Ireland’s harrowing 5-0 defeat at the hands of Olympic silver medallists the Netherlands in Rotterdam last night has left a daunting path ahead of them if they are to reach a first World Cup since 1990.
The Masters teams experienced mixed fortunes on Day Two of the Home Nations tournament taking place in Pembroke and Railway hockey clubs. The Irish O-40s had a convincing 3-0 win over Scotland while both the Irish O-45s and O-50s drew with Scotland and the Irish 50s lost to England.
Leinster men’s hockey clubs narrowly voted last night to promote four second eleven sides from division three to make a ten-team division two from next September at an eventful Leinster Hockey Association AGM.
Ireland’s tempestuous affair with the video referral system came to pass once more as they were left frustrated in their opening World League round three tie, drawing with world number 11 side India, drawing 4-4.
Irish hockey, and particularly Railway Union’s women’s team, have been rewarded for the continued strong performances in European club hockey over the past three years with a berth in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup.
Ireland’s men’s hockey team begins their most important tournament since last March’s Olympic qualifier as they bid to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1990; full preview featuring review of potential opposition, interview links and World Cup qualification info
Phelie Maguire admits that thoughts did persist that he might “not realistically get another chance” of playing in a top level tournament but he is now looking to shine having enjoyed a new lease of life in green since Andrew Meredith took the coaching reins.
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