Glenanne move into a share of fourth place as the battle for the playoff places heats up; Cookstown leap-frog Cork C of I and out of the relegation zone; Lisnagarvey move within a win of the title; Monkstown and Bann strengthen playoff places
It’s derby day across the island with three in-province showdowns taking place in the men’s EY Hockey League with Glenanne and Three Rock Rovers meeting in a key game in the playoff race.
The women’s EY Hockey League playoff race is likely to reach something of a denouement this weekend after months of twists and turns as they bid to join Hermes in the Champions Trophy.
After a roller-coaster of a double-weekend, Ulster Elks and Pegasus occupy the women’s EY Hockey League playoff places thanks to their Sunday victories; Railway had a mixed weekend while UCD and Cork Harlequins’ chances suffered
The race for the women’s EY Champions Trophy tickets cranks up a notch this weekend with nine matches in the league that will go a long way to defining who will take the guaranteed second and third spots behind Hermes.
Hermes claimed the first European spot on offer from the women’s EY Hockey League as their devastating form confirmed they will top the regular season of the competition; Pegasus moved up to second, Ulster Elks are into fifth while UCC shaded Pembroke
Could this be the weekend? In the case of when rather than if Hermes will confirm first place in the women’s EY Hockey League, Saturday could well be the date.
It is make or break time on all fronts in the men’s EY Hockey League with this weekend and next going a long way to defining the outlook for the remainder of the season for many teams, none more so than Annadale and Cookstown
UCD made the big move in the women’s EY Hockey League as their double victory over the weekend saw them jump into second place ahead of Railway Union and Pegasus; Hermes stay 12 points clear while Ulster Elks and Cork Harlequins move up the rankings
Lisnagarvey’s imperious form saw them shoot down Ulster rivals Banbridge 4-0 at Comber Road to retain their seven-point lead over the chasers in the men’s EY Hockey League; there were wins too for Monkstown, TRR and Cookstown while Annadale and C of I drew
Banbridge will host the maiden EY Hockey League Champions Trophy, the new name for the end of season playoffs, on April 30 and May 1 at their Havelock Park home.
Mikey Watt’s 39th minute goal saw Lisnagarvey claim a crucial 1-0 win over Monkstown, building a significant seven-point lead at the top of the table after ten rounds of matches in the men’s EY Hockey League; Glenanne, Annadale, Pembroke and Banbridge also won
While one of the women’s EYHL playoff places is all but boxed off for Hermes, the race for the guaranteed second and third place from the league is hotting up with as many as six teams still holding an interest.
The men’s EY Hockey League returns after a seven week winter break with the top two, Lisnagarvey and Monkstown, locking horns in the undoubted highlight; it is part of a promising day 10 of the national league
Three refixed matches took place in the last week in the women’s EYHL with Ards moving up to eighth place, Pembroke went into fourth while Hermes made it 11 wins from 11 games to move quickly ever closer to a European spot
As the race for the three EYHL playoff places hots up, Pegasus made it a stunning six wins from seven games while Railway stay second with a 3-0 win in Cork; Hermes continued their perfect run while UCC and Pembroke also won on day 11 of the league
After a five week break, the women’s EY Hockey League returns with many of the sides wondering how they can track down leaders Hermes who blazed a trail before Christmas.
Hermes completed the first phase of the women’s EY Hockey League season with another significant victory over their nearest rival, Railway Union; Pegasus and UCD move into top four while UCC return surprise win over Cork Harlequins
First versus second in the women’s EY Hockey League as Railway Union will look to start making inroads in Hermes six point lead at the top of the table going into the winter break.
The men’s EY Hockey League pre-Christmas schedule comes to a close on Saturday with a potentially important round of fixtures in the race for the playoff places.