From the ridiculous to the sublime, Ireland produced a psychologically vital comeback 6-4 win over France after a rough tournament in Rotterdam to end up matching their pre-tournament ranking.
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Barring a European miracle, Ireland will miss out on the 2014 World Cup as a controversial Roger Padros goal saw Spain advance to the fifth place playoff of the World League round three in Rotterdam.
Kate Dillon is finding life a whole lot busier since finally being called up to the central panel of the Irish senior women’s hockey team.
Nikki Symmons will become the first Irish woman in any team sport to amass 200 caps tomorrow when the national hockey team takes on Canada as preparations continue for August’s European championships.
Ireland missed out on their first shot at qualifying for the World Cup this afternoon in Rotterdam as Belgium were too strong for Andrew Meredith’s side despite a much improved performance.
Ireland’s harrowing 5-0 defeat at the hands of Olympic silver medallists the Netherlands in Rotterdam last night has left a daunting path ahead of them if they are to reach a first World Cup since 1990.
Strong performances from the England O-40s and O-45s against Ireland in the last day of the tournament was enough for them to retain the cups for the respective age categories.
The Masters teams experienced mixed fortunes on Day Two of the Home Nations tournament taking place in Pembroke and Railway hockey clubs. The Irish O-40s had a convincing 3-0 win over Scotland while both the Irish O-45s and O-50s drew with Scotland and the Irish 50s lost to England.
New Zealand’s second half intensity put punished a lack-lustre Irish performance that showed the gap they still have to bridge to mix it at the top table of world hockey.
The three Irish Masters women’s teams played Wales on Friday afternoon recording two strong wins and a draw to get their busy weekend of action off to a good start.
Ireland’s tempestuous affair with the video referral system came to pass once more as they were left frustrated in their opening World League round three tie, drawing with world number 11 side India, drawing 4-4.
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Phelie Maguire admits that thoughts did persist that he might “not realistically get another chance” of playing in a top level tournament but he is now looking to shine having enjoyed a new lease of life in green since Andrew Meredith took the coaching reins.
Darren Smith described some of Ireland’s play as “thoughtless” as they fell to a frustrating 4-3 loss to Scotland as their attacking play improved in parts but defensively his side were punished.
Lisa Jaocb’s 69th minute equaliser saw Ireland snatch a 2-2 draw against Scotland in Edinburgh in their first build-up game to August’s European championships this afternoon.
An extensive build-up campaign toward the European championships begins on Monday for the Irish women as Darren Smith’s new look squad as they take on Scotland before meeting South Africa in Peffermill on Tuesday.
Eugene Magee has been forced to withdraw from the Irish men’s team to play in the World League semi-final in Rotterdam due to cartilage damage at the front of his knee.
Four years after Ireland first participated in the women’s masters home nations in Swansea, with one Over-40s squad of 13, they are set to host the tournament, fielding teams at O-40s, O-45s and O-50s level.
Kyle Good and Jonathan Bell look set to play in their first major world level event as Irish senior men’s head coach Andrew Meredith named the duo in the 18-man final panel for June’s World League round three in Rotterdam.