Irish Goalie David Harte is Excited about Hockey India League

Ireland’s Goal Keeper David Harte has been selected by the Dabur Mumbai Magicians for the Hero Hockey India League. Hero HIL is entering its second season and will begin on January 23rd culminating into the finals on February 23rd 2014.

The auction for this season included 154 players from around the world of which 49 were picked up by the six franchises, players came from Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Argentina, Ireland, England, South Africa and India with a total spend of USD 1.37 million. The highest player going for 81,000 USD (Ramandeep Singh for Uttar Pradesh Wizards). Continue reading →

Meredith announced an Experienced Green Machine Squad for World League 2

Ireland Men’s Coach, Andrew Meredith has named an 18 man squad for the upcoming FIH World League 2 tournament in India. Ireland will begin their World League 2 adventure vs. Bangladesh in New Delhi on 18th February 2013 before facing Fiji, India, Oman and finally China on 24th February 2013.

Irish Hockey Association LogoThe Green Machine will begin their preparations for World League 2 by departing Dublin for Malaysia on the 8th February 2013 where they will play 3 warm up games vs. Malaysia before flying on to New Delhi on the 14th February 2013. Ireland last played Malaysia in December 2012 when Peter Caruth struck a golden goal to seal a 2-1 victory and with it, Bronze medals for Ireland in the Champions Challenge. Continue reading →

Ireland’s Green Machine march on to Champions Challenge Semi Final

Ireland’s Green Machine marched into the Champions Challenge 1 Semi-Final in Quilmes, Argentina today with a convincing 4-0 Quarter Final win over European neighbours Poland.

Irish Hockey Association LogoIreland, fresh from a 3-1 victory over South Africa on Tuesday started brightly and dominated possession in the early part of the contest but faced a Polish Keeper, Arkadiusz Matuszak, in inspired form. In a short space of time he made consecutive top drawer saves following strikes at goal from Ireland’s Caruth, Watt & O’Donohue.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the field, David Harte in the Irish goal was making his 100th appearance for Ireland and despite being a spectator for large parts was called on to make important saves as Poland found their feet mid-way through the half. Surprisingly the half came to a close at 0-0 with Ireland on top but not being able to find a way past the magnificent Polish Keeper. Continue reading →

Argentina edge Ireland’s Green Machine in Quilmes Champions Challenge

Andrew Meredith’s reign as Ireland Hockey Coach has begun with a narrow 4-3 defeat to hosts Argentina in Champions Challenge 1 in Quilmes, 17km south of Buenos Aires in Argentina this evening.

Irish Hockey Association LogoFollowing evenly balanced early encounters, the game sprung to life in the last 15 minutes of the first half with Ireland claiming a two goal lead before a resolute and skilful home side fought their way back into the game impressively.

New Ireland Coach, Meredith, had handed John Jermyn his 150th Cap for the Green Machine in this encounter and the Cork man repaid the faith the Coach had shown him by edging Ireland in front from a penalty corner with 12 minutes remaining in the first half. Ireland seemingly appeared to be creeping towards a position of power when Lisnagarvey player, Timothy Cockram increased Ireland’s lead to 2-0 just 4 minutes later with a brilliantly executed reverse stick shot off a rebounded penalty corner. Continue reading →

Ireland’s National Men’s Hockey Team to Train in Pinoke (Holland)

Ireland’s National Men’s side was today named for the upcoming training camp set for the 5th – 9th November in Pinoke, (Amstleveem), Holland.

The camp will see a squad of 23 athletes come together for the first time under the newly appointed Coach, Andrew Meredith who commented I am extremely excited to start working with an expanded playing group which will clearly give me a good insight as to where the group is at on a physical and technical level, as we move forward towards the Champions Challenge in Argentina next month.” Continue reading →

Andrew Meredith will be National Coach of Irish Men’s Hockey Team

Irish Hockey is delighted to announce Andrew Meredith as the National Men’s Hockey Coach.
Meredith, born in Australia, is a FIH High Performance Coach and most recently worked alongside Markus Weise as the Assistant Coach of the men’s German team (2006 – 2012), where he has enjoyed a hugely successful coaching career including winning gold at the very recent London 2012 Olympics and at Beijing four years previously.

Beyond his extensive coaching credentials Meredith comes to the role with player experience and insights having competed himself at an international level representing the Australian U21 team before competing as a professional player for over 15 years in Holland, Germany, England and Scotland. Continue reading →