Sunday 15 September 2019

Fulton's pride shines as the Red Lions claim World Cup crown

 

The former Irish head coach left his role in the summer to take on an assistant’s role with the Red Lions. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
The former Irish head coach left his role in the summer to take on an assistant’s role with the Red Lions. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Stephen Findlater

Craig Fulton was in the thick of the Belgian celebrations as they landed their first Hockey World Cup crown in India last night with a shoot-out win over the Netherlands.

The former Irish head coach left his role in the summer to take on an assistant's role with the Red Lions having led the Green Machine's rise to the world's Top 10.

During his time in charge, Ireland won a European bronze, qualified for the Olympic Games for the first time in over a century and also for this World Cup. However, he said the opportunity with Belgium was too good to resist in July, especially in light of the funding restrictions he had endured during his time.

Belgium have been on their own epic rise, hammering England 6-0 in their first ever semi-final on Saturday before the final shoot-out triumph.

For the English - who featured former Irish internationals Mark Gleghorne, Ian Sloan and David Ames - the tournament ended with an 8-1 loss to Australia in the bronze medal match.

At home it was a quiet weekend, with only Railway Union's 8-1 win over Clontarf surviving the weather in the men's Leinster Division One.

In the women's Leinster League, Corinthian and Monkstown both moved ahead of Trinity - whose game was cancelled - with 5-1 wins, beating Naas and North Kildare, respectively. They share the lead going into the winter break.

In Munster, the men's Peard Cup final will be contested by Bandon and Cork Harlequins.

Bandon are gunning for a first title following their shoot-out win over Cork C of I, while Quins beat UCC 4-1 thanks to a Julian Dale hat trick.

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