Oshawa, Ontario Canada – The 2013 Ireland Women’s National Team played with pride and honor, representing their country in the 2013 FIL World Cup. After a strong showing in pool play, the Irish earned a spot in the championship playoff bracket. Ultimately Ireland would finish as the #10 team in the world.
The championship playoff bracket results.
At the end of day 5 of the 2013 FIL Women’s World Cup, the Ladies of Ireland are continuing to play strong and are making a push for a spot in the Championship Playoff Bracket.
They are currently in pool play, in ‘Pool B’ along with New Zealand, Netherlands, Latvia & Finland. Following Pool play teams will be seeded into a Championship Bracket of 12 teams and a Diamond Consolation Bracket of 7 teams. The Championship Bracket will be the teams in Pool A, the top 2 teams in Pools B, C and D and the next highest ranked team. The seven (7) teams in the Diamond Consolation Bracket will be reseeded into two new pools, X and Y, based on rankings and teams previously played in the pool play.
Ireland and New Zealand are at the top of Pool B with an equal record, however New Zealand hold the tie-breaker advantage, having handed Ireland their only loss so far in the tournament. The Irish did however post wins against the other three teams in the pool, putting them in great position to make a run in the Championship Bracket. Below is a graphic with the current standings as of Monday, July 15th.
Team Ireland will next face-off against Germany.
The 2012 Irish Men’s and Women’s National Teams were congratulated by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. In a letter sent from his office, President Higgins praised the hard work and dedication of the teams, exclaiming that they had made the country of Ireland proud. Ireland and its lacrosse teams were honoured again with a letter of congratulations from Enda Kenny the Taoiseach (head of government) of Ireland.
Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring has also given his congratulations the Irish men’s lacrosse team for achieving a silver medal in the 2012 European Championships. In an official press release on the Ministry website, Mr. Ring said that:
“This is a great achievement for the Irish men’s lacrosse team, who were awarded a silver medal in Amsterdam following an exciting game. The women’s team also played valiantly and came in eight place overall.
“Both teams have put in a huge amount of effort and resources into reaching these championships.”
“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in lacrosse in Ireland. As a minority sport, it relies on the support and dedication of a large number of volunteers. It’s great to see their efforts being rewarded with this achievement.”
2012 Irish Men's Lacrosse Team Candidates & Staff
DUBLIN -Calling it “a great weekend for lacrosse in Ireland,” National Teams Director John Cavanaugh reported that 52 men and 33 women participated in the recent selection camps for Ireland’s 2012 National Teams.
Traveling from near and far, the players convened at University College, Dublin, where the head coaches and other assessors led them through a variety of events to determine who will represent Ireland on the 23-member men’s team and 18-member women’s team.
DUBLIN — With the announcement of the 18-player Women’s National Team, Ireland now has two squads that will aim to equal or exceed the accomplishments of its 2008 National Teams at the 2012 European Championships in Amsterdam. At the 2008 European Championships, held in Finland, Ireland’s men finished sixth among 18 teams while Ireland’s women finished fourth among 10 teams. With the ongoing growth of lacrosse, both divisions will most likely have even more teams competing this year.