Dragons’ Jeffrey Thys shoots under pressure from Three Rock Rovers’ s Luke Madeley during the Euro Hockey League KO8 match in Eindhoven. Photograph:  Frank Uijlenbroek/World Sport Pics

Dublin club go down in Euro Hockey League encounter with Belgian professional side

Three Rock Rovers in action in the Euro Hockey League. Photograph: Florent van Aubel

They’re trying to become first Irish club to reach KO8 stages with win on Wednesday

Banbridge’s Jamie Wright in action for Ireland in 2007. The player scored twice for Banbridge in their 6-1 win over Pembroke. Photograph: Inpho

Team on brink of extinction in 2006 beat NICS to lift first national cup since 1922

Lisnagarvey took a huge step towards the EY Hockey League title with a victory over Glenanne. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Victory over Monkstown boosts hopes of an incredible escape

Three Rock Rovers’ Mark English celebrates during their win over Pembroke. Photograph: Adrian Boehm

Hockey: league leaders Lisnagarvey eye treble glory as they face in-form Rovers in final

Sitting joint top overnight, Crescent Comprehensive stormed  to a 6-1 win over Coláiste Iognáid on Friday morning, with Leah Clery  netting a hat-trick. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Banbridge fail to get the five goals they need against Coláiste Iognáid, while Kilkenny go down 2-0 to St Andrew’s

Wesley claim the Minor Cup with a victory over High School

Glenanne goalkeeper Iain Walker was superb between the posts in a game of plentiful chances. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

All three title contenders fail to fire on Saturday as vital points dropped all round

Glenanne’s Johnny McCormack in action for Avoca in 2015. The player scored the winner against Cookstown at the weekend to seal a 4-3 victory. Photograph: Inpho

Leaders Glenanne ahead by three points after hard-fought victory over Cookstown

St Andrew’s celebrate their victory over Wesley College in the final of the Leinster Schoolgirls’ Senior Cup Final at Three Rock Rovers Hockey Club. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Booterstown school draw inspiration from coach Gillian Pinder’s World Cup heroics

The Irish men’s hockey team travel to Oslo for the EuroHockey Indoor Club Challenge I this weekend. Photograph:   Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Irish side targeting top two finish in EuroHockey Indoor Club Challenge this weekend

 Ireland’s Hannah Matthews in action in last year’s World Cup. Photograph: Joe Toth/Inpho

Irish squad fail to hold on to victory over Spaniards in second Test match in Granada

Mitch Darling has played his last game for Ireland after announcing his international retirement. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘When I got my first cap in 2006 I could never have dreamed reaching the heights we did’

Katie Mullan scored an early goal for Ireland in their international against Spain in Granada. Photograph: Joe Toth/Inpho

Katie Mullan’s early goal wiped out as home side secured victory in Granada

Matthew Nelson: popped up with the equaliser for Lisnagarvey against Glenanne. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Annadale see off struggling YMCA to move into fourth place

Hockey Ireland has announced Alexander Cox will remain as coach on a longer-term basis

More details on how long Dutchman will remain coach to be announced next week

Three Rock Rovers Mills Cup tie against Pembroke was postponed due to frost.

Cork C of I looking for a more productive campaign in 2019

Ireland players celebrating their silver medal at the hockey  World Cup Final in  London in August. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Singapore added to the eight-team women’s line-up, and will likely be one of the Green Army’s group stage opponents in Dublin

 Hockey Ireland CEO Jerome Pels with coach Alexander Cox. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

No confirmation if interim coach Cox will remain in role as road to Olympics nears

 Ronan Gormley played 256 times for Ireland, captaining the side 121 times. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former international defender on scoresheet in special challenge match

Conor Empey scored to give Three Rock Rovers the lead in the Neville Cup final. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Goalkeeper Shane O’Brien the hero in penalty shoot-out; Bandon win first Peard Cup

Ireland celebrate their   shoot-out win over Spain. Photograph: Inpho/Sandra Mailer

Two gloriously tense shoot-outs catapult sport from obscurity

Captain Jody Hosking lifts  the trophy as Three Rock Rovers celebrate their  EY Champions Trophy Final win over Glenanne last May. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Coach Dagg hoping in-form Corinthian can shock the unbeaten holders

Ayeisha McFerran: she will be one of the obvious contenders for the Goalkeeper of the Year award. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The 20-year-old Tice is named on the Rising Star list of five players

Railway Union’s Sarah Hawkshaw is one of four uncapped players in the Ireland squad for a training trip to Chile in January. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Graham Shaw’s side return to action after winning World Cup silver medal

 Florent Van Aubel of Belgium scores his team’s third and winning penalty at Kalinga Stadium in India. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images for FIH

