Ulster Elks begin their bid for three Irish Senior Cup titles in succession but there are precious few of the panel around who played a role in the previous two ground-breaking successes.
The Irish Senior Cup first round draws have produced a high volume of battles between provincial league sides looking to take down EY Hockey League opposition.
Blackrock claimed the biggest title in their club’s fledgling history as, despite their club’s tender years, they showed greater experience in a penalty shoot-out to beat a youthful Galway in the Irish Hockey Challenge final at Belfield.
Emma White’s pair of diving saves meant the women’s Irish Hockey Trophy title will stay in Cork for a third successive year with Bandon taking over the mantle after Cork C of I’s two year reign.
Queen’s University claimed the women’s Irish Junior Cup for the first time since 1971 as Julie Morrow’s late double saw them get the best of Loreto 3-2 at Belfield.
A supremely composed second half, capped by thumping goals from Richard Lynch and Bernhard Fohrmann, saw Cork C of I land the men’s Irish Junior Cup for the fifth time, seeing off reigning champions Monkstown 2-0 at Belfield.
An Alan Lewis-inspired Bray to the Irish Hockey Challenge title, becoming the fourth different Leinster side to win the competition and the ninth different winner in nine years.
Kilkenny claimed their first national trophy in their 43-year history since reforming as they bounced back from a last second corner concession to win on penalty strokes.
Monkstown summoned a dramatic late salvo to snatch the men’s Irish Senior Cup title from under Lisnagarvey’s nose as Jonny Bruton’s goal 90 seconds from time earned them a penalty shoot-out from a dramatic and contentious decider
Rebecca Davidson’s spectacular diving stop saw Ulster Elks claim back-to-back Irish Senior Cup titles, tipping Chloe Brown’s sudden death penalty stroke on to the post for a dramatic victory over Ards.
The men’s Irish Senior Cup final promises to be a cracker as the two leading lights in the EY Hockey League to date face off in a decider that is set to feature a series of players vying for an Olympic berth.
Ards and Ulster Elks contest an all-Ulster Irish Senior Cup final at Belfield on Sunday with both gunning for a rare success in the national competition; women’s Leinster playoff picture to be ironed out
Rachel Boyce’s penalty corner goal ultimately saw Avoca claim the LHA Shield with a narrow 2-1 win over Glenanne on St Patrick’s Day to complete a memorable day of action at Grange Road.
Railway Union’s supremely talented Under-16 side took down the Junior Jacqui Potter Cup title in some style thanks to a 3-0 win over over Muckross writes Jack McCann
Naas claimed the first trophy of St Patrick’s Day with a composed 3-1 win over Hermes to win the Junior Jacqui Potter Plate, writes Jack McCann
Jessica McGirr’s single strike, allied to a huge defensive effort, saw Loreto win the Jacqui Potter Cup title for the first time since 2004 as they got the better of national league side Railway Union.
The difference in level between the EY Hockey League and the top of Leinster Division One was ruthlessly exposed as Pembroke eased to the Mills Cup title with a comfortable 4-1 win over Corinthian at Grange Road.
Recently crowned Leinster champions Loreto are hoping to make a further statement that they belong at the top table of Irish hockey when they meet Railway Union in the final of the Jacqui Potter Cup on St Patrick’s Day at Grange Road. (2.15pm)
Despite being reigning champions, Corinthian coach Trevor Dagg is not naïve enough to think of his reds’ team as anything other than underdogs when they meet Pembroke in the Mills Cup final at Grange Road on St Patrick’s Day (12.15pm).
Chloe Brown inspired Ards to the shock of the women’s Irish Senior Cup as they set up an all-Ulster final on March 20, getting the better of Hermes on penalty strokes in Booterstown, earning a place in the decider against reigning champions Ulster Elks.