Ireland’s men drew their first game together after three months apart, plying their club across Europe, ending in a scoreless stalemate against France in Wattignies.
Neal Glassey and Mark Ingram look set to win their first international caps next week as the Irish senior men take on France in a pair of test matches in Lille.
By most statistics, 2014 was a particularly sweet one for Ireland’s Green Army. A silver medal at the Champions Challenge in Glasgow was certainly the highlight, especially when considered they entered the tournament as the seventh ranked side.
Aine Connery’s double helped Ireland finish a hugely productive 2014 on a high note as they completed a clean sweep over Scotland in Dublin this week and extended their winning run to seven games all told.
Aine Connery’s hotly contested effort saw Ireland win their second test match in succession against Scotland at Grange Road, guaranteeing a series victory on a brisk evening in south Dublin
Chloe Brown’s last minute deflected penalty corner saw Ireland win the first of three international matches this weekend against Scotland, providing the only goal of the tie at Grange Road.
Former Irish captain Alex Speers has retired from international hockey after eight years with the national set-up, encompassing 164 caps and 19 goals for the national side since making her debut in 2006.
Chloe Brown’s first half goal saw Ireland beat Belgium for the second day in succession in Oudergem, this time picking off a 1-0 success. She scored from a flowing move in the tenth minute to net the only goal of the game.
Ireland’s women picked up an impressive 2-0 win over Belgium, ranked three places higher than them in the world, in Oudergem in the first of their two game series this week.
Three Rock Rovers and Alexandra College have been named as two venues to host international hockey matches in early November between Ireland and Scotland.
Trinidad and Tobago have completed the line-up for the Irish men’s World League group in San Diego following the completion of the latest round one tournament in Kingston, Jamaica.
After a busy summer, Ireland’s women will play five more international matches in the lead-up to Christmas, the first couple of which are against Belgium in two weeks time.
Ireland’s road to Rio 2016 became a little clearer over the weekend with the line-up for the women’s World League round two complete while two more teams have been added to the men’s tournament.
Kirk Shimmins has signed for the Southern Dogs in New Zealand to play in the 2014 National Hockey League which gets underway on Saturday with a tie against Auckland.
The Irish men’s World League Round Two – which will be held from February 25 to March 8, 2015 – has been moved from Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Chula Vista on the southside of San Diego, California.
With Ireland’s 5-2 win over Spain on Sunday, it brought their goal tally to 36 in eight games over the course of their Tri-Nations series in Belfield, a rare glut but one that is perfectly in keeping with Darren Smith’s philosophy for his Irish team.
Darren Smith’s charges finally found the cutting edge they needed to put Spain to the sword, beating them 5-2 at Belfield in the final game of their series this week.
Ireland’s penultimate game of the Tri-Nations Series against Spain and France ended with Ireland comfortably seeing off the French 8-1 at the National Hockey Stadium in UCD on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
Darren Smith said the right decision was ultimately reached in denying Ireland a winning goal in game three this week against Spain though the manner the umpires reached the outcome “caused a bit of damage” to an otherwise free-flowing game; photos and interview piece
Ireland’s Over-50s finished second in the Home Nations last weekend in Lisnagarvey, beating Scotland and Wales but missed out on the title at the hands of England.