Lena Tice’s 40th minute penalty stroke kept UCD’s slender lead at the head of the women’s EY Hockey League; Loreto close the gap to the top four as Cork Quins and Pegasus roll on; Belfast Quins and Trinity draw
Glenanne’s brilliant start to the men’s EY Hockey League kept on rolling as Shannon Boucher snatched a winner against Banbridge; Annadale stun Monkstown; Pembroke and C of I draw as Garvey and TRR win
The early season roller-coaster in the women’s EYHL enters day seven after two changes in leadership last weekend and five teams still covered by just three points.
The top half face the bottom half of the men’s EY Hockey League with the majority of the lower ranked hoping they can use home comforts to good effect on week seven of the competition.
A Sunday win for UCD saw them return to the top of the women’s EY Hockey League, moving above Cork Harlequins who salvaged a draw at Belfast Quins; Pegasus and Ards also won while Railway and Trinity drew
Glenanne strengthened their place at the top of the men’s EYHL with a 2-0 win over Railway as Lisnagarvey were pegged back by Cookstown; Three Rock, Pembroke and Monkstown also won
Cork Harlequins moved clear at the top of the women’s EYHL table; they beat Monkstown while Railway Union, UCD, Ards and Loreto also progressed their points total on day five of the campaign
The double-weekend means plenty of twists and turns for the women’s EY Hockey League with three unbeaten records being put to the test and six teams still covered by three points at this early stage of the campaign.
With wins over four of the other sides in the top six played to date, Lisnagarvey are already showing some ominous signs in the men’s EY Hockey League with the potential to be even stronger in the coming weeks.
Rowland Rixon-Fuller’s 68th minute winner saw Glenanne retain their narrow lead at the top of the men’s EY Hockey League, one point ahead of Lisnagarvey; TRR, Pembroke and Cookstown all won too
Cork Harlequins and Pegasus produced big wins to move into a share of the lead in the women’s EY Hockey League, taking advantage of UCD’s 0-0 draw with Pembroke to move above the reigning champions.
With three points covering first to ninth, the women’s EY Hockey League is very much in formation mode with plenty of movement likely over the course of the weekend.
Serpentine Avenue formally opens the new Pembroke turf on Sunday with a double-header as their men welcome Banbridge at 2pm amid a number of well matched ties on the card.
Lisnagarvey are the last side remaining with a perfect record as they beat Three Rock Rovers 2-1 at Grange Road while Glenanne drew 3-3 at Pembroke and Banbridge fell 3-1 at Monkstown.
Following their spectacular start to the season, Glenanne have another big test as they are playing their third away tie our of four, bringing their perfect record to Serpentine Avenue and the challenge of Pembroke.
Glenanne produced a superb comeback to suggest they could be a dark horse for title contention while there were also wins for Lisnagarvey, Banbridge, Cork C of I and Monkstown
UCD moved to the top of the women’s EY Hockey League but five sides remain unbeaten in the league with first to ninth place covered by just three points after three weekends of the competition
King’s Hospital, in conjunction with the EHF and Hockey Ireland, have launched a new highlights show in the past fortnight, covering the men’s and women’s EY Hockey League.
A half-dozen men’s EY Hockey League clubs will battle on both league and Irish Senior Cup fronts while further changes are also on the horizon.
The catch-up rounds of the EY Hockey League lost to the umpires’ impasse begin this weekend, making for a double-weekend for many clubs with Irish Senior Cup games on Sunday.