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Scots complete clean sweep over Irish women

Scots complete clean sweep over Irish women

July 25, 2010 | 125 views | Leave a comment

Senior Women’s international challenge match Scotland 3 (Kareena Marshall, Susan Hamilton, Aimee Clark) Ireland 1 (Alex Speers) Scotland completed a clean sweep from their three match series with Ireland this afternoon in Forthbank, finding it a smoother transition to bed in their three new squad additions than Ireland’s sixth. Old Alex goalkeeper Pamela Smithwick was […]

McDonnell strike not enough for Ireland

McDonnell strike not enough for Ireland

July 24, 2010 | 114 views | Leave a comment

Senior women’s international challenge match Scotland 2 (Louise Baxter, Vikki Bunce) Ireland 1 (Jean McDonnell) Despite Jean McDonnell’s stunning second half effort, an experimental Ireland side fell 2-1 to a Scottish side also using this series to assess their options as the Forthbank hosts fielded two debutants for Saturday’s tie. The Scots took the lead […]

Five make debut but Kidd settles tie

Five make debut but Kidd settles tie

July 24, 2010 | 97 views | Leave a comment

Senior women’s international challenge match Scotland 1 (Nikki Kidd) Ireland 0 Gene Muller handed five Irish players their first senior international caps but they were unable to turn the tide against Scotland as a 40th minute goal settled the tie with Nikki Kidd dragging home the winner in the first of the three match series […]

Six debutants in for Scotland series

Six debutants in for Scotland series

July 22, 2010 | 104 views | Leave a comment

Gene Muller has named six uncapped players in his squad for this weekend’s three-match series against Scotland in Stirling this weekend. The selection comes 13 months before Ireland’s first shot at claiming an Olympic spot at the European championships in Monchengladbach in late August 2011 with this series – and three games against Belgium in […]

Irish produce first ever Home Nations double

Irish produce first ever Home Nations double

July 19, 2010 | 104 views | Comments (1)

Ireland’s U-18 boys and girls completed a first ever Home Nations double at Garryduff yesterday, both picking up the results they required from their final game of the four nations competition. Needing only a draw to annex the title, the boys recorded a comfortable 4-0 win over Wales while the women cut it much finer. […]

U-18 double on cards for Irish

U-18 double on cards for Irish

July 18, 2010 | 80 views | Leave a comment

An U-18 Home Nations double is still on the cards as the Irish boys and girls both overcame England at Garryduff this afternoon and require a single point from tomorrow’s third series of games to annex their respective titles. Tom Samuel struck twice to overhaul an English first half lead in the boy’s game to […]

Gray and Surgeoner fire Irish U-18s

Gray and Surgeoner fire Irish U-18s

July 17, 2010 | 107 views | Leave a comment

Nicola Gray’s corner smash and Vanessa Surgeoner’s deliciously timed second half strike handed Ireland the win their dominance deserved against Wales at Garryduff this evening for whom goalkeeper Roseanne Thomas was outstanding. Gray battered home a trademark corner from the girls in green’s first set piece in the fifth minute but from then on Thomas […]

O’Donoghue’s four downs Scotland

O’Donoghue’s four downs Scotland

July 17, 2010 | 85 views | Leave a comment

Shane O’Donoghue’s brilliant quadruple fired Ireland’s U-18 boys to a 4-2 win over Scotland in their opening Home Nations tie at Garryduff this afternoon, firing three inside the first half. It was a tally of sheer quality as the Irish held off a Ben Peterson-inspired second half fightback when the Irish looked to have let […]

Girls settle for fourth; boys evade relegation

Girls settle for fourth; boys evade relegation

July 17, 2010 | 83 views | Leave a comment

Ireland U-16 girls rallied late but left it too late as Belgium took bronze at the European Championships in Barcelona with a 2-1 win to end a dramatic week. Sharp-shooter Katie Mullan fired home a 64th minute corner and pressure in the closing minutes earned another corner on the final whistle for Ireland. But they […]

Irish react angrily to Dutch "physical" claims

Irish react angrily to Dutch "physical" claims

July 17, 2010 | 138 views | Comments (2)

Ireland U-16 girls’ management have reacted angrily to Dutch claims of an overly robust approach described as “totally inappropriate” in the wake of their 5-1 semi-final defeat yesterday afternoon. Speaking to hockey.nl, Dutch coach Kai de Jager said: “It was just physical force/violence which I thought was totally inappropriate. They had no intention to play […]

