EuroHockey Championship II Men, Day 4 Match Reports


Ireland secured the Pool A first place berth and a semi-final against Scotland on Friday evening with a 6-2 win over Portugal. It was a very close affair early on when Ireland raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to an 11th minute Benjamin Walker goal from open play and a converted penalty corner from Lee Cole on 19 minutes. Portugal responded through a David Franco converted penalty corner on 20 minutes to leave Ireland leading 2-1 at half time.

Sam Hyland was suspended for 10 minutes thanks to a 23rd minute yellow card which straddled the two halves and Portugal equalised on 33 minutes through a Rodrigo Rebelo penalty corner just as Ireland were about to revert to 11 players.

Jeremy Duncan restored Ireland’s lead through a field goal on 43 minutes to make it 3-2. Shane O’Donoghue converted a penalty corner on 53rd minute to give Ireland 4-2 lead. Within a minute Conor Empey got another goal from open play to make it 5-2 and a penalty corner in the final minute to secure a 6-2 win for Ireland .

Elsewhere in Pool A  Ukraine secured second place and a semi-final berth against Pool B winners Italy on Friday by beating Czech Republic 5-1. Oleksii Popov gave them the lead from open play on 7 minutes. Andrii Koloshenko converted a penalty corner on 19 minutes to make it 2-0. Viacheslav Paziuk converted a penalty corner on 27 minutes made it 3-0 to Ukraine. Maksym Onofriiuk made it 4-0 on 39 minutes and Bohdan Kovalenko added a fifth a minute later to leave Ukraine leading 5-0.

Denis Tomes scored a penalty corner for Czech Republic to leave the final score 5-1 to Ukraine.

IRELAND: David Harte (GK) ( James Milliken GK 31′), Charlie Rowe, Luke Witherow, Kyle Marshall, Shane O’Donoghue, Sean Murray (capt.), Peter McKibbin, Jeremy Duncan, Benjamin Walker, Sam Hyland, Ben Johnson SUBS: John McKee, Jonathan Lynch, Lee Cole, Conor Empey, Nicholas Page

PORTUGAL: Balthazar Portugal (GK), David Franco, Diogo Rocha, Aidan Fourie, Rodrigo Castro Ivo Moreira, Tiago Ventosa, Rodrigo Rebelo, Afonso Caramalho, Bartolomeu Portugal, José Santos SUBS USED: Helder Goncalves, Tomas Teixera, Simao Pinheiro, Joao Basilia, Santos Ferreira




Struan Walker scored from open play in the second minute to give Scotland a 1-0 lead.

Alan Forsyth added another to make it 2-0 in the 6th minute. And added a third from a penalty stroke in the 21st minute. Struan Walker got his second of the game to make it 4-0 on 23 minutes. Alan Forsyth made it 5-0 a minute later and added a penalty corner for 6-0  in 39th minute. Jamie Golden added a 41st minute penalty corner to make it 7-0. He added two further goals in the 54th minute to make it 9-0. Alan Forsyth scored the final goal of the match on 56 minutes to make it 10-0 and clinch second spot in Pool B.



Italy clinched the Pool B top spot with their third win of the campaign beating Switzerland 2-1.

Marco Moretto gave Italy the lead with a goal from open play in the 12th minute.

A field goal from Felix Dionisi Vici in the 47th minute left the Azzuri leading 2-0.

Loris Grandchamp converted a penalty corner in the 56th minute to give the Swiss a consolation goal it finished 2-1 to Italy.  Italy will face Ukraine in the first  semi -final on Friday afternoon


EuroHockey Championship II Men – Day 3 roundup

Day 3


The second game of the day in Pool A saw hosts Ireland take on Ukraine. The Irish team were wearing black armbands and observed a minute’s silence ahead of the game to mark the tragic loss of Aoife Frances Langan, loving long term partner of Luke Madeley.

Ireland got off to a good start and finally took the lead in the second quarter when Shane O’Donoghue converted a penalty corner in the 23rd minute. They increased their lead in the 30th minute when Lee Cole converted another penalty corner to leave Ireland leading 2-0 at the break.

