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SoftCo Series – Ireland v Japan & Uniphar Series

Ireland 1 (K McKee) Japan 2 (S Oikawa, M Toriyama)

Ireland’s women look set for a rousing send-off on Thursday evening at Belfield in their final warm-up fixture of the SoftCo Series, closing out a four-game run against Japan.


The visiting Japanese side edged out the Green Army on Wednesday evening 2-1 with Shihori Oikawa’s penalty corner and a late Mai Toriyama finish outdoing Katie McKee’s neat finish.


It played out in front of a healthy home crowd, a far cry from the final preparations for the now famous 2018 World Cup edition.


Back then, Ireland played their final warm-up games – also against Japan – at the Mardyke with scarcely 40 people in attendance but this week has seen the UCD grandstand fill and it looks likely to hit full capacity.


“It’s chalk and cheese,” said captain Katie Mullan. “A lot more people know we are going to a World Cup this time!


“I remember getting on the plane then and being asked if we were going to play in a rugby tournament. It’s fantastic to have a home crowd before we head away and it does get a buzz going, especially the number of the kids on the sideline.”


In terms of Wednesday’s outcome, they were not able to build on last Sunday’s win over the Asian champions when they ended Japan’s 14-game winning streak.


The Green Army made the opening waves, winning a couple of corners and McKee almost forced home from close range.


Oikawa, however, caught them cold from their second penalty corner, clipping into the bottom left corner for 1-0. McKee – who will make her formal debut in Amsterdam – snatched a great equaliser from Naomi Carroll’s cross, controlling and flicking home.


But the game was settled seven minutes from time via an incisive right wing move, squaring for Toriyama to flick in from close range.


“We are not as happy with our performance today as Sunday,” Mullan added. “We finished strong on Sunday so there is plenty to take into tomorrow and hopefully put Japan under more pressure and see where that leaves us. This is all about performance and learning and when we do that, it will put us in a good shape for Amsterdam.”


Earlier in the day, Ireland’s Under-21s lost 5-1 to Junior World Cup champions the Netherlands in their second fixture of the Uniphar Five Nations tournament.


The Dutch side held sway, building a 4-0 lead by the third quarter with two goals from Elzemiek Zandee before Emma Paul slammed home an excellent penalty corner shot.


Filiz Tuzgol closed out the win for the Dutch to lift them to seven points from three games where they are level with India at the head of the table. In the day’s first game, India were 3-0 winners over Ukraine.


Thursday looks set to be an emotional game for Ireland as they face Ukraine at 5pm – a match-up that should have been their Junior World Cup opening game before the Russian invasion.


It takes place at 5pm with the Irish senior women on next at 7pm at Belfield.


Ireland: A McFerran, S McAuley, Z Malseed, M Carey, R Upton, S Hawkshaw, K Mullan, H McLoughlin, S Torrans, L Tice, K McKee

Subs: N Carroll, C Beggs, C Perdue, S O’Brien, D Duke, E Curran, C Hamill


Japan: E Nakaumura, N Matsumoto, E Nishikori, M Suzuki, Y Nagai, S Oikawa, M Kozuka, M Segawa, K Mori, M Kawamura, A Shimada

Subs: Y Asai, M Tsubouchi, H Nagai, K Tanaka, A Tanaka, S Omoto, M Toriyama


Wednesday 22nd June 2022


SoftCo Series: Ireland 1 (K McKee) Japan 2 (S Oikawa, M Toriyama)

Uniphar Under-23 series: India 3 (N Toppo, M Chorisya, B Dungdung) Ukraine 0; Netherlands 5 (E Zandee 2, I Kroot, B van den Broek, F Tuzgol) Ireland 1 (E Paul)


Thursday 23rd June 2022


SoftCo Series: Ireland v Japan, Belfield, 7pm

Uniphar Under-23 series: India v USA, Belfield, 3pm; Ireland v Ukraine, Belfield, 5pm

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The 2022 FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup Squad announcement

Five Uncapped Players Set To Make Debut in a Fresh Faced Side.

The Ireland Women Hockey coach, Sean Dancer has named his panel for July’s World Cup campaign which gets under way on July 2nd at Amsterdam’s Wagener Stadium.

