Ireland Come Back from 0-4 Down to Win 7th Place Play off at Rotterdam

Ireland staged a remarkable fight to comeback from 4-0 down to France early in the 2nd half to claim a truly amazing 6-4 victory and claim 7th place at the World League Semi-Finals in Rotterdam.

Ireland’s World League adventure appeared to be coming to a disappointing end as France racked up a 3-0 first half lead with clinical goals from Genestet, Deront & Sevestre coming in a frantic 9 minute spell that saw France’s clear dominance rewarded in a first half that also featured a considerable delay as torrential rain interrupted proceedings. Continue reading →

Spain Pip Ireland to Play for 5th Position at Rotterdam

Ireland will rue a number of missed opportunities after they fell to Spain 1-0 in today’s 5th-8th classification game of Hockey World League 3 in Rotterdam. Later in the day, India defeated France 6-2 in another 5th-8th classification match.

Andrew Meredith’s men in green created enough to deserve something from the game but Spain edged proceedings to make their way into a play-off for 5th/6th place against India, whilst Ireland must regroup to play France for 7th or 8th tomorrow evening at 6.30pm. Continue reading →

Belgium Beat Ireland in Quarter Final of Hockey World League at Rotterdam

A tough day at the office for the Irish Senior Men saw them fall 6-3 to a talented young Belgian side in Hockey World League at Rotterdam this morning.

Two goals in two first half minutes before a Chris Cargo reply saw them go in at the break 2-1 down and fighting hard, but six goals in twenty minutes of the second period left Andrew Meredith’s side beaten by the better team on the day. Continue reading →

Netherlands Fire 5 in Ireland’s Goal in Rotterdam

A disappointing performance by the Irish Senior Men against quality opposition in a balmy Rotterdam this evening saw them fall to a heavy 5-0 defeat at the hands of hosts Netherlands in Hockey World League Round 3.

Jeroen Hertzberger Scored a brace for Netherlands: Hockey World League in Rotterdam

Jeroen Hertzberger Scored a brace for Netherlands

It was always going to be a tough game against the current World Champions, but once again Irish defensive errors and incisive Dutch finishing proved the difference between the two sides. The attacking trio of Hofman, Hertzberger and Jonker provided the magic for the Dutch, who were far superior throughout. The result leaves Andrew Meredith with plenty to ponder ahead of their quarter-final game on Wednesday.

It was a bittersweet occasion for Irish Captain Ronan Gormley, who made his 169th appearance for Ireland and in doing so, broke Eugene Magee’s record as the record Irish Caps holder. Holland made a bright start and could have gone ahead in the opening minutes as Verga won their first corner of the game, Hertzberger’s flick charged down by McConnell. Continue reading →

Black Sticks Men Beat Ireland to Stay Unbeaten at Rotterdam

The Black Sticks Men remain undefeated at the World League Semi-Final in Rotterdam after a 4-2 win over Ireland tonight.

With the game locked up at one goal apiece at halftime, the Kiwis raised the intensity to pull away in the second half with three more goals sealing the result. Continue reading →

Meredith announces Irish Men’s Squad for Hockey World League Round 3 (Semi Final)

Irish Men’s Coach Andrew Meredith has named his squad for the upcoming Rabobank World League Semi-Finals in Rotterdam from the 13th-23rd June 2013. Meredith has selected the 18 from an original training panel of 30 after two recent intensive training camps and a two-match test series against Germany in Mannheim which saw the Green Machine tie the series 1-1 with the reigning Olympic Champions.

O'Donoghue of Ireland scored a tat-trick against China in Hockey World League 2 New Delhi

Meredith’s selection sees the return of experienced duo Timmy Cockram and Peter Caruth who missed the Green Machine’s outing at World League 2. The squad also includes a number of players who have excelled in the recent Irish Hockey League with Peter Brown, Kyle Good and Jonathan Bell in particular all rewarded for putting in stellar performances in Irish Hockey’s premier domestic tournament this season. Continue reading →