Early in the third quarter Shane O’Donoghue got his second goal of the game converting another penalty corner in the 34th minute to put Ireland 3-0 ahead.  Ten minutes later Ireland were awarded a penalty stroke which Lee Cole converted to put Ireland 4-0 ahead. Twelve minutes later Ireland were awarded a second penalty stroke which Lee Cole also converted getting his second goal of the night to put Ireland 5-0 up.  Two minutes from time Conor Empey converted a penalty corner to make it 6-0 to Ireland and Benjamin Walker scored from open play to seal a 7-0 win.

Commenting after the game coach Mark Tumilty said:

“I was pleased with the way we converted from set pieces but our conversion rate from open play needs work. There’s a lot more  work to be done to achieve our goal of reaching the final of this tournament to secure that potential Olympic qualification tournament in January , starting with tomorrow’s match against Portugal”. 

Given the other results in the Pool so far a point against Portugal would be enough to secure top spot in Pool A and a semi-final berth in the European Championship II, Men in The Sports Ireland Campus.

Having scored 16 goals in two outings Ireland should be confident of securing a spot in the semi-final.

IRELAND:  David Harte (GK), Charlie Rowe, Luke Witherow, John McKee, Kyle Marshall, Shane O’Donoghue, Sean Murray (Capt.), Jeremy Duncan, Lee Cole, Ben Hyland

SUBS: Peter McKibbin, Benjamin Walker, Jonathan Lynch, Conor Empey Nicholas Page,

NOT USED: James Milliken (GK)

UKRAINE: Bohdan Tovstolytkin (GK), Viacheslav Paziuk, Dmytro Luppo (C), Mykhailo Yasinskyi, Volodymyr Kaplisnkyi, Vitalii Shevchuk, Maksym Onofriiuk, Bohdan Kovalenko, Volodomyr Zhmereniuk, Andrii Koshelenko, Volodomyr Kostechko

SUBS: Roman Bludov(GK) , Iurii Moroz, Oleksii Popov, Oleskandr Boiko, Oleksandr Yasinskyi , Oleksandr Diachenko.

DAY 2 



Both of the teams involved in the days opening game had lost in their first outings. Portugal had been involved in a 9 goal thriller losing 6-3 to Ukraine. The Czechs also were involved in a 9 goal game but this was a more chastening experience on the receiving end of a 9-0 beating from Ireland. Someone’s losing streak had to end. The Portuguese got off to a good start  and took the lead from open play in 5 minutes when Rodrigo Castro scored. They led 1-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The Czechs responded in the second quarter when Ondrej Hes equalised from a penalty corner in the 17th minute to make it 1-1. It remained that score until half time.

Early in the third quarter the Czechs took the lead when Jakub Klaban  scored from open play in the 37th minute.  Rodrigo Castro’s penalty corner, but he was credited with it was deflected past goalkeeper Petr Vetrovsky to make it 2-2 and give Portugal an equaliser on 39 minutes.

The Czechs restored their lead almost immediately when Lukas Plochy scored on 41 minutes from open play to get his 42nd international goal for his country. He has now scored more goals for his country than the rest of his team mates combined. The score now stood at 3-2 to the Czechs and it remained that way till the end of the third quarter.

Portugal equalised from a penalty corner in the 48th minute when Tiago Ventosa converted to make it 3-3. Lukas Plokhy engineered the lead goal for the Czechs with two minutes remaining. His cross was deflected to the net and he was credited with scoring his 43rd international goal. And it remained 4-3 at full time.


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EuroHockey Championship II, Men Overview

EuroHockey Championship II, Men


Ireland are hosting the Men’s  EuroHockey Championship II at the National Sports Campus, Abbotstown from July 23-29.

Eight teams will compete, divided into two Pools consisting of four countries each.

The participating countries will be Czech Republic, Ukraine, Portugal and Ireland in Pool A

and Scotland, Italy, Turkiye and Switzerland in Pool B .


Details regarding tickets can be found on www.hockey.ie


Ireland, who are ranked 13th in the World are in Pool A and play their first game on Sunday July 23rd at 6pm against Czech Republic who are ranked 31st in the World.

Earlier in the day 30th ranked Ukraine take on 40th ranked Portugal at 3:45 p.m.





