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Madeley double gets Ireland off to flyer

Madeley double gets Ireland off to flyer

July 22, 2009 | 348 views | Leave a comment

Shane Madeley (pictured) struck twice for Ireland’s U-16 to spearhead an opening day 3-0 victory in the Four Nations tournament in Largs, Scotland. The Three Rock Rovers forward netted eight minutes in before Darren Sweetnam doubled the advantage 20 minutes into the game. The side soaked up some serious pressure from the home side, Mark […]

Ireland U-16s take on home nations

Ireland U-16s take on home nations

July 21, 2009 | 352 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s U-16 boys and girls tip off the highlight of their summer programme this afternoon in Largs, Scotland as they take on England, Scotland and Wales in a four nations tournament. With this being a non-European year at this age group, the tournament provides the setting for players to get used to the intense rigours […]

Butler scores in 150th game but Ireland fall twice

Butler scores in 150th game but Ireland fall twice

July 19, 2009 | 287 views | Leave a comment

Stephen Butler marked his 150th cap today with trademark drag-flick against Belgium but the milestone game for the Glenanne man ultimately ended in defeat as Ireland fell to their second defeat in Waterloo in two days. Two very late goals from the Red Lions accounted for the Irish on Saturday in a lively opener. David […]

Muller seeks sharper cutting edge

Muller seeks sharper cutting edge

July 19, 2009 | 333 views | Leave a comment

Ireland coach Gene Muller was left searching for a sharper cutting edge to his strike force after three losses in three days to Spain in Valencia this weekend. His side fell to back-to-back 4-0 defeats on Friday and Saturday before a much improved performance on Sunday saw the side lose 2-1 but felt his side […]

Maguire returns while Butler set for personal milestone

Maguire returns while Butler set for personal milestone

July 15, 2009 | 338 views | Leave a comment

Phelie Maguire will be given a late chance to break back into the Irish team for the European championships as he was named as one of Paul Revington’s three changes from the Champion’s Challenge II side for a two-match series with Belgium – currently world number nine. Maguire has been out of hockey since relocating […]

Ciara O'Brien forced to retire

Ciara O'Brien forced to retire

July 14, 2009 | 870 views | Comments (10)

Irish vice-captain Ciara O’Brien has been forced to announce her retirement from international hockey due to injury after amassing 156 caps in the green shirt over the past nine years. O’Brien has suffered from a degenerative, arthritic condition in both knees over the past year and her decision has been based on medical advice. She […]

Champion's Challenge II: Ireland denied on strokes

Champion's Challenge II: Ireland denied on strokes

July 12, 2009 | 727 views | Leave a comment

Poland 3 (Marcin Strykowski 2, Dariusz Rachwalski) Ireland 3 (Mikey Watt 2, John Jermyn); Poland win 5-4 on penaltiesIreland let the inaugural Champion’s Challenge II title slip through their fingers at Belfield this afternoon as they let a commanding lead and performance come unstuck in the closing stages of a pulsating final battle against Poland. […]

Champion's Challenge II: 3rd/4th playoff

Champion's Challenge II: 3rd/4th playoff

July 12, 2009 | 312 views | Leave a comment

France 4 (Freddie Soyez 2, Martin Genestet, Sebastian Jean-Jean) Malaysia 3 (Hafiz Hanifi, Selvaraju Sandrakasi, Abd Rahim) after golden goalFrance withstood a second half barrage to eventually take the bronze medal at the inaugural Champion’s Challenge II with Freddie Soyez holding his nerve to net a three-times respotted penalty corner in the sixth minute of […]

Champion's Challenge II: Classification matches

Champion's Challenge II: Classification matches

July 12, 2009 | 297 views | Leave a comment

5th – 6th playoff: Japan 9 (Yoshihiro Anai 3, Ryuji Nagasawa 2, Ryuji Furusato, Tomori Ono, Kazuhiro Tsubouchi, Hikroke Watanabe) Russia 2 (Alexandre Platonov, Dimitriy Azarov)Japan struck eight times in the second half to turn a first half deficit into a comprehensive victory to claim fifth place in the Champion’s Challenge II this afternoon. The […]

Ireland line up Polish revenge mission

Ireland line up Polish revenge mission

July 12, 2009 | 250 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s dramatic win over Malaysia last night has set up a near instant chance for revenge over Poland following the 3-2 defeat on Thursday as the home nation compete in their first ever world ranking final to be played on home soil. Billed pre-match as somewhat of a non-event with both countries already semi-final bound, […]

