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.
With six new arrivals, Jonny Caren’s Pembroke have their sights firmly set on closing the gap to the top four after a season in mid-table last time around.
With Lee Cole and Kyle Good not around for the season, Monkstown will be a side with a number of opportunities for young players to stake their claim in their panel on an ongoing basis for the new season.
The 2016 national champions go into the season as one of the main contenders for the title once again with a wealth of top class talent.
A large influx of players has strengthened Glenanne whose squad was a little thin at times last season and should see them and their second string have more numbers to make a sustained push for the playoff places
Big changes have taken place over the summer break with three players headed to Dublin and playing their hockey with Pembroke, now taking the number of former CI men playing for the Dublin 4 club to four.
Cookstown move back up to the top table, swapping places with UCD in the EY Hockey League for the second successive season via the playoffs system.
For Mark Tumilty and his side, the big challenge in the early stages of this season is to try and replace their key defensive totems Matthew Bell and Kyle Marshall.
Peter Caruth and his young charges will initially be targeting survival as they look to build on their promotion in the spring via the EY Hockey League playoffs.
The EY Hockey League’s scheduled fixtures will not go ahead once again despite significant progress between the Irish Hockey Umpires Association and Hockey Ireland’s EYHL Working Group.
Hockey Ireland has announced that a second division of the Irish Hockey League will be introduced in the 2018/19, running in conjunction with the provincial leagues.
Cookstown are back into the EY Hockey League after they bravely came back from two goals down to beat UCD at Grange Road on Sunday.
Mitch Darling’s 60th minute goal saw Three Rock Rovers land the EY Champions Trophy for the first time as they saw off Monkstown 2-1 at Grange Road.
Like Monkstown, Three Rock Rovers took the long route before eventually seeing off Lisnagarvey in a shoot-out, winning out 3-2 after they had let slip a strong lead in the dying minutes of normal time to draw 3-3.
Monkstown won a dramatic shoot-out in the third round of sudden death, getting the better of league and Irish Senior Cup champions Banbridge after an incredible 3-3 draw in normal time.