Jonny Bruton scored on his return to the Irish men’s national team but it was not enough to stop Paul Revington’s side from falling to a 3-2 defeat to world number two side Germany in Mannheim.
Life after the Olympic qualifiers begins for the Irish senior men’s squad this weekend as a panel of 20 go to Mannheim for three, back-to-back matches in Germany, two against the senior setup and one against an U-21 side.
Ireland’s men completed their Olympic qualifier warm-up with two more comprehensive wins over the Czech Republic in Belfield over the weekend
Using many of the panel ruled out of next week’s Olympic qualifiers by this afternoon’s final selection, Ireland put in an impressively hungry display to defeat the Czech Republic in an uncapped challenge match to start a three-game series.
Ireland showed a liking for the Beerschot turf – the venue of their Olympic qualifier – as they ran up three 3-0 wins in training games against France in 48 hours.
Ireland’s men will play two fixtures against the Czech Republic next week to complete their warm-up programme for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament which gets underway on March 10.
Ireland finished off their series of challenge matches in Valencia with three successive losses with no goals accruing to sound a couple of warning bells for Paul Revington’s men.
Belgium bounced back from two successive defeats in Valencia – one against France, one against Ireland – as they showed their quality against Paul Revington’s side who made several changes.
Ireland drew 1-1 with Spain in their first game of their second Spanish training camp in Valencia – full game video and report included
Ireland’s women ended their South African tour on a drenched note as a deluge at half-time saw their final game of the Investec Tri-Nations series abandoned at half-time with the score locked at 1-1.
Paul Revington has been forced into a series of changes to his Irish men’s setup for their second Spanish training camp which sets out for Valencia this Saturday.
Ireland were denied their first win of the Investec Tri-Nations series as Nicolene Terblanche’s goal five minutes from time cancelled out Michelle Harvey’s early opening goal in their game against South Africa
Ireland’s women fell to their third successive 1-0 loss as Sofie Gierts pounced to give Belgium their second consecutive win over Ireland in Randburg.
World record goalscorer Pietie Coetzee nailed a penalty corner drag-flick past the outstanding Emma Gray in the seventh minute to clinch the opening Investec Tri-Nations Series match 1-0 at Randburg Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Stephanie de Groof’s 11th minute goal handed Belgium victory in the second build up game to the Investec Triangular series in Randburg, gaining an early morale boon over Ireland ahead of their vital showdown in Beerschot
Ireland’s men notched a second successive draw against Great Britain in Bisham Abbey but were this time grateful to notching a final hooter corner goal where, a day earlier, they missed out in the final throes
In Ireland’s fourth training match this week, Paul Gleghorne scored against the side his brother now represents as honours were shared with GB at Bisham Abbey in the first of two games in England.
Hard-hitting Cliodhna Sargent netted 43 seconds from time to hand Ireland their first ever victory over South Africa, winning their warm-up game at high altitude in Randburg.
Ireland completed the first Spanish leg of their training camp with another loss to the Netherlands though assistant coach Arul Anthoni suggested to The Hook it was a close tie against classy opposition
Ireland put in an improved showing against the Netherlands in the second of their training games in Alicante this afternoon but could not garner a result, falling 2-1