Ireland Grab Golden Goal Winner to take Bronze at Champions Challenge

Peter Caruth grabbed a dramatic golden goal in extra time to hand Andrew Meredith’s Green Machine a deserved Bronze Medal following a determined and battling performance at Champions Challenge 1 in Argentina.

Irish Hockey Association LogoIreland, not for the first time during this tournament were involved in yet another thrilling match as they squared off against Malaysia & former Coach Paul Revington for Bronze. The Green Machine started quickest out of the blocks on another warm evening in Quilmes and took the lead as early as the 3rd minute when the influential Michael Watt found Geoff McCabe on the edge of the circle to thunder a shot past the Malaysian Keeper. Ireland continued to look bright in the early exchanges but Malaysia pulled themselves level in the 18th minute when they converted following their first real clear cut opportunity. Continue reading →

Spirited Ireland fall to Hosts in Champions Challenge 1 Semi-Final

Ireland’s Green Machine put in yet another spirited performance in hot conditions in Quilmes this evening as they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Argentina in the Champions Challenge 1 Semi-Final. The two sides had met 7 days ago in the opening Pool A game where Argentina had prevailed 4-3. As expected today’s encounter was to prove yet another close & tight affair.

Irish Hockey Association LogoOn the occasion of Timothy Cockram’s 150th Ireland Cap, Andrew Meredith’s side had to be at their best defensively from early in the game as Argentina created the most clear cut opportunities in the first half of play. David Harte, fresh from his own momentous 100th cap performance in the Quarter Final vs Poland, was called into action on numerous occasions in a busy first half for the Irish Stopper. Irish Skipper Ronan Gormley was also involved in some important defensive moments for the Green Machine early on particularly when saving importantly on the goal line following a penalty corner for the hosts. Ireland themselves created a few chances with Peter Caruth & Michael Watt going close for the Green Machine but failing to convert to edge their side in front. The sides headed for the break at 0-0. Continue reading →

Ireland book Quarter Final date with Poland in Champions Challenge 1

Ireland’s Green Machine got back on track and booked a Quarter Final showdown with fellow Europeans, Poland following a hard fought victory vs South Africa in hot & humid Quilmes, Argentina today.  Ireland Coach Andrew Meredith grabbed his first competitive win having watched his new side lose their first two games in Champions Challenge 1 vs Argentina & Japan despite his team showing promising signs in both games.

Irish Hockey Association LogoIn a frantic first half, Ireland grabbed the lead after only 8 minutes when Andy McConnell scrambled the ball home following good play from Mitch Darling. South Africa were back on level terms at 1-1 within 5 minutes though as Ireland failed to clear following a penalty corner and Miguel Da Garca pounced to score. The remainder of the half was played in a fast and furious manner around the centre of the field with neither team really opening the other up. The two best chances of the half both fell to Ireland though with Timothy Cockram & Michael Watt going close for the Green Machine before the sides headed for the break all square. Continue reading →

Ireland fall to Japan in Hockey Champions Challenge 1

The Green Machine suffered a second defeat in two days when they fell 3-0 to Japan in Champions Challenge  1 today in Quilmes, Argentina

Irish Hockey Association LogoIreland Coach, Andrew Meredith made two changes to his starting XI for today’s clash with Japan with Green Machine goal scorers from Saturday, John Jermyn & Timothy Cockram being replaced in the line-up by Eugene Magee and Michael Watt who also notched Ireland’s third goal at the death of yesterday’s 4-3 loss to Argentina. 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 →

Canada Men’s National Team to face Korea in first match of Champions Challenge I

On Saturday, the Canadian Men’s National Team will take the field for their first international competition since February.  Canada’s first match of the 2012 Champions Challenge I is against Korea at 10:00am local time in Quilmes, Argentina.  Korea will be a tough opponent – they are currently ranked seventh in the world.  But Team Canada is ready to compete.

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“The team is feeling good,” says Forward Matt Guest.  “We have shown steady improvement throughout our practice matches.  With several guys making their international debut in the first match – there are mixed feelings of nerves and excitement within the group.”

“We have two practice scrimmages under our belts, which has helped us get our legs under us and work out a few tactical adjustments,” says Defender Scott Tupper.  “It has been good to get used to the pace again and have a feel for competition before the tournament starts.” Continue reading →