23rd May 2023
The Ireland Senior Women’s team have won the 2023 Home Nations Tournament defeating England Scotland and Wales in their three games played in the NAC, Dublin over the weekend of the 19/20/21 May.
After the relaunch of the Mens competition in Coventry in May 2022 after a number of years, this years tournament saw the the senior women added to the program for the first time. The Irish women started strong, with a comfortable victory over Wales 21-5 in the opening match of the weekend. The following day saw the girls taken on an English team which was shaping up to be the tournament decider after the English dispatch Scotland the previous night 21-3. The game was a closely fought contest as both teams looked for the win, with the Irish team edging it 11-10.
The final day of the competition saw the girls beating Scotland 18-3 to win the tournament with England finishing second, Wales third and Scotland coming fourth.
The Senior men ended their home nations tournament finishing in second place to holders England for the second year in a row.
The lads began their weekend with a close match against Scotland where they were pushed all the way to the end, before winning 13-12. A better perform would be required to beat England later on that day, but a slow start saw the Irish team lose the first quarter 5-1 before managing to pull the score back to 9-7 near the end of the third quarter before losing out 13-10. The Irish men finished off their weekend with a comfortable 15-5 win over Wales to ensure a second place finish.
1st – Ireland
2nd – England
3rd – Wales
4th – Scotland
MVP – Ciara Franke (Ireland)
Top Goal scorer – Ciara Franke (Ireland)
Best Goalkeeper – Hannah Taylor (Ireland)
1st – England
2nd – Ireland
3rd – Scotland
4th – Wales
MVP – Jordan Elliot (England)
Top Goal scorer – Jordan Elliot (England)
Best Goalkeeper – Elliot McHugh (England)