Ireland’s indoor women put themselves in a super position to land one of the two promotion spots on offer in Slovakia as they beat the hosts in a thriller before seeing off Denmark.
Ireland ended day one of the women’s EuroHockey Indoor Championships III in Slovakia in contention for a potential promotion place following a 5-0 win over Portugal and a 5-1 loss to Spain.
Lena Tice’s 33rd minute penalty corner drag-flick saw Ireland get their six-game series in South Africa up and running with a win, starting OIympic year on the front foot.
The Irish men’s indoor side finished the day with a bronze medal match assured, copper-fastened by a 4-0 win over Slovenia in their final group game of the EuroHockey Indoor Championship III in Santander.
“A good day, a challenging day and a really educational day, an amazing experience,” John Jackson reflected after a draw and a loss marked Ireland’s return to indoor international action after 33 years.
Anna O’Flanagan is anticipating the most “cut-throat” selection processes as Olympic year begins in earnest this Sunday for Tokyo with their first match of their a warm-weather training camp in South Africa.
After 33 years wait, the Irish men’s indoor side finally return to action on Friday with a double-header against Wales (11am) and Scotland (5pm) in Santander in the EuroHockey Championships III.
The Irish women’s Under-23 and 21 development panels and program of camps for 2020 have been laid out, providing a continued pathway for players to feed into the senior squad.
Ali Meeke, Sarah Patton and Hannah Humphreys will all make their indoor international debut at the EuroHockey Championships III in a fortnight’s time following Dave Passmore’s final selection for the event in Bratislava.
“Hopefully I showed there is a chance to play for Ireland and we will see people from smaller clubs and schools coming through, believing they can wear the green shirt if they work hard enough and don’t give up.” Chris Cargo on his Irish legacy
Sean Dancer has given Emma Buckley, Ellen Curran, Hannah McLoughlin, Sarah Torrans and Emily Beatty an early chance to stake a claim for a place in the Irish women’s Olympic squad.
Irish skipper Katie Mullan says there are “definitely points to be had” from their Olympic group after they were confirmed last Saturday to play against the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, India and South Africa by the FIH.
Coach Kenny Carroll has named the first Irish men’s indoor team since the 1980s following two weeks of trials as preparations begin in earnest for January’s EuroHockey Championships III in Santander.
Chloe Watkins admitted “flashbacks of 2015 were coming into my head” as she stepped up for her vital shoot-out to keep Ireland’s Olympic hopes alive.
Ireland’s shoot-out queens are Tokyo-bound as Ayeisha McFerran added another glorious entry into her own sporting folklore with three incredible shoot-out saves.
Sean Dancer admitted “it wasn’t pretty” as the first leg of the Irish women’s Olympic qualifiers double-header in a rain-soaked 0-0 draw at Energia Park in Donnybrook against Canada.
“The video umpire should hang his head in shame.” Captain Jonathan Bell’s summation will be echoed around the Irish hockey world as a video review decision with one second to go denied his side a place at the 2020 Olympic Games.
Ireland will take a two goal lead into the second leg of their Olympic qualifier against Canada tomorrow after beating the hosts 5-3 in Vancouver today. A goal from Chris Cargo and two each from Shane O’Donoghue and Sean Murray gave Ireland the win in an impressive performance. Man-of-the-match O’Donoghue attributed the win to the […]
Ireland’s men put themselves into a golden position to claim a second successive Olympic spot as they will carry a two-goal lead into the second leg in west Vancouver.
Mark Tumilty his Ireland team are primed and fully motivated for this weekend’s Olympic qualification showdown with Canada in Vancouver. Speaking after yesterday’s captain’s run to Eoin Luc O’Ceallaigh, the Ireland boss said that his team were ‘buzzing’ to put the disappointing European campaign behind them. “We’ve come off the back of a disappointment. We’ve […]