Pro Series Indoor (PSi) is set to revolutionise indoor hockey in Ireland in the new year with the introduction of their groundbreaking format to the country following 11 years of epic events in South Africa.
Two stunning goals in the first three minutes of the second half saw Ireland beat Germany 2-1 at Serpentine Avenue, taking the laurels from their two-game series with the world number five side into the bargain.
Monkstown gave theirs – and Irish hockey’s – hopes of avoiding relegation to the third tier of women’s European club competition a massive boost as they came from behind to beat France’s Lille.
Ireland picked off a strong 1-1 draw against world number five side Germany at Serpentine Avenue in front of a healthy crowd in the first of their two tests.
UCD endured an agonising near miss against Mannheimer in the fifth to eighth place playoffs at the Euro Club Cup; Hermes-Monkstown fell 3-0 to Russian opposition on day one of the Trophy
Hermes-Monkstown coach Gareth Watkins says the confidence gleaned from the closing six weeks of the Irish season will give his side a big boost going into the EuroHockey Club Trophy this weekend on home turf.
An international summer of over 80 matches at each level tips off in earnest with perhaps the biggest of the challenge matches on offer starting things off with Germany’s men coming to Pembroke on Friday and Saturday.
UCD start their EuroHockey Club Cup challenge on Thursday afternoon with one of the toughest possible draws, taking on Dutch giants AH&BC Amsterdam in Surbiton in the quarter-final stage.
Surprisingly not included in Ireland’s 29-strong World Cup training panel, Chloe Brown is clearly well-regarded by leading English Premiership side East Grinstead, writes John Flack.
KH Productions captured all the action from the EY Champions Trophy along with interviews with the key players; enjoy their half-hour production from the event
Brenda Flannery’s “Roots Go Deep” book formally launched last week in Galway at the Jes school which first provided its inspiration.
Cookstown secured their place in the top flight of Irish hockey with a strong performance against brave Bangor on Sunday at Shawsbridge.
Jody Hosking scored a dramatic winner 48 seconds from time to see Three Rock Rovers retain the EY Champions Trophy title at Grange Road in front of their home support, capping an incredible season for the Rathfarnham club.
Loreto produced another superb tactical performance to earn the EY Champions Trophy for the first time, coming back from a goal down to defeat Cork Harlequins at Grange Road, Rathfarnham in the searing heat
Old Alex claimed the final spot in the EY Hockey League for 2018/19 as they ground out a 2-1 win over Trinity at Grange Road in the promotion/relegation playoff.
The EY Champions Trophy will be broadcast live via the Hockey Ireland Youtube channel which you can view live here throughout the weekend
Luke Madeley fired home a final hooter penalty corner to put Three Rock Rovers into the EY Champions Trophy final and into Europe – by virtue of Glenanne’s win – as they keep their hopes alive of retaining the title.
Glenanne produced some glorious counter-attacking hockey to pick off Pembroke who were left to rue their own profligacy in front of goal in the first of the men’s EY Champions Trophy semi-finals.
Cork Harlequins held their nerve in the shoot-out series to beat Pegasus 3-1 after a hotly contested 2-2 draw in normal time in the Rathfarnham heat, setting up a Sunday final date with Loreto for the EY Champions Trophy at 2.30pm.
Loreto produced the perfect tactical performance to end UCD’s bid for a second successive national treble as Ali Meeke’s tenacious 14th minute goal proved critical in the first semi-final at Grange Road.
Ireland’s men and women will skip through to the second phase of the new Olympic and World Cup process which the FIH formally launched this week, entitled the Hockey Series.
Leinster trio Glenanne, Pembroke and Three Rock Rovers will dice with Lisnagarvey for the men’s EY Champions Trophy title and the number one European spot from this season.
The Irish hockey season reaches its climax at Grange Road, Rathfarnham, this weekend with the EY Champions Trophy, the competition that will decide both the women’s and men’s national champion for the 2017/18 season.
Portrane produced a blistering start last Saturday en route to a 9-2 win over Weston in a Division 1/2 playoff, earning their place in the top tier in Leinster for the first time since 1998.
Eugene F Collins, one of Ireland’s leading law firms, announced its sponsorship of Ireland’s U-16, U-18 and U-21 girls’ teams for the next 12 months.
