Seven Irish players have been named in EuroHockey League panels for this year’s edition of the competition with the majority now playing with English sides; Glenanne and Railway hope to prove their upward division one mobility
Railway Union’s ladies will travel to s’Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands next April as Ireland’s first representatives in the Club Champions Cup following the announcement of the venues for the EuroHockey Club Championships.
Irish hockey, and particularly Railway Union’s women’s team, have been rewarded for the continued strong performances in European club hockey over the past three years with a berth in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup.
The European Hockey Federation confirmed that Monkstown will not be playing in the 2013/14 EuroHockey League following the release of the tournament’s ranking list on Thursday.
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
The KO8 remains out of reach once more for Irish clubs as Lisnagarvey’s brave first half effort was undone by a classy Dragons who were too slick for last season’s Irish Hockey League champions.
After last autumn’s heroics, Lisnagarvey are hopeful of becoming the first Irish side to reach the KO8 of the EuroHockey League when they take on KHC Dragons in the last 16 (4pm, Irish time).
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
Lisnagarvey staged the greatest comeback in EuroHockey League history to help them overcome long odds and advance to the last 16.
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
A four goal burst in nine first half minutes saw Ireland cruise to a second victory and assure themselves of a final berth barring a goal difference miracle.
Both Irish U-21 men and women picked off comfortable wins to advance their European hopes; the men won 8-0 against Lithuania to confirm their place in the final; the women beat Turkey 4-0 in their opening game
Ireland’s U-21 men created European junior nations history as they recorded the highest win since the U-21 grade was introduced in 1976 with Stephen Dowds scoring five times in a 17-0 defeat of Bulgaria
Despite Ireland dropping back to the status of third seeds, Lisnagarvey have picked up a EuroHockey League draw with a hint of possibility about it.
Ten Leinster based umpires have been appointed to 13 international competitions this summer, ranging from Olympic level to the various youth and club competitions around the continent.
Both Railway Union and Cork Harlequins have seen their expectations of top tier European club hockey go up in smoke this week, having now to settle for life in the second tier.