Tuesday July 25th:  IRELAND V UKRAINE (30TH WORLD RANKING) 7:15pm

Wednesday July 26th IRELAND V PORTUGAL (40TH WORLD RANKING) 7:45pm


The current form line in 2023 sees Ireland with four wins and four losses from their eight outings so far this year.

  • Ireland have played Spain (twice) and three game series with Wales and Austria, already in 2023.
  • For the Czech Republic, they have one win, one draw and one loss from their three outings so far this year.
  • Ukraine has a record of one loss from their only outing so far this year.
  • Portugal have not played any international games thus far in 2023.

Historically Ireland has a 71% win rate against the Czech Republic and enjoy a 100% win rate against both Ukraine and Portugal in Men’s hockey.




There are two potential spots for Ireland’s men from these Championships, which make a country eligible for the Olympic Qualifiers in January up for grabs.

However, as Great Britain participate in the Olympics (rather than England, Scotland or Wales), should Scotland finish in the top two, the third placed team would qualify for January’s Olympic qualifiers.

These qualifiers will be eight teams in two different locations Spain or Pakistan. Three teams from each qualification pool will qualify for the Olympics.


For the women, they will be playing in the top tier EuroHockey Championship in Germany next month. The teams playing in the competition will be Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, England, Scotland, Italy, and Ireland.

What is required here is a top six finish to make the January qualifiers. The winners will automatically qualify for the Olympics and England and Scotland will be represented by Great Britain, so unless Scotland win the tournament (which on current rankings is highly unlikely), Ireland are practically in those qualifiers next January in either Pakistan or Spain. A top three finish in those should see the women through to the Olympics in Paris.




The EuroHockey Championship II, Men gets underway on Sunday with a Pool B game between 26th World ranked Italy taking on Turkiye who are ranked 38th at 11:15am

The second game of the day in Pool B will see 20th World ranked Scotland take on 36th World ranked Switzerland at 1:30pm. This is followed by two Pool A games. Ukraine take on Portugal at 3.45pm and then Ireland play Czech Republic in their opening game at 6pm.

On Monday July 24th there are two games in Pool B with Switzerland taking on Turkiye at 3:15 p.m. followed by a second Pool B game between Italy and Scotland at 5:30pm

On Tuesday July 25th there are two games in Pool A with Czech Republic playing Portugal at 5pm followed by Ireland v Ukraine playing at 7.15pm

On Wednesday July 26th there will be two early games in Pool B. Scotland will take on Turkiye at 12.30pm and Switzerland will take on Italy at 2.45pm.

This will be followed up by a Pool A game at 5pm between Czech Republic and Ukraine, followed by Ireland v Portugal at  7:15pm.


On Friday July 28th the end of tournament positional play offs begin and semi-finals will take place.

On Saturday July 29th the gold medal match 3rd /4th place final and remaining play offs will take place.


As well as the EuroHockey Championship II for our Men’s National team taking place at The National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, there will be a host of other activities taking place during the week.

There will be a Fanzone with fun activities, hockey activities, with food and beverage concessions and merchandise available for sale.

In addition. there will also be an opportunity to see our women’s team in action as they have a number of friendly matches during the week.


Ireland Senior Women’s games.


Our women’s team continue their preparations for their EuroHockey Championship Tournament taking place in Monchengladbach, Germany from 18-27 August 2023 will be playing a series of warm up games against Italy and Chile and our senior women’s development team will also be in action against the same two countries as well.



Saturday 22nd July IRELAND V CHILE, 15:00 National Sports Campus, Abbotstown

Monday 24th July 20:00 ITALY V CHILE 20:00 National Sports Campus, Abbotstown

Tuesday 25th July IRELAND V CHILE 14:45 National Sports Campus, Abbotstown

Wednesday 26th July IRELAND DEVELOPMENT TEAM V ITALY 10:15 National Sports Campus, Abbotstown

Thursday 27th July IRELAND V CHILE 19:30 National Sports Campus, Abbotstown

Friday 28th July IRELAND DEVELOPMENT TEAM V ITALY 11:30 Three Rock Rovers Hockey Pitch, Grange Road. 

Saturday 29th July IRELAND V ITALY 09:00 Three Rock Rovers Hockey Pitch, Grange Road




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U18 Boys and Girls European Championships Reports



Ireland Under 18 girls team began their Pool A campaign at the European Championships in Krefeld with an opening game against France which ended in a 3-1 defeat. Philippine Delemazure gave France a 1-0 in the first quarter from open play. It remained 1-0 at the end of quarter two going into the half time break.

