India Win Series 2-0 with 2-2 draw against Ireland

India and Ireland played their 3rd and final test this evening in front of a packed crowd who enjoyed basking in the evening sunshine as the match was drawn 2-2 with both the sides playing top class international hockey.

Indian Senior Women Hockey Team for FIH Champions Challenge 1 (Glasgow)

Indian Team for FIH Champions Challenge 1 (Glasgow)

In three match series before FIH Champions Challenge 1, India won first two match by 3-1 and 2-1 at UCD Dublin. India is placed in Pool A of Champions Challenge 1 with Korea, Belgium and the host Scotland while Ireland in Pool B with USA, South Africa and Spain. India is scheduled to reach Glasgow (Scotland) on 21 April 2014.

Ireland showed their attacking intent early on drawing the first shot in the 4th minute. Just four minutes later Ireland were back attacking and this time on target with striker Anna O’Flanagan converting after great build up play from the back through to midfield before O’Flangan was set up to give her side the 1-0 lead. Continue reading →

Second Win for India (Women), Men Lost to Netherlands

In an exciting clash against Ireland in the second test match against Ireland in Dublin, the Indian Women Hockey Team obtained another win by defeating them 2-1. While, in the fourth build-up game of the Europe Tour played in Netherlands, India went down fighting 2-4 to The Netherlands yesterday.

India vs the Netherlands at the Hague

India vs the Netherlands at the Hague

India forced first PC of the game and from straight strike a deflection by Soundarya was lifted over McFerran which gave India the lead in 19m. Two further PC’s for India gave the visitors a 2 goal lead this time Sunita Lakra finished at near post in the 21minute.  Ireland almost got one backa few moments later when Pinder set up O Flanagan but her shot was just wide.  Ireland got their just reward in 33m when Anna o Flanagan shot was diverted high into net by Evans.  At the lemon, break India lead 2-1 against the hosts Ireland. Continue reading →

Electric Ireland Senior Women share spoils with Canada

The Electric Ireland Senior Women’s Hockey team and Canada played out an eight goal thriller in UCD this evening to round off the series in the 3rd game following a win apiece for both sides on Saturday & Sunday respectively.

Irish Hockey Association LogoA quiet start to the game saw neither side really dominate the game until the game finally exploded into life as the ball found its way to Anna O’Flanagan who dinked the ball over the onrushing Williams in the Canadian goal to give Ireland a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute. Continue reading →

Electric Ireland Senior Women’s Team Level the Series Against Canada at UCD

The Electric Ireland Senior Women’s team bounced back from yesterday’s disappointment to emerge 2-1 victors over Canada in wet and windy UCD today.

Darren Smith’s team were tougher in their fifty-fifty battles and breached the Canadian press much more so than in their first test.

Ireland made the better start and won their first penalty corner in the fourth minute when a pass from Watkins found O’Flanagan in the circle, popping the ball onto a Canadian foot. Continue reading →

Symmons earns 200th cap as Ireland fall to Canada

The Electric Ireland Irish Women’s team were beaten 3-2 by Canada at a wet & windy UCD today as Irish International Nikki Symmons earned her 200th cap for the Green Army. It is a phenomenal achievement for the Loreto Hockey Club player who was presented to the crowd at the National Hockey Stadium before taking the field to become the first Irish Hockey International to reach 200 caps for their country. Today also saw a 1st cap for Ireland’s Emily Beatty and a 50th Cap for Nicci Daly.

Irish Hockey Association LogoIreland’s performance on the pitch however did not match the occasion and a sluggish start to the game saw Emma Gray in the Ireland goal called into action early as Canada created the best of the early chances before taking a deserved 1-0 lead in the 13th minute. Ireland fought back well though and equalised through a well-executed Audrey O’Flynn penalty corner. Continue reading →

Men’s & Women’s Electric Ireland Irish Senior Hockey Cup Finals to be Played this Weekend

The National Hockey Stadium in UCD, Ireland will host the finals of the Men’s and Women’s Irish Senior Cup this weekend.

Sunday’s Finals will be streamed live on AerTV at http://www.aertv.ie

The men begin proceedings on Saturday morning with Monkstown versus Three Rock Rovers at 10.30am, and Banbridge versus Pembroke Wanderers at 12.30pm. Monkstown will be hoping for a repeat of their Mills Cup victory over Three Rock Rovers on Saint Patrick’s weekend, but will find a resilient Rovers seeking revenge.‘Town will welcome the return of Richard Sykes, David Carson and Kyle Good after injury and illness ruled them out last week, whilst Pembroke will be hoping Alan Sothern can continue his rich vein of form in front of goal. Continue reading →