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.
Lisnagarvey produced a comeback for the ages to earn their place in the Irish Senior Cup final for the first time in a decacde, setting up a showdown with Monkstown on March 20.
With seven different winners in as many years, the men’s Irish Senior Cup remains the most unpredictable cup on the club calendar and while there are clear favourites in both of tomorrow’s semi-finals, the ability to shock is never far away.
Hermes drive for a perfect season may have came to an end last Sunday but coach Rudi Wortmann’s charges are still very much gunning for the two biggest pieces of silverware left on the agenda.
If results go their way, Loreto could complete phase one of their league season with a ticket to the end of season EY Hockey League playoffs in their back pocket.
Reigning champions Corinthian will play Pembroke in the Mills Cup final following their respective wins over YMCA and Three Rock Rovers this week, setting up a showdown on St Patrick’s Day at Grange Road; Leinster league round-up
YMCA led three times against Glenanne but ultimately succumbed to a Shannon Boucher second half hat trick as the Tallaght side secured a 5-3 result at Wesley, seeing them through along with Lisnagarvey, Three Rock and Monkstown.
Penalty strokes were required for both Ulster Elks and Ards as they advanced to the semi-final of the Irish Senior Cup at the expense of Pegasus and Railway Union on Saturday afternoon, joining Hermes and UCD in the final four.
Loreto will look to make it three from three against higher division opposition in the women’s Irish Senior Cup on Saturday when they make the short trip to Belfield to meet UCD in the quarter-finals; women’s weekend preview
National level outdoor fixtures return after the winter break with a bang as the Irish Senior Cup quarter-finals take place while the quest to get into the EYHL playoffs begins its second phase in Leinster.