Ireland qualify for Hockey Women's World Cup London 2018

October 12, 2017
Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Ireland's seventh place finish in Hockey World League Semi-Final in Johannesburg earns World Cup qualification
  • Hockey Women's World Cup London 2018 berth confirmed after Papua New Guinea lose to Australia at the Oceania Cup 
  • Two places still available depending upon results at the Africa and Asia Continental Championships

Ireland women have qualified for the Hockey World Cup for the first time since 2002 following Australia's win over Papua New Guinea at the Oceania Cup, which is currently being played in Sydney.

Ireland's place was confirmed when Australia defeated Pacific Islanders Papua New Guinea to set up an Oceania Cup decider with New Zealand on Sunday.

Under FIH regulations, the team that wins its continental qualifier automatically qualifies for the World Cup. However, both Australia and New Zealand had already qualified for next summer's tournament in London by virtue of respective fifth and third place finishes at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final in Brussels, Belgium earlier in the year.

This means a World Cup qualification spot opened up for Ireland, who were next in line to claim their place in London.

The 'Green Army', who are 16th in the FIH Hero World Rankings, finished seventh at the Hockey World League Semi-Final in Johannesburg in July thanks to a 2-1 win over India in their final game.

It left them third behind Italy and Spain - who were assured of World Cup places after results at the Pan American and European Continental Championships went their way - in a list of countries waiting to learn their fate.

Now Ireland can also look forward to playing in the blue riband competition for the first time in 16 years. It will be Ireland's fourth appearance at the Women's Hockey World Cup, with their 11th place at the 1994 event on home soil in Dublin being their best finishing position to date.

Ireland become the 14th team to qualify for the prestigious 16 nation event. The final two women's World Cup qualification places will be decided by the outcomes of the upcoming Continental Championship events in Africa (22-29 October 2017) and Asia (28 October-5 November 2017).

The Women's Hockey World Cup will be held at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, England from 21 July to 5 August 2018.

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