In the aftermath of the senior EuroHockey Championships, the Irish Under-21s both suffered tough losses in the searing Valencia heat against two of the fancied sides.
A day after the Irish senior teams finished their hectic summer, the Under-21 men and women begin their European campaigns with avoiding relegation the crucial target is either side is to make the Junior World Cup in three years time.
Craig Fulton and David Harte reflect on their final EuroHockey Championships tie against Austria and the state of the Irish men’s team following a hectic 2017 of three international tournaments.
From flattening devastation to a reprieve, the Irish women’s side somehow managed to stay in the top tier of European hockey despite a harrowing 7-2 loss to Spain.
The Irish men’s hopes of European survival will go down to the last day as, for the second time in two months, they found it impossible to unpick a mass Spanish defence.
Late goals from Roisin Upton and Anna O’Flanagan put the Irish women within a result of retaining their status at the top table of European hockey as they saw off the Czech Republic 3-1 in Amsterdam.
Ireland’s hopes of back to back semi-finals at the European Championships came undone in Amsterdam as a pair of third-quarter English goals proved the difference.
When Ireland’s men took the field against Germany in their opening Rabo EuroHockey Championships, it marked a family-first for the Jacksons.
Three goals in the last 10 minutes saw Ireland’s women lose 5-1 to Germany at the European Championships in Amsterdam, leaving them in fourth place after the group stages.
Ireland’s men require a draw or better from their final group game against England to reach the European Championships for the second successive time following their 7-1 demolition of Poland.
Graham Shaw was left frustrated as his Irish women’s side could not break down a stubborn Scotland defence, leading to an ultimately deflating scoreless draw in their second European Championships pool game.
Sean Murray’s glorious 48th minute touch earned Ireland a first ever result against Germany in a world ranking competition as they tied 1-1 in their opening European Championships tie in Amsterdam.
England produced a composed performance to see off Ireland 4-1, a year to the day since they won the Olympic gold in Rio in their GB guise.
Graham Shaw says his Irish women’s side is all in good health and raring to go for a shot at history, potentially breaking into the European top four for the first time.
Goalkeeper David Harte is looking forward to “an away tournament at home” for the Dutch-based player as the European Championships get underway for Ireland this weekend in the Netherlands.
The Irish women’s Over-55s bid for Euro Masters glory advanced on Thursday as they reached the final while the Over-40s are into the semis; on the men’s side, three sides will battle for fifth place.
Dave Passmore and Jonny Caren have named their respective panels for the upcoming EuroHockey Junior Championships which being in Valencia on August 28, a day after their senior counterparts finish up.
The eight Irish Masters sides continued their European Championships campaigns over the weekend in Tilburg with the women’s Over-40s and 45s leading the way with two wins from two to date
Ireland O-45 women began their European championships against Wales in Tilburg on Friday evening with a 4-0 victory as several Irish masters teams started their campaigns
The heroine of Johannesburg, Grace O’Flanagan, is set to don the number one goalkeeper smock for the Irish women’s hockey team at the European Championships which get under way next week in Amsterdam.