Ireland turn on power to advance to semi-finals

The Irish men cranked back into gear with a crushing 11-0 win over Singapore in Le Touquet yesterday to grab top spot from their group and advance directly to Saturday’s Men’s FIH Series semi-finals where victory will secure their place in October’s Olympic qualifiers.

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Koreans ruin Ireland's Banbridge party

While an Olympic play-off place was achieved, Ireland’s FIH Series finals campaign ended on a deflated note as Korea struck three times in the closing quarter to silence a soldout crowd at Banbridge.

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Ireland seal place in Olympic qualifiers with impressive win

Ireland’s Road to Tokyo took a big leap forward as they saw off the Czech Republic with plenty to spare in their FIH Series’ semi-final at a drenched Banbridge.

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Goal-hungry Ireland rip Singapore apart

The Green Army marched into the semi-final of the FIH Series finals with the minimum of fuss as their 11-0 win over Singapore at Banbridge puts them one win away from a guaranteed direct Olympic qualifier tie.

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Anna O’Flanagan stars as Ireland hammer Czech Republic in FIH Series Finals

Anna O’Flanagan’s brilliant four-goal salvo propelled Ireland’s women to within touching distance of an FIH Series Finals semi-final berth as they blitzed the Czech Republic 8-1 in Banbridge.

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Will World Cup euphoria mean packed stands?

Ten months on from the World Cup, 15 of Ireland’s silver medal winners finally get to show off their wares in front of an expectant home crowd, starting with a double-header this weekend.

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O’Byrne surprise omission from women's hockey squad for FIH Series Finals

The 126-time international has been part of each major ranking tournament with the Green Army since 2015, culminating in last summer’s World Cup silver medal.

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Fierce loyalty of Irish senior women's hockey team doesn’t end on the pitch

When the Irish senior women’s hockey team play it’s like watching a well choreographed, free-flowing dance.

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New bursary scheme could change face of Irish hockey

Support for the Irish women’s team took a giant leap towards a semi-professional basis with the announcement that Park Developments will roll out a four-year support package which will see up to 23 players initially benefit from bursaries.

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Cox shakes things up for Le Touquet Series finals

David and Conor Harte are set to return to the scene of their first international caps following their inclusion in the Irish men’s squad for the FIH Series finals in Le Touquet, France.

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'We can’t leave here with any regrets': Cork Harlequins savour Senior Cup win

In a week of famous comebacks, Cork Harlequins are savouring one of their own as they won the Irish Senior Cup for just the second time at Grange Road on Saturday.

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Cork Harlequins win women's Irish Senior Cup

Lorna Bateman won one of the few titles her father Ivan did not as the goalkeeper produced a shoot-out masterclass to land a second Irish Senior Cup crown for Cork Harlequins.

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Cork Harlequins, Catholic Institute and Cork C of I grab results they needed this weekend

Cork Harlequins, Catholic Institute and Cork C of I all grabbed the results they wanted to make it a perfect weekend for Munster hockey on the national stage.

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Sean Dancer becomes new Ireland head coach

Ireland and New Zealand’s exchange of coaching know-how is set to continue with Sean Dancer swapping hemispheres to take on the role as Green Army head coach.

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Comeback heroines Cork C of I land trophy

Cork C of I’s women dug deep to grab the women’s Irish Hockey Trophy title with a spectacular second-half comeback, rising from 2-0 down to beat Galway’s Greenfields 4-2.

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Grundie takes command of Green Army

Gareth Grundie has taken on the role of Irish women’s interim head coach in recent weeks as the Olympic qualifier preparations kick up a gear.

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Ursuline Thurles and Midleton College crowned Munster Junior A champions

Ursuline Thurles were the last team standing as they survived five rounds of a sudden death shoot-out to beat Mount Mercy in the Munster Schoolgirls Junior A Cup final.

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Glorious weekend for Harlequins

Cork Harlequins enjoyed a sublime weekend with the men landing the Munster Division 1 crown while the women earned an Irish Senior Cup final spot.

