Wednesday 1st of June 2011

The Irish Hockey Association today announced an exciting programme of international matches and tournaments including many top teams coming to play in Ireland. Both teams will pitch themselves against the current World Champions in a grueling program.

Commenting on the matches High Performance Director commented ‘with the need to prepare our national teams fully despite the challenging economic times we are delighted with the schedule of matches and tournaments that our teams have. I have no doubt that these will best place both squads for the Europeans in August. We are indebted to a fantastically committed set of management teams at all levels of the game who will work with the teams throughout. Let’s hope the hockey public come out in force, home and away and get behind the great groups of players we have.’

Both teams will compete in their respective Celtic Cups prior to the combined ESB Electric Ireland FIH Champions Challenge I and UCD 4 Nations Event hosted in Belfield. The men have little turn around time before heading to Paris for their own Champions Challenge event in Lille. The most recent addition is an exciting trip back to France to play in a Five Nations which includes the world’s number 1 ranked team, Australia and also Korea (ranked 6th) who Ireland have not played for some years. The men finish off their final preparation with a two match series against Argentina at UCD.

Men’s Coach Paul Revington is pleased with the schedule of matches commenting that ‘We enter a very busy and exciting 3-month period for Ireland Men’s Hockey with the prospect of tough opposition in every event. The summer will provide a great challenge to our Ireland players and the number of quality games will also test the strength of a larger squad of players whole will be used to meet the challenges head-on’.

The women will continue to work together on the Central Training Program and limit their match play somewhat but do have the exciting visit of World Champions Argentina in August. The team will play two matches at UCD where the Irish public will see the sparkling skills of the mercurial Luciana Aymar.

Gene Muller women’s coach enthused ‘it is an exciting time for our program. After several months of hard technical, physical and tactical work we will soon be able to see the impact to date of the CPP program on the development of the group. The players and staff are looking forward to the challenges ahead and pitting ourselves, at home against so many quality teams ’. 

Men’s Program:

Date                                        Match Event                          Venue             Time

Celtic Cup – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, Wales
Fri 17 June                   Ireland v Scotland                     Cardiff              16:00
Sat 18 June                  Ireland v France                        Cardiff              14:00
Sun 19 June                  Ireland v Wales                        Cardiff              13:15
Fri 17 June                   Match v Pakistan                      UCD                20:30

 UCD Men’s 4 Nations – UCD 20th – 25th June

Mon 20 June                Ireland v China                         UCD                20:00
Weds 22 June              Ireland v France                       UCD                20:00
Fri 24 June                   Ireland v Pakistan                     UCD                20:00
Sat 25 June                  Playoffs 3/4th and 1/2nd            UCD       18:00/20:00

 

FIH Men’s Champions Challenge II – Lille, France
 Sat 2 July                     Ireland v Scotland                     Lille                  15:00
Sun 3 July                     Ireland v France                       Lille                  17:00
Tues 5 July                   Ireland v Russia                        Lille                  15:00
Thur 7 July                   Quarter Finals                           Lille                  TBC
Sat 9 July                     Semis and 5-8th                        Lille                  TBC
Sun 10 July                   Final Classification Matches      Lille                  TBC

 

INSEP 5 Nations, Paris, France

Sat 6 Aug                                 Ireland v Argentina                   UCD                15:00
Sun 7 Aug                                Ireland v Argentina                   UCD                15:00

 

 

European Nations Cup – Monchengladbach, Germany – 20-28th August

Sun 21 Aug      Ireland v England                      Monchengladbach        10:00
Mon 22 Aug     Ireland v France                       Monchengladbach        13:00
Weds 24 Aug   Ireland v Netherlands                Monchengladbach        18:00
Fri 26 Aug        Crossovers                               Monchengladbach        TBC
Sun 28 Aug      Crossovers                               Monchengladbach        TBC

PLEASE NOTE ALL MATCH TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

 

Women’s Program:

Date    Match Event                                      Venue                         Time

Women’s Celtic Cup Largs, Scotland, 3-5 June

Sat 4 June        Ireland v Wales                         Largs                14:00
Sun 5 June        Ireland v Scotland                     Largs                14:00
Mon 6 June      Ireland v Scot (International)     Largs                13:00

 ESB Electric Ireland Champions Challenge I – UCD, Dublin

 Sat 18 June      Ireland v India                           UCD                15:00
Sun 19 June      Ireland v Azerbaijan                  UCD                15:30
Tues 21 June    Ireland v Spain                          UCD                18:30
Thurs 23 June   Quarter finals                            UCD                TBC
Fri 24 June       5-8th Classification                    UCD                15:30 / 18:00
Sat 25 June      Semi Finals                                UCD                13:00 / 15:30
Sun 26 June      Final Classification Matches       UCD
Fri 12 Aug        Ireland v Argentina                    UCD                18:00
Sun 14 Aug      Ireland v Argentina                    UCD                18:00

European Nations Cup – Monchengladbach, Germany – 20-28th August

Sat 20 Aug       Ireland v Germany                    Monchengladbach        16:00
Sun 21 Aug      Ireland v Belgium                      Monchengladbach        20:00
Tues 23 Aug     Ireland v England                      Monchengladbach        13:00
Thurs 25 Aug   Crossovers                               Monchengladbach        TBC
Sat 27 Aug       Crossovers                               Monchengladbach        TBC

PLEASE NOTE ALL MATCH TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

The U18 Girls will Play Ireland A and France in their preparation for the U18 Europeans and the U18 Boys will also pitch themselves against their Ireland A counterparts.

U18 Boys and Girls European Youth Championships – Utrecht, Netherlands: 12-17 July

Tues 12 July     Girls:    Ireland v Netherlands                Utrecht             16:05
Tues 12 July     Boys:    Ireland v Netherlands                Utrecht             18:05
Weds 13 July   Girls:    Ireland v Scotland                     Utrecht             16:00
Weds 13 July   Boys:    Ireland v Russia                        Utrecht             18:00
Thurs 14 July    Boys:   Ireland v Germany                    Utrecht             16:00
Thurs 14 July    Girls:    Ireland v Belgium                      Utrecht             18:00

Sat 16 July       Boys / Girls Crossovers
Sun 17 July       Boys / Girls Crossovers

U16 Boys Tri-Nations Tournament (Ireland – France – Wales) 4-7 July

The tournament will be played in INSEP, Paris with two matches against each nation.

The U16 Girls will visit Netherlands/Germany in the period 18-21st August

 ENDS

Source: Irish Hockey