Dutch deny Irish girls final place

Dutch deny Irish girls final place

July 16, 2010 | 96 views | Leave a comment

Una McCarthy’s Ireland U-16 girls were unable to halt the Dutch juggernaut but did show up reasonably well in the physical exchanges against a side that had already battered 43 goals from three games to date in the tournament. Captain Frederique Derkx netted four times – two corners and two strokes – in her side’s […]

Irish U-18 panels named for Home Nations

Irish U-18 panels named for Home Nations

July 15, 2010 | 140 views | Leave a comment

The Irish U-18 boys and girl’s panels have been named for this weekend’s Home Nations competition to be held in Garryduff, Cork this weekend. The boys side gets its nucleus from the Wesley and Banbridge sides. The former – who claimed three schools titles this year – provide five of the 18 player panel while […]

Girls set for Dutch semi; Boys miss last four place

Girls set for Dutch semi; Boys miss last four place

July 15, 2010 | 62 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s U-16 girls advanced to the semi-finals of the European championships as they beat Russia 4-0 in Barcelona this evening to finish second in their group behind Spain. They will face the daunting prospect of the Netherlands in the final four; a side who scored a massive 43 goals in their three initial group games. […]

U-16s both still in Euro semi-final hunt

U-16s both still in Euro semi-final hunt

July 13, 2010 | 82 views | Comments (1)

* Words from Southern Fried’s Alan Good Ireland’s U-16 boys will be looking for a favour from the Netherlands tomorrow, but a place in the semi-finals of the EuroHockey Youth Nations Championships in Barcelona is still within their grasp. A 1-1 draw with Austria today leaves Miles Warren’s side in third in their pool, with […]

Whelan leads way for Irish U-16s

Whelan leads way for Irish U-16s

July 12, 2010 | 142 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s U16 girls gave themselves a fighting chance of a semi-final spot at the EuroHockey Youth Nations Championships in Barcelona, by hammering the Ukraine 4-0 in their opening game earlier tonight. Wesley’s junior captain Anna-May Whelan gave Ireland the lead with further goals coming from Orla Macken, Roisin Upton and Katie Mullan. Ireland look set […]

Centralisation plan gets IHA green light

Centralisation plan gets IHA green light

July 7, 2010 | 69 views | Leave a comment

The IHA confirmed today that from October 2010, the majority of the Irish senior women’s team will commit to a ‘Central Preparation Programme’ (CPP) located in Dublin, for a period of ten months. The programme is designed, according to an IHA press release, to “facilitate a core, intensive preparation program targeting those athletes in contention […]

Malone’s U-18s triple up against Scots

Malone’s U-18s triple up against Scots

July 6, 2010 | 57 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s U-18s completed an excellent trio of games with their most emphatic win of three over Scotland at Jordanstown on Monday as they picked up a 3-0 win. Leah Ewart was on target for the third game in-a-row while Rebecca Barry and Katie Codyre (left) were also on the mark. It concludes their build-up to […]

Junior Celtic Cups prove elusive for Ireland

Junior Celtic Cups prove elusive for Ireland

July 4, 2010 | 73 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s U-21 boys were denied the Junior Celtic Cup in dramatic fashion as an experienced Scotland side following a 4-4 draw at Coolnafranky. The Irish led three times in the game but found themselves chasing the game in the final stages as Kenny Bain popped up to score his side’s crucial fourth goal. Stuart Loughrey […]

Pair of draws ends men’s summer unbeaten

Pair of draws ends men’s summer unbeaten

July 4, 2010 | 65 views | Leave a comment

Senior Men’s international fixtures Saturday: Ireland 1 (Alan Sothern) France 1 (Joost Jansen) Sunday: Ireland 3 (Eugene Magee 2, David Ames) France 3 Ireland produced an incredible fight-back in the third of their three matches against France to sign off on their summer six-match campaign unbeaten with the Celtic Cup and a series win under […]

Hurtz strikes thrice for third Aussie win

Hurtz strikes thrice for third Aussie win

July 4, 2010 | 71 views | Leave a comment

Senior women’s international Ireland 1 (Lisa Jacob) Australia 4 (Emily Hurtz 3, Megan Rivers) Emily Hurtz (pictured, below left) completed her role as Ireland’s tormentor with a trio of close range corner goals in a game defined by a string of set pieces but little excitement from play. Australia notched seven corners in the first […]