Glenanne will put Three Rock Rovers’ recent improved form to the test as last year’s EY Champions Trophy finalists face another big battle at Grange Road.
The Glens have won the last three outings between the sides and have gone unbeaten in the EYHL this year so far. They welcome back Cedric Jakobi and Jerome Saeys to their line-up for the trip to Grange Road as they look to take another big step toward retaining the title.
They face a Rovers side who won three times in eight days last week to get back on track, reducing the gap to the top four significantly. Mitch Darling was rested with a hamstring strain for the tie against Cork C of I but could return to the fray as could Ravin Nair.
Rovers need to keep winning to keep the pressure on Pembroke in fourth with the Serpentine Avenue going south to Cork C of I where as many as eight Munster men could line out in purple.
Cookstown will be aiming to secure maximum points when they host Annadale in the EYHL as they continue their survival bid. The Tyrone side currently occupy the relegation play-off spot but go into the game in confident mood after a battling display in going down to a late goal in a 4-3 loss to leaders Glenanne last week.
In-form Lisnagarvey host YMCA at Comber Road while Banbridge go to Monkstown as they pursue Glenanne for top spot.
EYHL2 could see the final four confirmed this weekend if results align. UCD fell to a first league loss last weekend to Clontarf and so there will be some hope in the Bandon camp of grabbing something at Belfield to keep their chances alive.
Anything other than a win sees Bangor eliminated as they make the trip to Railway Union.
Pool 2 is very close to being confirmed with Corinthian already through and Instonians a point away. The pair meet at Shaw’s Bridge with a losing bonus enough for the Belfast side to eliminate Kilkeel who host UCC.
In Leinster, six of the bottom seven are in action and so the focus is on the various dicing for points at the lower end as Dublin North play Clontarf, Trinity host Portrane and Kilkenny face Avoca.
Men’s weekend fixtures
Saturday 9th March 2019
EY Hockey League: Cookstown v Annadale, Steelweld Park, 2.30pm; Cork C of I v Pembroke Wanderers, Garryduff, 1.45pm; Lisnagarvey v YMCA, Lisnagarvey HC, 3pm; Monkstown v Banbridge, The Merrion Fleet Arena, 2.10pm; Three Rock Rovers v Glenanne, Grange Road, 3pm
EYHL 2, Pool 1: Railway Union v Bangor, Park Avenue, 1pm; UCD v Bandon, 2pm
Pool 2: Instonians v Corinthians, Shaw’s Bridge, 3pm; Kilkeel v UCC, Kilkeel High Sch, 2.30pm
Irish Hockey Challenge – Semi-Finals: Limerick v Bray, Villiers, 3pm; Portrush v Ballynahinch, Coleraine Rugby Avenue, 2pm
Leinster Division 1: Dublin North v Clontarf, NSC, 1pm; Dublin University v Portrane, Santry Avenue, 3.40pm; Kilkenny v Avoca, Kilkenny College, 1pm
Munster Charity Cup: Cork C of I B v Cork Harlequins, Garryduff, 3.45pm; Waterford v Ashton, Newtown, 2.30pm
Sunday 10th March 2019
Irish Junior Cup – Semi-Finals: Instonians II v Glenanne II, Shaw’s Bridge, 3pm; Monkstown II v Three Rock Rovers II, ALD Merrion Fleet Arena, 2.30pm