Ben Walker: helped himself to four goals in the victory over Great Britain’s elite development squad at Bisham Abbey. Photograph:  Adrian Boehm

Mark Tumilty’s side too strong for Great Britain development squad

Ireland’s Deirdre Duke and Nikki Evans  celebrate a goal during the sixth-placed playoff against Italy at the Women’s EuroHockey Championship at the Wagener Stadium in Amstelveen. Photograph: Frank Uijlenbroek/Inpho

Zara Malseed grabs her first international goal as Ireland claim sixth spot

Ireland’s Róisín Upton celebrates scoring a goal with Katie Mullan and Nicci Daly during the third and final game of the SoftCo Series against Great Britain at  Queen’s University in  Belfast. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Róisín Upton’s penalty stroke had Ireland ahead before Izzy Petter’s strike

Ireland’s Chloe Watkins celebrates with Lizzie Colvin after scoring a goal in their match against Great Britain. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Big win comes against reigning Olympic champions who Ireland will face in Tokyo

Ireland’s Roisin Upton sends in a high ball against Britain in Belfast. Photograph: Inpho

Both sides test their Olympic panels in three uncapped Softco Series games this week

Action was called to a halt in October after three rounds had been played

Deirdre Duke: scored a brace for Ireland in the victory over Spain in Murcia. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dancer’s squad step up preparations for Olympic year with first game in almost 12 months

YMCA’s Rosse Hensderson celebrates making it 1-0

Lisnagarvey sail to victory over Corinthian while Monkstown-UCD clash ends in a draw

YMCA’s Ben Campbell celebrates scoring his side’s second goal in the victory over UCD at Belfield.

First-half goals from Henderson and Campbell secure a 2-1 victory

UCD captain Ellen Curran celebrates with the cup. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Inpho/Presseye

UCD denied unique double as men succumb to Lisnagarvey later on Saturday

Lisnagarvey captain James Corry lifts the Senior Cup. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Inpho

Hillsborough giants claim 24th title and stop students from completing a unique double

Harry Morris playing for Three Rock Rovers against Corinthian. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Strong winds and heavy hail brings top of the table clash to an end at half-time

Naomi Carroll will be looking to add to her 111 caps on Ireland’s tour to South Africa. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ireland forced to move warm-weather tour from Malaysia over coronavirus

The Railway Union team following their Leinster League victory.

Multitalented squad targeting glory at EuroHockey Indoor Club Challenge

 Corinthian coach Joe Brennan in action for Glenanne in 2018. Brennan is targeting a top-four place with his Corinthian this season. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Side’s confidence is high after recent win over UCD and draw with Three Rock Rovers

The absence of Keith O’Hare has stymied Pembroke’s playoff hopes to date. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Two wildly inconsistent sides must put absentees behind them in bid to climb table

Hannah Matthews saw her Loreto Beaufort side win the Leinster Schoolgirls Senior Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Coach Hannah Matthews adds another medal to collection after first title in a decade

 Ireland’s Ellen Curran: she  got a goal  back with seven minutes to go.  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Dancer’s side go down 4-1 to suffer second defeat of the week at hands of world number four side

The Irish men’s squad  who won bronze at the EuroHockey Championships III in Santander

Goals from Jackson and Canning within 30 seconds seal a dramatic 2-1 win over Wales

Rowland Rixon-Fuller:  he  previously lined out for Zimbabwe outdoors up until 2015. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Carroll claims if you are going to grow the game you have to do it through indoor hockey

Clontarf celebrate after their victory in the Neville Cup Final against Three Rock Rovers at Grange Road. Photograph:  Adrian Boehm

Kevin Mullins scores hat-trick against former team as Three Rock reign ends

Clontarf’s Kevin Mullins: “For a few of the lads they haven’t had this kind of experience in their whole hockey careers.” Photograph:  Deryck Vincent

A mix of the experience of ex-internationals and some rising stars will line out for the north side team on St Stephen’s Day

