After five months of domestic competition, the Irish Hockey League returns on Saturday with most of Leinster’s men’s entrants in the chasers roles after Ulster sides shaded the first three rounds of competition.
Cookstown made serious inroads in the Ulster Premier League with three wins in seven days while results elsewhere saw rivals drop points. It means leaders Lisnagarvey are in range, 11 points clear but with extra games played.
The National Indoor Trophy hots up this weekend as the six men’s finalists and five more women’s teams will be confirmed to join the Ulster Elks and Ards.
Both of last season’s finalists fell by the wayside in round two of the Irish Senior Cup as Cookstown and Monkstown came out the worse for wear from provincial derbies.
A rough day for Leinster sides in the Irish Hockey League as all five men’s representatives were beaten to dent progression chances going into the winter break in proceedings
Cookstown bowed out from their European adventure with a chastening victory at the hands of an all-star Amsterdam side in Antwerp on Saturday afternoon, seeing the Dutch side and Reading go through to the KO16
A rough draw for Ireland’s two EuroHockey League sides, Banbridge came close to grabbing a draw after two goals behind to CA Montrouge while Cookstown were undone by an on-form Reading in Antwerp
The Irish invasion of Brasschaat takes over this weekend as Banbridge and Cookstown, along with a glut of green internationals, go in search of an EuroHockey League KO16 place.
Fate has ensured this autumn will be defined by Banbridge and Cookstown’s sparring as Ireland’s two national champions showdown first in the IHL, travelling together to the EHL and then renewing rivalries in the Irish Senior Cup
In a new column, throughout the season, The Hook will give a weekly update on what the goings-on in the Ulster men’s Premier league and beyond
Banbridge and Cookstown are set to face some of the giants of the European game following the draw for the EHL this afternoon. Bann play double champions UHC Hamburg while Cookstown meet Amsterdam and Reading
Annadale and YMCA is the sole all-IHL tie to be drawn together in the men’s Irish Senior Cup first round which will be played on October 8; On the women’s side, all three provincial champions have picked up byes
Many in the know already knew of the prodigious talents of Ian Sloan but the 17 year-old announced himself on the national stage at Belfield, playing a starring role for Cookstown in their 4-3 win over Monkstown in the men’s ISC final
Monkstown, Leinster’s sole survivors, have once again proven the archetypal cup specialists, so much so that they are unbeaten in all three knock-out competitions they have contested this year.
With Lisnagarvey winning 3-1 in Cookstown on Thursday night, their home tie with Corinthian is very much the key tie on the men’s IHL Pool A’s judgement day. Four sides, meanwhile, are in the mix in Pool B
In stark contrast to the Irish Senior Cup, Leinster sides currently occupy all of the men’s IHL playoff places after a weekend which saw Monkstown, YM, Corinthian and Glenanne win with only Pembroke faltering
Pronounced splits between top and bottom halves of the men’s IHL tables have the chance to be wedged further apart as the top three in each group will face a side less well off on Saturday.
Clontarf continued their awesome recent form to make it into the final four of the Irish Hockey Trophy, the last Leinster team standing after the Rathgar Chiefs were trumped by UCC. Also includes ISC, IJC, IHT and IHC results
Three men’s IHL sides will fall at the first hurdle of this year’s Irish Senior Cup following this evening’s draw. In the women’s competition, Railway play Pegasus in the stand-out first round fixture in the women’s competition.
Cookstown will play host to the first stage of Ireland’s men’s summer programme as they officially open their state-of-the-art water-based facilities as the club face the current Ireland men’s team at Coolnafranky (pictured, right) at 8pm on Friday night Ireland manager Paul Revington has promised that his team will be strong one as part of […]