The Irish Masters across all age ranges will get into gear this year with the Interpros Series to be held in Lisnagarvey’s facility at Hillsborough on April 18 and 19.
After nine warm-up matches in 2015 already, Craig Fulton’s Irish senior men formally start their Olympic qualifying bid at Chula Vista in California at the World League round two, needing a top three finish to keep their road to Rio on course.
Seventeen of the 18 spots in Darren Smith’s squad for the women’s World League 2 in Dublin have been finalised with Ali Meeke and Yvonne O’Byrne vying for the last defender’s spot.
Ireland completed their pre-World League round two warm-up series with a 3-2 loss to France in a frustrating performance at times against a tricky opponent in front of a bumper crowd at Grange Road.
An Alan Sothern double saw Ireland come from a goal down at half-time to defeat France 3-1 in the second of their three game series at Grange Road on Thursday evening.
A youthful Irish side earned a creditable 1-1 draw with France at Grange Road as Shane O’Donoghue’s first half goal was cancelled out late on by France’s Jean-Laurent Kieffer in the first tie of their three game series this week.
Craig Fulton has named a hugely experienced panel for the first phase of the Olympic qualifying process with the release of his 18 player panel for World League Round Two which tips off in San Diego on February 28.
Ireland concluded their South African tour with a 7-2 loss against world number five side Belgium on Sunday in Cape Town.
Ireland fell to a 3-0 loss to Belgium in their fifth game in seven days in Cape Town this week, succumbing to the world number five side, Belgium, in the first of two games this weekend.
The Netherlands ran up their second win in two days over Ireland in Stellenbosch as they proved too strong for a Green Machine playing their fourth game in five days.
A final quarter blitz denied Ireland a famous result against world number two side, the Netherlands, as they eventually succumbed 5-2 in their test match in Cape Town.
Kyle Good struck with 13 seconds to go to grab Ireland a dramatic 5-4 win over South Africa in Hartleyvale in their second test match of their warm-weather tour.
Ireland’s men began their build-up to the World League round two with a 2-2 draw against South Africa in Hartleyvale, succumbing to a late comeback from the hosts.
Ireland’s senior men play the first test match of 2015 on Sunday in Cape Town as they take on South Africa to kickstart their Olympic qualifying preparations; YM and Glenanne the key game in Leinster’s division one in the IHL chase
Nikki Evans scored a late goal to earn Ireland a draw and a share of the spoils from the three-game series in Valencia this week.
Anna O’Flanagan’s hat trick proved in vain in game two as Gloria Comerma struck with moments to go, also completing a treble, ending Ireland’s run of eight successive wins dating back to last August.
The Irish women’s winning run stretched to eight games as they shaded the opening tie of their three game series in Valencia though coach Darren Smith says there is plenty to work on.
Ireland’s two most capped players, Eugene Magee and Ronan Gormley, are back in Craig Fulton’s men’s national panel for their trip to South Africa later this month.
Lizzie Colvin has returned to the Irish senior women’s panel for the first time since August 2013 following a lengthy battle back from an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury.
Ireland’s men shared their series with France with two draws from two outings in Wattignies, the second tie finishing 3-3 on Wednesday morning.