The back-to-back EY Champions Trophy winners take on the mantle of favourites this season, particularly as they have not seen many of their major stars move on unlike their rivals.
Having been knocking on the door for the last couple of seasons, newly promoted YMCA will be looking to consolidate in the league under head coach Jason Klinkradt.
Monkstown have appointed both men’s and women’s new first team coaches for the upcoming season as they prepare for the new campaign.
The pools for the inaugural Irish Hockey League Division 2 have been laid out as the new competition, designed to bridge the gap between the provincial and EY Hockey Leagues.
Cookstown secured their place in the top flight of Irish hockey with a strong performance against brave Bangor on Sunday at Shawsbridge.
Jody Hosking scored a dramatic winner 48 seconds from time to see Three Rock Rovers retain the EY Champions Trophy title at Grange Road in front of their home support, capping an incredible season for the Rathfarnham club.
Glenanne produced some glorious counter-attacking hockey to pick off Pembroke who were left to rue their own profligacy in front of goal in the first of the men’s EY Champions Trophy semi-finals.
Leinster trio Glenanne, Pembroke and Three Rock Rovers will dice with Lisnagarvey for the men’s EY Champions Trophy title and the number one European spot from this season.
YMCA produced a suitably mad-cap finish to their men’s EY Hockey League promotion journey, contriving to blow a 4-1 lead in the last nine minutes before beating Bangor in a shoot-out
On the final day of the men’s EYHL, Pembroke nabbed the fourth and final EY Champions Trophy ticket; Railway were relegated, leaving Cookstown to contest the relegation playoff next week against Bangor
The battle for the final EY Champions Trophy place and the division of the relegation playoff and automatic relegation spot are the chief points of interest across the final EY Hockey League weekend of the 2017/18 season.
Pembroke moved back into fourth with two big wins over the bottom two, taking pole position ahead of Monkstown and Banbridge in the EY Champions Trophy playoff chase
Crawford Group going into administration has led to the switch of the EY Champions Trophy from Banbridge’s Havelock Park to Grange Road just three weeks ahead of the annual finals weekend.
Instonians took top spot from the men’s EY Hockey League Wildcard playoffs as a late equaliser against Corinthian and a second half winner over UCD keeps alive their chances of a return to the EYHL.
Glenanne produced an immaculate comeback from 2-0 down to beat Lisnagarvey at Comber Road to get the win they needed against their nearest rivals, claiming the EY Hockey League and a spot in Europe into the bargain.
Glenanne have their first chance to land the men’s EY Hockey League title this Saturday at Comber Road where a win against their nearest rivals would secure glory.
Pembroke will face Three Rock Rovers in the men’s Irish Senior Cup final while holders UCD will take on Pegasus in the women’s decider following Saturday’s semi-finals.
It was something of a slog at times for Glenanne but a 1-0 win over basement side Railway Union saw them make another big step toward the EY Hockey League crown as their position became even stronger at the top
UCD fought back from 2-1 down to beat Corinthian 3-2, a result that looks set to send Leinster League Division One to the last day with three sides in the mix on goal difference; TRR back to second in EYHL
After a rough opening four games, Ireland ground out a morale-boosting 3-2 win over world number six side India at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia; TRR face Railway in EYHL while Corinthian take on UCD in Leinster