When you are hosting a party, the last thing you want is to have to leave early while the rest of the guests enjoy themselves and that’s the case with Banbridge this weekend as they prepare for the Champions Trophy event at Havelock Park.
YMCA’s 2-0 win over Pembroke saw them avoid relegation; Cork C of I drew with TRR to earn a playoff while Cookstown went down after a loss to Banbridge on a lively final day of action in the men’s EYHL
Cork C of I, Cookstown and YMCA’s monumental relegation tussle will take the major focus on the final day of the men’s EY Hockey League with just one point separating the sides.
Lisnagarvey were crowned EYHL champions for the second time in the competition’s four year history on Wednesday night when they got the win they needed to secure the trophy after an emphatic 6-1 victory over Annadale at Comber Road.
A week on from giving Pembroke a lifeline in the top four chase, Banbridge firmly slammed the door shut as their 6-1 win over the same opposition confirmed the four sides for the EY Champions Trophy playoffs.
Such is the leeway on goal difference, it would be truly remarkable is Corinthian’s tie with Dublin University is not a procession to the Leinster Division One crown.
Lisnagarvey scored a massive win in the men’s EYHL title chase as they beat Glenanne to end the day with a four point lead at the top of the table; Cork C of I’s Sunday win has them right back in the mix in their bid to avoid the relegation spot
With the semi-finalists already confirmed, who will play who was the name of the game in EYHL Division 2 this weekend with Corinthian facing Railway Union and UCD meeting Instonians the outcome on Saturday evening.
Pegasus got the result they needed to win the women’s EYHL title in style; Lisnagarvey took a massive step toward the men’s crown with a big win over Glenanne; here are the big results from the weekend’s action
Lisnagarvey will be aiming to repeat last Sunday’s Irish Senior Cup win over Glenanne to make a massive step toward a second EYHL title; Corinthian, meanwhile, took a big jump toward the Leinster Division One crown
Cork C of I scored a big win over Cookstown to keep their chances of staying in the EYHL alive; the top four all won, too, to strengthen their places in the Champions Trophy playoffs
For Cookstown and Cork C of I, the two clubs face a pivotal day in their respective relegation battles as they face off against each other at Steelweld Park on Saturday for the second time in six weeks.
The latest twist in the men’s EY Hockey League title chase saw Lisnagarvey move three points clear at the top with Banbridge in pursuit and Glenanne and Three Rock Rovers waiting in the wings.
The men’s EYHL weekend faces the intriguing prospect of four rematches seven days after they met in the reverse fixtures, an opportunity for coaches and video analysts to test their mettle.
Lisnagarvey took advantage of a Glenanne and Banbridge’s draw to move to the head of the men’s EYHL as Rovers moved into the top four for the first time in 2019; Monkstown ran up another impressive victory with a 7-1 win over YMCA
Glenanne face a monster weekend as the EYHL leaders host Banbridge on Saturday before they endeavour to win back the Mills Cup on Sunday from Three Rock Rovers on a busy bank holiday weekend.
The four sides for the EYHL2 semi-finalists were confirmed as Railway Union, UCD, Corinthian and Instonians all made it through with a game to spare with the final round being solely to decide who plays who.
Glenanne’s unbeaten record came to an end but that was mitigated against as both title rivals Lisnagarvey and Banbridge also dropped points; YMCA and Cookstown both drew to leave Cork C of I a further point adrift
Glenanne will put Three Rock Rovers’ recent improved form to the test as last year’s EY Champions Trophy finalists face another big battle at Grange Road.
Glenanne moved three points clear at the top of the men’s EY Hockey League table though things remain incredibly tight with Banbridge and Lisnagarvey just behind them with a game in hand while YM enjoyed a big win at the bottom