The line-up for the EYHL promotion playoffs was confirmed today in the wake of withdrawals from the process by Kilkeel on the men’s side and Catholic Institute and Dublin University on the women’s.
It means an opportunity has opened up for the likes of Raphoe and Glenanne while Randalstown avoid a “playoff for a playoff” with Trinity in the battle to be the final women’s team in the line-up.It means Randalstown slot into Pool A with Ulster champions Lurgan and Leinster runners-up Old Alex. Glenanne, as fourth place finisher in Leinster, were offered the final place in this group after Dublin University and Munster champions Insta chose not to accept their invitations to take part.
All of Pool B’s participants are present and correct with favourites Loreto drawn against Munster runners-up Bandon, Ulster’s second placed team Belfast Harlequins and Connacht champions Galway.
On the men’s side, Kilkeel – who finished second in Ulster – withdrew due to their club’s policy not to play on Sundays. With two potential games on Sundays required to qualify for the national league, they decided to step out.
It opened the door for fourth place in Ulster to be included in the competition as next best placed side in the northern province. Belfast Harlequins claimed third this evening with their 3-0 win over Newry, overtaking Raphoe on goal difference.
The Donegal side go into Pool A with Instonians, UCD and UCC while Pool B features Corinthian and Clontarf from Leinster, Bandon from Munster and Belfast Harlequins.
The initial group phase takes place in Lisnagarvey and Monkstown on April 15 to 17. The top two in each group advance to the semi-final and finals in Grange Road at week later. The overall winner earns direct promotion while the other finalist goes forward to a promotion playoff with the ninth place finisher from the EYHL.
Men’s EY Hockey League Playoffs
Pool A (Lisnagarvey): Instonians, UCD, UCC, Raphoe
Friday, April 15: Instonians v Raphoe, 5.30pm; UCD v UCC, 7.30pm
Saturday, April 16: Instonians v UCD, 1pm; Raphoe v UCC, 3pm
Sunday, April 17: Instonians v UCC, 12.30pm; UCD v Raphoe, 12.30pm
Pool B (Monkstown): Corinthian, Clontarf, Bandon, Belfast Harlequins
Friday, April 15: Corinthian v Clontarf, 5.30pm; Bandon v Belfast Harlequins, 7.30pm
Saturday, April 16: Corinthian v Belfast Harelquins, 12.15pm; Bandon v Clontarf, 1.15pm
Sunday, April 17: Corinthian v Bandon, 12.30pm; Clontarf v Belfast Harlequins, 12.30pm
Women’s EY Hockey League Playoffs
Pool A (Lisnagarvey): Lurgan, Old Alex, Randalstown, Glenanne
Friday, April 15: Lurgan v Randalstown, 5.30pm; Old Alex v Glenanne, 7.30pm
Saturday, April 16: Randalstown v Old Alex, 4.30pm; Lurgan v Glenanne, 5pm
Sunday, April 17: Glenanne v Randalstown, 2.30pm; Lurgan v Old Alex, 2.30pm
Pool B (Monkstown): Loreto, Belfast Harlequins, Bandon, Galway
Friday, April 15: Loreto v Galway, 5.30pm; Galway v Belfast Harlequins, 7.30pm
Saturday, April 16: Bandon v Galway, 3.15pm; Loreto v Belfast Harlequins, 4.15pm
Sunday, April 17: Galway v Belfast Harlequins, 2.30pm; Bandon v Loreto, 2.30pm