A scoreless third quarter was followed by a dramatic fourth quarter.  France increased their lead from a penalty corner. Paola Le Nindre converting it to put France 2-0 ahead. France added a third in the final minute from Emilie Santé to make it 3-0.  Ireland responded with a consolation goal in the final minute through Milla Fulton to leave the final score 3-1 to France.

Elsewhere in Pool A Belgium beat Scotland 3-1 which makes them level in third with Ireland at the bottom of Pool A. Pool B commenced on Sunday when the Netherlands beat England 1-0 and Spain beat Austria 10-0.




This game began well as Ireland took the lead through Rebecca Carthy in the 5th minute. Mien Palfliet had the Belgians level within two minutes to make it 1-1. Hélene Devla put the Belgians 2-1 ahead from open play in the 24th minute and that was the half-time score.

Louise Van Hecke converted a penalty corner  and made it  3-1 to Belgium on 40 minutes. Lisl Denef also converted a penalty corner on 44 minutes to make it 4-1 to Belgium and Louise Dewaet added a fifth in the 52nd minute to make it 5-1.

Elsewhere in Pool A  Germany defeated Scotland 4-0. In Pool B  England defeated Austria 9-0 and Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0.




Ireland got their first pool A win of the tournament against Scotland. Mikayla Power converted a 28th minute penalty corner to put Ireland 1-0 ahead. Amelia Jerman increased their lead from another penalty corner in the 29th minute to put Ireland 2-0 ahead.

Scotland got what proved to be a consolation goal in the third quarter when Lexie MacMillan scored from open play on 33 minutes and it finished 2-1 to Ireland.

Elsewhere in Pool A Germany beat France 5-0.

The first Round 4 games didn’t involve Ireland as Pool A contained five teams and one team was idle on each game day. Scotland and France drew 1-1 and Belgium and Germany played out a scoreless draw.




Ireland took on hosts Germany in their final pool game in Krefeld at the Euro Under 18 Championships. Germany took the lead through Lynn Krings in the 28th minute when she converted a penalty corner.  The score remained 1-0 to Germany until the 59th minute when Ireland equalised through a penalty corner converted by Mikayla Power. Literally seconds later Germany secured victory when Katharina Becker scored from open play and it ended 2-1.




Perhaps this 5th game was a game too far for the Ireland Under 18 girls as they lost 0-2 to Scotland against an opponent they had beaten 3-2 earlier in the week.

Lucy MacMillan scored from open play to give Scotland the lead in the 19th minute. It was 1-0 at the break to the Scots.

Scotland sealed victory in the 40th minute when Cara Falconer scored from open play to leave the final score 2-0 to Scotland. Ireland end the tournament in 8th place.



Ireland Under 18 Boys team got off their Pool A campaign at the European Championships to a disappoint start losing 1-3 to Austria in their debut game.  Ireland began well and took the lead in the 22nd minute when James Evans gave them the lead from open play.

Ireland’s lead only lasted seven minutes as Austria equalised through a penalty corner converted by Erik Shiesser,  their captain, in the 29th minute. It remained 1-1 at the half-time break.

Austria finished stronger in quarter four taking the lead through Theodor Morowec who converted a penalty corner in the 54th minute to put Austria 2-1 ahead. They sealed the win with a Benedikt Meisel goal from open play on 58 minutes to leave the final score 3-1 to Austria.

Elsewhere in pool A, Belgium beat Scotland 8-1 leaving Ireland in 3rd position in the pool after game 1 on goal difference. Pool B commenced their games on Monday with a 2-2 draw between Spain and England and a 7-0 win for Netherlands over Poland .




Charlie Langedries opened Belgium’s account in the 10th minute from a penalty corner 1-0 Belgium.

