Second Win for India (Women), Men Lost to Netherlands

In an exciting clash against Ireland in the second test match against Ireland in Dublin, the Indian Women Hockey Team obtained another win by defeating them 2-1. While, in the fourth build-up game of the Europe Tour played in Netherlands, India went down fighting 2-4 to The Netherlands yesterday.

India vs the Netherlands at the Hague

India vs the Netherlands at the Hague

India forced first PC of the game and from straight strike a deflection by Soundarya was lifted over McFerran which gave India the lead in 19m. Two further PC’s for India gave the visitors a 2 goal lead this time Sunita Lakra finished at near post in the 21minute.  Ireland almost got one backa few moments later when Pinder set up O Flanagan but her shot was just wide.  Ireland got their just reward in 33m when Anna o Flanagan shot was diverted high into net by Evans.  At the lemon, break India lead 2-1 against the hosts Ireland. Continue reading →

Indian Women Beat Ireland 3-1, Men Lost to Belgium

Indian Women’s Hockey Team, played Ireland in the first of a triple header taking place at UCD, Dublin this week, as both the National sides are preparing for the upcoming FIH Champions Challenge I at Glasgow (Scotland) from 27th April to 04th May, 2014.

The hosts Ireland opened early when captain Megan Frazer scored early in the 4th minute after a well worked routine. The home side enjoyed a number of first half opportunities but failed to further extend their lead and stayed in front with just a 1-0 win at the break as India struggled to get a foothold on the game.

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Electric Ireland Senior Women share spoils with Canada

The Electric Ireland Senior Women’s Hockey team and Canada played out an eight goal thriller in UCD this evening to round off the series in the 3rd game following a win apiece for both sides on Saturday & Sunday respectively.

Irish Hockey Association LogoA quiet start to the game saw neither side really dominate the game until the game finally exploded into life as the ball found its way to Anna O’Flanagan who dinked the ball over the onrushing Williams in the Canadian goal to give Ireland a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute. Continue reading →

Electric Ireland Senior Women’s Team Level the Series Against Canada at UCD

The Electric Ireland Senior Women’s team bounced back from yesterday’s disappointment to emerge 2-1 victors over Canada in wet and windy UCD today.

Darren Smith’s team were tougher in their fifty-fifty battles and breached the Canadian press much more so than in their first test.

Ireland made the better start and won their first penalty corner in the fourth minute when a pass from Watkins found O’Flanagan in the circle, popping the ball onto a Canadian foot. Continue reading →

Symmons earns 200th cap as Ireland fall to Canada

The Electric Ireland Irish Women’s team were beaten 3-2 by Canada at a wet & windy UCD today as Irish International Nikki Symmons earned her 200th cap for the Green Army. It is a phenomenal achievement for the Loreto Hockey Club player who was presented to the crowd at the National Hockey Stadium before taking the field to become the first Irish Hockey International to reach 200 caps for their country. Today also saw a 1st cap for Ireland’s Emily Beatty and a 50th Cap for Nicci Daly.

Irish Hockey Association LogoIreland’s performance on the pitch however did not match the occasion and a sluggish start to the game saw Emma Gray in the Ireland goal called into action early as Canada created the best of the early chances before taking a deserved 1-0 lead in the 13th minute. Ireland fought back well though and equalised through a well-executed Audrey O’Flynn penalty corner. Continue reading →

Railway Union are Champions of Electric Ireland Irish Senior Cup

Final: Railway Union 3 (E Lucey, E Smyth, Z Delany) beat UCD 2 (S Greene, C Hill)

Irish Hockey Association LogoZara Delany’s superb second half goal saw Railway Union claim the Electric Ireland Irish Senior Cup for the first time at an icy Belfield in thrilling fashion to see off UCD 3-2.

Hers was the only goal after the interval following an end-to-end first half in which both sides swapped the lead. But Railway dominated the second period with some fine displays in midfield from Emma Smyth along with the tireless Jean McDonnell and Alex Speers up front while defensively, they did not give up a clear chance of note at the back. Continue reading →