The Santry Avenue students edged out Pembroke to land an important win; UCD bounced back in style while no team has a perfect record anymore after Cork Harlequins, Ards and Pegasus all drew
Glenanne and Three Rock Rovers both moved up to six points in the men’s EYHL thanks to their respective wins; Cork C of I were caught late on by Annadale while Pembroke and Monkstown drew too
Carl Allen pays tribute to Philip Duke who passed away this week following his untimely death; most recently, Dukie was in Valencia working with the Irish Under-21s, the latest in a myriad of roles he was involved in
All the key results from the EYHL and the Leinster and Munster Division Ones after a busy Saturday of action
The “double-goal” introduced for the Euro Hockey League added a harsher look to an already inflated scoreline as they fell 6-0 to Poland’s WKS Grunwald Poznan in their opening game in Barcelona.
With last season’s top two both losing on opening day, the second day of the women’s EY Hockey League will help give a good idea of whether a new order is developing and who can emerge from the pack.
Glenanne’s men start a new departure on Saturday as they make the move from the club’s spiritual west Dublin base to St Andrew’s College for their home games this season.
With two wins in four days, UCD’s men showed few ill-effects of their relegation to Leinster Division One, marking themselves out as one to watch this season.
The Irish Under-21 women’s team had their status in the top tier of European competition assured thanks to an EHF executive board decision this week, keeping their hopes of playing in the 2020 Junior World Cup alive.
Banbridge head out to Barcelona this weekend, hoping to match their incredible exploits from 12 months ago as they look to progress from ROUND1 of the Euro Hockey League once again.
The Hook caught up with Loreto’s Ali Meeke to talk about her new role with DB Sports Tours and how she cannot wait to be back in the midst of the club season after the international summer
Dungannon ladies swept to their second win over North Down in the space of four days as they opened their Ulster Premier League campaign with a 5-1 victory over the Comber side on Saturday
Corinthian just about held on to beat Glenanne 4-3 on day two of women’s Leinster Division One, a win built around a brilliant spell of four goals inside 15 minutes at Whitechurch Park.
Lisnagarvey scored the big win as they struck twice in the second half to beat another of last year’s playoff sides; TRR and Bann won comfortably while Glenanne and Pembroke won narrow battles
Cork Harlequins came from a goal down to beat UCD and end their incredible unbeaten run in the women’s EYHL; Ulster trio win their ties against Leinster outfits as Loreto and Railway draw
A busy day across the EY Hockey League and the Leinster and Munster Division One for both men and women; check out all the results and pics from UCD vs Cork Harlequins from Belfield
King’s Hospital and Kilkenny College both broke their long wait to qualify for the All-Ireland Schoolboys Championships on Friday as they won through from their respective Leinster groups.
A year after a big exodus, UCC have belatedly found a batch of 13 newcomers that have the potential to suggest last season’s sixth – and last – place finish last term in Munster men’s Division One was a blip.
The season starts here: Leinster men’s Division one runners and riders take shape for first full seriesSeptember 29, 2017 | 840 views |
With YMCA and Weston already off to winning starts, men’s Leinster Division One kicks off in earnest on Saturday with the first full series of games in the competition.
To be a great champion, teams need great rivals. For UCD last season, while they won the three national titles on offer, it was the close margins that made their success so significant last season.
Along with Belfast Harlequins, Pembroke have made probably the most exciting additions during the summer and they will be one of the sides to watch
The (almost) all-conquering champions will take the field for the new season as one of the clear favourites for the three national titles this time around
Trinity moved up to the EY Hockey League for the first time in a blaze of glory following an immaculate season, winning the Leinster league unbeaten, adding the Jacqui Potter Shield and, eventually, the promotion playoffs
Railway Union will look to close the gap to the top four following a fifth place finish last season, seven points off the playoff places, and a Jacqui Potter Cup success.