Jean Cloetens field goal made it 2-0 in the 11th minute. Lucas Balthazar added another to make it 3-0 from a penalty corner in the 15th minute. Larry Fauchey made it 4-0 in the final minute of the first half. Lucas Balthazar grabbed his second of the game to make it 5-0 from a penalty corner. Guerlain Hawaux  got a field goal to make it 6-0 in the 40th minute. Two further goals from Charlie Langedries in the 43rd and 57th minutes respectively completed his hat-trick and an 8-0 thrashing for the Belgians

Elsewhere in Pool A,  Germany defeated Scotland 2-0 and in Pool B there were a 3-0 win for Spain over the Netherlands and  England thrashed Poland 8-0.




Murray Griffiths scored a field goal to give Scotland a 1-0 lead on 10 minutes.  Johnny Bradley increased their lead converting a penalty corner on 21 minutes to make it 2-0 to Scotland. Ireland got back on terms when James Evans scored a field goal in the 24th minute.

It was 2-1 to Scotland at half time. It was lead they held on to until late in the fourth quarter when Ireland got an equaliser from a 55th minute penalty stroke scored by Matthew McKee. James Evans scored from open play a minute later to give the Boys in Green their first pool win 3-2 over Scotland .

Elsewhere in Pool A  Germany thrashed Austria 12-0.

The first Round 4 games didn’t involve Ireland as Pool A contained five teams and one team was idle on each game day. Scotland beat Austria 2-1 and Belgium beat Germany 3-2.




Ireland completed their Pool A programme with a game against hosts Germany in Krefeld. German captain Jonas Cofalla led by example scoring a penalty corner in the 15th minute to give his country a 1-0 lead. He added a second from a subsequent penalty corner two minutes later to leave the hosts 2-0 ahead.  Morten Berendts converted a third penalty corner in the 33rd minute to give Germany a 3-0 lead. Ben Hasbach added a fourth from open play in the 38th minute. Lukas Kossel added a fifth in the 54th minute and Justus Warweg made the score 6-0 in the 58th minute. Final score Ireland 0 Germany 6  leaving Ireland in 5th place in Pool A .

By finishing in 5th place in Pool A Ireland go into a Saturday play off against Poland who finished in 4th place in Pool B. The winners of this will go into a 7th-8th place play off on Sunday against Austria.

IRELAND : Sam Chapman, Aaron Baxter, Mark Cuddy, Ben Pasley (captain), Matthew MocKee, Ben Pollock, Robert Olden, Joshua Gill, Matthew Stevenson, Alex Lynch, Matthew Spence, Ben Walker, James Evans, Tommy Dobson, Tommy Maxwell, Max Caulwell, Samuel Dale SUB GK :  David Persse



The final round of Pool B matches saw Spain beat Poland 5-0 and the Netherlands narrowly beat England by 4-3. This left the final standings as follows

1st  Spain 2nd Netherlands 3rd England 4th Poland




Ireland beat Poland 6-1 to qualify for the 7th-8th place play off. Robert Olden converted a penalty corner on 22 minutes to give Ireland a lead.  Matthew McKee made it 2-0 from a field goal on 28 minutes. Matthew McKee converted a penalty stroke on 32 minutes to make it 3-0. A second Robert Olden penalty corner on 43 minutes made it 4-0. Emil Witczak got Poland on the score sheet from open play on 47 minutes to make it 4-1. Matthew McKee with a second converted Penalty stroke made it 5-1 on 52 minutes and Samuel Dale converted a penalty corner in the 59th minute to round out the scoring.




Ireland took the lead through Max Caulwell on 4 minutes from open play. Adrian Fink converted a 13th minute penalty stroke to equalise for Austria. Seventh place was secured for Ireland by a goal from open play scored by captain Ben Pasley leading by example. It ended 2-1 to Ireland.

Despite beating Austria 2-1 in this play off final and technically finishing 7th, Ireland have been relegated out of the top tier of European Under 18 Boys hockey and will compete in Division B next time out despite closing out the tournament with a record of 3 wins from 6. Finishing bottom of Pool A was enough to secure relegation.


Seventh Heaven for Ireland Men


Ireland – 7 Austria -0

Ireland bounced back from their opening day defeat to Austria with a comprehensive 7-0 win over the visitors in the second of the three-game series.

Michael Robson converted a penalty corner in the 5th minute to put Ireland 1-0 up. Lee Cole scored from open play in the 12th minute to make it 2-0 to Ireland. John McKee got his first of the game a minute later to put Ireland 3-0 up. Jeremy Duncan added a fourth on 28 minutes to leave the half time score at 4-0.

