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 (...)

Action from the Group B hockey match between Belgium and Ireland in the men’s group stage at the World League. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland 1 Belgium 2 Frustration abounded for the Irish men as they fell in fractious fashion 2-1 to hosts Belgium in their final World League Round 3(...)

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(...)

Mitch Darling scored Ireland’s first equaliser in the Olympic qualifying tournament game against Malaysia in Belgium. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Malaysia 4 Ireland 2Ireland could not stage a comeback in the second match of their Olympic Qualifying tournament in Belgium. Having drawn 2-2 with(...)

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 (...)

 Chloe Watkins: scored in  UCD’s 3-2 victoty  against English club  Canterbury at the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup. Photograph: Sportsfile

UCD women’s team will finish in Ireland’s best position in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup since Randalstown in 1995 no matter what the outcome of t(...)

 Eugene Magee:  will lend his considerable experience to the Ireland side in South Africa. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland’s senior men play the first Test match of 2015 on Sunday in Cape Town as they take on South Africa to kickstart their Olympic qualifying prep(...)

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(...)

Ireland goalkeeper David Harte is bought at auction by Dabang Mumbai for $51,000 for the third edition of the Hockey India League. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

David Harte’s status as one of the world’s best goalkeepers was further confirmed on Saturday when he was bought at auction by Dabang Mumbai for the (...)