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Former Irish captain Speers calls time on Ireland career

Former Irish captain Speers calls time on Ireland career

October 22, 2014 | 824 views | Leave a comment

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.

Brown shoots Ireland to Belgian series win

Brown shoots Ireland to Belgian series win

October 15, 2014 | 893 views | Leave a comment

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 beat Belgians in Oudergem

Ireland beat Belgians in Oudergem

October 14, 2014 | 770 views | Leave a comment

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.

Grange Road and Milltown to host Scotland series

Grange Road and Milltown to host Scotland series

October 13, 2014 | 1,269 views | Comments (1)

Three Rock Rovers and Alexandra College have been named as two venues to host international hockey matches in early November between Ireland and Scotland.

T&T complete World League group for Ireland’s men

T&T complete World League group for Ireland’s men

October 8, 2014 | 620 views | Leave a comment

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.

Smith names 18-player squad for Belgian tests

Smith names 18-player squad for Belgian tests

September 25, 2014 | 1,485 views | Leave a comment

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.

Road to Rio becomes slightly clearer for Irish teams

Road to Rio becomes slightly clearer for Irish teams

September 16, 2014 | 1,220 views | Comments (1)

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.

Shimmins links up with Southern Dogs in NZ

Shimmins links up with Southern Dogs in NZ

August 29, 2014 | 1,522 views | Leave a comment

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.

Califorinia dreaming for men’s World League Round 2

Califorinia dreaming for men’s World League Round 2

August 26, 2014 | 1,036 views | Leave a comment

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.

“Irish people want to play with endeavour” – Smith and Lock reflect on Tri-Nations series

“Irish people want to play with endeavour” – Smith and Lock reflect on Tri-Nations series

August 25, 2014 | 895 views | Leave a comment

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.

Ireland cut loose to close Spain series with high quality victory

Ireland cut loose to close Spain series with high quality victory

August 24, 2014 | 686 views | Leave a comment

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.

Daly and O’Flanagan on the double as Ireland romp to victory

Daly and O’Flanagan on the double as Ireland romp to victory

August 23, 2014 | 664 views | Leave a comment

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.

Smith: right decision ultimately reached but manner served to damage free-flowing tie

Smith: right decision ultimately reached but manner served to damage free-flowing tie

August 22, 2014 | 885 views | Leave a comment

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

Masters Over-50s finish second at Home Nations

Masters Over-50s finish second at Home Nations

August 22, 2014 | 1,296 views | Comments (1)

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.

Disallowed double sees Spain continue unbeaten run over Irish women in Dublin

Disallowed double sees Spain continue unbeaten run over Irish women in Dublin

August 21, 2014 | 678 views | Leave a comment

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.

Ireland’s women run up half dozen against hapless French

Ireland’s women run up half dozen against hapless French

August 20, 2014 | 594 views | Leave a comment

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.

Fulton lays out Green Machine programme for Road to Rio Olympic Games

Fulton lays out Green Machine programme for Road to Rio Olympic Games

August 20, 2014 | 1,313 views | Leave a comment

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.

Same scoreline as Spanish changes help pick off under par Irish performance

Same scoreline as Spanish changes help pick off under par Irish performance

August 18, 2014 | 733 views | Leave a comment

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

Easy eight for Ireland as France no match once again

Easy eight for Ireland as France no match once again

August 17, 2014 | 932 views | Leave a comment

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.

Over-40s land Home Nations title with clean sweep

Over-40s land Home Nations title with clean sweep

August 17, 2014 | 1,685 views | Leave a comment

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.