Shane O’Donoghue converted a 33rd minute penalty corner to make it 5-0 to Ireland. Ben Johnson grabbed a goal to make it 6-0 in the 52nd minute and Johnny McKee got his second of the game to make the final score 7-0 three minutes from time.

After the game, Coach Mark Tumulty was pleased with the clinical nature of the finishing from the team and the improvement over the first game. He stressed the need for the team to achieve a level of consistency and is looking for more of the same from their third game on Saturday afternoon.

IRELAND:  David Harte, Luke Madeley, Johnny McKee, Kevin O’Dea, Shane O’Donoghue, Sean Murray (c), Peter McKibbin, Michael Robson, Lee Cole, Conor Empey, Ben Johnson

AUSTRIA: Mateusz Szymczyk (GK), Oliver Binder, Benjamin Koelbl, Benjamin Stanzl, Franz Lindengrun, Nikolas Wellan, Fabian Unterkircher, Leon Thoernblom, Fulop Losonci, Xaver Husun (C), Oliver Kern.


Game 1 Match Report. IRL V Austria



Ireland opened their three game series on Thursday with a 1-2 defeat against Austria. The games, which are part of the final preparations ahead of the European Championships II, are hosted by Ireland from July 23-29 in Abbotstown. They are taking place over the next few days, finishing on Saturday July 15th with an afternoon game against the same opponents.

On a wet and miserable evening in Abbotstown, the home side started strongly and Conor Empey put Ireland 1-0 up in the 12th minute from open play. Austria equalized through a field goal by Josef Winkler on the stroke of  half-time.

It was 1-1 at the break. One of the remarkable aspects of the game was how few Penalty corners were awarded .

Then they grabbed what proved to be the winner through Fulop Losonci’s field goal in the 43rd minute. Although Ireland did try to get back on terms, it was to no avail and it ended 2-1 to Austria.


IRELAND: James Milliken (GK), Luke Madeley, Daragh Walsh, Shane O’Donoghue, Sean Murray (c), Mark McNelis, Louis Rowe, Sam Hyland, Mark Samuel, Nicholas Page, Alistair Empey. SUBS: James Carr (GK), Kevin O’Dea, Jeremy Duncan, Jonathan Lynch, Conor Empey

AUSTRIA: Mateusz Szymczyk, Oliver Binder, Benjamin Koelbl, Benjamin Stanzl, Franz Lindengrun, Fabien Unterkircher, Leon Thoernblom, Fueloep Losonci, Xaver Hasun (C), Oliver Kern. SUBS: Peter Kaltenboeck; Daniel Froehlich, Moritz Frey, Josef Winkler, Mateusz Nyckowiak, Clemens Rusnjak



Coach Mark Tumilty has announced the 18 players who will represent Ireland in the European Championship II which Ireland will be hosting at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown between July 23-29, 2023.

Ireland begin their campaign with a game against Czech Republic on Sunday 23rd July with a 6pm start. They follow this with a game against Ukraine on Tuesday 25th July with a 7:15pm start and complete their pool section with a game against Portugal on Wednesday 26th July with a 7:15pm start. Tickets are available at www.hockey.ie.

The squad, which has a rich blend of youth and experience as well as players in the mid-part of their careers, seems ideally suited to the task of getting Ireland back into Europe’s top tier and ultimately the Olympics in Paris for 2024.

Mark Tumilty’s selection sees the welcome return of some veteran players such as David Harte who was FIH World Goalkeeper of the Year on two occasions, who has been out of international action for almost 4 years.

There are players in the squad who have considerable previous tournament experience of events such as Rio 2016 and the 2019 Hockey World Cup in Bubaneshwar as well as players who were too young to have experienced the bitter disappointment of missing out on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and the 2023 World Cup.

