Barring a Friday night horror show against Pakistan, Ireland are virtually assured a place in Saturday’s UCD 4 Nations Cup final after a stunning 6-1 win over France in Belfield tonight.
Saba Anjum’s first half hat-trick inspired her Indian side to a comfortable victory over Azerbaijan, a result which means Ireland top Group B and will play at 5.30pm in Thursday’s quarter-final against UCD.
South Africa’s Pietee Coetzee smashed the world goal-scoring record with four fine goals at Belfield, playing the starring role in an amazing 5-5 draw with USA; SA top the group with Scotland, still unbeaten, taking second spot
While back-to-back FIH Champion’s Challenge wins may prove academic, Irish manager Sally-Ann Fanagan believes the psychological boon garnered from games against India and Azerbaijan will be the real bonus.
The feel-good factor for Irish hockey continued as the men extended their unbeaten run to eight games in 2011 – and a fourth win in four days – as they produced four scintillating goals to beat China on day one of the UCD 4 Nations Cup
After eight women’s FIH Champion’s Challenge games, the men take centre-stage at Belfield tonight as the UCD 4 Nations makes its debut; streaming and live updates to be posted
Ireland retained the Celtic Cup in Cardiff this afternoon with a comfortable 4-0 victory over the Welsh hosts, making it 11 goals in two games for a supposedly under-strength Irish side.
In stark contrast to Saturday’s stylish win, Ireland showed they have the grit to grind out a result, battling well against an Azerbaijan side intent on making life uncomfortable; Spain and India draw to see Irish top
Scotland continued their fine start to the Champion’s Challenge as the tournament’s lowest ranked side added to yesterday’s tie with South Africa with a gritty win over the USA – eight places their senior in the world list.
Ireland aim to back up their debut day victory over India when they face a tough encounter against an impressive Azerbaijan side (3.30pm); day two preview and more options to follow the tournament live
Peter Blakeney’s four star performance helped Ireland roll over an under-strength France in some style in Cardiff with plenty to spare, moving them close to retaining the Celtic Cup; Ireland also faced Pakistan in a close tie
Chloe Watkins’ beautiful goal – from conception to finish – proved the winner for Ireland as they picked off a notable win in fine fashion, getting their FIH Champions Challenge I campaign off to a dream start.
Top seeds Japan produced a resolute performance to hold the US at bay and start the FIH Champion’s Challenge with a high tempo win at Belfield while South Africa came from 2-0 down to tie with Scotland
Andy McConnell struck in the final ten seconds to turn a forgettable game into a memorable win for an inexperienced Irish side over Scotland. The Irish were bolstered by a surprise return for David Hobbs in Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
New Irish skipper Alex Speers says she cannot wait to experience her first world ranking tournament as captain since taking over the role full-time from Eimear Cregan.
A year on from an ill-fated battle with India, Gene Muller is excited about the prospect of getting one back on the Asian side this Saturday in Ireland’s Champion’s Challenge I opener.
Paul Revington has named what looks ostensibly to be a squad of probables and one of possibles for the back-to-back tournaments coming up this week as the build-up to August’s European championships heightens.
Fluidity was finally forthcoming for Paul Revington’s Ireland as they produced their best performance of the three-match series with Wales, running up a 4-1 win with John Jermyn and Mitch Darling scoring doubles
Paul Revington introduced an increase of 849 Irish caps – across 11 changes – to his Irish team for the second of his side’s three-game series with Wales but was forced to settle for a 2-2 tie at Belfield on Saturday
Ireland is guaranteed a representative in the final of the Euro Hockey League as well as the women’s Club Champion’s Cup on Sunday, the first time since John Jermyn and Iain Lewers stepped out with HGC back in 2008 that Irish-born players have played at such a level