Both Corinthian coach Trevor Dagg and Annadale’s player-coach Peter Caruth have both expressed their frustration at the format of the EY provincial playoff process that leads to a potential place in the national league.
Trinity and Old Alex form the two-pronged Leinster bid for a place in the EY Hockey League as the second phase of the provincial playoffs this weekend will produce an automatically promoted side to the national competition.
Twenty-two girls got to experience high quality international hockey last week as the Irish Under-16s took on a hugely talented US Under-17s in a three match series with two ties in Booterstown and one in Bray.
The Irish Under-16 girls are looking forward to a special series this week as they meet the USA Under-17 side in three test matches over the weekend before paying a visit to Aras an Uachtarain on Monday.
Two goals in the space of three minutes in the final quarter took some of the shine off a positive Irish performance against the Olympic bronze medallists Germany in the first of their two-game series this week in Dusseldorf.
Old Alex shaded the women’s EY Hockey League playoffs as they won three from their four games before crucially drawing 2-2 to keep Muckross in second place at the Merrion Fleet Arena on Sunday evening.
UCD claimed the women’s EY Hockey League in dramatic fashion as Lena Tice struck two penalty corners to inflict a first defeat of the league season on Hermes-Monkstown, leap-frogging their Dublin rivals on the final day of the campaign.
After a couple of months of anticipation, the wait is finally over as Hermes-Monkstown face UCD in the showdown to decide the women’s EY Hockey League regular season champion with the first European spot on the line.