Sunday, May 10, 2009

Ireland get measure of Euro challenge

Gene Muller's Irish women's team got a marker of what to expect from Germany ahead of their EuroHockey Nations Championships meeting in the group stages next August.

Ireland fell to a 3-0 loss on Saturday to the Germans in Nurnberg as part of the country's hockey federation's centenary celebrations, a side they have been drawn against in Pool B of this year's most important international competition for the ladies.

Louisa Healy (pictured) provided the resistance in the first half, keeping six corners out but the deadlock was broken in the 39th minute by Fanny Rinne. Natascha Keller and Len Jacobi added the other goals in quick succession from play.

Speaking afterwards, Muller said of the performance: “We lacked concentration for periods in this match and conceded goals in a short spell in the second half.  We have made progress in possession over the last few months but we were not sharp enough in defending and at using the self pass.”

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