The Irish U-16 girls completed their build-up to the European championships with a pair of wins over Scotland this weekend in Ulster while their U-18 counterparts won two and lost one against the same opposition
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Ireland’s U-16 boys and girls shared their respective series with England this weekend, both ending with a win, draw and loss to their names in Lilleshall
Ireland’s preparations for the EuroHockey Youth Nations U-16 championships continues this weekend as the boys and girls follow up games Austria with a three-game series each against England in Lilleshall.
Graham Shaw has been appointed as the Irish U-18 boy’s coach as he aims to impart some of the top level knowledge garnered in over 150 international caps.
The IHA confirmed the return of the Irish U-21 programme on Wednesday night at the first of four IHA Branch Open Forums in Park Avenue, a night when they launched HookedForLife, the IHA’s long term player development model
Ireland’s U-18 girls were denied bronze by a fine English effort while the boy’s were left devastated as a final hooter corner goal denied them the draw they needed to stay in the ‘A’ division
Ireland’s semi-final hoodoo in the European U-18 championships struck for the third time in four championships as super-power Germany ended the girls in green’s dreams; the boys were stung late by France
Four goals in each half meant Ireland’s boys semi-final bid never got up and running against Germany; the girls, however produced a superb backs-to-the-wall effort to keep Belgium at bay and secure a top four ranking at the Europeans
The weather put paid to three quarters of the day’s play at the Volvo EuroHockey U-18 Championships as torrential rain left the main pitches unplayable after just one game in both the boys and girls competitions were completed.
Ian Sloan’s incredible hat-trick inside 17 minutes shot Ireland U-18 boys back into contention for a semi-final berth while an excellent 3-1 win for the girls means they are in a strong position, needing a draw with Belgium to advance
Ireland’s U-18 boys put in a powerful first half performance but were undone by their Dutch hosts in their opening Volvo European Championship tie; the girls meanwhile, fell 4-0 to the Netherlands, all the goals came in the first half
Ireland’s U18 boys and girl’s teams start their European campaigns today in Utrecht hoping to get the better of world super power, the Netherlands.
Two more Irish wins today as Phelie Maguire celebrated his 100th cap with a top-corner strike as Ireland claimed a free and easy 6-3 win over Egypt at Belfield, claiming their three game series 2-1; the U-18 girls won 5-1 against France
Loreto’s Nikki Symmons and Nicci Daly are the two returnees to the Irish team following head coach Gene Muller’s announcement of the 18-player panel for next week’s Champion’s Challenge; the Irish U-18 panel was also release today
The IHA today confirmed Ireland’s men will play in a Five Nations tournament featuring world number ones Australia as well as Korea (currently sixth in the world) as part of their European championships build-up.
Eight Leinster players have been included in Turloch O’Siochain’s primary 18-man panel for the upcoming Volvo EuroHockey U18 Championships which take place in July
The Irish U-18 girls will host an art exhibition in April in Alexandra College with proceeds going toward the team’s expenses for the European championships which take place later this year
The reduced Ireland U-18 girl’s panel is brimming with international experience with 17 of last summer’s Youth Olympics’ group staying on for July’s tilt at European glory.
The IHA have announced a number of new managerial and coaching appointments to Irish underage teams for the upcoming cycle.