On a frost-affected weekend, Glenanne moved a further point clear at the top of the men’s EY Hockey League while UCD took advantage of Corinthian’s cancelation in Leinster Division One.
At time of writing, just one men’s EYHL game remains on the card due to the frozen and snowy conditions across the island with plenty more other games likely to get pulled across the Leinster league and the Irish Hockey Trophy.
Glenanne stole a march on their rivals as the only side in the men’s EY Hockey League; they were the only side in the league’s top five to win over the weekend, strengthening their hold on top spot.
YMCA got a revenge served cold over Annadale on a frosty weekend in the Irish Senior Cup with just three of the eight ties on the agenda going ahead across the island.
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 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.
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
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
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.
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.
Glenanne and Three Rock Rovers both moved up to six points in the men’s EYHL thanks to their respective wins; Cork C of I were caught late on by Annadale while Pembroke and Monkstown drew too
Glenanne’s men start a new departure on Saturday as they make the move from the club’s spiritual west Dublin base to St Andrew’s College for their home games this season.
Lisnagarvey scored the big win as they struck twice in the second half to beat another of last year’s playoff sides; TRR and Bann won comfortably while Glenanne and Pembroke won narrow battles
After a couple of weeks delay, the men’s EY Hockey League tips off on Saturday with the race to be the third champion of the national league starting in earnest.
Three Rock will certainly not have the element of surprise with them this season as they enter the season as the reigning EY Champions Trophy winners.
It’s difficult to know quite to make of the squad available to Alan Browne for his first season as Railway Union coach following a glut of players coming in and out during the summer.