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Ireland men's national field hockey team

The Ireland men's national field hockey team represents Ireland at men's international field hockey. It is organised by the Hockey Ireland. The team represents the entire island of Ireland and plays under a special flag.[2] Prior to the IHA's formation in 2000, the team was organised by the Irish Hockey Union (IHU).[3]

Ireland
Flag of Ireland hockey team.svg
AssociationHockey Ireland
ConfederationEHF (Europe)
CoachAlexander Cox
Assistant coach(es)Kai de Jager
John Bessell
ManagerGareth Kidd
CaptainDavid Harte
Home
FIH ranking
Current 11 Steady (30 June 2019)[1]
Highest9 (April 2017)
Lowest16 (2011)
Summer Olympics
Appearances2 (first in 1908)
Best result2nd (1908)
World Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1978)
Best result12th (1978, 1990)
EuroHockey Championship
Appearances15 (first in 1970)
Best result3rd (2015)

Ireland has qualified for the Hockey World Cup twice, finishing 12th in 1978 and 1990.

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Olympic GamesEdit

At the 1908 Olympic tournament in London, the Ireland team won silver medals, losing the final to England. The teams were two of four from the Home Nations of what was then the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and their medals are credited to Great Britain. Since 1920, the United Kingdom has fielded a single Great Britain team at the Olympics.

Until 1988, the Olympic hockey tournament was by invitation only and, since the establishment of the Olympic Council of Ireland in 1922, no Irish team was invited.[2] Players from Northern Ireland have participated on the Great Britain team, which plays only in the Olympics;[2] otherwise, England, Scotland and Wales play separately. The IHU entered the qualifying round of the 1992 tournament, in spite of opposition from many of its Northern Irish officials.[2]

Prior to the 2016 Summer Olympics, Ireland has never qualified for the Olympic tournament. It missed out on the 2008 Olympics after losing on goal difference to Argentina and New Zealand at a qualifying event held in New Zealand. The team then lost the third-place play-off game against France.[4] In 2012, both the men's and women's teams lost final elimination matches to just miss out on the 2012 Games. Finally, in 2015, a combination of a fifth-place finish in the World Hockey League semi-final, and favorable continental results for other teams led to Ireland finally qualifying a team for the men's tournament in 2016.

Tournament historyEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

World CupEdit

EuroHockey ChampionshipEdit

EuroHockey Nations TrophyEdit

Hockey World LeagueEdit

Champions Challenge IEdit

Champions Challenge IIEdit

Sultan Azlan Shah CupEdit

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 18 players were named on 13 May 2019 for the 2019 FIH Series Finals in Le Touquet, France.[5]

Caps updated as of 23 June 2019, after the match against France.

Head coach:   Alexander Cox

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) CapsClub
1 GK David Harte (Captain) (1988-04-03) 3 April 1988 (age 31) 222   Kampong
2 GK Jamie Carr (1996-06-13) 13 June 1996 (age 23) 28   Three Rock Rovers

4 DF Jonathan Bell (1987-06-19) 19 June 1987 (age 32) 165   Lisnagarvey
5 DF Matthew Bell (1993-08-11) 11 August 1993 (age 25) 102   Krefeld
6 DF Luke Madeley (1996-02-28) 28 February 1996 (age 23) 20   Three Rock Rovers
26 DF Paul Gleghorne (1987-04-11) 11 April 1987 (age 32) 227   Krefeld
27 DF Conor Harte (1988-04-03) 3 April 1988 (age 31) 239   Racing Bruxelles
29 DF Lee Cole (1995-02-21) 21 February 1995 (age 24) 73   Orée

3 MF John Jackson (1986-02-21) 21 February 1986 (age 33) 248   Bath Buccaneers
14 MF Neal Glassey (1994-09-05) 5 September 1994 (age 24) 61   Krefeld
16 MF Shane O'Donoghue (1992-11-24) 24 November 1992 (age 26) 174   Dragons
17 MF Sean Murray (1997-04-05) 5 April 1997 (age 22) 63   Rotterdam
25 MF Daragh Walsh (1997-08-27) 27 August 1997 (age 21) 35   Three Rock Rovers
32 MF Stephen Cole (1991-08-28) 28 August 1991 (age 27) 67   Monkstown

9 FW Matthew Nelson (1998-04-14) 14 April 1998 (age 21) 60   Lisnagarvey
12 FW Eugene Magee (1986-04-01) 1 April 1986 (age 33) 285   Banbridge
22 FW Michael Robson (1995-04-18) 18 April 1995 (age 24) 98   Krefeld
24 FW Ben Walker (1999-07-13) 13 July 1999 (age 20) 22   Three Rock Rovers

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for the national team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club Latest call-up
GK Mark Ingram (1993-11-03) 3 November 1993 (age 25) 15   Rotterdam v.   United States, 26 May 2019
GK David Fitzgerald (1986-10-08) 8 October 1986 (age 32) 52   Monkstown 2018 World Cup

DF Stuart Loughrey (1991-02-20) 20 February 1991 (age 28) 118   Reading 2018 World Cup

MF Chris Cargo (1986-02-18) 18 February 1986 (age 33) 190   Hampstead & Westminster 2018 World Cup
MF Kirk Shimmins (1994-06-01) 1 June 1994 (age 25) 106   Dragons 2018 World Cup
MF Jeremy Duncan (1994-08-02) 2 August 1994 (age 24) 40   Herakles v.   Netherlands, 19 November 2018

FW Alan Sothern (1987-07-28) 28 July 1987 (age 31) 187   Gantoise 2018 World Cup
FW Mitch Darling (1988-07-03) 3 July 1988 (age 31) 183   Three Rock Rovers 2018 World Cup

2018 Results and fixturesEdit

5 Nations Invitational TournamentEdit

Test MatchesEdit

real 4 Nations CupEdit

2018 4 Nations Mens Tournament ValenciaEdit

2018 Odisha Hockey World CupEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIH Hero World Rankings June 2019 – Men" (PDF). FIH. 30 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Sugden, John; Alan Bairner (1995). "British Sports and Irish identity". Sport, sectarianism and society in a divided Ireland. Leicester University Press. pp. 64–66. ISBN 0-7185-0018-0.
  3. ^ "About us". Irish Hockey Association. Archived from the original on 27 May 2009. Retrieved 24 June 2009.
  4. ^ "Irish suffer Olympic heartbreak". BBC Online. 9 February 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2008.
  5. ^ "Senior Men Squad Announcement for FIH Series 2019". www.hockey.ie. Hockey Ireland. 13 May 2019. Retrieved 14 May 2019.

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