Suttonians have had a request to move down from men’s Leinster Division Two accepted by the men’s committee of the Leinster Hockey Association, moving to Division Five with immediate effect.
The request came in on Tuesday following two heavy defeats, last Saturday’s game against Pembroke II blown up early with the score at 8-0.In the request, Suttonians outlined various problems in recent years on the men’s side of the club, culminating this year with results proving detrimental and player numbers at a critical level. The club dropped their second team midway through last season.
In a statement released by the LHA in response to the request, they said: “The men’s committee will do everything in their power to ensure the survival of all men’s clubs.
“To this end we have granted Suttonians request and removed them from Division Two and placed them in Division Five.”
Suttonians results in Division Two will be null and void and that league will become a nine-team division. Any future fixtures involving Suttonians in Divsion Two will become a free weekend for their opposition.
Division Five will become 11 teams with the addition of Suttonians. Their first match in Division 5 will be Saturday, October 24 with four back matches to catch up on. This weekend’s Division Five fixtures will continue as normal with new fixtures released for the division next Wednesday.
For promotion/relegation, this has the following knock-on effect for the other divisions, though this may be subject to change.
Division 2: promotion rules as per bye-laws, 1 team demoted
Division 3: 2 teams promoted, 2 demoted
Division 4: 3 teams promoted, 2 demoted
Division 5: 3 teams promoted, 2 demoted
Division 6-8: 2 teams promoted, 2 demoted
“The Board has approved the determination by the Mens section. It it is our wish to assist any club in the hope that they can regroup and recover,” the LHA statement concludes.