Former Irish captain Alex Speers has retired from international hockey after eight years with the national set-up, encompassing 164 caps and 19 goals for the national side since making her debut in 2006.
Chloe Brown’s first half goal saw Ireland beat Belgium for the second day in succession in Oudergem, this time picking off a 1-0 success. She scored from a flowing move in the tenth minute to net the only goal of the game.
Ireland’s women picked up an impressive 2-0 win over Belgium, ranked three places higher than them in the world, in Oudergem in the first of their two game series this week.
Three Rock Rovers and Alexandra College have been named as two venues to host international hockey matches in early November between Ireland and Scotland.
Trinidad and Tobago have completed the line-up for the Irish men’s World League group in San Diego following the completion of the latest round one tournament in Kingston, Jamaica.
After a busy summer, Ireland’s women will play five more international matches in the lead-up to Christmas, the first couple of which are against Belgium in two weeks time.
Ireland’s road to Rio 2016 became a little clearer over the weekend with the line-up for the women’s World League round two complete while two more teams have been added to the men’s tournament.
Kirk Shimmins has signed for the Southern Dogs in New Zealand to play in the 2014 National Hockey League which gets underway on Saturday with a tie against Auckland.
The Irish men’s World League Round Two – which will be held from February 25 to March 8, 2015 – has been moved from Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Chula Vista on the southside of San Diego, California.
With Ireland’s 5-2 win over Spain on Sunday, it brought their goal tally to 36 in eight games over the course of their Tri-Nations series in Belfield, a rare glut but one that is perfectly in keeping with Darren Smith’s philosophy for his Irish team.
Darren Smith’s charges finally found the cutting edge they needed to put Spain to the sword, beating them 5-2 at Belfield in the final game of their series this week.
Ireland’s penultimate game of the Tri-Nations Series against Spain and France ended with Ireland comfortably seeing off the French 8-1 at the National Hockey Stadium in UCD on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
Darren Smith said the right decision was ultimately reached in denying Ireland a winning goal in game three this week against Spain though the manner the umpires reached the outcome “caused a bit of damage” to an otherwise free-flowing game; photos and interview piece
Ireland’s Over-50s finished second in the Home Nations last weekend in Lisnagarvey, beating Scotland and Wales but missed out on the title at the hands of England.
Ireland’s frustrations against Spain continued for a third game as they were denied victory in bizarre fashion at Belfield with two disallowed goals in the second half.
The gulf in class between Ireland and France was once again laid bare at Belfield as the hosts ran up a 6-0 win, adding to earlier 9-0 and 8-0 victories this week against a side ranked ten places below the Irish in the world.
Irish men’s senior coach Craig Fulton has laid out an extensive day-by-day plan up to the end of August 2015 that he is keen that all stakeholders, including club coaches get on board with, as they pursue the Olympic dream.
Darren Smith said his side “struggled to adapt” to a different Spanish approach in their second game against the world number 14s as their intensive summer of training and games continues
Ireland ran up a 8-0 win over France to inflict a heavy defeat in game two of the four meetings between the sides this week as part of their Tri-Nations series in Belfield.
The Irish men’s Over-40s team landed the Home Nations title in Lisnagarvey over the weekend as they ran up a clean sweep, eye-catchingly beating England 4-2 on Saturday.