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Pav set to host 'the Green Machine'

Published: 29th July 2016

1908 – that’s the last time an Irish hockey team played in the Olympics. So it’s kind of a big deal that ‘the Green Machine’ have made it to Rio.

An additional reason to celebrate is the fact that three Trinity alumni are part of the team set-up so come the first game next Saturday there’ll probably be a few screams from the Pav where all the matches will be shown.

Ireland men’s most capped player is defender Ronan Gormley, who studied BESS. The Trinity trio is completed by sweeper/centre back Conor Harte and team leader and strength and conditioning coach Stephen Barry.

‘The Green Machine’ has an intense series of group stage matches to get through, starting next Saturday, August 6 (3pm), against India. This is followed the next day with a match against Netherlands (10pm).

Following that the team has to face Germany on August 9 (4.30pm), Canada on August 11 (3pm) and finally Argentina on August 12 (11.30pm).

The guys of course got the opportunity to learn a bit about their Canadian opponents back in June when they played a friendly against them on Trinity’s new international-standard pitch out in Santry.

At the time the team’s head coach, South African Craig Fulton (pictured above with the team), himself a double Olympian in his native country, was focused very much on training the team so that they reached their peak by match time in Rio. We’ll get to see the fruits of his labours next Saturday at 3pm.

The Pav will be showing all the daytime matches live on the big screen so why not drop by to savour the atmosphere.