Find a page

SubPage

Ireland women close in on Rio 2016
24 Mar 2015 10:10
The Ireland women's hockey team will travel to Valencia this summer to play in the final Rio 2016 Olympics qualifier.
-
Following their win at the World League event at the weekend, Ireland will now join some of the sports elite in one of two final qualifying events.
-
A top-six place would seal their passage to Rio.
-
Their coach Darren Smith spoke to RTÉ Sport about their chances of qualifying for the Games and becoming the first Irish team to reach for the Olympics since the soccer team did so in 1948.
-
Smith said: “The top-six ranked teams in that tournament are China, Great Britain, Germany, USA, South Africa, Spain. So it’s a pretty tough tournament, but that’s international hockey. It’s got a lot of depth and to quality for the Olympics you really have to be in the top 12 teams in the world.
-
“It will be a very difficult and challenging World League but we’ll be as well prepared as we can.
-
“Both teams have a good shot at it; the men drawn in Belgium and the women drawn in Valencia. I think Ireland hockey has been teetering for a few Olympic cycles and to have squads competing in Rio would be just fantastic for the sport.
-
“But the Irish public also loves a winner and will support you to the hilt, so if we can get one or both teams through to Rio it will be a fantastic day for Irish hockey.”
-

Where can I get RTÉ Aertel Digital?

RTÉ Aertel Digital is an enhanced digital version of the RTÉ Aertel teletext service. It functions in the same way as the analogue service, offering current news, sport and weather updates but is now more agile and easier to use.

RTÉ Aertel Digital is available on Saorview, the new free digital TV service in Ireland.
Press TEXT button on your remote to launch Aertel from RTÉ One, RTÉ Two, RTÉ News Now.