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Olympics schedule: Ireland to face South Africa in hockey opener while Great Britain await in Pool A finale

Roaring success: Ireland captain Katie Mullan (top) leads the celebrations after securing qualification for Tokyo 2020
Roaring success: Ireland captain Katie Mullan (top) leads the celebrations after securing qualification for Tokyo 2020

Ireland's women will play South Africa in their first game at the Olympics next summer.

Sean Dancer's side qualified for the Games for the first time via a penalty shoot-out play-off win over Canada last month.

Now they have discovered their schedule, with South Africa first up on Saturday, July 25.

While Ireland, ranked eighth in the world, will hope to begin with a win, much tougher tasks follow with back-to-back games against two of the world's top four teams.

Number one ranked Netherlands, the reigning world champions, are next up on July 27, followed by Germany two days later.

Dancer's side then take on India before the final game of Pool A against near neighbours Great Britain on August 1.

Ireland will be hopeful of making it through to the quarter-finals, needing to place in the top four of the six-team pool to progress.

In order to do that, an opening-day win over South Africa will be key, with India the only other side below Ireland in the world rankings.

Should they make it out of the pool, their quarter-final will be played on Sunday, August 2. The semi-finals follow on August 4 with the gold and bronze medal matches on August 6.

In the men's tournament, the Great Britain side, which is expected to feature Northern Irish representation such as David Ames, Ian Sloan and Mark Gleghorne, also begin their tournament against South Africa on July 25. They also face Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Canada, who beat Ireland in a highly contentious play-off.

All matches will be played in Tokyo's new Oi Hockey Stadium.

2020 Olympics: Ireland Women's Hockey Schedule

July 25: Ireland v South Africa (1.15pm BST)

July 27: Ireland v Netherlands (2.00am)

July 29: Ireland v Germany (4.15am)

July 31: Ireland v India (3.45am)

August 1: Ireland v Great Britain (12.45pm)

2020 Olympics: Great Britain Men's Hockey Schedule

July 25: Great Britain v South Africa (10.30am)

July 27: Great Britain v Canada (3.45am)

July 28: Great Britain v Germany (4.15am)

July 30: Great Britain v Netherlands (4.15am)

July 31: Great Britain v Belgium (1.15pm)

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