IHA confirms re-jigged national fixture calendar

The IHA has announced the new dates for the refixtures of the national level competitions which were wiped out by the recent weather conditions.

In all, the IHL round three, the majority of the men’s and women’s Irish Junior Cup, the women’s Irish Hockey Trophy round one and the Irish Hockey Challenge first round fixtures were all victims.

Inez Cooper, in her role as Chair of the Competitions Working Group, explained in an email to the clubs today the new layout of fixtures, stating: “We have sought to draw up a new timetable for IHA Competitions as soon as possible to give a framework for you to do likewise to build Branch Competitions around.

“We have sought to use the next round to fulfill the earlier round and to stick in a later date where possible.

“However, given that we lost early rounds with a lot of matches, we are not able to double up competitions fully as would typically happen when we get to Round 2, due to a shortage of umpires. Therefore, for the women we have split Round 2 over two dates for the Trophy and IJC.”

To create space for the new dates, the Senior and Junior Interprovincials have been moved out of March to May.

The IHL rounds move to the weekend of March 12 and 13 and will now be the fourth series of the competition with an agreement made with the High Performance team to allow players be released for this series of games.

The first and second rounds of the Junior Cups will all take place in January and early February with the first round refixes on January 15 and the second round for the men on January 22 and the women’s second round follows in two parts on January 29 and February 5.

The men’s IHT second round will be played on January 22 with the third round now pushed to February 12 with the women’s first round now on January 22 and the second round of the February 12. The Irish Hockey Challenge first round was pushed back to December 18.

** To see the new national fixture list, go to the IHA homepage and select the 2010/11 Fixtures List icon on the right-hand side of the page.

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