Ireland (M) and Japan (W) qualify for Rio Olympics as Kookaburras and Hockeyroos won Oceania Cup

  • Ireland men confirm their place in the hockey event at Rio 2016 as Australia win Oceania Cup
  • First Irish hockey team to take part in the Olympic Games since 1908
    Fifth place finish in Hockey World League Semi-Final enough to secure Ireland’s qualification
  • Japan women confirm their place in the hockey event at Rio 2016 as Australia and New Zealand qualify for Oceania Cup final
Ireland men's hockey team during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Grant Treeby)

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

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed that Ireland men and Japan women have qualified for the hockey event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It marks the first time in over 100 years since an Irish hockey team participated in an Olympic Games, with their men picking up the silver medals in the inaugural Olympic hockey event which took place in London, England in 1908. Continue reading →

New Zealand’s McAleese Speaks on FIH Tournament Format and Olympic Qualification

Shea McAleese, the Black Sticks hockey player, feels FIH (International Hockey Federation) has got the structure of Hockey tournaments wrong. Double Olympian McAleese, who has represented New Zealand in 2008 and 2012 Olympics, feels the current process of Olympic qualification is bizarre and wrong.

Black Sticks Shea MaAleese scoring the opening goal against India during Hero Hockey World League Final 2014 in New Delhi

File photo: Black Sticks Shea MaAleese scoring the opening goal against India during Hero Hockey World League Final 2014 in New Delhi

Shea McAleese, nicknamed Buddha, says our [Black Sticks] fate is in our hands but what about Ireland? They were fantastic at Hockey World League Semi-Finals (WL3), yet hope that Black Sticks lose to Australia so that they qualify for Rio. Similar situation is for India women (refer embedded graphics at the end of this article)

Black Sticks midfielder McAleese also feels that World League Round 3/ Semi Finals should be played after continental championship and so on… Please read through the full text and comment, what do you feel?

Shea McAleese posted on his Facebook profile: Continue reading →

Rio 2016 Qualification explained! India Women have a chance?

  • India men and Korea women were first one to qualify to Rio 2016 by winning Asian Games 2014 in Incheon
  • Men’s teams going to Rio 2016 from FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Australia, Belgium and Great Britain
  • Women’s teams going to Rio 2016 from FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Great Britain, China, Germany, Netherlands, Australia and Argentina
Rio 2016 Hockey Qualification Explained by The Fans of Hockey

Rio 2016 Hockey Qualification Explained (Highres graphics on Facebook page of The Fans of Hockey )

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) have confirmed the nations who qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics at the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final Olympic qualifying events. The events across three venues, saw forty nations take part in pursuit of places at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the HWL Finals. Continue reading →

South Africa Joins in London through FIH Olympic Qualifier (Men) Kakamigahara 2012

FIH Olympic Qualifier (Men) Kakamigahara 2012

Final Standings:

  1.   RSA – South Africa (Qualifies for London Olympics)
  2.   JPN – Japan
  3.   CHN – China
  4.   AUT – Austria
  5.   CZE – Czech Republic
  6.   BRA – Brazil

Detailed news and match reports on FIH Website.

Schedule and Results Continue reading →

Japan Books ticket to London in FIH Olympic Qualifier (Women) Kakamigahara 2012

FIH Olympic Qualifier (Women) Kakamigahara 2012

Final Standings:

  1.   JPN-Japan (Qualifies for London Olympics 2012)
  2.   AZE-Azerbaijan
  3.   CHI-Chile
  4.   BLR-Belarus
  5.   MAS-Malaysia
  6.   AUT-Austria

Detailed news and match reports on FIH Website.

Schedule and Results Continue reading →

Qualifying Tournament for XXIX Olympic Games. No-2 2012 (Women’s)

Qualifying Tournament for XXIX Olympic Games. No-2 2012 (Women’s) at Beerschot, Belgium

Final Stadings:
1. Belgium (Qualified for London 2012 Olympics)
2. Ireland
3. Spain
4. Russia
5. France
6. Mexico

Teams:

Women
Beerschot, (BEL) – 17 / 25 March 2012 rk.
Spain 11
Ireland 14
Belgium 16
Russia 21
France 25
Mexico 30

Results and Schedule: Continue reading →