It’s often said that there’s no substitute for playing and Vanessa Beattie (formerly Surgeoner) is living proof of the old adage, having been forced to take a year out as she bids to recover from injury.
Pegasus and Loreto maintained their perfect starts to the women’s EY Hockey League season with strong wins in Dublin to lead the way in the division at this early stage.
Three sides share top spot at the head of the men’s EY Hockey League after three games with the last two perfect records falling by the wayside and all clubs off the mark in terms of points.
The women’s EY Hockey League’s early phases feature another series of intriguing ties with Pembroke’s second away day to Ulster in succession a highlight.
Banbridge and Lisnagarvey clash head-on at Comber Road in the most intriguing tie in round three of the EY Irish Hockey League on Saturday, writes John Flack.
Chloe Watkins made a winning return to Monkstown as her single goal in the 55th minute saw Monkstown beat Lurgan in a high-class tie on the first day of the EY Hockey League Division 2.
Pegasus made a major statement win over UCD on the opening day of the women’s EYHL campaign; Muckross gain point on debut; Belfast Quins, Railway and Loreto win too
Pembroke produced another strong show of character to beat Monkstown; Bann with another late show; TRR, Lisnagarvey and Glenanne record first wins of the men’s EY campaign
The first women’s EY Hockey League Division 2 tips off this weekend with the new league acting as the route to the top tier while also having the target of bridging the gap between the national and provincial and leagues.
Banbridge coach Mark Tumilty feels there is room for improvement, despite his team’s impressive 4-3 victory over last season’s Champions Trophy winners Three Rock Rovers last weekend.
After a ground-breaking summer for Irish hockey, the World Cup stars have dispersed far and wide ahead of the new women’s club season which gets underway in earnest this weekend.
Ards will largely look to promote from within as they look to cover the departures of Linzi Hamilton, Kerri McDonald and their star woman Chloe Brown
Belfast Harlequins will look to build on a reasonably upbeat second season in the league since promotion with World Cup stars Lizzie Colvin and Zoe Wilson driving things on.
The team has changed significantly through the loss of a few key players with Roisin Upton returning to her old club in Limerick
The EY Champions Trophy winners have enjoyed a productive summer with the addition of some rising talent.
Muckross’s first Leinster Division One after 21 years title sees them in the EY Hockey League for the first time.
Ivan Ovington is back for his third spell at the club having come in to assist at the end of last season, freeing up Lisa Jacob to focus on the playing side.
This year, Greg Thompson heads up the coaching team having been assistant to Ali McNeill – now with Mossley’s men.
Pembroke can look forward to the new season with plenty of optimism with some excellent additions to a panel that already has Gillian Pinder and Emily Beatty
After a summer with a number of players moving in and out of the club, Colm Blennerhassett is looking forward to working with a new group.