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.
Muckross finally turned a strong performance into a result as they beat Old Alex 3-0 in the second round of the Irish Senior Cup, a big turnaround from their 5-1 league loss to the same opponent; ISC and IHT round-up
A change in the Irish Senior Cup rules means both Ballymoney and Ulster Elks can potentially add extra star quality to their line-ups for their second round dates.
Kilkeel will be the one regional league side in the men’s Irish Senior Cup draw as they knocked out YMCA with a 2-1 success at Macauley Park.
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.