Dave Passmore received clearance in November to run an ongoing women’s Under-21 programme from Hockey Ireland with the long-term plan to qualify for the 2020 Junior World Cup.
The Irish Under-21 women’s team had their status in the top tier of European competition assured thanks to an EHF executive board decision this week, keeping their hopes of playing in the 2020 Junior World Cup alive.
Ireland’s Under-21 men claimed their first win in the EuroHockey Junior Championships top tier since the turn of the century but it will be of cold comfort to Jonny Caren and his side who suffered relegation to the second tier for 2019.
The Irish Under-21 men ended their EuroHockey Junior Championship group phase in third place following a battling 3-1 loss to Belgium in Valencia, meaning they will battle to avoid relegation on the weekend.
The Irish Under-21 women’s EuroHockey Junior Championship hopes will go down to the final day when they meet either Spain or Belgium.
Yohanna Lhopital’s 58th minute goal saw Ireland’s Junior Green Army fall to a gutting 1-0 defeat to France at a rain-drenched Valencia.
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 Irish Under-18 and 16 girls produced some fine performances in Terrassa, Spain, with the former making serious waves at their respective Six Nations tournaments against the top teams in Europe.
Ireland’s Under-18 boys closed their week at the Six Nations tournament in Nottingham on a high with a Guy Sarratt hat-trick powering them to a 4-2 win over hosts England.
The Irish Under-18 girls produced another great performance to beat Belgium 3-2; the Under-16 boys also shone with a fine 1-1 draw with the Netherlands in their Six Nations tournament
Grace McLoughlin’s second half stroke saw the Irish Under-18 girls start their Six Nations campaign in style; the U-16 girls drew against England while the boys had tough outings against Spain
The Irish Under-16 boys had mixed results from a lively series at Queen’s last weekend, winning one out of their three ties against Scotland.
Ireland’s Under-18 girls won all three of their games against Scotland last weekend as part of an impressive weekend’s work in Glasgow while the Under-16 girls also had three ties against the Scots.
Irish Under-16 coaches Niall Denahm and Alison McNeill have finalised their respective squads for their upcoming six national tournaments later in July.
Gareth Borland has named an 18 player Irish Under-18 boys squad – along with two reserves – for their six nations tournament in Nottingham which takes place from July 17 to 23.
Steven Arbuthnot has named two Irish Under-18 squads as they take on Scotland next week in Glasgow before travelling out to Terrassa on July 17 for the highlight of their summer series.
Ireland’s Under-21 women produced wins on Saturday and Sunday to see off Scotland at Queen’s, using 30 players across three games as they continue their Euro preparations.
The women’s Irish Under-21 have an extensive programme in place for the summer which coach Dave Passmore can form part of an ongoing cycle for developing elite players
Twenty-two girls got to experience high quality international hockey last week as the Irish Under-16s took on a hugely talented US Under-17s in a three match series with two ties in Booterstown and one in Bray.
The Irish Under-16 girls are looking forward to a special series this week as they meet the USA Under-17 side in three test matches over the weekend before paying a visit to Aras an Uachtarain on Monday.