Darren Smith said he felt a “little hollow” after his Irish side had plenty of good things to reflect on from their Tri-Nations game against Spain but ultimately fell 2-1 to hand the visiting side the honours from the first of four series this week.
Spain punished Ireland’s profligacy to and first blood in their series of matches in Dublin this week with a 2-1 win courtesy of brilliant second half goals from Bea Perez and Berta Bonastre.
The Ireland Masters 40s have made eight changes to the squad that competed at the Masters World Cup in June as they begin their Home Nations weekend against Scotland this evening at 7.30pm in Lisnagarvey.
From the sounds of things, four-goal scorer Audrey O’Flynn won’t be satisfied with less than double figures when Ireland meet France for a second time in their Tri-Nations series on Monday.
Audrey O’Flynn’s quartet of penalty corner goals ensured Ireland opened their series of eight games in 12 days in comfortable fashion, exposing a gulf in class to beat an inexperienced France 9-0 at Belfield.
The Irish women’s senior team are hosting a fundraising golf classic on Friday, September 26 in Edmondstown Golf club, Rathfarnham to help their push for qualification to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Lisnagarvey will host the 2014 Masters Home Nations tournament at Comber Road from Friday, August 15 to Sunday, August 17.
Ireland’s women will play eight games in August as part of four rapid-fire Tri-Nations series against Spain and France with Darren Smith retaining the majority of the 25-player panel that he has worked with throughout the summer.
The Irish Under-21 men produced a string of high scoring performances before ultimately winning the EuroHockey Junior Championships II with a dramatic late show against Italy; here’s all the goals from the tournament from camera man Wal McConnell
Mixed emotions for the Irish Under-21 women but, ultimately, primary objective achieved as they got the draw they needed to earn a top two spot in Vienna. Gold, though, was tantalisingly out of reach as they built a three-goal lead only to be pegged back by a last quarter Italian fightback.
Ireland were unable to break down a resolute Ukraine defence but, nonetheless, nudged themselves a step closer to claiming promotion to the A division of Under-21 European hockey while, should they beat Italy tomorrow, the gold medal is still up for grabs.
The Irish U-21 men left it late but ultimately won gold at the EuroHockey Junior Championships II in Lousada, Portugal by beating Scotland 3-1 with two goals in the last two minutes.
Ireland’s Under-21 men moved within a point of promotion to the top tier of European Junior hockey as they swept aside Italy 9-2 in Portugal.
Irish senior women’s coach Darren Smith says that his fresh-faced defensive unit showed rapid improvement in their second battle of the week with New Zealand on Wednesday night as part of an encouraging week at the Electric Ireland Four Nations competition in Dublin.
World number four side New Zealand always had the edge but there was plenty for Irish senior women’s coach Darren Smith to be happy about in the performance in the Electric Ireland Four Nations final in Belfield.
With progression assured, Ireland’s Under-21 men needed victory to get their promotion pool up and running with three points for a win but they came up against a feisty hosting Portugal side who snatched a late draw.
Coach David Passmore praised his side’s ability to dig deep as Ireland twice came from behind to grab the draw they needed to progress to the winner’s pool in the women’s EuroHockey Junior Championships II and now have a two in three chance of promotion to the top tier.
Alex Speers’ 58th minute goal assured Ireland of a place in tonight’s final of the Electric Ireland Four Nations tournament in Belfield, eventually breaking down a robust Chilean defence to win 1-0.
Ireland’s Under-21 men are through to play in the final four promotion group in Lousada, Portugal as they bounced back from a sticky first half to run out big winners for the second day running.
Chloe Brown’s hat trick has put Ireland in a strong position to progress to the promotion pool as they eventually broke down a defensive-minded Lithuania in their opening European tie in Vienna.