The official schedule for the hockey event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has been announced. The schedule see’s Ireland open their tournament against India at 11:00 on August 6th, before facing world number 2 the Netherlands the following day at 18:00. The Green Machine have a rest day on August 8th and face Germany on the 9th at 12:30. Their pool games draw to a close against Canada on August 11th at 11:00 and Argentina on August 12th at 19:30. From there, depending on pool standings, they could be in quarter final action on Sunday August 14th.
Ireland sit in Pool B alongside world number two ranked Netherlands, defending Olympic champions Germany (3); Argentina (6); India (7); and Canada (14).
Pool A sees reigning World and Hockey World League champions Australia, currently ranked number one in the world, face Great Britain (4 – based on England’s ranking); 2015 Hockey World League runners up Belgium (5); New Zealand (8); Spain (11) and hosts Brazil (32).
Speaking about the match schedule, coach Craig Fulton said “The Olympic schedule is finally released and we are very happy with the times and days our games have been allocated. We will play 5 pool games in the first 7 days so we will be ready for that challenge one game at a time. We have an exciting first game against India in game one”
Please find the full schedule attached and note all times are local.
Saturday August 6th 11:00 – India vs Ireland
Sunday August 7th 18:00 – Netherlands vs Ireland
Tuesday August 9th 12:30- Germany vs Ireland
Thursday August 11th 11:00- Ireland vs Canada
Friday August 12th 19:30- Ireland vs Argentina