IHL wildcard weekend brought forward

YMCA’s bid for a place in the 2010/11 Irish Hockey League has been brought forward to May 7-9 in the wake of Lisnagarvey’s likely semi-final place in this year’s competition.

The wildcard playoffs for the final two IHL places were set to be played on the weekend of May 14-16 but ‘Garvey’s changeable form between Ulster Premier League and the IHL has forced a probable clash.

The Hillsborough club ended the Ulster campaign in fifth place to obtain a wildcard slot while saving their best form for the country’s premier competition in which they head Pool B and need just a single point in round five to reach the semi-finals.

Bandon and Cork Harlequins are currently battling for the second Munster IHL place with the runner-up in that race entering as the third wildcard place.

The competition will now be held on the same weekend as the men’s and women’s Irish Senior Cups on May 9. The IHA, though, have confirmed the Sunday wildcard fixture will be scheduled to ensure people can attend all three fixtures The venue will be confirmed within the next few days.

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