Guy Sarratt was on target for UCD in the 8-0 mauling of Annadale. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Students remain right in the frame for a playoff place for the first time

Rory Nichols: continued his goal per game ratio for Monkstown who defeated UCD 2-1. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leaders held to a surprising 4-4 draw at home by Glenanne

Shane O’Donoghue scored twice in the first leg of the Olympic qualifier against Canada in Vancouver. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Seán Murray and Shane O’Donoghue each score twice in Vancouver

 Annadale’s Peter Caruth is among the players who have been included in Mark Tumilty’s Irish squad for the games against France. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Caruth and McKee get first inclusions since July 2018 as new coach braces for first game

Three Rock’s David Kane fails to stop Conor Empey of UCD scoring a goal in the student side’s 3-1 win at the weekend. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Promoted students claim impressive win in their EY Hockey League opening game

Former Banbridge coach Mark Tumilty will head up the Ireland men’s coaching team for the Olympic qualifier in Canada. Photograph:  Freddie Parkinson/Inpho/Presseye

Jason Lee will assist former Banbridge coach for tournament in Canada

Ireland men and women will discover their Olympic qualifying opponents on Monday. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Women will play their two-legged tie at home while the men will have to travel away

 Alexander Cox has stepped down as coach to the Ireland men’s hockey team. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Defeat to Wales last Saturday led to relegation to second tier in Europe

Ireland celebrate a goal against Germany earlier in the EuroHockey Championships, in which they finished fifth. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Sean Dancer’s new charges equal highest ever finish at EuroHockey Championships

Ireland head coach Alexander Cox is considering his position after relegation. Photo: David Aliaga/MB Media/Getty Images

Head coach Alexander Cox says he will have to consider his position after trouncing

Anna O’Flanagan scored Ireland’s winner against hosts Belgium  at the  European Championships in Antwerp. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland beat hosts Belgium and now target fifth place in Antwerp

Phil Roper netted the second for England in their win over Ireland. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Zach Wallace and Phil Roper netted as Shane O’Donoghue’s were beaten in Antwerp

Ireland players celebrate a goal during the EuroHockey 2019 draw with Germany. Photo: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

World Cup runners-up needed a win against Germany but could only manage a 1-1 draw

 Mathias Muller of Germany and Ben Walker of Ireland vie for the ball during the  EuroHockey  match  in Antwerp, Belgium. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Germany prove too strong as they book semi-final spot in Antwerp

Róisín Upton scored from four penalty corners in the 11-0 win over Belarus in the  EuroHockey Championship in Antwerp. Photograph:  Frank Uijlenbroek/World Sport Pics

Sean Dancer’s side score 11 times to record their biggest EuroHockey victory

England celebrate after Suzy Petty scores against Ireland  during the  European Championships in  Antwerp, Belgium. Photograph: AP Photo/Virginia Mayo

Men’s team score two goals in the last five minutes to draw 3-3 with Scotland

 England’s Mark Gleghorne scored the equaliser against Ireland in today’s 3-3 draw. Photograph: Getty Images

Late goal from former Ireland player earns 3-3 draw in Four Nations

Ireland goalkeeper David Harte is an injury doubt for next month’s European Championships in Antwerp. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland goalkeeper looking to shake off muscle inflammation problem

Ireland will play in a four nations tournament in Spain next weekend before facing Scotland again in the European Championships group stages. File photograph: The Irish Times

Women hammer Italy at Stormont while men overcome Scotland in tight Sunday fixture

Ireland coach Alexander Cox confirmed the former Aussie international for the upcoming two-game series with Scotland in Glasgow. Photograph: Koen Suyk

Irish passport holder based in Netherlands where he plays with Tilburg in Hoofdklasse

Ireland’s Katie Mullan: she  was part of the Club an der Alster side that won the German championship last season. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Three Rock Rovers get favourable draw in men’s Euro Hockey League

Callum Robinson was on target as Ireland Under-21s routed the Czech Republic. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Heavy win over hosts puts Ireland into semis of second-tier Euro Junior Championships

