Dave Egner will have seriously split loyalties this weekend as Cork Harlequins face UCC; here’s an overview of the Munster men’s Division One teams and their weekend ahead.
Kilkenny’s men continued their flying start to Leinster Division One with a 3-1 win over Trinity, backing it up with a midweek 5-1 win over Bray in the Neville Cup, keeping their perfect start rolling.
Three Rock Rovers produced the biggest win by an Irish club in Euro Hockey League history as they smashed Racing Club de France 6-0, giving them a great shot at reaching the KO16 in Barcelona.
Three Rock Rovers are looking to hit the ground running in Barcelona at EHL ROUND1 after a short run-in of domestic matches in preparation for their games with Racing Club de France and Spain’s Junior FC.
Chloe Watkins made a winning return to Monkstown as her single goal in the 55th minute saw Monkstown beat Lurgan in a high-class tie on the first day of the EY Hockey League Division 2.
Pegasus made a major statement win over UCD on the opening day of the women’s EYHL campaign; Muckross gain point on debut; Belfast Quins, Railway and Loreto win too
Pembroke produced another strong show of character to beat Monkstown; Bann with another late show; TRR, Lisnagarvey and Glenanne record first wins of the men’s EY campaign
It was a busy day across the board with men’s and women’s EYHL ties, the first ever women’s EYHL2 ties as well as Leinster and Munster Division One games; here are all the scores from the day
The first women’s EY Hockey League Division 2 tips off this weekend with the new league acting as the route to the top tier while also having the target of bridging the gap between the national and provincial and leagues.
Banbridge coach Mark Tumilty feels there is room for improvement, despite his team’s impressive 4-3 victory over last season’s Champions Trophy winners Three Rock Rovers last weekend.
Leinster women’s Division One takes on the form of a qualifier for EYHL2 this season with the 10 teams vying for a place in the top three and a chance of moving up to the national stage.
After a ground-breaking summer for Irish hockey, the World Cup stars have dispersed far and wide ahead of the new women’s club season which gets underway in earnest this weekend.
Ards will largely look to promote from within as they look to cover the departures of Linzi Hamilton, Kerri McDonald and their star woman Chloe Brown
Belfast Harlequins will look to build on a reasonably upbeat second season in the league since promotion with World Cup stars Lizzie Colvin and Zoe Wilson driving things on.
The team has changed significantly through the loss of a few key players with Roisin Upton returning to her old club in Limerick
The EY Champions Trophy winners have enjoyed a productive summer with the addition of some rising talent.
Muckross’s first Leinster Division One after 21 years title sees them in the EY Hockey League for the first time.
Ivan Ovington is back for his third spell at the club having come in to assist at the end of last season, freeing up Lisa Jacob to focus on the playing side.
This year, Greg Thompson heads up the coaching team having been assistant to Ali McNeill – now with Mossley’s men.
Pembroke can look forward to the new season with plenty of optimism with some excellent additions to a panel that already has Gillian Pinder and Emily Beatty
After a summer with a number of players moving in and out of the club, Colm Blennerhassett is looking forward to working with a new group.
After a couple of seasons of dominance during the regular season of the EY Hockey League – losing just once in 36 games – UCD are facing into a new season with a major overhaul going on.
Banbridge have agreed an exciting new partnership with Southern Regional College wth media students at the Banbridge campus producing video highlights of games held at Havelock Park.
Five teams booked their tickets to the All-Ireland Schoolboy Championships on Wednesday afternoon as two Leinster outfits and three Munster schools won out.
Craig Fulton leads the tributes to Ronan Gormley following his incredible career in green, formally retiring after 256 games and 121 with the captain’s armband
The Irish abroad enjoyed a week to remember with Lena Tice taking gold with North Harbour from New Zealand’s Hockey League the highlight; a round-up of how the wild geese got on this week around the world
There was to be no soft-landing for Portrane on their return to the top tier in Leinster after 21 years as title contenders UCD ran up a 7-1 on the Donabate peninsula.
Sarah McAuley’s incredible upright reverse-stick shot saw Leinster somehow get on course for interprovincial glory, nicking the title from Ulster at Under-18 level via a shoot-out.
The men’s EY Hockey League returned with a bang on Saturday with Banbridge’s last minute winner against Three Rock Rovers providing an immaculate spectacle on day one of the campaign
The opening day of the men’s EYHL saw a thriller at Havelock Park and bigs for Cookstown and Monkstown while Pembroke edged a close one and Glenanne and C of I drew; here’s all the key results from the weekend
The runners and riders in men’s Leinster Division One are under starter’s orders on Saturday; here’s the lowdown on all the teams in the league this term
The men’s EY Hockey League tips off this weekend as the battle to become the third champion of the national league begins.
Annadale look to have bolstered their panel well in the off season with Irish Under-21 international Ryan Getty, Andrew O’Hare and former Bangor sharp-shooter Ryan Burgess adding to their deck.
Banbridge’s slow start to last term – coinciding with a glut of injuries to the likes of Eugene Magee and John McKee – ultimately left them outside of the playoff places.
Michael Haycock will take on sole charge of the team after Stephen Cuddy stepped down from his position of co-coach in the summer lay off.
Denis Pritchard returns to CI after a 12 year absence. He last coached the men’s first team 2006
Last season’s surprise package will have to try and replace Shane O’Donoghue in their line-up as their captain and top scorer has moved back to Dragons for a second spell
In a summer of moves abroad, Lisnagarvey look to be by far the most affected with an international quartet moving to European clubs
Monkstown line up with a new look management team, headed by player-coach Gareth Watkins who moves across from the women’s section.
A summer of significant change with three internationals departing to maximize their international chances for inclusion in the upcoming World Cup
The back-to-back EY Champions Trophy winners take on the mantle of favourites this season, particularly as they have not seen many of their major stars move on unlike their rivals.
Having been knocking on the door for the last couple of seasons, newly promoted YMCA will be looking to consolidate in the league under head coach Jason Klinkradt.
Five regions hit the turf at Grange Road this weekend as the girls Under-18 and 16 interprovincials get underway with Leinster, Ulster, Munster, Connacht and the South East battling it out for the crown
Edel Nyland gives an in-depth look at her intriguing hockey career thus far from the fields of Loughmore-Castleiney to Ursulines to Longwood to a fruitful first month in the Bundesliga
Holcombe off their pre-season by claiming the Nigel Cheevers Memorial Tournament trophy for the second time with a defiant 4-0 victory over hosts Cookstown.
Leinster’s Under-16s and Ulster’s Under-18s won their respective final matches at the boys interprovincials in Cork to land the crown in dramatic fashion.
The domestic hockey curtain raises this weekend at Garryduff, Cork with the Under-18 and 16 boys inteprovincial tournament taking centre stage from Friday, September 14 to Sunday, September 16.
There will be a festival of hockey at Cookstown this weekend as some of the best teams in Ireland and England come to Steelweld Park to compete for the annual Nigel Cheevers Memorial Trophy.
Queen’s University ladies have received a boost by securing a three-year deal with local software company Etain as they prepare for Friday night’s opening Ulster Premier League game with Banbridge in Belfast, writes John Flack.
Emily Beatty said “it was like she never left” when she arrived into the team hotel the evening before the World Cup final following her late call-up.