Get behind the Green Machine: An IHA poster urged fans to back the team's Olympic qualifying efforts. Now supporters have taken the message to heart and dug into their own pockets to help send the team to the Champions Challenge.DUBILN, October 7 - A player and fan backlash has thrown the Ireland's men's hockey team a lifeline and forced the national governing body to back down on a decision to withdraw from the Champions Challenge.
The Irish Hockey Association's decision to pull out of next month's tournament was announced on Tuesday, immediately drawing a storm of criticism on social media.
Lack of a coach and manager were cited as the reason, although subsequent reports - and events - suggest financial considerations were key.
"Likelihood frm quick calculation,Ireland likely to drop to 18th in world rankings due to decision this morning #irishhockey
4years hard work" said Ireland international Conor Harte via Twitter (Conor Harte ?@ConorHarte27