Peter Caruth celebrates scoring Ireland’s second goal during the World Hockey League fifth-place play-off against Malaysia in Antwerp. Photograph: Koen Suyk/Inpho

Ireland 4 Malaysia 1 An impeccable 4-1 win over Malaysia put Ireland in the best possible position to qualify for the Olympic Games for the fi(...)

Alan Sothern scored the winning goal as Ireland defeated Pakistan at the World Hockey League semi-final fifth to eighth place play-offs in Antwerp. Photograph:  Frank Uijlenbroek/Inpho

Ireland 1 Pakistan 0 Alan Sothern’s 46th-minute goal moved Ireland within touching distance of Olympic qualification as they saw off Pakistan 1(...)

Ireland’s Peter Caruth ships a heavy tackle during the World League Round 3 quarter-final game  against Australia in Antwerp. Photograph: Frank Uijlenbroek/Inpho

Australia 4 Ireland 1 Ireland’s first potential route to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 was firmly closed in Antwerp on Wednesday (...)

Alan Sothern scored three as Ireland stuffed China 6-0 in Antwerp. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland 6 China 0 Ireland kept their hopes of qualification for the Rio Olympics alive as they routed China 6-0 in their World League clash in Antwerp(...)

Ireland goalkeeper David Harte: one of 11 players in the panel who narrowly missed out on qualification for London 2012. Photograph: Inpho.

It is the turn of the Irish men this week to attempt to qualify for the Rio Olympics as they begin their World League round three campaign in Antwerp (...)

Ireland’s Ronan Gormley: earned his 200th cap in Krefeld. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland 2 (A Sothern 2) Germany 3 (C Ruhr, C Zeller, F Fuchs) Two goals in the closing four minutes saw Olympic champions Germany spoil Ronan Gormley’(...)

The first tie with the Olympic champions will also see Alan Sothern make his 100th Ireland appearance. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ronan Gormley is set to become the first Irish man to reach 200 international caps when he lines out for the national team against the Olympic champio(...)

Ireland’s men’s hockey coach Craig Fulton in his playing days: he will be hoping the team secure qualification for the Olympics. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland concluded their South African tour with a pair of losses against world number five side Belgium, falling 3-0 on Saturday and 7-2 on Sunday in(...)

Paul Gleghorne: his strike along with Alan Sothern’s had levelled matters at 2-2 against the Netherlands. Photograph: Inpho

A final quarter blitz denied Ireland a famous result against world number two side, the Netherlands, as they eventually succumbed 5-2 in their Test ma(...)

Conor Harte, of Racing Bruxelles, along with Shane O’Donoghue and Kyle Good who play with Antwerp’s Dragons will play against France. Photograph: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

The winter break across Europe will slowly see the Irish senior men’s team return to full training together after players were spread across Belgiu(...)