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.
Genesis will host a two-day international Under-18 tournament this weekend with seven teams coming to their home in St Raphaela’s as part of the club’s 40th year anniversary celebrations.
Patricia Alvarez’s hat trick saw Spain claim fifth spot from the girls EuroHockey Youth Championships with hosts Ireland forced to settle for sixth in the competition at Garryduff.
Matthew Nelson showed nerves of steel to sweep home a crucial equaliser for Ireland, one that keeps them in the top tier of the Under-18 EuroHockey Youth Championships for the next edition.
Ellen Curran’s 12th minute sliding goal was enough to earn Ireland their second win of the Girls EuroHockey Youth Championships, giving them their second win of the campaign.
Spain produced a brilliant first half performance to assure their place in the top tier of the EuroHockey Youth Championships with a 5-0 win over hosts Ireland in Garryduff.
Two late Belgian goals put paid to Ireland’s chances of reaching the boys EuroHockey Youth Championships semi-finals in a 3-1 result at Garryduff.
The medal matches proved out of reach for the Irish Under-18 girls at the EuroHockey Youth Championships as they fell to defeat in their final group game.
Ireland’s Under-18 boys got back in the hunt for a semi-final spot at the boys EuroHockey Youth Championships at the Mardyke thanks to an 11-1 spanking of the Czech Republic.
A truly stunning comeback has given Ireland’s Under-18 girls a big chance of reaching the semi-finals of the EuroHockey Youth Championships in Cork with a win over Russia despite having trailed 2-0 with 19 minutes to go.
Stevie Arbuthnot said he was “a bit gutted” with how his Irish Under-18 side began their tie with England as two early goals laid the base for a 3-0 result in their opening Girls EuroHockey Youth Championships Pool B tie.
Gareth Borland’s Under-18 boys battled hard but found a technically impressive Germany too strong in their opening tie of the EuroHockey Youth Championships at the Mardyke.
Gareth Borland and Stevie Arbuthnot will be hoping an intense block of training since the Leaving Certificate will help their Irish Under-18 sides to make a big impact in Cork this week as the EuroHockey Youth Championships tips off on Sunday.
Three players are back for a second year with the Ireland’s Under-16 boys with Rob McCollum, Tom Robson and Matteo Romoli set to line out at Royal Antwerp at the Osaka 6 Nations.
Steven Arbuthnot has finalised his Irish Under-18 girls team plans for the EuroHockey Youth Championships that will take place in Cork later this month with three returnees from the 2015 vintage.
Alison McNeill has named her Irish Under-16 panel for a 6 Nations Tournament to be held in Belgium this summer with no less than eight counties represented in a diverse squad.
Gareth Borland is drawing an almost completely new look Irish Under-18 panel for the European championships with just three players returning from last year’s team that finished fifth in Europe last year.
The Irish Under-18 girls and boys both completed series victories over Scotland over the Easter weekend at Jordanstown as they kickstart their preparations for this summer’s European championships. The Under-16s, meanwhile, won one of three in Glasgow on the boys side while the girls had a win, draw and a loss in their series.
Ireland’s Under-18 and Under-16 girls and boys teams have been selected for a quartet of three game series against Glasgow over the weekend