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.
Corinthian beat Monkstown for the second successive season in the Leinster senior Mills Cup to keep alive their hopes of retaining the title.
Genesis moved one step away from their first Leinster Senior Cup final since 1983 with a big 7-0 win over Rathgar at St Raphaela’s as they ran up a surprisingly comfortable win.
The Jacqui Potter Cup quarter-final draw has produced a series of well-matched ties with clubs with well-established pedigree meeting while Genesis and Rathgar are seeking a rare place in the final four.
Pembroke eventually saw off a stubborn Fingal to reach the final four of the Mills Cup, winning a shoot-out 3-0 after normal time had ended 1-1.
The Jacqui Potter Cup round of 16 ties largely followed the form book though the nature of the ties proved far closer than current league rankings on a day of many thrills; reports and round-up from Jack McCann
The competitive New Year for the Leinster calendar gets underway on Saturday with the Jacqui Potter Cup second round taking centre-stage with the potential for a few surprise results.
All the goals from Railway Union’s 4-3 win over Monkstown in the 2015 Neville Cup final at Serpentine Avenue
Mateuesz Nowakowski applied a suitably spectacular winning touch to earn Railway Union the first major silverware of the Leinster hockey season, crowning a wildly entertaining 4-3 Neville Cup final result at Serpentine Avenue.
Clontarf and Corinthian both confirmed their places in the top five of the Leinster league last weekend, keeping their hopes firmly alive of being involved in the EYHL playoffs later in the season.
Loreto and Ballymoney are the dangerous outliers in the women’s Irish Senior Cup quarter-final draw after they disposed of UCC and Muckross, respectively, on Saturday to be the two provincial league sides still standing.
Railway Union and YMCA made seismic waves in the Irish Senior Cup with the elimination of reigning champions Banbridge and higher-tiered Annadale, respectively, to reach the quarter-finals of the competition.
Loreto will look to eliminate a second EYHL side when they host UCC at Beaufort in what could potentially be a playoff game later this season, let alone one of the ties of the second round of the women’s Irish Senior Cup.
The difference between the top of the Leinster league and the bottom end of the EY Hockey League will be put into sharp relief on Saturday when YMCA make the trip up to Annadale in round two of the Irish Senior Cup.