Irish club hockey endured mixed fortunes on the European front yesterday after a weekend to remember for women’s clubs Railway Union and UCD was contrasted with the travails of Cork Harlequins on the men’s side.
Railway Union and UCD are looking forward to medal matches in their respective EuroHockey Club Champions competition but Cork Harlequins have a huge battle on their hands if they are to maintain Ireland’s place in the EuroHockey League.
UCD qualified for one of the finals of the EuroHockey Club Champions Challenge I in Catania with a game to spare as they saw off the hosts 3-2; Railway’s win over Sumchanka boosts their medal hopes but Cork Harlequins fall to second defeat
Jeamie Deacon fired a winner to give UCD a perfect start to their European club campaign with victory over Scotland’s Grove Menzieshill; Railway Union were undone by Real Sociedad while Cork Harlequins fell to HC Bra
Three Rock claimed a win and a loss in their opening two games at the EuroHockey Indoor Club Champions Challenge I in Budapest, meaning a win tomorrow morning against Danish side Orient Lyngby will put them into the top four
Another set of thrashings saw Ireland’s U-21 men and women ease to promotion from their respective European ‘C’ division campaigns as they completed the first phase pod rebuilding after eight years absence from competition
Leah Ewart’s 62nd minute goal saw Ireland’s U-21 women scrape to a third successive win in Lisbon meaning they and the Irish men will contest ‘C’ division finals on Sunday; the men won 12-0 in Bratislava
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