Ireland’s frustrations against Spain continued for a third game as they were denied victory in bizarre fashion at Belfield with two disallowed goals in the second half.
The gulf in class between Ireland and France was once again laid bare at Belfield as the hosts ran up a 6-0 win, adding to earlier 9-0 and 8-0 victories this week against a side ranked ten places below the Irish in the world.
Irish men’s senior coach Craig Fulton has laid out an extensive day-by-day plan up to the end of August 2015 that he is keen that all stakeholders, including club coaches get on board with, as they pursue the Olympic dream.
Darren Smith said his side “struggled to adapt” to a different Spanish approach in their second game against the world number 14s as their intensive summer of training and games continues
Ireland ran up a 8-0 win over France to inflict a heavy defeat in game two of the four meetings between the sides this week as part of their Tri-Nations series in Belfield.
The Irish men’s Over-40s team landed the Home Nations title in Lisnagarvey over the weekend as they ran up a clean sweep, eye-catchingly beating England 4-2 on Saturday.
Darren Smith said he felt a “little hollow” after his Irish side had plenty of good things to reflect on from their Tri-Nations game against Spain but ultimately fell 2-1 to hand the visiting side the honours from the first of four series this week.
Spain punished Ireland’s profligacy to and first blood in their series of matches in Dublin this week with a 2-1 win courtesy of brilliant second half goals from Bea Perez and Berta Bonastre.
The Ireland Masters 40s have made eight changes to the squad that competed at the Masters World Cup in June as they begin their Home Nations weekend against Scotland this evening at 7.30pm in Lisnagarvey.
From the sounds of things, four-goal scorer Audrey O’Flynn won’t be satisfied with less than double figures when Ireland meet France for a second time in their Tri-Nations series on Monday.
Audrey O’Flynn’s quartet of penalty corner goals ensured Ireland opened their series of eight games in 12 days in comfortable fashion, exposing a gulf in class to beat an inexperienced France 9-0 at Belfield.
The Irish women’s senior team are hosting a fundraising golf classic on Friday, September 26 in Edmondstown Golf club, Rathfarnham to help their push for qualification to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Lisnagarvey will host the 2014 Masters Home Nations tournament at Comber Road from Friday, August 15 to Sunday, August 17.
Ireland’s women will play eight games in August as part of four rapid-fire Tri-Nations series against Spain and France with Darren Smith retaining the majority of the 25-player panel that he has worked with throughout the summer.
The Irish Under-21 men produced a string of high scoring performances before ultimately winning the EuroHockey Junior Championships II with a dramatic late show against Italy; here’s all the goals from the tournament from camera man Wal McConnell
Mixed emotions for the Irish Under-21 women but, ultimately, primary objective achieved as they got the draw they needed to earn a top two spot in Vienna. Gold, though, was tantalisingly out of reach as they built a three-goal lead only to be pegged back by a last quarter Italian fightback.
Ireland were unable to break down a resolute Ukraine defence but, nonetheless, nudged themselves a step closer to claiming promotion to the A division of Under-21 European hockey while, should they beat Italy tomorrow, the gold medal is still up for grabs.
The Irish U-21 men left it late but ultimately won gold at the EuroHockey Junior Championships II in Lousada, Portugal by beating Scotland 3-1 with two goals in the last two minutes.
Ireland’s Under-21 men moved within a point of promotion to the top tier of European Junior hockey as they swept aside Italy 9-2 in Portugal.
Irish senior women’s coach Darren Smith says that his fresh-faced defensive unit showed rapid improvement in their second battle of the week with New Zealand on Wednesday night as part of an encouraging week at the Electric Ireland Four Nations competition in Dublin.