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

Ireland goalkeeper David Harte attempts to block  Spain’s Quique Gonzalez during the Men’s EuroHockey Championships in Amsterdam. Photograph: Koen Suyk/EPA

Goalkeeper’s stunning performance leaves men requiring result against Austria

 Roisín Upton  and Deirdre Duke  celebrate a goal against the Czech Republic in the European Championship clash in  Amstelveen. Photograph: Sander Koning/EPA

Crucial game against Spain on Saturday will decide relegation fate

Matthew Nelson gave Ireland a 1-0 half-time lead against England in the  Rabo EuroHockey Championships  in Amsterdam. Photograph:  Sander Koning/AFP/Getty Images

Matthew Nelson had given boys in green a half-time lead in Amsterdam

Nike Lorenz of Germany celebrates with teammates after scoring against Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Defeat leaves Ireland in relegation pool of the Rabo EuroHockey Nations Championships

Matthew Bell during Ireland’s 7-1 win over Poland in Amsterdam. Photograph: Koen Suyk/Inpho

Record victory leaves Ireland needing a draw or better reach European Championships

Ireland’s  Seán Murray celebrates his goal against Germany during the Men’s EuroHockey Championships  in Amsterdam. Photograph: Sander Koning/EPA

Craig Fulton’s side hold the Olympic bronze medallists to a draw in Amsterdam

 Ireland’s Róisín Upton  in action against   Scotland’s Alison Howie during the Women’s Hockey Rabo EuroHockey Championships  in Amstelveen, Netherlands. Photograph: Robin van Lonkhuijsen/AFP/Getty Images

Graham Shaw’s side need to beat Germany to avoid relegation

Goalscorer  Alan Sothern (centre) celebrates the win over New Zealand and World Cup qualification with his Ireland team-mates Stuart Loughrey (left) and Shane O’Donoghue in Johannesburg. Photograph:   Jan Kruger/Getty Images for FIH

Men’s side qualify for India 2018 thanks to first ever win over New Zealand

Lizzie Colvin of Ireland celebrates with her team mates after beating India at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

It earned a seventh place finish for Ireland, one rank above their pre-tournament rating

 The Ireland team celebrate winning their  penalty shootout during the 5th-8th place play-off against France. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images for FIH

Today’s nail-biting victory over France should be enough for Irish men

 Lisa-Marie Deetlefs of South Africa celebrates her goal during the 5th/8th place play-off match between South Africa and Ireland at Wits University. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images for FIH)

Today’s defeat ends Irish hopes of direct qualification for next year’s World Cup

Ireland’s Matthew Bell after his side’s defeat to Spain. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

Inspired performance from goalkeeper Quico Cortes the difference in Johannesburg

Argentina celebrate Julia Gomes’s goal during their 2-1 win over Ireland. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

Graham Shaw’s side edged out in Hockey World League quarter in Johannesburg

Martin Zwicker of Germany celebrates scoring a goal against Germany in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

Hockey World League Semi-Final: They play Spain on Wednesday for World Cup spot

Ireland’s Anna O’Flanagan on the ball during her side’s defeat to England. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

Graham Shaw’s side edged out in final Hockey World League group fixture

Shane O’Donoghue of Ireland celebrates scoring against Egypt at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

Hockey World League Semi-Final: Ireland struggle against unfancied Egyptian team

Nicola Evans of Ireland celebrates scoring their teams first goal with Deirdre Duke of Ireland during day three of the FIH Hockey World League Semi Finals Pool A match between Ireland and Poland at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: Jan Kruger/Getty Images for FIH

Goals from Evans and Pinder gave Graham Shaw’s side a 2-0 win over Poland

Cedric Charlier of Belgium celebrates scoring against Ireland at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images for FIH

Red Lions of Belgium prove too good, thoughts now turn to Egypt on Thursday

 Cecile Pieper of Germany and Shirley McCay of Ireland battle for possession during day 2 of the FIH Hockey World League Semi Finals Pool A match  at Wits University  in Johannesburg. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images for FIH

Graham Shaw said 40-second countdown clock not observed before final penalty corner

Shane O’Donoghue of Ireland celebrates his goal with team mates during day 1 of the FIH Hockey World League semi finals Pool B match against South Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: Jan Kruger/Getty Images for FIH

Meanwhile, the women’s team opened up their campaign with a 1-1 draw against Japan

 Anna O’Flanagan of Ireland is challenged by Japan’s Mami Ichitani during her side’s 1-1 draw in Johannesburg. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

Rosin Upton puts Graham Shaw’s side in front before Shihori Oikawa’s equaliser

The highly experienced Ronan Gormley is unavailable for Ireland’s World League semi-final campaign. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Side has had immaculate run of form in 2017 but will enter contest missing key players

Ireland captain  Katie Mullan: “I think the biggest thing we can take from the 2015 World League is a realisation of how different we are now as a squad.” Photograph: Inpho

Ireland meet Japan on Saturday morning in the first of four group games at the World League semi-final

Conor Harte: the vastly experienced defender has overcome a knock to take his place in the Irish men’s squad bound for Johannesberg. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Experienced defender on board as Ireland bid to secure place in 2018 World Cup

Conor Harte is part of an Ireland squad that will travel out to the tournament in great shape.

Defender will travel to World Cup qualifying event next month

Shirley McCay and Katie Mullan goals give Ireland a 2-1 win

Ireland goalkeeper David Harte helped his club side SV Kampong to a first Dutch title in 32 years. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland goalkeeper delivers stunning final performance to secure first title in 32 years

Ireland’s David Harte is on the brink of becoming the first Irish person to win the Hoofdklasse. Photo: Inpho

He previously became the first Irish player to win the Euro Hockey League in 2016

 Ireland’s Deirdre Duke and Dalila Mirabella of Italy: The UCD skipper   is back on the Irish senior women’s panel after leading her club to a treble. Photograph:  Rowland White/Presseye/INPHO

Several changes made to World League Round 2 winning team ahead of US trip

 UCD players celebrate  beating Hermes-Monkstown in a penalty shootout to win EY Women’s Champions Trophy Final. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

In-form goalkeeper records clean sheets in shootouts in both semi and final of contest

Monkstown’s David Carson challenges  David Kane of Three Rock Rovers. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Mitch Darling wonder goal secures victory over Monkstown at Grange Road

Banbridge’s  Matthew Bell in action against  Christophe Peters-Deutz and Jean-Laurent Kieffer of Racing Club de France   at HC Oranje-Rood.  Photograph:  Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Shoot-out defeat to Racing Club particularly painful experience for Banbridge

Banbridge and Three Rock Rovers are neck and neck after 17 matches. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Busy week takes its toll on Co Down side while Three Rock continue their dominance

Banbridge’s Johnny McKee in action against Monkstown in the Irish Hockey Men’s Senior Cup Final, at UCD, Dublin, in which he scored one goal for his side. Photograph:  Paul Walsh/Inpho

Co Down side keep treble hopes alive after Monkstown fail to rattle Mark Tumilty’s men

UCD celebrate winning the Irish Senior Cup final. Photograph: Paul Walsh/Inpho

Deirdre Duke’s goal two minutes from time denies Cork Harlequins in close contest

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