Two goals in the space of three minutes in the final quarter took some of the shine off a positive Irish performance against the Olympic bronze medallists Germany in the first of their two-game series this week in Dusseldorf.
The Irish women found out their destination and group opponents for the World League semi-finals on the day it was confirmed they have moved up to 15th in the world rankings.
Cork Harlequins’ Emma Buckley is in line to be the latest Irish cap following her inclusion in the Irish senior women’s panel to travel to Germany next week for a pair of test matches against the world number seven side.
Ireland’s men have risen to ninth in the latest world rankings following their success at March’s World League Round 2, jumping ahead of Spain in the ratings released on Monday afternoon.
Ireland look certain to be without their inspirational team captain Megan Frazer for the World League 3 tournament in the summer which will determine whether they can reach the 2018 World Cup in London, writes John Flack.
Ireland added Hockey World League Round 2 gold on Sunday evening to their all-important to the next phase of the competition with a 4-2 shoot-out win over France at Stormont.
Ireland produced a composed performance to come from a goal down to beat Wales 3-1, guaranteeing they will advance not just to Sunday’s final but also to Round 3 of the World League where the World Cup 2018 tickets will be decided.
Ireland’s young side produced their performance of the week to date in a pressure-filled tie against Poland, winning 5-1 to advance to the semi-final.
Matthew Nelson’s single goal in the 25th minute was enough to see Ireland top their group at Hockey World League Round 2 in Stormont, setting up a quarter-final date with Poland on Thursday evening.
Ireland earned a winning draw ahead of Austria to ensure they will top Pool A of the Hockey World League Round 2 after normal time had ended 1-1 against Austria.
Ireland claimed a 9-2 win over Ukraine in their opening Hockey World League Round 2 tie in Stormont with Jonny McKee netting twice while seven other players got on the score sheet.
Ireland’s women have a jam-packed schedule ahead of them with trips confirmed to Dusseldorf, Pennsylvania and Berlin in addition to next week’s uncapped series at Bisham Abbey against Great Britain.
Eight players will make their ranking tournament debuts for Ireland next weekend as Craig Fulton confirmed the final 18 to play in World League Round 2 in Belfast.
Ireland coach Craig Fulton has spoken of his frustration at not having his full compliment of players available for the upcoming World League 2 tournament in Belfast, writes John Flack
Craig Fulton has named a glut of players who could potentially make their world ranking tournament debuts at World League Round 2 in Stormont in March as he announced a training panel of 24 that he will work with for the event.
Peter Caruth made a goalscoring comeback on Thursday night as Annadale moved to within a point of the top of the Ulster Premier League table with a 3-0 win at Mossley, writes John Flack.
Ireland ran up a win, two draws and a loss from their four games in Spain in their latest preparatory series for World League Round 2
Teenager Ben Walker and Sam O’Connor look set to make their senior international debuts next week following their inclusion in Craig Fulton’s latest Irish squad for a four-game trip to Spain.
In addition to sweeping to World League Round 2 glory in Kuala Lumpur, Irish players scooped all of the individual awards with Anna O’Flanagan landing both the top scorer and player of the tournament prizes
Graham Shaw described Ireland’s 3-0 win over Malaysia as “outstanding” as they beat the hosts 3-0, adding that the tournament will act as a benchmark for exciting times ahead.