The Ireland hockey team have moved into the top ten in the world rankings as they continue to improve after their road to Rio.
The team coached by Craig Fulton, enhanced their reputation in Brazil by beating Canada 4-2 in the group stages, and giving eventual gold medalists Argentina run for their money to only lose 3-2 also in the group stages. It was the first time since 1908 the men’s Olympic hockey team played in the games and they had to embark on a major fundraising events to get the squad the Rio. In fact only 7 of the 27 man are full time players, with the remaining 20 either working or studying. However, despite this the team have climbed to 10th in the overall world rankings leapfrogging Pakistan and Korea.
Argentina who claimed gold in Rio, jump 5 places to 2nd in the rankings. They beat Belgium 4-2 in the Olympic final to win their country’s first gold medal in men’s hockey. The Argentinians are followed by Netherlands in 3rd place, Germany in 4thplace, who dropped 1 place. The Belgians complete the top 5 and move up one place from 6th. India are ranked 7th in the standings ahead of England who dropped three places to 8th. Spain take 9th position, followed by Ireland who complete the top.