Champion's Challenge II: Ireland reach final – semi-final reports

Champion's Challenge II: Ireland reach final – semi-final reports

July 11, 2009 | 385 views | Leave a comment

Ireland 2 (John Jermyn , David Hobbs) Malaysia 1 (Tengku Tajuddin)Ireland held out for a famous victory at Belfield this afternoon amid the pouring rain, edging out a lively Malaysia to set up a revenge mission in tomorrow’s final against Poland. They were made to live on their nerves, though, as a corner conceded 15 […]

Champion's Challenge II: 5th-8th playoffs

Champion's Challenge II: 5th-8th playoffs

July 11, 2009 | 293 views | Leave a comment

5th-8th place playoffs: Russia 2 (Alexander Likov, Alexandre Platonov) Chile 1 (Thomas Kannegiesser)Russia’s greater proficiency in both circles proved the vital factor as Chile created much but threatened little except in the closing four minutes. Alexander Likov’s 14th minute reverse-stick effort was the sole highlight of the first half as the South American side let […]

European U-18 Championships: Day Five

European U-18 Championships: Day Five

July 11, 2009 | 268 views | Leave a comment

Ireland U-18 girls 3 (Chloe Watkins, Brenda Flannery, Katie Codyre) Russia 2Ireland’s U-18s survived relegation from the A division, scoring three minutes from time against Russia to end their EuroHockey Youth Championships in fifth place courtesy of their 3-2 win over Russia this morning. France’s 3-0 defeat of Lithuania meant only a win would see […]

Anthoni to face old friends for first time

Anthoni to face old friends for first time

July 11, 2009 | 304 views | Leave a comment

Given the spectator numbers to date, Ireland’s match with Malaysia should prove the biggest draw of the Champion’s Challenge II to date with the South-East Asian side adorning the crowd with bodhrans and plenty of noise (seen talking to players post-match, below right). Some may have hoped for the fixture to have been the final […]

European U-18 Championships: Day Four

European U-18 Championships: Day Four

July 10, 2009 | 281 views | Leave a comment

Ireland U-18 Boys 1 (Stu Loughrey) Wales 0Andy Smyth’s side showed their steely determination for a second successive game as they struck late to beat Wales in an extremely tight-fought battle in Vienna. Stu Loughrey finished off fellow Leinster man Kyle Good’s brilliant cross with just four minutes to go of their semi-final for the […]

Potential club v country tug of war as EHL and WCQ dates named

Potential club v country tug of war as EHL and WCQ dates named

July 9, 2009 | 266 views | Leave a comment

The announcement of the dates for the first round of the EuroHockey League (EHL) and the 2010 World Cup qualifying (WCQ) tournaments has led to concerns over men’s player availability for both club and country. Just one week separates the EHL’s round 1b from the first of three WCQ events with a very real possibility […]

Champion's Challenge: Ireland 2 Poland 3

Champion's Challenge: Ireland 2 Poland 3

July 9, 2009 | 330 views | Leave a comment

Ireland 2 (Mikey Watt, Alan Sothern) Poland 3 (Tomasz Gorny, Maciej Janiszewski, Tomasz Dutkiewicz)Despite the match being solely to decide semi-final pairings, Ireland and Poland played out the most intense battle of the Champion’s Challenge II to date. Tomasz Dutkiewicz’s low corner strike early in the second half proved the vital moment of a helter-skelter […]

Champion's Challenge II: Day three

Champion's Challenge II: Day three

July 9, 2009 | 519 views | Leave a comment

Group A: Japan 4 (Genki Mitani, Ryuji Fukushiro, Kenji Kitazato, Naoto Shiokawa) Chile 3 (Felipe Montegu, Alexis Berzcely, Felipe Eggers)With just seeding for the relegation play-offs at stake, Japan got a low-key tussle off to a decent start as Genki Mitani scrambled in from close range inside 100 seconds. Other than that, chances were at […]

European U-18 Championships: Day three

European U-18 Championships: Day three

July 8, 2009 | 320 views | Leave a comment

EuroHockey Girl’s Youth ChampionshipsIreland 1 (Ali Meeke) England 3 (Shona McCallin, Rebecc Dru, Holly Chipman)Following Belgium’s 3-0 win over France, Ireland were left with the tough task of needing to beat England by three clear goals in the final group B. They started brightly with Deirdre Duke’s magical build-up play setting up Ali Meeke for […]

Champion's Challenge: Ireland 3 Japan 0

Champion's Challenge: Ireland 3 Japan 0

July 7, 2009 | 318 views | Leave a comment

Group A: Ireland 3 (John Jermyn 2, Mikey Watt) Japan 0 What a difference a day makes. The indecision and individual errors that characterised Monday night’s match with Chile all but dissipated as Ireland eased into the semi-finals of the Champion’s Challenge II at Belfield last night. The 3-0 score-line was the only similarity between […]