Lisnagarvey, Banbridge and Hermes-Monkstown will all play in the top tier of European club competition in the 2016/17 season following confirmation of the EHF national club rankings earlier this week.
Both Banbridge and Ulster Elks look set to have earned promotion for Ireland from their respective European club competitions over the weekend following runs to the finals in their respective competitions.
Banbridge and Ulster Elks will both have promotion on their mind on Monday afternoon following their respective performances in Europe while Pegasus are set to battle for seventh in the Euro Club Cup.
Banbridge leaped right back into contention in the men’s EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy thanks to a stunning second half comeback to beat HC Minsk 4-1 in Glasgow; Ulster Elks also top their group after day two at the Challenge I
Ireland’s club sides opened their European accounts with a win, a draw and a loss with Ulster Elks the stars of the day at their event in Prague.
Pegasus and Ulster Elks represent Ireland this weekend in European action as they take on the first and third tier of continental club competition at Bilthoven and Prague, respectively.
Banbridge have their own potential Euro Hockey League qualification in their own hands as they travel to Glasgow this weekend for the EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy.
Queen’s University finished seventh in the EuroHockey Indoor Club Champions Challenge I in Bulgaria, an outcome that sees Ireland drop back to the fourth tier of competition for 2017.
Monkstown produced an epic comeback to draw 3-3 with Spain’s Club Egara but despite goals from Kyle Good, Gareth Watkins and Peter Caruth, they ended up just shy of a ticket to the KO16.
Monkstown earned a 1-1 draw with East Grinstead on opening day of the Euro Hockey League Round 1 in Hamburg as Kyle Good produced a moment of magic to earn the victory.
Monkstown are looking to build on the positive mood in Irish hockey at the moment to upset the odds in Hamburg this weekend against the much vaunted East Grinstead from England and Spain’s Club Egara.
Pegasus will travel to Bilthoven in the Netherlands in May 2016 at the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup, battling it out with the best club teams in the continent.
While the Irish senior men had a week to remember, their Over-40 counter-parts had a similarly memorable time in London last week when they earned their first ever bronze medal in the Masters event; here is Duggie Good’s report from the event
And now the wait commences. October 25 is the date almost indelibly marked on the minds of the Irish hockey public after one of the most thrilling years for the sport.
If ever there was an image to embody the performance of the team, Paul Gleghorne’s slinged up arm with blood dripping from his knuckles captured it; his and Matthew Bell’s reaction to what was another mighty week for Irish hockey
Irish legend Nikki Symmons became one of two new additions to the European Hockey Federation Hall of Fame following her immaculate career.
Making history, the recurring mantra of the Irish senior men’s team. An incredible year for the team was capped with the biggest moment yet, winning Ireland’s first ever medal at an elite level competition with a breathless 4-2 win over home host England.
David Harte says the Irish team mantra is “we are not leaving here without a medal” as they build up for their European Championships semi-final in London.
Irish coach Craig Fulton felt his side “missed an opportunity” as they lost 1-0 to world number two side the Netherlands in the semi-final of the EuroHockey Nations Championships in London.
Matching the senior men’s team, Ireland’s Over-40 Masters secured a European semi final place for the first time in their history to setup a match against the old foe of England.