Banbridge and Three Rock Rovers moved into the top two spots in midweek with their hard-fought wins over Annadale and Monkstown, respectively, ahead of a big weekend in the men’s EY Hockey League.
The Irish Senior Cup will move away from the open draw format this season, reverting back to the tiered entry-format which was in vogue around 15 years ago.
In one of Craig Fulton’s last games in charge of the Irish men, he witnessed fine goalkeeping displays from David Fitzgerald and Jamie Carr in a 2-1 win over Germany in the absence of David Harte.
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.
Three Rock Rovers’ penalty corner machine saw them land the Irish Senior Cup for the 11th time as Luke Madeley struck three times from the set piece to see off Pembroke 5-2 at Belfield.
UCD swept to the women’s Irish Senior Cup title – their fourth in seven years – with an excellent 4-0 win over Pegasus as they proved too strong for the Ulster side at Belfield
Pembroke will face Three Rock Rovers in the men’s Irish Senior Cup final while holders UCD will take on Pegasus in the women’s decider following Saturday’s semi-finals.
Bandon won the men’s Irish Hockey Trophy at the fourth attempt, eventually beating Portrane in a shoot-out at Belfield in the final after defeats at the last hurdle in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
A stunning second half performance saw NUIG seconds race to the women’s Irish Hockey Challenge title as they proved too strong for 2016 champions Blackrock at Belfield.
Catholic Institute held their nerve in a shoot-out to beat Mossley and land the Irish Hockey Trophy title for the second time, snatching the title when it looked all but lost with five minutes left of normal time.
The current men’s EY Hockey League top four in the league are all present and correct for the Irish Senior Cup semi-finals as Glenanne take on Three Rock Rovers while Pembroke face Lisnagarvey.
The women’s Irish Senior Cup reaches a swift conclusion over the weekend with UCD facing Loreto at Santry Avenue and Belfast Harlequins meeting Pegasus, making for a Leinster/Ulster decider
Two goals in three minutes saw Ballynahinch eventually break through against Catholic Institute to land the Irish Hockey Challenge title for the second time in their history.
Railway Union’s experience prevailed as their combinaton of decorated senior players and talented young guns proved too strong for UCD in the women’s Irish Junior Cup final, retaining the crown for a second successive season.
March 17th 2018 will go down in the annals of Irish rugby as the day the historic third men’s Grand Slam was secured, but a small corner of Dublin will also hold a place in the record books for Enniscorthy
Three Rock Rovers’ midfield eventually over-ran Corinthian to get a handle on the Leinster Senior Mills Cup for the second time in five years at Grange Road, their fourth piece of silverware already this season.
Railway Union’s young guns produced a superb performance to beat UCD in the Jacqui Potter Cup final for the second year running, notching up a 3-0 win at Grange Road and their fifth success in the competition.
Its final fantasy time in Leinster and Munster with five finals set to take place at Grange Road on Saturday while there is a tranche of important showdowns in Munster and a trio of Irish Senior Cup quarter-finals on the card.
Second half goals from Niamh Carey and Jodie Douglas saw Railway Union put an end to North Kildare’s groundbreaking run in the Jacqui Potter Cup as they won through to Saturday’s final with a 2-0 win.
Siofra O’Brien’s early goal proved enough for Loreto to join Pegasus and UCD in the Irish Senior Cup semi-finals while Belfast Harlequins advanced to the quarters.