He had previously overseen Ireland’s incredible rise to the top 10 in the world

 Ireland’s Shane O’Donoghue  scores his team’s second goal from the penalty corner against England in the   Hockey World  at Kalinga Stadium  in Bhubaneswar, India. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Shane O’Donoghue admits side was not clinical enough following defeat to England

 Ireland sing their national anthem prior to the opening World Cup  match against Australia. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

World number 17 side showed their qualities in opening 2-2 draw against England

TRR’s Jack McAllister on the attack against Annadale. Photo: Adrian Boehm

Meanwhile, Cork C of I survived against Leinster league high-flyers UCD

Ireland goalkeeper David Harte’s initial diagnosis was a fractured fibula. Photograph:  Freddie Parkinson/Inpho

Goalkeeper seeks second opinion on injury suffered in warm-up before loss to Netherlands

Ireland coach  Alexander Cox knows there is plenty to work on following his first competitive games in charge. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Glenanne miss chance to close the gap on leaders Banbridge as they drew 3-3 with basement side YMCA

Ireland head coach Alexander Cox says his team will be tested mentally as well as physically. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland face England on Monday with games against Spain and the Netherlands to follow

Waterford school beat Banbridge Academy to complete shock title win

Three Rock Rovers’ Luke Madeley has been named has been named in the Ireland panel for the World Cup. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Venue still be decided for eight-team FIH Series Finals; men’s World Cup squad named

Alexander Cox: took on the role of Ireland head coach during the summer

Banbridge extend their lead at the top of domestic league

Glenannne’s David Keogh  (right) scored a penalty stroke in his side’s 6-2 win over Pembroke. Photograph: Inpho

Three Rock Rovers carry Euro Hockey League form with them into their 4-1 win over Lisnagarvey

 Three Rock Rovers are through to the last 16 of the EHL which will take place next Easter in Eindhoven. Photograph: Laszlo Gezco/Inpho

Madeley’s late equaliser against Junior FC sees Irish club advance on goal difference

Luke Madeley scores for Three Rock Rovers against  Junior FC in Barcelona. Photograph:  Frank Uijlenbroek/World Sport Pics

Irish side get the required goal difference from 6-0 win over Racing Club de France

Glenanne have four points from six courtesy of their 2-1 win at Annadale, while Three Rock Rovers eventually broke down newly-promoted YMCA. Photograph: Getty Images

Banbridge leave it late to nick the points against Cork C of I

  Eugene Magee’s last-minute drag-flick gave Banbridge a 4-3 victory over Rovers. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Co Down side outclass Three Rock Rovers as Pembroke get the better of Lisnagarvey

Ireland captain  Katie Mullan in action against Spain. She will play this season  in Germany with reigning champions Club an der Alster.  Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland captain one of five World Cup silver medalists in action with European clubs

Ireland players celebrate with their silver medals after thei World Cup final loss to the Netherlands. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The men have also got a very tough draw for next year’s tournament in Belgium

Mark Ingram moved from Pembroke Wanderers to Rotterdam during the summer. Photograph: Inpho

Goalkeeper makes crucial penalty save as HC Rotterdam win

Ireland  coach Alexander: will run the rule over the Ireland squad when they gather at Lisnagarvey. Photograph: Koen Suyk

New Ireland coach wants an opportunity to assess the depth of the ‘Green Machine’

Lena Tice, captain Katie Mullan and Deirdre Duke, who recently won a silver medal in the Hockey World Cup. Photograph: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

There may well be more switches of Ireland players to top leagues ahead of September 1st

Ireland’s Shirley McCay  vies for possession  with Netherlands’ Xan de Waard during the FIH Women’s Hockey World Cup Final  at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

‘Her journey can’t end here and I will tell her that’ - Ireland coach Graham Shaw

Ireland’s squad celebrate with their silver medals  after the FIH Women’s Hockey World Cup defeat to the Netherlands at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. Photograph:  Paul Harding/PA Wire

Dutch show just why they are the world’s number one side in Hockey World Cup final

The Netherlands side after their World Cup semi-final penalty shoot-out win over Australia. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/EPA

Graham Shaw finally gets his wish of facing the world’s number one side on Sunday

Ireland celebrate their penalty shoot-out  win over Spain in London. Photograph: Sandra Mailer/Inpho

Graham Shaw’s side into Sunday’s gold medal match after penalty shoot-out win

Chloe Watkins under pressure from Indian goalkeeper Savita ahead of scoring Ireland’s  winning goal in the quarter-final  shootout during the World Cup quarter-final  at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in  London. Photograph: Kate McShane/Getty Images

