Ireland Men Qualify for World Hockey League Round 2

Sunday 9th September: Ireland’s men wrapped up their first foray into the World League today in their closing match with a convincing 8-0 win over Sweden. Ireland who remained unbeaten this weekend with solid win’s over hosts Wales and Austria will now progress to World League 2 taking place early in 2013 (details TBC).

Although the Swedes had the first real chance in the form of an early penalty corner the Irish defence read it well and defended cleanly. Just three minutes later Ireland capitalised from a defensive error and Timmy Cockram raced forward to score Ireland’s opener. Six minutes later Ireland secured another from a penalty corner which marksman John Jermyn converted adding to his already impressive tally. Two minutes on and Ireland made it 3-0 when Jermyn stepped up to convert a penalty stroke giving the boys in green a healthy lead at half time. Continue reading →

Ireland Mens Team Announced for World League 1

Ireland’s interim coach Brendon Carolan has announced his squad which will compete at World Hockey League  1 in Cardiff from 7th/9th September.  This is the first stage in the qualification process to the next World Cup which will held in Holland in June 2014.   Four teams will compete in Cardiff with the top two teams progressing to World League 2.  The teams, venue and date for World League 2 will not be known till the end of November.

Speaking after his selection Carolan said “”I am looking forward to the Green Machine continuing on all its hard work done over the summer. We will continue to drive the teams standards of excellence throughout all events, with the World League Round 1, in Cardiff being the first phase.

The Irish Squad: Continue reading →