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Crescent’s ‘walking wounded’ defy odds to land All-Ireland

Limerick’s Crescent Comprehensive’s walking wounded defied the odds to win the Kate Russell All-Ireland Schoolgirls’ Championships in Booterstown for the second time.

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Crescent Comprehensive defied the odds to win All-Ireland Schoolgirls Championships

Crescent Comprehensive’s walking wounded defied the odds to win the Kate Russell All-Ireland Schoolgirls Championships in Booterstown for the second time.

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Dale driving force as mighty Quins hit back to claim Munster Senior Cup

Cork Harlequins produced an incredible comeback to win the Munster Senior Cup for the first time in seven years, denying holders Bandon in a shoot-out at Garryduff.

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Pels admits tricky task to replace Shaw

Stephen Findlater Hockey Ireland chief executive Jerome Pels admits they face an onerous task in their efforts to retain world-class coaching talent.

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Blacksticks job too big a draw for Shaw

Graham Shaw says the lure of his “dream role” in New Zealand was too good to turn down, as he leaves behind a World Cup silver-medal- winning team for the world number six Blacksticks.

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Ireland women’s hockey coach resigns to take over New Zealand

“I hope you continue on this journey, inspiring the next generation of hockey players in Ireland and I hope to see you in Tokyo.”

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Hockey: Institute claim weekend double to secure Munster title in style

Catholic Institute’s swept to back-to-back victories in the rain over the weekend to land the women’s Munster Division One with a couple of rounds to spare.

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Catholic Institute on the cusp of Munster title

If Catholic Institute’s women continue their remarkable perfect record for the season, they will be crowned Munster Division One champions on Sunday evening.

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Crescent edge Mount Mercy to Munster glory

Elle Sorensen and Amy Ahearne’s nerves of steel saw Crescent win back the Munster Schoolgirls Senior Cup title over last year’s vanquishers Mount Mercy at Garryduff via a shoot-out.

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UCC face test of credentials at Queen’s

UCC face one of the toughest assignments of their season, an away date at Queen’s University in the Women’s EYHL Division 2.

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Last-gasp Matthews strike dashes Harlequins hopes

A last-second Hannah Matthews strike saw Cork Harlequins leave Grange Road with their hearts broken, and helped move Loreto back to the top of the women’s EY Hockey League.

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Coaching and cashflow boosts for hockey

Hockey Ireland chief executive Jerome Pels confirmed the “interim” title has been dropped, with Alexander Cox agreeing terms to take the Irish men’s head coach job on a permanent basis.

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Ireland denied win as Spain score in last play of the game

Ireland were denied victory by Spain in the last play in their second test match in Granada this week, denying them a famous comeback.

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Irish hockey Olympian Mitch Darling announces retirement

Mitch Darling became the fourth of the Irish hockey Olympians to formally announce his retirement from the international game after a glittering career.

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Cliodhna Sargent strikes late as Harlequins progress in Senior Cup

Cliodhna Sargent’s penalty corner strike powered Cork Harlequins into the Irish Senior Cup semi-finals as they snatched a late 2-1 win over Muckross.

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Winning end to Ireland’s Chilean camp

Ireland’s women finished on a high in Santiago with a 3-0 victory over their Chilean hosts in the final game of a four-match series.

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Post-World Cup life gets underway for Ireland

Irish coach Graham Shaw rang the changes as they drew their first game since the World Cup - a scoreless tie against Chile.

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Limerick and Ashton claim indoor spoils

Limerick and Ashton were the first Munster indoor champions crowned for at least 30 years as they took the laurels at Saile, Kinsale on Saturday.

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Scottish ice hockey team sends toys to sick children in Malawi

Glasgow Clan has joined forces with the University of Glasgow to send toys to Africa.

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The Kieran Shannon Interview: Gillian Pinder - ‘We’d flipped the mentality of hockey in the country’

The Irish women’s hockey team captured the imagination of the public with their run to the World Cup final in London. Gillian Pinder, the penalty hero in their semi-final win over Spain — provides the definitive inside story of the team of the year. She spoke with Kieran Shannon.