Evenly-matched sides know each other so well after 26 previous meetings in the last five years

Ireland’s Roisin Upton and Anna O’Flanagan celebrate winning the shootout in their World Cup semi-final against India. Photo: Joe Tote/Inpho

Ireland coach said he and his team want to achieve something special and inspire others

India’s Sunita Lakra and Neha Goyal foul Nicola Evans of Ireland during their women’s Hockey World Cup match in London. Photo: Joe Toth/Inpho

Graham Shaw’s side defied the odds once again by beating India in a shootout

 Ireland players celebrate following the  victory over India in the Pool B group game of the  World Cup at Lee Valley  Centre  in London, England. Photograph:  Harriet Lander/Getty Images

Stakes raised significantly as Shaw’s side face India – this time for a place in the last four

 Lalremsiami of India celebrates scoring their first goal during the crossover game  against India at the Women’s Hockey World Cup at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre  in London. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Thursday’s game moved to earlier start time to accommodate host broadcaster

Ireland manager Graham Shaw talks to his players during the Pool B game against England at the FIH Womens Hockey World Cup at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London, England. Photo: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

‘We want to increase the profile of our sport in any way possible,’ says Graham Shaw

England attack Ireland’s goal during the women’s World Cup match at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Photo: Sean Dempsey/EPA

The hosts scored seven minutes from time and Ireland now look ahead to quarter-finals

Ireland’s  Nicola Daly  tackles Monika of India during the Pool B World Cup game   at Lee Valley Hockey in London.  Photograph:  Harriet Lander/Getty Images

Pressure on England to deliver a victory in front of a sell-out 10,500 home crowd

Ireland’s Anna O’Flanagan celebrates her goal against India with Lizzie Colvin at the Lee Valley Stadium in London. Photograph: Joe Toth/Inpho

Ireland the first side assured of a quarter-final place at the World Cup in London

  Anna O’Flanagan of Ireland celebrates scoring  the winning goal. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Win over India gives Ireland a place in the last eight for the first time ever in London

Chloe Watkins in action against the USA’s Nicole Woods during Ireland’s  Women’s World Cup Pool B victory at  Lee Valley Stadium, London. Photograph: Joe Toth/Inpho

Confidence in the camp high following the impressive opening victory over the USA

Highly regarded coach will take charge of Ireland’s for World Cup campaign

The Irish team celebrate after Shirley McCay scores  during the  World Cup match against the USA at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre in London. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/EPA

Two-goal Deirdre Duke a hero as Ireland win first World Cup tie in 16 years

Shirley McCay  celebrates her goal with Ireland team-mate  Deirdre Duke during the Women’s World Cup Pool B game at Lee Valley Stadium in London. Photograph: Joe Toth/Inpho

Ireland went 2-0 up inside 12 minutes against the United States in London

Ireland captain Katie Mullan. Photo: PA

Irish women have prepared meticulously for hockey’s biggest stage

Shane Donoghue scored Ireland’s goal in their 2-1 defeat to the USA. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

John Bessell takes charge of Ireland side as they concede twice in final eight minutes

Ireland’s Shane O’Donoghue: is now six goals  shy of record-holder John Jermyn. Photograph: Inpho

Men’s senior international Test match: Shane O’Donoghue lands four goals in Saturday’s 6-1 win and he added another on Sunday in a(...)

Ireland coach Graham Shaw is confident that Megan Frazer will be fit for the World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Frazer is recovering from a knee ligament injury

John Jermyn will play his final game for Ireland against France. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Thursday marks a fitting way to end the Cork native’s career at venue where it all began

Anna O’Flanagan, pictured in action against Canada, was on target in Ireland’s win over Germany. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Last minute goal gives Ireland Three Nations victory over Olympic bronze medalists

The Irish under-21 men have started off their US tour in style with  a 3-1 win over Japan at Yale

Natalie Esteves’ 14th-minute goal secures win over Ukraine’s MSC Sumchanka

Ireland will be the sixth-rated nation for EuroHockey Club Cup and eligible to stay in the top tier. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland’s place for 2019 looks assured for Loreto

 Conor Harte challenges Germany’s Johannes Grobe during Ireland’s 2-1 victory at Pembroke Wanderers Hockey Club in Dublin. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Goals from O’Donoghue and Nelson clinch 2-1 victory after draw in opening encounter

Three Rock Rovers players celebrate after their captain Jody Hosking fired home the winner with just 48 seconds from time  . Photograph:   Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Late goal from captain Jody Hosking sees his formidable side win sixth title of season

Women’s EY champions Loreto. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Late showing in last four leads to surprise wins over UCD and Cork