Second-half goals from Deirdre Duke (above)  and Lizzie Colvin saw Ireland defeat Scotland on Saturday evening 2-0. Photograph: Inpho

Irish Under-21 women’s side suffer loss to Russia at the Junior European Championships

Sean Dancer: the Australian takes  over the Ireland reins full time this weekend. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sean Dancer takes formal charge of Ireland this weekend as they begin preparations for November’s Olympic qualifiers

Ireland men’s hockey coach  Alexander Cox. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘We tried to work off the ball but if you make so many mistakes then you can’t win a game’

 Shane O’Donoghue scored his 102nd international goal in the win over Korea. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Men follow the women’s lead as they banish Korea demons from 2012 Olympic qualifying

Shane O’Donoghue scored a hat-trick for Ireland against Singapore. Photograph: Inpho

O’Donoghue’s hat-trick helps his side leapfrog Scotland and Eygpt in Le Touquet

Korea celebrate a goal during their victory over Ireland in the FIH Women’s Series Final at Banbridge Hockey Club. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho/PressEye

Ireland had already booked Olympic playoff with win over Czech Republic

John Jackson opened the scoring for Ireland in the defeat to Egypt. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Alexander Cox’s side had taken the lead against a powerful Egypt side

Shirley McCay opens the scoring for Ireland in the FIH Women’s Series semi-final against the Czech Republic at  Banbridge Hockey Club. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Semi-final victory over Czech Republic moves Ireland closer to Olympic qualification

Ireland’s Gillian Pender scores against Singapore during the FIH Women’s Series Pool A clash at  Banbridge Hockey Club, Belfast. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Eight players get on the scoresheet as visitors are outclassed at Banbridge

Anna O’Flanagan and her Irish teammates celebrate a goal against the Czech Republic  at Banbridge Hockey Club. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho/Presseye

With Singapore to come on Tuesday, Ireland look on course for a semi-final place

Ireland celebrate Bethany Barr’s goal against Malaysia. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Bethany Barr stars as Ireland begin FIH Series campaign with a victory in Banbridge

Railway Union’s Sarah Hawkshaw is in the Ireland squad for the FIH Series Finals. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Sarah Hawkshaw, Bethany Barr and Emma Buckley will play world ranking tournament for first time

Ireland’s John Jackson during  a test match against the USA at   Pembroke, Dublin. Photograph:  Adrian Boehm

The 33-year-old came back after six-month break to help the side to 5-0 and 2-0 successes

 John Jackson (above) makes his comeback to the Ireland squad alongside Neal Glassey, Ben Walker, Stephen Cole and goalkeeper Jamie Carr. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland coach makes six changes from World Cup line-up as John Jackson is recalled

Jody Hosking celebrates scoring the winning goal for Three Rock Rovers. Photograph: Adrian Boehm

Jody Hosking score the winner for Three Rock Rovers against Lisnagarvey

Cork Harlequins celebrate the winning shootout. Photograph: Adrian Boehm

Cork Harlequins goalkeeper stars in Senior Cup final shootout

Ireland international Matthew Nelson will pose a real threat for Lisnagarvey  in the  Irish Senior Cup final. Photograph: Inpho

Irish Senior Cup final preview: Three Rock Rovers v Lisnagarvey, Grange Road, 3.45pm

Three Rock Rovers celebrate with the EY Champions Trophy. Photograph: Irish Hockey

This was their 12th trophy since 2017 across outdoor and indoor competitions

Pegasus  celebrate after winning the Champions Trophy at Banbridge hockey club. Photograph:  Freddie Parkinson/Inpho

Ulster side hold their nerve in shootout to win 4-2

Loreto’s Nicci Daly in action against Ritm Grodno. Photograph: Koen Suyk/World Sport

UCD finish fourth in second-tier Euro Trophy as they lose to star-studded Waterloo Ducks in battle for bronze

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

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