The official schedule for the hockey event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has been announced, with Ireland opening their tournament against world number 7 India at 11am local time on the opening day proper of the Games, Saturday August 6th.
Next up will be the formidable test of world number 2 the Netherlands the following day at 6pm local. The Green Machine have a rest day on August 8th and face Germany on the 9th, with their pool games drawing to a close against Canada on August 11th and Argentina on August 12th.
If they do well in the group, they could be in quarter final action on Sunday August 14th.
12th-ranked Ireland sit in Pool B alongside world number two ranked Netherlands, defending Olympic champions Germany (3); Argentina (6); India (7); and Canada (14).
Pool A sees reigning World and Hockey World League champions Australia, currently ranked number one in the world, face Great Britain (4 – based on England’s ranking); 2015 Hockey World League runners up Belgium (5); New Zealand (8); Spain (11) and hosts Brazil (32).
Saturday August 6th 11:00 Rio (15:00 IRL) – India vs Ireland
Sunday August 7th 18:00 Rio (22:00 IRL) – Netherlands vs Ireland
Tuesday August 9th 12:30 Rio (16:30 IRL) – Germany vs Ireland
Thursday August 11th 11:00 Rio (15:00 IRL) – Ireland vs Canada
Friday August 12th 19:30 Rio (23:30 IRL) – Ireland vs Argentina