The arrival of Shirley McCay, Irish women’s sport’s most capped player, from Ulster Elks is one of the moves of the summer and gives Pegasus a hugely experienced operator and leader
After a slow start to last season with one win in their first five games, the Beaufort side finished with four straight wins to cap a fine regular season.
A big turnover in players over the summer will see a lot of youth get their chance this year as Hermes-Monkstown look to consolidate and rebuild.
A third place finish in the EYHL and an Irish Senior Cup final showed real progression for the Cork side last year and they will look to build further on that with a settled side for 2017/18
Belfast Harlequins are very excited abut the upcoming season with the new signings and returning players with Irish internationals Lizzie Colvin and Zoe Wilson certainly the ones to catch the eye.
Ards enjoyed a streaky season last time around, losing their first three before winning four in-a-row, a run of results that ultimately meant they ended up safe in mid-table without any major threat of relegation or a playoff spot.
After a couple of weeks delay, the men’s EY Hockey League tips off on Saturday with the race to be the third champion of the national league starting in earnest.
Three Rock will certainly not have the element of surprise with them this season as they enter the season as the reigning EY Champions Trophy winners.
It’s difficult to know quite to make of the squad available to Alan Browne for his first season as Railway Union coach following a glut of players coming in and out during the summer.
With six new arrivals, Jonny Caren’s Pembroke have their sights firmly set on closing the gap to the top four after a season in mid-table last time around.
With Lee Cole and Kyle Good not around for the season, Monkstown will be a side with a number of opportunities for young players to stake their claim in their panel on an ongoing basis for the new season.
The 2016 national champions go into the season as one of the main contenders for the title once again with a wealth of top class talent.
A large influx of players has strengthened Glenanne whose squad was a little thin at times last season and should see them and their second string have more numbers to make a sustained push for the playoff places
Big changes have taken place over the summer break with three players headed to Dublin and playing their hockey with Pembroke, now taking the number of former CI men playing for the Dublin 4 club to four.
Cookstown move back up to the top table, swapping places with UCD in the EY Hockey League for the second successive season via the playoffs system.
For Mark Tumilty and his side, the big challenge in the early stages of this season is to try and replace their key defensive totems Matthew Bell and Kyle Marshall.
Peter Caruth and his young charges will initially be targeting survival as they look to build on their promotion in the spring via the EY Hockey League playoffs.
Muckross and Old Alex gave an early indication that they will once again be contenders for the playoff places following opening day wins in Leinster Division One.
John Flack rounds up the weekend’s hockey in Ulster, looking back on a thriller between Belfast Harlequins and NICS and all the other action from the Kirk Cup, Linden Cup, Ulster Shield and Senior Cup
O’Grady whips in crucial late goal as Leinster edge out Ulster U-18s; northern province wins Under-16 titleSeptember 24, 2017 | 902 views |
Ben O’Grady’s drag-flick four minutes from full-time earned Leinster’s Under-18s a dramatic schoolboys interprovincial title at Grange Road, whipping home for a crucial fourth goal in a 4-1 win over Munster.
All the latest scores from the schoolboy interpros as well as the Leinster and Munster women’s Division One opening day scores
Hockey Ireland and the IHUA confirmed jointly on Friday evening that the IHUA will appoint umpires to the EYHL matches scheduled for September 30 and matches will, therefore, go ahead.
Munster Hockey’s threat of a blanket cancelation of fixtures has been put on hold but the threat remains in place should no nominations for a vice-president of the provincial organisation be forthcoming.
Leinster challengers line up for new season – the women’s Division One runners and riders for 2017/18September 22, 2017 | 914 views |
While the EY Hockey Leagues are on hiatus once again, the Leinster women’s league does make its seasonal bow on Saturday with a full programme on the menu.
Ulster hockey has launched a new initiative aimed at male hockey players in the over-50 age-group, who are either still playing for clubs or would like to revive their careers.
Following last year’s deep November frost, the schoolboy interpros move to the much earlier September spot this weekend at Grange Road, starting on Friday afternoon.