It is a fresh-faced side with five uncapped players set to make their official debuts in the competition as the post-Olympic evolution of the Green Army continues apace.

Irish Under-21 captain Caoimhe Perdue, Christina Hamill and Siofra O’Brien all starred in the Junior World Cup in April and impressed – alongside Katie McKee and Charlotte Beggs – in recent challenge matches against Scotland and in Japan to land their place in the line-up.

At the other end of the spectrum, the side features five players from the groundbreaking 2018 run to the World Cup final with Katie Mullan reprising her role as captain.

Ayeisha McFerran was named goalkeeper of the tournament in London and they are among the leaders in the group along with Lena Tice, Róisín Upton and Deirdre Duke. 

“The team are excited about our progress and the opportunities that lie ahead over the next month, and know that anything is possible at a World Cup,” Dancer said of the selection.

“Our entire group, players and staff have been working extremely hard over the last month, on the basics that a new group has to do. This has been a tough but a very enjoyable period.”

Ireland start off on July 2nd against the hosts and current world number one side, the Netherlands, with the 9,500-strong venue already sold out. 

Next on the agenda is a July 5th date against tournament debutantes Chile (world rank: 17) before concluding the group stage on July 6th against Germany (world rank: 5).

Top spot in the group advances direct to the quarter-final stage with the second and third place nations, facing an extra game to reach that stage in the crossover playoffs. Fourth in the group will go into the 9th to 16th place playoffs.

Ireland’s initial run of fixtures take place in Amsterdam and if they can emulate their 2018 run, the semi-final and final will be played in Terrassa, Spain.

“The World Cup is always a tough tournament but what a great challenge to be playing the best team in the World, 1st game up, in front of their home crowd,” Dancer added.

“We have set our sights firmly on a positive result versus Chile, and will approach the playoff games day by day, when we get to that point. 

“We are very grateful for the continuous support from our sponsors SoftCo, Park Developments and Saba along with Sport Ireland and Sport NI as well as and the hockey community. We would simply not be able to do without.”

The side conclude their preparations for the World Cup at Belfield this week with the SoftCo Series with Ireland taking on Japan four times. The first game is on Saturday, June 18th (4pm) with the subsequent games on Sunday, June 19th (4pm), Wednesday, June 22nd (5pm) and Thursday, June 23rd (7pm).

The series runs parallel to the Uniphar Under-23 Five Nations tournament with all tickets available via the Hockey Ireland website (https://hockey.ie/buy-tickets/)


Ireland senior women’s team for the World Cup; July 1st to 17th in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Terrassa, Spain (club, caps):

Ayeisha McFerran (goalkeeper, SV Kampong (NED), 113)

Elizabeth Murphy (goalkeeper, Loreto, 13)

Caoimhe Perdue (UCC, 0)

Charlotte Beggs (Ulster Elks, 0)

Christina Hamill (Loreto, 0)

Deirdre Duke (Old Alex, 154 )

Ellen Curran (Pembroke, 27)

Erin Getty (Queen’s, 11)

Hannah McLoughlin (UCD, 26)

Katie McKee (Pegasus, 0)

Katie Mullan (captain, Ballymoney, 206)

Lena Tice (Old Alex, 122)

Michelle Carey (UCD, 10)

Naomi Carroll (Catholic Institute, 121)

Roisin Upton (vice-captain, Catholic Institute, 89)

Sarah Hawkshaw (Railway Union, 46)

Sarah McAuley (UCD, 9)

Sarah Torrans (Loreto, 33)

Siofra O’Brien (Loreto, 0)

Zara Malseed (Ards, 7)


Group A schedule (all at Wagener Stadium, Amsterdam; times IRISH)

July 2nd: Ireland v Netherlands, 6.30pm 

July 5th: Ireland v Chile, 1pm

July 6th: Ireland v Germany, 3.30pm

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Junior Green Army name squad for Uniphar 5 Nations

Belfield welcomes the Uniphar Five Nations tournament this week with Ireland’s Junior Green Army taking on Under-21 sides from the Netherlands, India, Ukraine and USA.

