UCD produced a huge defensive effort to go with early goals from David Nolan and Jeremy Duncan to set up a rematch with Instonians for a place in next season’s EY Hockey League. James Dowling’s first half hat trick saw Instonians ease through ahead of Bandon
Lucy Geddes’ pair of goals powered Belfast Harlequins into the EYHL knock-out final, seeing off Ulster rivals Randalstown 3-1, earning a showdown with Loreto for a place in the EYHL next season; Loreto were 3-1 winners over Lurgan
The race for promotion to the women’s EY Hockey League reaches a potentially thrilling denouement at Grange Road with four teams battling it out for the one automatic ticket to next season’s national league.
The women's EYHL promotion playoffs pits Loreto against Ulster trio Lurgan, Randalstown and Belfast Harlequins after two vastly different round-robin groups in Lisnagarvey and the Merrion Fleet Arena.
Clontarf, Instonians, UCD and Bandon took their place in the final four of the men's EY Hockey League promotion playoffs after a dramatic set of group stages at the Merrion Fleet Arena and at Comber Road.
Railway came from a goal down to beat Pembroke and reach the EYHL playoffs ahead of UCD; Pegasus also stamped their ticket with a win over Ulster Elks; UCD ended fourth while Cork Harlequins moved up to sixth; Hermes saw off UCC to cap their season
Pembroke claimed the last remaining men's EYHL Champions Trophy place, jumping ahead of Glenanne on the final day of the regular season; Annadale were relegated while Cookstown were confirmed the relegation playoff berth
Pembroke's men and Railway Union's women completed the EYHL Champions Trophy playoff places while Annadale were confined to relegation on the men's side; here are all the results from day 18 of the EYHL
Railway or UCD looks to be the main equation on the final day of the women’s EY Hockey League to untangle who will reach the Champions Trophy playoffs while the race to join the elite league begins in earnest.
Glenanne, Pembroke and Three Rock’s Champions Trophy chances along with the fate of Annadale, Cookstown and Cork C of I are the remaining bones of contention on the final weekend of the inaugural men’s EYHL regular season.
The Irish Colleges and Universities teams came away with a set of impressive results from their series with Scotland at the National Hockey Centre in Glasgow this week; the women won both their ties while the men drew their series.
Ireland’s Over-50s Masters were denied a famous World Cup victory last week as home favourites Australia edged them out in a thriller. Ireland had reached the final off the back of a flawless group stage, not conceding in any of their build-up matches.
Prior to Ireland’s last game of the Hawkes Bay Cup against India, Shirley McCay – who missed playing in the tie with a broken bone in her hand – wrote the following touching tribute to Cliodhna Sargent in anticipation of her 200th cap for Sportswomen.ie. They have kindly allowed us to reproduce the piece.