YMCA  will replace Railway Union in the top tier. Photograph: Inpho

Nervous YMCA survive late Bangor rally to win the provincial promotion playoff series

Pembroke Wanderers’ Alan Sothern: struck four times before half-time to build a 5-0 lead over  Cookstown. Photograph: Inpho

Victory over Cookstown lifts Pembroke in to fourth place ahead of Monkstown

Irish Senior Cup winners Three Rock Rovers have made  the EY Champions Trophy playoffs

Glenanne kept their nerve at the home of second-placed Lisnagarvey to win 4-2

UCD celebrate their Irish Senior Cup final win over Pegasus at Belfield. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Miles Warren praises his ‘transformed’ side as they make light work of Pegasus at Belfield

Due to refixtures the semi-finals and final of the women’s Senior Cup will take place this weekend. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

UCD face Loreto and Belfast Harlequins meet Pegasus in semis with final the following day

Three Rock Rovers’s Luke Madeley in action in Rotterdam. Photograph:  Frank Uijlenbroek

Painful 3-2 defeat to Saint Germain stops side achieving a first for an Irish hockey club

Glenanne’s Shane O’Donoghue in action for Ireland last year. O’Donoghue’s strike gave his side a victory over Railway Union. Photograph: Inpho/Presseye

Shane O’Donoghue’s one-handed finish yields narrow victory and nine-point lead at top

Loreto Foxrock celebrate with the trophy after their victory over St Andrew’s in the final of the Leinster Schoolgirls Hockey Senior Cup final at UCD. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

First-half winner ends school’s 41-year long wait for glory

Mark English of Railway Union scored the winner in the game against Cookstown. Photograph: Inpho/Presseye

Splendid English strike against Cookstown seals victory in campaign to avoide relegation

 Ireland coach Craig Fulton’s focus  will now be  the   Sultan Azlan Shah tournament in March. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Side will be content with outcome of campaign after losing just one of their four games

Ireland head coach Craig Fulton: his side beat 11th-ranked Canada in the Five Nations Invitational Tournament in Malaga. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Craig Fulton’s side conceded first goal but rallied to secure comfortable 4-1 victory

Shane O’Brien provided the heroics in the Neville Cup final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Goalkeeper Shane O’Brien the hero as victory snatched from the grasp of Pembroke

Neil Lyons of Three Rock Rovers and Eddie O’Malley of Glenanne. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

3-2 victory moves Glens three points ahead of Three Rock Rovers with a game in hand

YMCA beat  Annadale in the Irish Senior Cup. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cold weather wreaks havoc with five of the eight cup fixtures called off

 Peter Caruth:  lashed his stick in frustration into the fencing at the Merrion Fleet Arena. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Olympian will not now travel with Ireland for series against the Netherlands

Shane O’Donoghue: On Sunday his rocket in the 53rd minute completed the result on a day when both goalkeepers  shone with multiple saves. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Railway Union’s lack of cutting edge meant it was always going to be a hard work for them

Pembroke’s Alan Sothern:  the Olympian’s double make it nine goals for the campaign. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Three Rock Rovers arrest mini-slump with comfortable 3-1 success over Monkstown

Luke Madeley of Three Rock in action against James Lorimer of Lisnagarvey during the Irish Senior Cup last year. Photo: Rowland White/Inpho

Full round of league matches will be played on Saturday with Irish Senior Cup first round on Sunday

Lisnagarvey player James Lorimer in action during his side’s 4-2 win over Monkstown. Photograph: Presseye/Rowland White/Inpho

Champions Three Rock Rovers give newly promoted Annadale a rude awakening

Raise in expenses agreed with further meetings to come to discuss conditions

Luke Madeley scored five times as Ireland thrashed Portugal 11-2. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Women’s clash with Spain can’t take place after virus strikes home side’s camp

Ireland U-21s scored late to salage a point against Austria. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland throw away two-goal lead before Dale salvages a draw at the death in Valencia

UCD’s Abbie Russell (left): went close to scoring in Ireland’s European Under-21 Championships match against France. Photograph: Inpho

Dave Passmore’s side concede late goal in the European Under-21 Championships in Valencia

Ireland’s men and women under-21s teams were left disappointed in Valencia. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Germany dispatched the men’s side while the women fell to England

Alan Sothern netted for Ireland as they overcame Austria. Photo: Inpho

A late Austrian equaliser gave Ireland a scare but they held out to relegate their opponents

 Maialen Garcia  of Spain in action during the Women’s EuroHockey Championships  classification match against Ireland at Amstelveen in Amsterdam. Photograph: Koen Suyk/EPA

Graham Shaw’s side stay up despite losing heavily to Spain

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