The tournament runs from Sunday, June 19th to Sunday, June 26th in tandem with the SoftCo Series where the Irish senior line-up face Japan in four challenge matches at the same venue.

The event is a key event in the lead-up to July’s European Championships in Ghent. Ireland will feature 13 of the side that travelled to Potchefstroom, South Africa, for the Junior World Cup in April.


“While the bulk of the squad  was at the Junior World Cup a few of the players narrowly missed out and will be keen to show their value for European selection,” Passmore said ahead of the selection.

“We have chosen to go with an all U21 selection because we have lost players since South Africa and with the proximity of a top flight European tournament In July..  It’s great that we have four schoolgirls in the selection, three of whom will carefully manage game play around their final Leaving Certificate exams.

“We can not thank sponsors Uniphar enough for the support their have provided for us to have a home tournament and especially in hosting the Ukraine squad who we missed out on playing in the South Africa.

“The tournament is ideally placed and provides much needed tournament experience for the likes of Lucy Crowe and Alex Purcell who haven’t played in major tournaments and do not have Under-18 experience.

“We are working to address the areas for improvements from the JWC and  help the team build towards the Europeans in July in Ghent where we will aim to qualify for next year’s Junior World Cup in Chile.”


Ireland U21 Team Announcement





Ellie McLoughlin




Holly Micklem

Old Alex



Caoimhe Byrne




Lucy Crowe

Railway Union



KJ Marshall (Co-capt)




Emma Paul (Co-capt)




Ellen Reid

Loughborough Students



Siofra Murdoch

Harvard University



Sophia Cole




Amy Elliott




Anna Horan

Catholic Institute



Lisa Mulcahy




Ali Griffin

Pembroke Wanderers



Alex Purcell




Leah O’Shea

Cork Harlequins



Aoife Taaffe




Niamh McIvor




Laura Noble




Rachel Kelly




Mikayla Power

Old Alex



Eva Lavelle is sadly unavailable due to a broken toe.


  1. David PassmoreHead Coach

  2. Lorraine McGowan Manager

  3. Steven Arbuthnot Coach

  4. Una McCarthyCoach

  5. Niamh SmallCoach

  6. Ian Hughes GK Coach

  7. Amy PhelanATT / Physio

  8. Aaron PassmoreAnalyst

  9. Cathal SheridanPerformance Coach

  10. Ciaran CarthyPhysiology


Uniphar 5 Nations Fixtures at the National Hockey Stadium, University College Dublin, Belfield.

Sunday 19 June

12:00  Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Netherlands v USA

14:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Ireland v India


Monday 20 June

14:00  Uniphar U23 5 Nations: USA v Ukraine

16:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Netherlands v India


Wednesday 22 June

13:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: India v Ukraine

15:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Netherlands v Ireland


Thursday 23 June

15:00  Uniphar U23 5 Nations: India v USA

17:00  Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Ireland v Ukraine


Saturday 25 June

09:00  Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Netherlands v Ukraine

11:00  Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Ireland v USA


Sunday 26 June: Uniphar U23 Tournament Play-offs

10:00  5th v Ireland Development

12:00   Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Bronze Play-off  4th v 3rd

14:15   Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Final:  1st v 2nd

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Watch the Irish Women’s Team in action before the World Cup.

The Irish Women’s Senior team is back in action this weekend, and you can watch them take on Japan in the SoftCo series before they head off to Amsterdam for the World Cup.

This will be your last chance to see them —and it’s also an excellent opportunity to see some up-and-coming talent as well!

The SoftCo series will run side by side with the U23 Uniphar 5 Nations, which showcases young players from around the world.  You can catch these games at UCD.

Tickets can be bought here.

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Fresh-looking Irish men win series over Italy at Lisnagarvey

The Irish men picked up two wins and a draw from their three-game series against Italy at Lisnagarvey as they continue their summer schedule, building experience and knowledge ahead of the European Championships qualifiers in August.

Coach Mark Tumilty was “pleased with the progress” over the weekend with four new players making their international debuts amid a 2-1 win on Friday, 3-0 on Saturday and a 1-1 tie on Sunday morning.