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Harlequins hope to carry league form into Peard Cup

While national competition enters a break until late January, the home fires burn bright this weekend with the men’s Peard Cup semi-finals and key women’s Munster Division One fixtures on the agenda.

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Fighting Irish ready for the old enemy

Conor Harte says today’s showdown with England is Ireland’s “World Cup final” with a draw or better required against the world number seven side.

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Catholic Institute face a step up in class away to Monkstown

Catholic Institute face the biggest test to their impressive early-season credentials with tomorrow’s trip to Monkstown.

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Caoimhe Perdue strike leaves Harlequins eyeing play-off place

Caoimhe Perdue’s strike gave Cork Harlequins a big lift as they defeated Muckross at Farmers’ Cross to get them back in contention for a top-four EY Hockey League play-off place.

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Green Machine suffer setback in Belgium

Ireland’s men endured a tough 4-1 defeat to Olympic silver medalists Belgium in Evere on Saturday in their second last World Cup warm-up tie.

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Hockey: Cox’s Green Machine dismantled by flying Dutch

Ireland’s men endured a chastening 7-1 defeat at the hands of the Netherlands in their third World Cup warm-up game in Valencia.

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Hockey: Ireland to host qualifiers for Tokyo Olympics

The Irish women’s team’s Olympic Games hopes received a huge boost as they were confirmed as one of the host nations for the next phase of qualifiers for Tokyo 2020.

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Irish men's hockey squad first to compete in World Cup since 1990

The Green Machine head coach, Alexander Cox, has today announced his World Cup squad of 20 players that will travel to Bhubaneswar in India for the showpiece event.

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Irish women’s Olympic Games team confirmed as one of the host nations for next phase of qualifiers

The Irish women’s team’s Olympic Games hopes received a huge boost as they were confirmed as one of the host nations for the next phase of qualifiers for Tokyo.

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Alexander Cox to name squad as Ireland get sponsor boost

Irish coach Alexander Cox is set to make his first significant squad announcement next Tuesday as the men’s hockey World Cup in India comes into view.

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Morale-boosting win for Cork Harlequins

Cork won the battle of the Harlequins in the women’s EY Hockey League as Darren Collins’ Farmers Cross outfit beat their Belfast counterparts 3-0 in Deramore Park to give a massive confidence boost to the new-look side.

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EY Hockey League: C of I men draw; Quins ladies lose

The two Cork sides in the EY Hockey League found newly promoted opposition tricky to negotiate. Both Harlequins women and C of I’s men missed out on the spoils on Saturday.

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Hockey: Divided loyalties for Dave Egner as Harlequins prepare to play UCC

Dave Egner has divided loyalties this weekend as the Cork Harlequins side he plays for face the UCC team he coaches in the Irish Hockey Trophy.

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Retiring Ronan Gormley drove Irish hockey’s ‘no excuses’ mantra

“It dawned on me last week; looking back on our careers, we absolutely nailed it,” Ronan Gormley says.

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Lively Loreto maintain upperhand over Cork Harlequins

Cork Harlequins’ much-changed line-up endured a frustrating opening day of the women’s EY Hockey League, falling 2-0 to Loreto.

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In-transition Quins face demanding league opener

After a ground-breaking summer for Irish hockey, the World Cup stars have dispersed far and wide ahead of the new women’s club season which gets underway in earnest this weekend.

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Hockey: Gormley calls it a day on international career

Ronan Gormley has formally retired from international hockey, bringing to an end one of the most influential careers on Ireland’s journey to the world’s top 10.

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Denis Pritchard takes positives from draw

Denis Pritchard’s return to Cork C of I started off in positive fashion as the Garryduff side picked off a point against reigning men’s EY Hockey League champions Glenanne.

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Jonny Bruton’s return as well as in-form John Jermyn will boost Cork C of I league prospects

Jonny Bruton’s return to Cork C of I after almost a decade away has given strong hope to the Garryduff outfit that they can make an impact this year in the elite men’s EY Hockey League, writes Stephen Findlater

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