Ireland put in a “faltering performance” as they drew with world number 27 side Wales this afternoon as Katrin Budd’s late goal saw Wales earn a share of the spoils on a day when Alex Speers was awarded her 150th international cap.
Shirley McCay and Alex Speers will both win their 150th international caps this week as Ireland play four senior international challenge matches as the Irish women’s team make a first ever appearance at the recently upgraded Glade in Newtownabbey.
Five Leinster-based players will line out for the Irish Masters O-55s this weekend in Wakefield as part of an ever-growing Home Nations events with competition being played out at O-40, O-45 and O-50 level as well.
Irish U-18 boys coach Graham Shaw confirmed Neil Byrne and Simon Wolfe will complete his side’s 18-man panel for the EuroHockey Championships II in Gasawa, Poland which get underway on July 8.
Deirdre Duke’s first senior international goal saw Ireland take a share of the evening’s spoils against Canada and also split their three-game series with a win a piece prior to this 4-4 draw.
The IHA launched the Electric Ireland U-18 Women’s EuroHockey Championships today, starting the countdown for the event which will take place in UCD from July 29 to August 4.
Ireland’s senior women bounced back from Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Canada to level the series with the decider set for Tuesday evening (7.30pm, Belfield).
Ireland’s U-18 boys won three games three from their series in Bellahouston, winning 5-0, 2-0 and 4-2 against Scotland as preparations continue for their European championships in Gasawa, Poland in early July
Andrew Meredith believes that an overhaul of the current Irish senior men’s training setup is needed with elite players being encouraged back to Ireland from their foreign bases if the side is to be able to thrive in the current economic environment.
Nikki Symmons was not given the win she wanted to mark her 200th cap as Ireland succumbed 3-2 to world ranked number 23 side Canada at a wet and windy Belfield.
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.
Ireland’s U-18s continue their preparations for this summer’s European championships with a series in Scotland; UCD men’s seconds and Banbridge seek new coaches for 2013/14 season
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.