Ireland's chances of reaching the final stage of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals have been dealt another blow, writes John Flack, with news that Chloe Brown has been ruled out of contention for World League II tournament in Malaysia in January.
Top of the table Trinity and Old Alex moved four points clear of the women’s Leinster Division One table with their respective Saturday wins; round-up of the league and results from the Irish Hockey Trophy
Monkstown took advantage of Banbridge and Cork C of I’s postponement to move up two places into top spot in the men’s EY Hockey League thanks to a 3-1 win over UCD; round-up of week seven of the campaign
Following last weekend’s frozen out fixtures, both Railway Union and Pegasus will be keen to avoid losing further ground on the playoff places when they meet at Park Avenue on day eight of the women's EY Hockey League
Banbridge will look to break their run against bogey side Cork C of I in the marquee battle in the men’s EY Hockey League as the top two meet at Havelock Park; Railway travel to Inst for a critical tie at the bottom while UCD hope to avoid more late concessions
Alexandra College are the last remaining side with a perfect record in the Leinster schoolgirls Premier League thanks to a couple of wins during the week; Mount Anville set up Junior Cup quarter-final date in dramatic fashion
Banbridge and Lisnagarvey received perhaps the most favourable Euro Hockey League KO16 draw possible – other than facing each other – as they look to earn a maiden quarter-final berth in the elite competition for Ireland.
Jamie Wright, Keith O’Hare, Matthew Nelson and Julian Dale have an early chance to stake a claim for inclusion in Craig Fulton’s ongoing Irish plans with their inclusion in the panel to travel to Terrassa, Spain for a two-game series next week.
The destination of the schoolboys inteprovincial titles remains up in the air – albeit largely in Ulster’s hands – as the competition was unable to be completed due to widespread frost across the northern province this weekend.
Hermes-Monkstown extended their lead out to four points at the top of the women’s EY Hockey League on a weather-affected day seven of the competition as Cork Harlequins and UCD drew; Ards kept their winning streak going
While the top three have cut themselves adrift after a third of the women’s EY Hockey League season, the battle for fourth place – and a potential playoff – looks to be a battle royale with Railway Union and Loreto facing a key meeting in that chase.