The in-form Lisnagarvey and Three Rock Rovers set up an eye-catching Irish Senior Cup final as they completed a pair of brilliant wins each over a hectic double weekend.
Cork Harlequins put an end to Pegasus’s hopes of an EYHL-Irish Senior Cup double as Emma Barber’s single goal knocked out the runaway league leaders at the semi-final stage.
Pembroke and Monkstown took the youth laurels on Leinster finals day, winning the Junior Jacqui Potter Cup and Benny Atkinson titles, respectively.
The Three Rock Rovers juggernaut rolls on as the club retained yet another trophy at Grange Road, storming back from 2-0 down to win the Mills Cup with a 4-2 victory over Glenanne.
Kate McKenna’s goal out of nothing continued Railway Union’s dominance in the Jacqui Potter Cup as they won for the sixth time in nine years, making it four trophies in one day for the Park Avenue club.
Cork Harlequins summoned an incredible comeback from 3-0 down to win back the Munster Senior Cup for the first time in seven years, denying holders Bandon in a shoot-out.
Glenanne look set to advance to the final four of the Irish Senior Cup without hitting a ball as Kilkeel withdrew from the competition over a club rule that states they cannot play on Sundays.
Railway Union reached the Jacqui Potter Cup for the seventh successive season as they snuck by Loreto in a shoot-out last Sunday, setting up a final date with Old Alex.
Loreto ended UCD’s reign as Irish Senior Cup champions with a dramatic shoot-out win at Belfield, putting them into a final four with Pegasus, Railway Union and Cork Harlequins.
It is a manic weekend of women’s action with big games abounding in numerous different competitions with lots of intrigue on the line, particularly with the knowledge that some of the top stars may not be available for the final four of the cup.
Loreto and Old Alex ensured all four of the Jacqui Potter Cup semi-finalists hail from the EY Hockey League as they joined Railway Union and UCD in the final four.
The Jacqui Potter Cup semi-final line-up is taking shape with Railway Union and UCD going through in midweek while the remaining ties take place on Saturday.
Pembroke have two chances of reaching the Jacqui Potter Cup semi-finals next weekend as both their first and second team advanced to the last eight of Leinster’s Senior Cup.
Big guns Railway Union and Loreto both got over potential banana skins in midweek to be the first sides to reach the last eight of the Jacqui Potter Cup with the next six ties taking place on Saturday.
After 43 years without a senior title, 2018 saw Bandon’s duck broken in the most spectacular fashion with a clean sweep of the three Munster titles in the calendar year.
Three Rock Rovers retained the Neville Cup title, prevailing via a shoot-out on St Stephen’s Day at Serpentine Avenue for the second successive season.
Banbridge were comfortable 4-1 winners over EYHL rivals Annadale in the St Stephen’s Day Kirk Cup final at Lisnagarvey
Pegasus lifted the Denman Ulster Shield for a record-breaking 29th time on Wednesday when they defeated Belfast Harlequins 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw following a dramatic final at Lisnagarvey.
Corinthian coach Trevor Dagg knows that while reigning champions Three Rock Rovers will not field their front-line first team, there are few better equipped sides in Ireland to cope with the new rules when it comes to St Stephen’s Day’s Neville Cup final (2pm).
Munster’s Peard Cup final will see one long wait end for either Cork Harlequins or Bandon on St Stephen’s Day as they battle it out for the midseason silverware at 2pm at Garryduff.