And now the wait commences. October 25 is the date almost indelibly marked on the minds of the Irish hockey public after one of the most thrilling years for the sport.
Zoe Wilson and Ayeisha McFerran are among the marquee additions to the Irish abroad in the US as they link up with Syracuse University and the Louisville Cardinals for the upcoming college season which gets under way this week.
“There is still a buzz around the squad and the hockey community back home,” Shane O’Donoghue says of Ireland’s mood ahead of the European championships campaign.
Andy Smyth says the fear factor that may have previously existed for Irish underage teams has diminished markedly off the back of the national senior team’s ability to mix it with the world’s top ten.
Graham Shaw says he will only be making “tweaks” to the game plan implemented by Darren Smith in his first tournament as Irish senior women’s coach which gets underway on Saturday in Prague.
Craig Fulton says that with proper financial support in place, Ireland’s men can push to become an established top ten side in the world following their fifth place finish in World League Round 3 in Antwerp.
In a wide-ranging interview following his final game as Irish coach, Darren Smith speaks of his belief that Ireland’s women can push on and become a top ten ranked side with a more structured high performance vision with the elements in place for success
Dublin University’s Stephen Ludgate says the club he played with last season is “almost unrecognisable” from the one he originally joined following a season of high achievement.
Ronan Gormley is set to become the first Irish man to reach 200 international caps when he lines out for the national team against the Olympic champions, Germany, next Monday in Krefeld.
Ahead of the Irish men’s departure to San Diego for the World League round two, Declan Hughes caught up with Mike Heskin to get his thoughts on where Irish hockey currently stands and the challenges ahead
Despite being something of a dead rubber, Railway Union’s young charges nabbed a late win against Ballymoney 4-3 in their final Irish Hockey League match of the 2014/15 season
Enniskerry native Emma Russell has added another award to her collection in the US as she was one of four members of the Syracuse University team to be named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team.
Banbridge moved into a strong position to advance to the semi-finals of the Irish Hockey League when they scored three times in the last ten minutes against Railway Union; check out the goals
Glenanne coach Kieran Bolger told Declan Hughes it is important for his side to keep playing the best teams in order to get their standard to where they want to be; Declan also interviewed Hannah de Burgh Whyte, Paddy Conlon and Rory O’Donoghue
Railway produced a fine performance to see off Trinity 5-0 in the quarter-finals of the Jacqui Potter Cup with Kate Lloyd scoring a brace in a classy all round outing; check out the highlights from the game
Monkstown ran up a half-dozen goals to see off Railway Union at Park Avenue last Saturday to move a step closer to the league title; check out the majority of the goals here
Last Monday, Ireland’s men produced a thrilling 5-4 win over South Africa in Cape Town; check out Enhanced Sports excellent highlights package with some great goals throughout
Last Saturday, Declan Hughes spoke to Graham Shaw, Rory O’Donoghue, Anna O’Flanagan, Jonny Harte, Chloe Watkins, Gillian Pinder and Nikki Evans on behalf of Dublin City FM and The Hook about the latest club and international games
Check out the goals from Railway Union’s 4-1 win over Glenanne last Saturday in the Irish Senior Cup; video with thanks to Tristan Seaton-Stedham from Glenanne Park
Check out this nice video montage of the Irish men’s first game of 2015, drawing 2-2 with South Africa in Hartleyvale; they play again this evening at the same venue in game two of six ties to be played in South Africa