The top four in the men’s EY Hockey League all advanced in the Irish Senior Cup though, for a second week running, Pembroke put their fans through the ringer against mid-table Ulster Premier opposition.
The Jacqui Potter Cup continued to see lower tier opposition eliminating higher rated sides in the league register with Railway Union II picking off the marquee victory, knocking out EYHL side Pembroke.
Pembroke became the first Irish Senior Cup semi-finalist while TRR, Glenanne and Lisnagarvey also advanced; check out those results and all the IHT and Jacqui Potter Cup scores in the round-up
After a couple of aborted attempts, the Irish Senior Cup quarter-finalists will hopefully be finalised with three second round matches on the agenda while Mossley and Pembroke will bid to be the first into the semis.
While there are plenty of miles still to travel, UCC’s away day at Catholic Institute looks a potential decider for the students in women’s Munster Division One when they meet at 1pm at Rosbrien on Saturday.
While outdoor fixtures took a partial hit over the weekend, the indoor side of the game seems to be gathering momentum around the country with a series of new initiatives.
Pembroke and Mossley advanced to an Irish Senior Cup quarter-final date next Saturday with dramatic wins in the two refxied ties to beat the frost in Ulster.
Club hockey on a national level eases back into action on Saturday for the new year with a trio of refixed Irish Senior Cup ties at Ulster venues taking centre-stage while the Leinster focus is indoors and on the Jacqui Potter Cup.
Bangor lifted the Linden Cup for the second time in three years on Monday, two goals apiece from Ryan Burgess and Michael McComb helping them ease to an emphatic 5-0 win over Raphoe in the final at Deramore Park
Ingrid Burns’ hat trick propelled Cork Harlequins to the annual Southern Fried Munster Under-21 championship title as they beat city rivals C of I 4-2 at Garryduff on Saturday.
On New Year’s Day, Bangor will carry the burden of favouritism going into their Linden Cup clash with Raphoe, having beaten the Donegal side 3-0 in the Ulster Premier League only last weekend.
Lisnagarvey lifted the Senior Cup for the first time with a hard fought 3-2 win over Ballymena in a thrilling final at Mossley on Saturday
UCC eventually pulled clear of Cork C of I B to land their second Peard Cup title in three seasons as Glenn Healy’s 56th minute deflection finally put them out of range.
The long wait is finally over for Queen’s University, who defeated the holders Lurgan 2-1 in a thrilling Denman Ulster Shield final at Stormont on St Stephen’s Day to lift the trophy for the first time since 1933.
Shane O’Brien emerged as the star performer as Three Rock Rovers snatched the Neville Cup title from under Pembroke’s noses at Serpentine Avenue.
Despite being two of Leinster hockey’s most decorated clubs, Pembroke and Three Rock Rovers serve up a strangely novel Neville Cup final line-up on St Stephen’s Day when they meet at Serpentine Avenue (2pm).
Belfast Harlequins finally took their place in the second round of the women’s Irish Senior Cup as Irish international Zoe Wilson scored as they came from behind against Queens in the Belfast derby
YMCA got a revenge served cold over Annadale on a frosty weekend in the Irish Senior Cup with just three of the eight ties on the agenda going ahead across the island.
Just half of the Irish Senior Cup ties went ahead as frost bit hard on the second round; YMCA produced result of the day, beating Annadale in a shoot-out
YMCA will have a glint in their eye when they try and take down Annadale, the side that was instrumental in blocking their path to the EYHL, in the second round of the Irish Senior Cup.