David Harte said “we beat ourselves” as Ireland’s players felt frustration in the wake of their 3-2 loss to India on the opening day of the men’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
India’s greater set piece accuracy gave Ireland a harsh lesson in their first Olympic hockey match for 108 years as three penalty corner goals to two told the tale in Deodoro this morning in intense heat.
On the eve of Ireland’s first Olympic Games since 1908, Craig Fulton says final preparations have put the green machine in a good place for the challenge of India on Saturday morning.
The second longest serving member of the panel, Timmy Cockram made his debut in June 2004 at the Celtic Cup aged 20 and has gone on to be one of Ireland’s most fearsome attackers from open play, scoring 55 international goals.
The ying to David Harte’s yang, David Fitzgerald has been the long-time back-up goalkeeper to the world’s number one, always on hand to step in when required between the posts.
A bolter in Craig Fulton’s first international tournament squad, Michael Robson was called into the 2014 Champions Challenge squad just a couple of weeks after the South African took over the head coach’s role.
Powerful and pacy, Kyle Good brings a wealth of different elements to the table in addition to his regular field play to help Ireland’s cause.
A feverish bundle of energy in midfield, Kirk Shimmins burst onto the international scene in 2013 when still a teenager with a call-up to the European Championships squad despite just having three caps to his name.
The Lisnagarvey stalwart has been one of the stand-out defenders for the last four years with the Irish team since making his debut in his mid-20s.
Nominated for the FIH Emerging Star of the Year, Shane O’Donoghue is one of the hottest properties on the world stage at the moment and the midfield lynch-pin around which much of the Irish game ticks.
One of the jokers in the team, Peter Caruth’s “ostrich” celebrations were one of the abiding images of the World League Round 3 success in Antwerp. It came in the wake of an absolute bullet of a goal in the 4-1 win over Malaysia that secured Olympic qualification.
One of the most prolific goalscorers of all-time on the Irish club scene, Alan Sothern fired home five times in the World League Round 3 in Antwerp, goals that ultimately qualified Ireland for the Olympic Games.
The versatile Chris Cargo can be used to great effect in both midfield and attack and has been a key part of the Irish panel since 2010
A teak-tough defender, usually in the central role alongside fellow twin tower Conor Harte, Paul Gleghorne is one of the best tacklers in the world game with an uncanny knack for nicking possession.
Mitch Darling is a diminutive forward who has been a central part of the Irish panel since 2009, playing in each of the major tournaments since then. Sprightly in front of goal, he is also famed for his work in transition at the head of the team’s press, organising from the front.
The comeback kid of the Irish selection, John Jermyn had not been part of the national squad since December 2012 before making his return to the selection in May this year.
Ireland’s captain and goalkeeper David Harte is the side’s star man, winning the 2015 FIH World Goalkeeper of the Year following an amazing year in which he won goalkeeper of the tournament at both the World League Round 3 and the European Championships.
A twin to goalkeeper and captain David Harte, Conor is a formidable sweeper with excellent concentration in the tackle and great vision to spray powerful passes from the back, either along the ground or via the aerial route.
When Michael Watt scored the winning goal against England in Dublin in 2014, it was not just the key moment in a first win over the auld enemy in 12 years. It made him the first non-penalty corner specialist to reach the 50-goals mark, indicative of his predatory instincts.
A tenacious defender usually found at left or right back, John Jackson was a key component of the Olympic qualifying campaign when they agonisingly fell just short of at the London Games.