“Friday was the one which we struggled which we need to be wary of when it comes to opening games of tournaments,” Tumilty said of the series.

“Saturday I was pleased with how we started but we need to maintain that. We grew into this one and getting that consistency is what we need to get at the minute. Can we play for the four quarters?”

It is part of a busy phase for the Irish men with an upcoming four nations tournament in Scotland with Wales and USA also featuring while Austria and Chile come to Dublin in the coming months. The main event is in Calais in late August with a ticket to next year’s European Championships the target.

Picture: Adrian Boehm

Having so many games is key for Tumilty and he was happy with how 17-year-old Charlie Rowe, Rory Patterson, Ben Johnson and Johnny Lynch performed.

“Charlie should be very pleased with his two performances but it doesn’t surprise me. He has that mentality; we didn’t give him a lot of instructions, just let him play and that is often how it should be with younger players.

“I was happy in general with the new caps and how they settled, getting good competition in the squad which is important.”

Getting that extra game time is also crucial with a young panel, many of whom still making their way in the international game after a low-key two years during the Covid-19 break.

“That was a key objective – to get 25 to 30 games in. The more players we can get from 50 to 100 caps, the better. The top nations have so many between 150 and 200 and so we have to get them that exposure. We do have a good balance of meeting higher-ranked nations and those below us who we need to win against.

“This year, it took a while to get our program in place but I am pleased with what we were able to get in place to get us through to Paris [2024 Olympic qualifiers].

“Our staff is in place and we do have an opportunity to grow physically to compete all the way through next year. I am happy where our support is – although obviously, I would like more money to compete with the big nations!”

*** Game reports ***

Friday Ireland 2 (C Empey, J McKee) Italy 1 (T Keenan)

Two goals in the 49th minute saw Ireland’s men come back to win 2-1 and continue their long unbeaten run against Italy.

It dates back to 2013 and spans 11 games now as Conor Empey and Jonny McKee scored within seconds of each other to overturn a first half Thomas Keenan effort.

Keenan – whose grandfather hails from Cork before moving to Argentina – swooped to net a penalty corner rebound which had given the 27th ranked Italians a surprise win in the first of three capped matches at Comber Road this weekend.

But the Green Machine camped in the visitors’ half for much of the second half and eventually broke through via some McKee 3D magic, unlocking the door for Sean Murray to lift the ball over Francesco Mitrotta with Empey getting the final touch.

McKee then got one of his own mere seconds after the restart to transform the result. The tie saw Rory Patterson and Johnny Lynch earn their first formal Irish caps

Saturday: Ireland 3 (J McKee 2, C Empey) Italy 0

Jonny McKee’s double helped make it two wins from two for Ireland in their three-game series against Italy at a rain-soaked Comber Road.

The Banbridge man augmented Conor Empey’s second minute opening strike with a super revese-stick strike before completing the win in the closing stages.

The tie also served as a first cap for Ben Johnson and Charlie Rowe – another Banbridge man – 17 days shy of his 18th birthday. Indeed, Rowe had captained the Irish Under-18s in a win over England and he felt he took the step up in his stride.

“It is really nice to get the first cap at my age, clean sheet and a win,” Rowe said afterwards. “It’s exciting and hopefully more to come. I wasn’t too nervous about it, just got on and played away. Once I got into it, I didn’t really worry about it too much!”

In this one, they got off to a flyer with Ben Walker slipping the ball into the path of Empey who rounded on the ball, cracking home his second goal in two games on the turn.

Goal two followed soon after with Luke Madeley’s long overhead pass finding McKee beyond the last defender. He controlled it brilliantly before flipping the ball onto his backhand and picking out the bottom corner.

Madeley could have made it three but cleared the crossbar from a penalty stroke as Ireland dominated the first 10 minutes before the Italians settled. The visitors held sway for parts of the second and third quarter on a slow pitch but found clear chances at a premium.

But Ireland closed out the contest on the up, working an excellent overload move via McKee and on to Jeremy Duncan. His first shot was parried by Roberto Broere but McKee followed up to kill off the chance.