Muckross’s meteoric rise back up the ranks hit another new high note as they won the women’s EY Hockey League provincial playoffs at the Mardyke, going unbeaten through the weekend
YMCA produced a suitably mad-cap finish to their men’s EY Hockey League promotion journey, contriving to blow a 4-1 lead in the last nine minutes before beating Bangor in a shoot-out
Loreto picked up four points from a possible six to nick the last EY Champions Trophy spot from under the nose Railway Union; Pembroke won for safety, Trinity go into the playoff and Hermes-Monkstown go down
On the final day of the men’s EYHL, Pembroke nabbed the fourth and final EY Champions Trophy ticket; Railway were relegated, leaving Cookstown to contest the relegation playoff next week against Bangor
Pembroke men took the men’s EY Champions Trophy spot while Railway were relegated; the women’s Champs Trophy spot goes down to Sunday while Hermes-Monkstown go down; here’s the results
The battle for the final EY Champions Trophy place and the division of the relegation playoff and automatic relegation spot are the chief points of interest across the final EY Hockey League weekend of the 2017/18 season.
The High School and Loreto Dalkey took in a Euro Hockey League weekend to remember earlier this month, taking on local Dutch sides in Rotterdam as well as taking in some of the world’s best club hockey.
Needing just a point from their final two games, UCD won the women’s EY Hockey League in emphatic fashion, storming to a 7-1 win at Ards to put themselves out of range of Cork Harlequins.
Pembroke moved back into fourth with two big wins over the bottom two, taking pole position ahead of Monkstown and Banbridge in the EY Champions Trophy playoff chase
UCD soared to victory at Ards to confirm they will retain the women’s EY Hockey League; the race for the fourth men’s EY Champions Trophy place remains hot as Monkstown, Pembroke and Banbridge all won
Crawford Group going into administration has led to the switch of the EY Champions Trophy from Banbridge’s Havelock Park to Grange Road just three weeks ahead of the annual finals weekend.
Hockey Ireland plans to field its first indoor international teams in 30 years, announcing they will look to reintroduce the code in time for the European Championships in January 2020.
Old Alex made full use of home advantage in the women’s EYHL wildcard playoffs as they secured four wins without conceding in Milltown.
Instonians took top spot from the men’s EY Hockey League Wildcard playoffs as a late equaliser against Corinthian and a second half winner over UCD keeps alive their chances of a return to the EYHL.
Glenanne produced an excellent first half performance to win the men’s Irish Junior Cup for the third time, ending a 23-year wait to win back the trophy, making it one of the biggest weekend’s in their club history.
UCD moved another big step closer to retaining the women’s EY Hockey League as their 5-0 win over Hermes-Monkstown in tandem with Cork Harlequins draw against Railway Union leaves nine points between the sides.
Glenanne produced an immaculate comeback from 2-0 down to beat Lisnagarvey at Comber Road to get the win they needed against their nearest rivals, claiming the EY Hockey League and a spot in Europe into the bargain.
Glenanne won the men’s EYHL with a brilliant second half comeback to beat Lisnagarvey; UCD and Instonians lead the men’s playoffs after day one while Catholic Institute and Old Alex have two from two in the women’s
The Ireland Grand Masters Squads have been announced for the Celtic Cup Tournament in Lille, France (on 20th-22nd April 2018) at the Polo Hockey Club.
Glenanne have their first chance to land the men’s EY Hockey League title this Saturday at Comber Road where a win against their nearest rivals would secure glory.
UCD can potentially add the EY Hockey League title on Sunday to the Irish Senior Cup title won last Sunday following a 4-0 midweek win over Pembroke.
Kilkeel men lifted the Ulster Premier title for the first time in the club’s history following a 3-1 win over Bangor in the title decider on Saturday while Lurgan were subsequently crowned women’s champions on Wednesday night.
Wesley College’s seniors ended their schoolboys season on a high as they landed the league title with a 5-0 win over High School in the final at Newpark.
The Irish Colleges and Universities teams came away with a set of impressive results from their series with Scotland in Stormont this week; with both the Men’s and Ladies Teams completing a brace of series wins.
Newpark Comprehensive produced one of the shocks of the Leinster Schoolboys hockey season as they beat St Andrew’s College in the third/fourth place playoff of the senior league just before the Easter break.
YMCA won the men’s Division One shoot-out, winning the Leinster top division for the first time in 37 years as their 10-1 win over Rathgar gave them the crown on goal difference.