The Irish Hockey Association was handed a headache on two fronts this morning following the confirmation of the Champions Challenge I hosting venues by the International Hockey Federation this morning.
Germany claimed their sixth European championship title as they came from a goal down to defeat their Belgian hosts in Boom, retaining the title they won in Monchengladbach two years ago; the Netherlands claimed bronze
Stuart Loughrey and skipper John Jackson’s equaliser ten minutes from time dragged Ireland out of a huge hole to secure their status in the top tier of European hockey for 2015 in dramatic fashion.
Germany won their second women’s European title in dramatic style as a shoot-out was needed to decide the outcome of the title for the third time in the competition’s history; Netherlands pip Belgium to bronze
Ireland dropped down to the second tier of European competition after a frustrating tournament came to a conclusion, falling 3-1 to Scotland.
Belgium are in line for their best ever finish at the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships with a comprehensive mauling of England; Germany are still on for a sixth European title after the dismissed the Netherlands 5-3
For a second successive day, Spain got the better of an Irish hockey team to put their survival in the top tier of European competition in danger.
England and Germany both claimed shoot-out wins to oust the Netherlands and Belgium respectively in Boom this evening to claim places in Saturday’s final
Ireland will face an all-or-nothing date with Scotland on Saturday morning for European championship survival following a narrow 1-0 loss to Spain in Boom.
Ireland will play Spain on Friday afternoon (3pm Irish time) in their first Pool C game with the Czech Republic the final opposition on Sunday morning (10am) following the completion of Pool A with Belgium and Germany advancing
A Shane O’Donoghue and Peter Caruth-inspired comeback came up just short as Ireland fell agonisingly short of the win they needed against England to reach a first ever European Championship semi-final.
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Belgium once again proved the Irish women’s nemesis as they abruptly ended their hopes of a first ever-European championships semi-final birth in Boom; reports from all of day four’s games, quotes and standings
English coach Bobby Crutchley says that if his side are not already wary of the challenge Ireland pose on Wednesday, he will not be shy in telling them.
It was laboured at times but Ireland picked up their first win of the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships as they saw off Poland 4-2 in Belgium to set up a delicious tie with England with a semi-final berth on the line.
Adrian Boehm took some top class photos last Saturday of day five of the Masters European Open, hosted by Lisnagarvey. You can see five sets of pictures of what was the biggest hockey tournament held on the island for many years with 32 sides taking part
Andrew Meredith admitted his frustration as his Irish side came within a few minutes from one of the biggest results in the country’s history in the European A division but the manner of the performance suggests Ireland can make some waves later in the campaign.
Alex Speers played a captain’s role as her pair of goals helped Ireland cling on for a 3-2 win over Belarus, a result that will allow Darren Smith’s side a straight shot at a semi-final berth.
An injury hit Ireland were put to the sword by the Olympic champions who produced a comprehensive second half showing to sweep past the world number 15s in the final game of day one of the women’s TriFinance EuroHockey Championships
Tom Boon’s penalty corner double gave Belgium a huge win as they beat the Olympic champions Germany in front of an exultant home crowd; Edi Tubau’s stylish hat trick saw Spain soar to an opening win, seeing off Czech Republic 6-1.