Olympic qualifying dates & fixtures for Hockey

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Updated: January 12, 2012

With less than 200 days to go before the start of the 2012 Olympics, most Irish sporting organisations are preparing their teams for a final onslaught on Olympic Qualification places,whether in team sports or for individuals.Hockey is no exception.

Both Ireland’s National Hockey teams are entering busy periods as their preparations intensify building towards their respective FIH Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the men’s in Dublin 10th – 18th March and the women’s in Belgium 17th – 24th March.

Both teams will benefit from key match practise and warm weather training which has been built into their programme between now and March. Firstly looking at the men who head off head to Spain for an eight day training camp, next Monday, which will also encompass three matches against the Dutch (world no 3’s), this will be quickly followed up by two matches against Great Britain in England, before Ireland return to Spain for a warm weather training camp which will be peppered with a series of matches against Spain and Belgium.

The Women, sponsored by Electric Ireland, will be equally busy their first port of call is a warm weather training camp in South Africa, which will also include a tri-nations tournament (Ireland; South Africa and Belgium) before they take a couple of days in camp form (25th – 27th February) to familiarise themselves with the pitch and set up in Beerschot, Belgium where they will play their Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March.

Commenting on the schedules High Performance Director Dave Passmore said “Given the uncertainty of when and where each team would compete for a place in London 2012 these programs provide quality training and match opportunities allowing for inclement weather conditions in Ireland. Each coach has carefully planned the programs to peak in time for their respective qualifying event and I am sure the whole of the hockey community wishes them the best for the preparation period”

Squads for the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments will be announced on February 29th.

(all listed times and dates below are subject to change)

Men’s International Schedule
All times are local times
Date Match Time Venue
16th – 25th January Warm Weather Training Camp Spain
January
20/01/2012 Ireland v Netherlands 15.00 Alicante
22/01/2012 Ireland v Netherlands 15.00 Alicante
24/01/2012 Ireland v Netherlands TBC Alicante
February
26-27/01/2012 Ireland v GB TBC Bisham
February
3rd – 14th Warm Weather Training Camp
6/02/2012 Ireland v Spain TBC Valencia
8/02/2012 Ireland v Belgium TBC Valencia
09/02/2012 Ireland v Belgium TBC Valencia
11/02/2012 Ireland v Belgium TBC Valencia
13/02/2012 Ireland v Belgium TBC Valencia
14/02/2012 Ireland v Spain TBC Valencia
March 10th – 18th Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Dublin, UCD
Saturday 10 March 2012
12:00 Malaysia v Chile
14:30 Ireland v Russia
17:00 Korea v Ukraine
Sunday 11 March 2012
12.30 Malaysia v Russia
15:00 Ukraine v Ireland
17:30 Korea v Chile
Monday 12 March 2012 Rest day
Tuesday 13 March 2012
13.00 Ukraine v Malaysia
15:30 Russia v Chile
18.00 Ireland v Korea
Wednesday 14 March 2012 Rest Day
Thursday 15 March 2012
13:00 Russia v Ukraine
15:30 Malaysia v Korea
18:00 Chile v Ireland
Friday 16 March 2012 Rest Day
Saturday 17 March 2012
10:30 Korea v Russia
13.00 Chile v Ukraine
15:30 Ireland v Malaysia
Sunday 18 March 2012
11:30 5th in Pool v 6th in Pool
14:00 3rd in Pool v 4th in Pool
16:30 1st in Pool v 2nd in Pool
Women’s International Schedule
All times are local times
Date Match Time Venue
January
22nd – 3rd February Warm Weather Training Camp
25/01/12 Ireland v SA 19.00 J’Burg
27/01/12 Ireland v Belgium 19.00 J’Burg
Tri – Nations
28/01/12 Ireland v SA 14.00 J’Burg
29/01/12 South Africa v Belgium J’Burg
30/01/12 Ireland v Belgium 19.00 J’Burg
31/01/12 Ireland v SA 19.00 J’Burg
01/02/12 South Africa v Belgium J’Burg
02/02/12 Ireland v Belgium 17.00 J’Burg
February
25th – 27th Training Camp, Beerschot, Belgium
March 17th – 25th March Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Belgium.
Saturday 17 March 2012
11.00 Spain v Mexico
13.30 Ireland v France
16.00 Belgium v Russia
Sunday 18 March 2012
11.00 Spain v France
13.30 Ireland v Russia
16.00 Mexico v Belgium

Monday 19 March 2012 Rest day
Tuesday 20 March 2012
13.00 Mexico v Ireland
15.30 Russia v France
18.00 Belgium v Spain
Wednesday 21 March 2012 Rest Day
Thursday 22 March 2012
14.00 Russia v Mexico
16.30 Ireland v Spain
19.00 France v Belgium
Friday 23 March 2012 Rest Day
Saturday 24th March 2012
14.00 France v Mexico
16.30 Spain v Russia
19.00 Belgium v Ireland
Sunday 18 March 2012
11:00 5th in Pool v 6th in Pool
13.30 3rd in Pool v 4th in Pool
16:00 1st in Pool v 2nd in Pool

A reminder that Ireland will host the FIH Olympic Qualifier 2012 in UCD, Dublin from the 10th – 18th March 2012. This is your time to get behind the Green Machine and support them all the way to the London 2012 Olympics. Tickets on sale now for more information go to www.hockey.ie or email tickets@hockey.ie or call 01 7163262

Now is YOUR opportunity to purchase tickets and support the team in their hour of need and enjoy some top class sport into the bargain. SportsNewsIreland will keep you uptodate throughout the year, and hopefully our Olympic bulletins will include news of Irish successes too. Schedules announced

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