Sunday: Ireland 1 (B Johnson) Italy 1 (M Mondo)

Ben Johnson netted his first international goal but the overall feeling was one of frustration as Ireland were unable to make the most of a plethora of chances in their closing test match against Italy at Comber Road.

The Waterford native flicked in from the right of the D in the 40th minute to cancel out Manuel Mondo’s first half drag-flick.

Mark Tumilty’s side subsequently laid siege to the visitors goal but, despite, new numerous near misses could not find the crucial touch.

Ireland did start heavily on the front foot with Jeremy Duncan, Conor Empey and Ben Johnson all forcing good saves from Francesco Mitrotta.

Italy, though, hit the front from their second attack in earnest in the 26th minute when Mondo whipped home a penalty corner.

It made it 1-0 at half-time. The second half was one-way traffic with Italy offering minimal threat, often sitting with 11 men behind the ball, as Ireland piled on the pressure.

The breakthrough came when Callum Robson’s shot was blocked by Mitrotta into the path of Johnson who scored his first international goal – in his second cap – with a composed flick.

The pattern continued through the final quarter as Italy’s goal lived a charmed life but no further goals accrued, leaving Ireland to settle for a draw.

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Job Alert – Commercial Partnership Manager

#JobFairy – Hockey Ireland is recruiting a Commercial Partnership Manager to join our dynamic team.

Job description here: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/3098326825

Closing date 5 pm Monday 13th June 2022.

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Senior Women’s were awarded the team grant of $100,000 to assist with their preparations for Paris 2024.

Today, the Olympic Federation of Ireland revealed the recipients of the Paris Scholarships, as preparations are already underway for the Summer Olympic Games in Paris 2024. The scholarships aim to support the athletes in their preparation for Paris and assist in the qualification journey. Athletes were nominated by the national federations and are representative of a mix of Olympians targeting a second Games, and athletes targeting an Olympic debut.

The Senior Women’s team were awarded the team grant of $100,000 to assist with their preparations for Paris 2024. The team consists of both experienced players who competed in the Tokyo Olympics, and emerging talent looking to make their Olympic debut in Paris.

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Camp spaces filling up fast!

Our Dublin Summer Camps are filling up fast! Book now to avoid disappointment.

While our July GK has sold out, there are still spaces available at the one from June 22nd -24th.

Irish and Leinster goalkeeper coach, Riona Norton, will lead this camp. Riona is the current Goalkeeper Coach for the Irish U18 girls’ squad who are preparing for the 8 nations tournament in July. Riona is also the Head Goalkeeper Coach for the Leinster U16, U18 and U20 girls’ squads, and is involved in the Leinster U14 boys and girls development programme. Booking for the Goalkeeper Camp is open now and places are limited, so make sure you book soon.

See below link for details on all our summer camps



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Both Loreto and Lisnagarvey win big this weekend and are coming home from the EuroHockey Challenge with Gold medals.

Lisnagarvey were competing in Copenhagen and had their final game against the hosts HC Copenhagen with a 7-1 victory. Matthew Nelson also came away as the leading goal scorer of the tournament with a whopping 9 goals over four games.

Meanwhile, Loreto were competing in the EuroHockey Challenge I in Rakovnik, finishing the tournament with a 5-1 win over Lithuania.


EuroHockey Club Challenge I final: Lisnagarvey 7 (J Lynch 3, C Chambers, M Nelson, C Chambers, A Williamson) HC Copenhagen 1 (F van Oevelen)


EuroHockey Club Challenge I final: Loreto 5 (A Taaffe 2, L Mulcahy, S Clarke, N Torrans) Sliauliai Ginstrekte 1 (K Raulinaityte)

A huge congrats to both teams and what an amazing achievement.


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Tickets – Ireland vs Italy

After some test games against Spain, the Senior Men will play Italy from the 10th-12th June.

Friday 10th June – Time: 19:45 – Venue: Lisnagarvey HC

Saturday 11th June – Time: 15:00 – Venue: Lisnagarvey HC

Sunday 12th June – Time: 10:00 – Venue: Lisnagarvey HC


Tickets: €10 per match (adult) and €5 (child).

Weekend ticket: €25 (adult) €10 (child).

All are available to buy here: https://hockey.ie/buy-tickets/