Ireland preparations continue this weekend as they begin a three match series with Austria also at the National Sports Campus at Abbotstown. On Thursday July 13th at 7:45pm Ireland play their first game with Austria. Game two takes place the following day Friday July 14th at 7:45pm and the series is completed by a game with Austria at 3:30pm on Saturday July 15th


David Harte GK
Jaime Carr GK
Peter McKibbin Outside Back
Lee Cole Outside Back
Luke Witherow Outside Back
Luke Madeley Centre Back
Kyle  Marshall Centre Back
Shane O’Donoghue Centre Back
Nick Page Centre Midfielder
Sean Murray (Captain) Centre Midfielder
Jonny Lynch Outside Midfielder
Charlie Rowe Outside Midfielder
Michael Robson Outside Midfielder
Ben Walker Forward
Ben Johnson Forward
Conor Empey Forward
Johnny McKee Forward
Jeremy Duncan Forward
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IRL V Wales Day 3 Match Report


Ireland clinched their series against Wales in style with a decisive 3-0 win in the final game of the  series on Sunday.

Ireland started off well and forced a penalty corner which was converted on 9 minutes by Luke Madeley. As had been the case on Saturday when the Welsh fell behind, they came more into the game as the half wore on. There were no further goals for either team in the rest of the first quarter or in the second quarter. It remained 1-0 at half time.

The third quarter became a bit of a Ben Walker show as he opened his account on 39 minutes to put Ireland 2-0 ahead. Ben, then got his second goal of the afternoon, sixty seconds later in the 40th minute to leave the score 3-0 to Ireland.

That might have been the end of the scoring, but it was far from the end of the action. In a hectic final quarter Wales had a goal overturned on an Irish appeal. They were also awarded a stroke which was saved by David Harte.

Wales were reduced to 10 during that final quarter for 2 minutes when Jacob Draper was green carded. Double goalscoring hero Ben Walker was green carded in the 59th minute, meaning that Ireland finished the game with 10 players on the field.

Next up for Ireland’s men is a three game series with Austria beginning July 13th at the Sports Ireland Campus in Abbotstown.


IRELAND: Jamie Carr. Luke Madeley, John McKee, Kevin O’Dea, Peter McKibbin, Michael Robson, Ben Walker, Jonathan Lynch, Sam Hyland, Ben Johnson  SUBS: David Harte (GK), Charlie Rowe, Shane O’Donoghue, Mark McNellis, Jeremy Duncan, Conor Empey, Nicholas Page

WALES: Toby Reynolds-Cotterill, Daniel Kyriakides, Alf Dinnie, Jacob Draper, Rhys Bradshaw, Jolyon Morgan, Hywel Jones, Jack Pritchard,  Benjamin Francis, Luke Hawker, Gareth Griffiths.  SUBS: Rupert Shipperley , Rhodri Furlong, Owen Sutton, Owain Dolan -Gray, Fred Newbold


IRL V Wales Game 2 Match report


Ireland came back into the series with an emphatic victory over Wales in the second game of the three game series.

Ben Walker had two chances in the first three minutes of the opening quarter of the second game in the Ireland -Wales series at Comber Road. Ireland took the lead a few minutes later. Luke Madeley’s free was shot to the net by Johnny McKee in the 8th minute. 1-0 to Ireland. Wales had a succession of short corners in the final minute of the first quarter. Jamie Carr made a point blank save from the first one. The next one hit an Irish foot producing a third. This one deflected off an Irish stick forcing Carr to palm it over the bar at the expense of a long corner. Having withstood all the Welsh pressure it remained 1-0 to Ireland at the end of the quarter.

A succession of penalty corners for Ireland in the second quarter from the 23rd minute on resulted in a penalty stroke being awarded and Lee Cole made no mistake 2-0 to Ireland. Wales had a number of circle entries between then and the rest of the quarter, without creating any clear cut opportunities. It was 2-0 at the half time break.

In the third quarter it was honours even early on. Ireland were awarded a penalty corner in the 35thminute which was saved by Wales goalkeeper Reynolds-Cotterill at point blank range. Wales forced two penalty corners in succession which produced a shot wide of the post from Jacob Draper. But their pressure finally paid off on 39 minutes when Fred Newbold shot to the net following a succession of penalty corners to get Wales on the scoreboard. 2-1. Ireland increased their lead in the final minute from a penalty corner won by captain Sean Murray. Conor Harte converted the 44thminutepenalty corner into the net to leave Ireland leading 3-1 going into the final quarter.

Ireland forced two penalty corners in a row in the 49thminute. The second of which was dispatched to the back of the net by Luke Madeley for his second goal of the game to leave Ireland 4-1 up.

