The Irish Senior Cup takes centre stage with Queens and Belfast Harlequins hoping to finally complete their round one tie while provincial league teams will aim to cause a major shock
Sean Murray smashed home a last minute winner for Lisnagarvey to grab a memorable opening round 3-2 result over local rivals, eliminating the reigning Irish Senior Cup champions Banbridge.
In a precursor to next week’s intervarsities, UCD belatedly shook off Munster Division One leaders UCC to run up a 4-1 victory and advance to the second round of the women’s Irish Senior Cup.
The catch-up rounds of the EY Hockey League lost to the umpires’ impasse begin this weekend, making for a double-weekend for many clubs with Irish Senior Cup games on Sunday.
Banbridge claimed their second Irish Senior Cup in three seasons with a fine 3-1 win over Monkstown with Eugene Magee’s pair of second half goals the difference.
UCD claimed their fourth Irish Senior Cup title since 2009 as Deirdre Duke’s late winner saw the students snatch a 1-0 victory over Cork Harlequins at Belfield.
Banbridge and Monkstown – the winners of the last two Irish Senior Cups – lock horns on Sunday for the oldest trophy in world hockey, bidding to become the winners of a competition now in its 123rd year.
With eight of the Irish side that blitzed all before them in Malaysia at World League Round 2, Sunday’s Irish Senior Cup has the potential to be a modern classic as UCD meet Cork Harlequins at Belfield with a wealth of talent on display.
In Sunday’s finals, Cork C of I, Bandon and Railway Union were the big winners in the National Trophy and Junior Cup finals at Belfield; check out the pictures and quick reports here
Catholic Institute, North Down and Belvedere won the national titles up for grabs on Saturday at Belfield, seeing off Bray, South Antrim and Wexford in their finals; pictures and round-up from the day
Trinity completed the league and Jaqui Potter Shield double on St Patrick’s Day as Ailish Long’s extra time winner against her former club saw them prevail on a rotten day at Grange Road.
Hugo Burns first half drag-flick proved the difference between near neighbours Corinthian and Three Rock Rovers as the reds landed the Benny Atkinson Cup title at Grange Road on St Patrick’s Day.
Pembroke claimed the Junior Jacqui Potter Plate as Martha McCready grabbed a late winner on St Patrick’s Day at Grange Road to deny Loreto; final report from Zack Waters
David Keogh and Leo Micklem were the toast of Glenanne as the duo combined to hand the Tallaght club their first Mills Cup title in nine years, beating a much-decorated Monkstown side in a pumped up tie.
Lisa Mulcahy’s pair of goals saw Muckross claim their first ever Junior Jacqui Potter Cup title, swapping places with Railway Union from last year’s final at Grange Road.
Six St Patrick’s Day titles are up for grabs at Grange Road at the annual festival of Leinster hockey; Glenanne play Monkstown in the Mills final while Railway face UCD in the Jacqui Potter Cup final
Corinthian and Trinity prevailed from their respective Jacqui Potter Shield semi-finals on a weekend packed with incident across a series of cups as well as the Leinster women’s Division One.
There proved to be no fairytale Irish Senior Cup finalist as both Corinthian and UCD bowed out at the semi-final stage to Banbridge and Monkstown, the champions of the past two years.
Monkstown completed the men’s Irish Senior Cup semi-final line-up, eventually prevailing on strokes against Instonians, putting down a spirited comeback from the Belfast side.
Cork Harlequins will contest their first women’s Irish Senior Cup final in 14 years as they tested their nerves for a second successive round before seeing off Pegasus; UCD eased by Pembroke 7-0