Ireland beat Malaysia in #HWL2015 and keep Olympic dream alive

Ireland have done all they can to secure their spot at the Rio Olympics with a polished 4-1 victory over world number 12 Malaysia today in 5th place play-off match at FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium. Goals from Good, Caruth, Sothern and Darling put the game out of reach of a pacey Malaysian side that struggled to take their chances.

Ireland men's hockey team during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Grant Treeby)

Ireland men’s hockey team with their supporter during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Grant Treeby)

The Green Machine got off to the perfect start with a goal each for Good and Caruth in the opening 10 minutes. Malaysia enjoyed the bulk of possession but pressure from the Irish defence and superb goal keeping from Harte meant the sides went into the half 2-0 to the Irish. Continue reading →

Ireland face USA in Summit Clash at Glasgow CC1

Ireland have made the final of the FIH Champions Challenge I beating South Africa in a fast paced and exciting match 2-1. Irish women’s will now face USA in the summit clash at Glasgow tomorrow, Sunday 4th may at 5.45pm.

USA defeated Spain 3-1 after leading 3-0 at half time of other semi final. South Africa and Spain will fight it out for Bronze medal, as Korea take on Belgium for 5th place and hosts Scotland face India for 7th place.

Ireland took a difficult route to the final having to knock out the number one seeds in this tournament (world no 8) Korea in the quarter finals in a tournament that contains four world cup teams. Continue reading →

Both Irish Hockey Teams in QFs of CC1 at Kuantan and Glasgow

That was someday for Irish Hockey. Both theNational Men and National Women’s teams of Irish Hockey won their quarter finals of their world ranking Champions Challenge I Tournaments today.

Both Irish Hockey Teams in QFs of CC1 at Kuantan and GlasgowIreland’s women beat World Number 8’s Korea 2-1 to cause the biggest upset of the tournament while the men took it all the way to extra time against France where they beat them 3-0 on a shoot out after normal time ended 2-2. Ireland women will play the winners of Belgium or Spain while the men will square up against Korea or Japan this Saturday.

Ireland beat France on Shoot-out at FIH Men’s Champions Challenge 1 (Kuantan, Malaysia): Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

Ireland All Set for European Hockey Championships

Ireland’s two national Hockey Teams will compete in Europe’s top competition, TriFinance EuroHockey Championships, kicking off in Belgium this Saturday, August 17th , going head to head with some of the world’s best hockey nations.

Irish Hockey Association LogoIn this winner takes all competition the Gold medallists will secure a spot in the 2014 World Cup while the remainder of nations will be pursuing important world ranking points.

Ireland’s Electric Ireland women (ranked 15) kick off proceedings this Saturday against the World Number 1’s The Netherlands in Pool A before facing Belarus (21) and Belgium (13) while Pool B is comprised of England (4); Germany (5); Spain (14) and Scotland (19). Continue reading →