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Ireland secure qualification to the Hockey Women's World Cup for the first time since 2002

Australia’s victory over Papua New Guinea guaranteed Ireland a place at next year’s tournament in London.

Lizzie Colvin Ireland's Lizzie Colvin (file photo). Source: David Aliaga/INPHO

THE IRELAND WOMEN’S hockey team will compete at the 2018 World Cup after results elsewhere secured their qualification.

Australia claimed a 23-0 win over Papau New Guinea to send them through to an Oceania Cup decider against New Zealand on Sunday and, with both nations already into next year’s finals, the spot goes to Ireland.

That is due to the fact that Ireland were next in line on the waiting list for a place after finishing seventh in July’s World League tournament.

It is the first time since 2002 that the women’s team have made the tournament, which takes place in London between July and August of next year.

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