Ireland fell to a 1-0 defeat in the first of their three-match series against Spain at Belfield as Rocio Ybarra’s 17th minute goal did the damage.
Paul Revington has left two places up for grabs this weekend with ten players vying for the remaining places in his men’s European selection having confirmed 16 of the players who will travel to Monchengladbach later this month.
Irish coach Gene Muller says his selection for the European championships – which get underway on August 20 against the German hosts – was guided by the need for a more physical zeal.
Ireland claimed yet another huge success as they won their third piece of silverware of the summer last Sunday, this time adding the not inconsiderable INSEP Five Nations title to the Champions Challenge and Celtic Cup.
Ireland’s men picked up a second huge win of the week, adding the scalp of world number 11 side Argentina to that of Korea three days earlier to get within shouting distance of the INSEP Five Nations title.
World number one side Australia kept a game Ireland at bay with a controlled performance in Paris yesterday afternoon, Chris Ciriello’s second half penalty corner double ensuring they began their INSEP Five Nations challenge with a win.
Ireland’s men picked off a huge win as they smashed world number six side Korea 5-1 in Paris to begin the INSEP Five Nations in brilliant fashion.
With the training panel trimmed to around 25 players, the pearing down process to the final 18 for the European championships begins in earnest for Paul Revington
An Irish contingent has signed on for the controversial World Series Hockey according to Yannick Colaco, chief operating officer of Nimbus Sport and main promoter of the tournament.
Ian Sloan gets another chance to continue his remarkable development into a top-class international hockey star after he was named in the Irish squad for next week’s INSEP Five Nations in Paris.
Ireland’s U-18 girls were denied bronze by a fine English effort while the boy’s were left devastated as a final hooter corner goal denied them the draw they needed to stay in the ‘A’ division
Ireland’s semi-final hoodoo in the European U-18 championships struck for the third time in four championships as super-power Germany ended the girls in green’s dreams; the boys were stung late by France
Four goals in each half meant Ireland’s boys semi-final bid never got up and running against Germany; the girls, however produced a superb backs-to-the-wall effort to keep Belgium at bay and secure a top four ranking at the Europeans
The weather put paid to three quarters of the day’s play at the Volvo EuroHockey U-18 Championships as torrential rain left the main pitches unplayable after just one game in both the boys and girls competitions were completed.
Ian Sloan’s incredible hat-trick inside 17 minutes shot Ireland U-18 boys back into contention for a semi-final berth while an excellent 3-1 win for the girls means they are in a strong position, needing a draw with Belgium to advance
Ireland’s U-18 boys put in a powerful first half performance but were undone by their Dutch hosts in their opening Volvo European Championship tie; the girls meanwhile, fell 4-0 to the Netherlands, all the goals came in the first half
Ireland’s U18 boys and girl’s teams start their European campaigns today in Utrecht hoping to get the better of world super power, the Netherlands.
Paul Revington’s charges swept away the painful memories of the 2009 Champions Challenge II final as they produced some moments of brilliance to deny hosts France in a tense final in Lille.
Russia struck three times in the last seven minutes to win bronze; Prochazka fires two late penalty corners to earn Czechs fifth place, dropping top seeds China into sixth place. USA finished on a high with a 5-2 win over Austria
A stunning display of corner efficiency set Ireland on course for a rousing rout of Russia to set up an FIH Champions Challenge II final date with hosts France.