The IHA have released a busy summer schedule of international ties with the Irish women playing 17 games between now and September while the men will play their first ties on home soil in late June for two years.
Kyle Good is looking forward to the “perfect opportunity” having agreed terms with Euro Hockey League bronze medalists and Belgian leading lights Dragons along with Shane O’Donoghue for the 2014/15 season
The Irish women’s Olympic hopes received a boost this week as they secured the rights to host round two of the World League in March 2015, the second phase in the qualification process for Rio 2016.
Ireland ended second in their Four Nations tournament in Barcelona as they fell 4-2 to hosts Spain this morning, finishing ahead of Wales and Russia.
Ireland picked up their second win of the Four Nations tournament in Barcelona as Shane O’Donoghue’s 30th minute goal saw them add to Tuesday’s 5-3 win over Russia.
Timmy Cockram marked his return to the Irish senior squad with a second half hat-trick to see off Russia 5-3 in Barcelona yesterday, starting their Four Nations campaign in confident fashion.
Craig Fulton has brought in 12 different faces to the Irish men’s hockey team for a four-nations tournament in Spain next week from the panel that competed in the recent Champions Challenge I in Malaysia including former captain Ronan Gormley.
The Irish dream of a first Champions Challenge I title came unstuck at the hands of the USA in Glasgow, showing their precision and class to coolly come back from a controversial early deficit to win 3-1.
Ireland’s men finished a creditable fourth at the Champions Challenge I as their experimental side fell 4-2 to hosts Malaysia in the bronze medal match in Kuantan.
Hopes of a final Super Sunday for Ireland were dashed in Kuantan as Asian champions Korea – the current world number seven – shaded their semi-final battle, the Tigers winning out 2-1 to take their final place against Canada while Ireland will hosts Malaysia for bronze.
Ireland’s women are in dreamland overnight as they racked up their second successive win over World Cup-bound opposition to earn their place in the final of the Champions Challenge I in Glasgow, coming from a goal down to stun South Africa.
Ireland rode their luck but ultimately kept alive their hopes of another medal at the Champions Challenge I in Kuantan, Malaysia as they continued their hoodoo over France, winning out 3-0 in a penalty shoot-out after normal time had ended 2-2.
Just a day after a humbling 3-0 loss to the USA, Darren Smith’s produced “easily the best victory” during his tenure as they saw off the world number eight side, Korea, with a gritty performance in Glasgow, putting them through to semi-finals of the Champions Challenge I.
USA showed a clean pair of heels to Ireland’s women as they cruised to a 3-0 win in Glasgow in the Champions Challenge I, condemning Darren Smith’s side to bottom of Pool B, setting up a date with Korea in the quarter-finals
Alan Sothern struck late to secure Ireland’s first victory at the Pahang Hockey Champions Challenge 1 in Kuantan as the Green Machine defeated Japan’s Samurais 1-0 in pool A, a result that eventually lifted them to second in the initial table.
Emily Beatty’s double in the closing eight minutes earned Ireland a second successive 2-2 draw at the Champions Challenge I in Glasgow this evening, tying with Spain.
Audrey O’Flynn’s 58th minute drag-flick earned Ireland an encouraging 2-2 draw with World Cup bound South Africa to open up their Champions Challenge I in Glasgow this afternoon.
Pawel Bratkowski’s late corner goal saw Ireland fall to a second successive 2-1 defeat of the Champions Challenge I in Kuantan, Malaysia, falling to Poland 24 hours after they had been defeated by New Zealand.
Ireland fell to tournament favourites New Zealand 2-1 in the opening Pahang Hockey Champions Challenge 1 tie in Kuantan in a tie split into quarters due to the hot weather conditions in Malaysia.
Familiarity is the bye-word for Darren Smith’s Ireland team as they contest the Champions Challenge I for the third time in three years, meeting old rivals South Africa, the USA and Spain in the opening Pool B which gets under way on Sunday.