Six Leinster players were to the fore as the Irish Under-18 girls ran up three wins over Scotland and another over Wales over half-term as part of their preparations for the European championships in July in Italy.
A devastating penalty corner brace from Richard Sykes saw Monkstown win their third successive Irish Hockey League title, inflicting Banbridge’s first defeat in all competitions this season at Grange Road.
Three in-a-row chasing Monkstown produced an incredible comeback against Three Rock Rovers to set up an Irish Hockey League final date with Banbridge – themselves chasing a rare quintuple – on Sunday.
The climax of the men’s Irish Hockey League season is ready to roll at Grange Road with Banbridge, Monkstown, Three Rock Rovers and Pembroke all fighting out it out for the national title and a place in Europe.
The men’s Irish Hockey League took a step closer to being realised late on Sunday evening with the news that Ulster clubs Lisnagarvey, Banbridge, Annadale and Cookstown have accepted invitations to the expanded version of the competition.
Two final quarter goals saw UCD fall out of touch with Surbiton, ultimately falling 4-1 to the English champions, meaning they finished sixth in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup in Bilthoven last Monday.
UCD coach Jonathan Harte admitted he was “raging” as his side were denied an equaliser in contentious fashion as they fell 2-1 to Rot Weiss Koln in their EuroHockey Club Champions Cup in Bilthoven; a frustrating tie in which the students held sway for long periods in most facets bar the scoreboard
UCD face probably their most illustrious opposition in their competitive hockey history when they take on KTHC Rot-Weiss Köln in Bilthoven, the Netherlands on Good Friday in the quarter-finals of the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup.
Kyle Good played a big role in the most eye-catching performance of the current Euro Hockey League season, netting twice as his Dragons team dismantled reigning champions Harvestehuder THC in breathtaking fashion.
Irish senior players David Fitzgerald, Kirk Shimmins and Peter Caruth, along with strength and conditioning coach Stephen Barry, were all on hand to help announce the Irish men’s link-up with Dundrum Town Centre.
Shane O’Donoghue, David Harte and Kyle Good will fly the Irish flag this week at the Euro Hockey League, the world's premier club competition, in Bloemendaal as the KO16 and FINAL4 events get underway.
Irish coach Darren Smith will shuffle his deck for a three test series with Italy on April 16, 18 and 19 in Ireland with Michelle Harvey back in the panel for the first time in 11 months while Hayley Mulcahy is set to make a debut.