Chris Cargo has hailed the “amazing” World Cup atmosphere as Bhubaneswar and the Indian crowds have gone wild for the event, turning the city into a mecca for hockey.
Ireland were left to reflect on a frustrating evening in Bhubaneswar as China’s compact gameplan saw them cling on for a draw, leaving the Green Machine to go down to the wire on Friday against England.
Having seen their plans of an ambush against world number one side Australia fall just short, Ireland’s men now assume the opposite role as they look avoid the trap laid by China today in their second World Cup group game (1.30pm, BT Sport).
Shane O’Donoghue’s record equaling 93rd international goal was not quite enough as Ireland made life incredibly awkward for the world number one side but ultimately fell to a 2-1 defeat.
Australia coach Colin Batch says his side won’t be underestimating world number 10 Ireland in their opening game of the 2018 FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar.
While David Harte is by a distance Ireland’s most high profile men’s hockey player, there is the distinct possibility he is far more recognised in India than on home soil.
The Green Army will travel to Valencia next weekend for a five-day training camp with an extended panel of 28 where they will play three uncapped matches against Spain.
Ireland fell to a 4-1 defeat to world number three side Belgium at White Star’s Evere venue in their penultimate warm-up before the World Cup.
Jonny Bell says he has worked all the hours available over the last year to put him in position to continue being part of the Green Machine’s World Cup challenge.
David Harte looks set to win his battle to be fit in time for the men’s Hockey World Cup following a dramatic improvement in diagnosis on Thursday morning.
Ireland’s women will play their first internationals since their World Cup odyssey in Spain next month as part of the build-up to next year’s first stage of the Olympic qualifying process, writes John Flack.
Ireland finished off a gruelling five games in seven days in Valencia on a high with a shoot-out win over England to finish third in their Four Nations World Cup warm-up tournament.
Ireland succumbed to late Netherlands’ blast of goals to deny them a result as they gave up a 2-0 lead as they fell 5-2 to the Dutch in the semi-final of the Four Nations in Valencia.
Ireland’s inauspicious record against the Netherlands continued as they lost 7-1 in Valencia in their third Four Nations tie of the week.
Spain continued their good recent run of results against Ireland with Xavi Lleonart’s penalty stroke 12 minutes from the end earning the Four Nations hosts a second win of the campaign.
Alexander Cox’s tenure as Irish men’s coach got off to a great start with a 2-1 win over higher-ranked England in Valencia.
Daragh Walsh says the Irish men’s team have already spent six months trying to get their stomachs ready for the World Cup in India in late November.
Luke Madeley is the bolter in the Irish men’s squad named for World Cup which gets underway in late November in India after his confirmation in the 20-player panel named by new coach Alexander Cox.
The Irish women’s team’s Olympic Games hopes received a huge boost as they were confirmed as one of the host nations for the next phase of qualifiers for Tokyo.
Dave Passmore has named a number of extensive selections as the Irish Under-21 women set their sights on next July’s Junior European Championships in Valencia.