFerran landed the World Cup goalkeeper of the tournament gong following her stunning World Cup, winning almost unanimous support from the panel of coaches and media.
Ireland’s most capped sportswoman Shirley McCay raised the possibility that she may no longer retire from international hockey following the Green Army’s run to World Cup silver.
Graham Shaw hopes the seismic publicity his Green Army troops created over the last two weeks in the Olympic Park can lay the base for “a changing moment” in hockey’s history.
A ruthless Dutch performance meant that Ireland’s groundbreaking run to the World Cup final ended with a tough 6-0 defeat to women’s hockey’s outstanding standard bearers.
Graham Shaw says there was a calm confidence in the camp prior to the World Cup semi-final as they scarcely believable run rolled on to the final courtesy of more shoot-out madness.
Gillian Pinder propelled Irish team sport into a whole new dimension, a first ever World Cup final of any description for a team field sport as their sublime shoot-out team prevailed against Spain at the Olympic Stadium in London.
“It all seems like a bit of a blur.” It’s not just a product of the reems of sweat fogging up Zoe Wilson’s glasses as the whirlwind of higher and higher ecstasy engulfed her and the Irish women’s team following their World Cup semi-final win over Spain.
The Irish hockey bandwagon rolls on. Over two days in London, the Green Army will have two shots at a medal on the World Cup stage, starting on Saturday at 2pm at London’s Lee Valley with a Sunday game for either bronze or gold.
In the wake of Ireland’s amazing shoot-out win over India, there was a packed mixed zone with loads of players giving their thoughts; here’s a few words and clips from Chloe Watkins, Megan Frazer, Katie Mullan, Ayeisha McFerran and Lena Tice
Southern Fried Hockey’s Alan Good posted a thought-provoking Twitter thread, tying up the strands that have gone into the Irish women’s team and how they have got to the point of a World Cup semi-final against Spain
Where will it all end? Ireland’s World Cup run just keeps on rolling as Ayeisha McFerran’s glorious tournament and some sublimely cool heads in a shoot-out saw them edge out India and take a World Cup semi-final spot.
Irish coach Graham Shaw says his side has a full bill of health ahead of their crunch World Cup date with India this evening (6pm, live on RTE2 and BT Sport) as they look to make more history in London in their quarter-final.
RTE 2 will broadcast the Irish women’s World Cup quarter-final match against India on Thursday afternoon while a number of public houses have also confirmed they will broadcast live.
The disappointment of Ireland’s first loss of the World Cup in London is unlikely to linger too long over the Green Army camp as they quickly turn their focus to a date with either India or Italy
In the annals of Irish women’s hockey, there are precious few wins over England on the ledger but such is the bouyant mood around the camp, skipper Katie Mullan says “anything is possible”.
The incredible dream lives on. Anna O’Flanagan’s 13th minute corner deflection sent the sport into a new stratosphere as a gritty dog-fight saw Ireland grasp an incredible top spot in Pool B at the Hockey World Cup.
Ireland’s women could become the first side to reach the World Cup quarter-finals if they can land their second successive victory in London on Thursday afternoon when they take on India.
Deirdre Duke’s glorious counter-strikes sent Ireland’s women into dreamland as they won their first World Cup tie in 16 years with a breathtaking 3-1 win over USA on Saturday evening in London.
A lifetime in the making, the multiple sporting strands of Nicci Daly’s life reach an incredible crescendo this month.