Wales were awarded a penalty corner a minute later when captain Sean Murray was green carded. A second penalty corner followed for the visitors but it resulted in a shot wide of goal. Ireland put the result completely beyond doubt in the 54thminute when Lee Cole Harte converted a penalty corner to make the score 5-1.

Goalkeeper David Harte made a welcome return to International hockey , after an absence of four years late in the fourth quarter and almost his first task was picking the ball out of the net as Owain Dolan Gray got a last minute consolation goal for Wales .

Speaking after the game Ireland coach Mark Tumilty said ,“The most pleasing thing about today’s game was the performance. We adjusted our press from the previous game. I was pleased with our attacking play. We were much better from corners. We have options. I am happy with where we are with penalty corners. I am pleased to get the win. It’s important to get the winning mentality ahead of the European Championships later this month. There is more in this group and we have to go again tomorrow for the final game in the series”.


IRELAND: Jamie Carr, Luke Madeley, Peter McKibben, Lee Cole, Charlie Rowe, Jonathan Lynch, Jeremy Duncan, Jonathan Lynch, Nick Page, Sean Murray (Capt.), Conor Empey, Ben Walker. SUBS: David Harte (GK), Conor Harte, Sam Hyland, Kevin O’Dea, Johnny McKee, Ben Johnson

WALES: Toby Reynolds-Cotterill, Daniel Kyriakides, Jacob Draper, Rupert Shipperley (Capt.), Rhodri Furlong, Stephen Kelly, Jolyon Morgan, Jack Pritchard, Hywel Jones, Gareth Griffiths, Fred Newbold. SUBS: Dewi Roblin (GK), Alf Dinnie, Rhys Bradshaw, Michael Wood, Owain Dolan -Gray, Benjamin Francis, Luke Hawker



IRL V Wales Game 1 Match Report


Coach Mark Tumilty began the final preparations in earnest for European Championships II in July with the first game of a three-game series against Wales at Comber Road last night.

Ireland are taking on Wales at the home of  Lisnagarvey in a series spread over four days, ending on Sunday, which will resemble the sort of demands which will be placed on the players when they host the European Hockey Championships II in the Sports Ireland Campus, Abbotstown in late July. The target from those Championships is to secure promotion back to the top tier of European Championships and ultimately to reach the next Olympics in Paris 2024.

The first game didn’t go to plan as two goals from Welsh player Jack Pritchard, one in the second quarter and the other three minutes from time, were enough to give Wales a first win in the series by 2-0.

Ireland lost goalkeeper James Milliken at the end of quarter one with Jamie Carr going into goal at the start of the second quarter.

One consolation was that these goals came from open play and not from penalty corners.  A largely even first quarter ended scoreless with Jack Pritchard grabbing his first goal from open play, coming in the 23rd minute. Wales led 1-0 at the break.

Ireland tried to get back into the match in the third quarter but were unable to put the ball into the net. Their cause was not helped by being reduced to 10 players on 51 minutes when John McKee was green carded and then 9 players when captain Sean Murray was also made to sit out on a green card a minute later.

However, there was no further scoring during Ireland’s period of being shorthanded. As the game was nearing its end in the fourth quarter, Jack Pritchard got his second of the match on 57 minutes to secure a first win for Wales in the series. Both sides will resume the series on Saturday at 3 p.m. following a rest day on Friday. The series will conclude on Sunday at 1 p.m.


IRELAND:  James Milliken, Conor Harte, Shane O’Donoghue, Mark Samuel, Peter McKibben, Michael Robson, Sean Murray (C), Charlie Rowe, Alistair Empey, Johnny McKee, Jeremy Duncan

SUBS:  Mark McNellis, Rory Patterson, Johnny Lynch, Kevin O’Dea, Louis Rowe, Ben Walker, Jamie Carr (GK)

WALES: Toby Reynolds-Cotterill, Daniel Kyriakides, Jacob Draper, Rhodri Furlong, Stephen Kelly, Owain Dolan-Gray, Jolyon Morgan, Hywel Jones, Benjamin Francis, Luke Hawker(C), Gareth Griffiths

SUBS: Rupert Shipperley, Owen Sutton, Jonathan Fleck, Jack Pritchard, Fred Newbold, Rhys Bradshaw.