Action from a previous meeting between USA and Australia
Action from a previous meeting between USA and Australia
(Photo: FIH / USFHA / Wally Nell)

The main hockey show will be in Europe with the Euro Hockey League kicking into high gear for the men over the Easter weekend. The women in Europe will also be busy with the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup. Outside of Europe there is a bevy of international series either underway or about to begin.

The Australian women’s national team is looking for a good showing against a confident USA team in a three-game series on the Sunshine Coast starting today, as a key part of their London Olympic preparation.

The USA national team is considered a tough opponent and has proved this, defeating world number two Argentina, to qualify for the London Games.

All games will be streamed live through this link:

Game Times:
Thursday April 5 @ 6pm (local time) Australia vs.USA
Saturday April 7@ 6pm (local time) Australia vs.USA
Sunday April 8 @ 4pm. (local time) Australia vs.USA

The New Zealand women will piggy back on the three-game series between the U.S. and Australia. The Black Sticks will play against Australia, United States and India in a double-leg Four Nations starting next Thursday. From April 12-16, the teams will play at North Harbour Hockey Stadium and then the same teams play again from April 18-22 at Lloyd Elsmore Stadium in Pakuranga. This is the last time the Black Sticks Women's team will play at home before they travel off-shore in preparation for the 2012 London Olympics.

On the men’s side, Australia continues to roll through its pre-Olympic competition. This time Japan was the victim, losing all three games of the series against 3-1, 3-0 and 7-1. This comes after Australia completed a clean sweep of Japan in March.

The Argentina and Belgium men have played the first two of their three test games, with Belgium winning both games, 3-1 and 4-2. The last game of that series is scheduled for Friday.

Ireland's senior men's squad will travel with a squad of 20 to Mannheim Hockey Club in Germany for three back to back matches against the world's number 2's, Germany. The squad will fly out on Sunday 8th April into Frankfurt and play in three back to back matches before flying home on the 11th April.

April 9: Ireland versus Germany (senior) - 15h00
April 10: Ireland versus Germany U21 - 15h00
April 11: Ireland versus German (senior) - 14h00