Former C of I player Neil Welch is back at the coaching helm having coached UCC for the past five seasons; he previously coached the team from 2005 to 2008.
Lisnagarvey completed an immaculate season with an awesomely composed victory over Co Down rivals Banbridge at Havelock Park to win the inaugural men’s EY Hockey League Champions Trophy.
Gareth Lennox produced four shoot-out saves for the ages to earn Banbridge a return to the national final for a fourth successive season, ending Monkstown’s reign as national champions.
Lisnagarvey showed a clean pair of heels to Pembroke to reach the EY Champions Trophy final, reaching the inaugural final with something to spare.
The women’s EYHL promotion playoffs pits Loreto against Ulster trio Lurgan, Randalstown and Belfast Harlequins after two vastly different round-robin groups in Lisnagarvey and the Merrion Fleet Arena.
Clontarf, Instonians, UCD and Bandon took their place in the final four of the men’s EY Hockey League promotion playoffs after a dramatic set of group stages at the Merrion Fleet Arena and at Comber Road.
Railway came from a goal down to beat Pembroke and reach the EYHL playoffs ahead of UCD; Pegasus also stamped their ticket with a win over Ulster Elks; UCD ended fourth while Cork Harlequins moved up to sixth; Hermes saw off UCC to cap their season
Pembroke claimed the last remaining men’s EYHL Champions Trophy place, jumping ahead of Glenanne on the final day of the regular season; Annadale were relegated while Cookstown were confirmed the relegation playoff berth
Railway or UCD looks to be the main equation on the final day of the women’s EY Hockey League to untangle who will reach the Champions Trophy playoffs while the race to join the elite league begins in earnest.
Glenanne, Pembroke and Three Rock’s Champions Trophy chances along with the fate of Annadale, Cookstown and Cork C of I are the remaining bones of contention on the final weekend of the inaugural men’s EYHL regular season.
Glenanne took the impetus in the race for the final men’s EYHL Champions Trophy playoff place thanks to a smash and grab win over Railway; Pembroke are up to fifth with Rovers dropping to sixth; all will battle for fourth on day 18
Ards secured their place in the women’s EY Hockey League for another season with a smash and grab 1-0 win over Railway Union at Park Avenue with Chloe Brown once again the heroine.
The battle for the fourth EYHL playoff place remains as close as ever with Three Rock and Pembroke drawing while Railway also drew with Annadale. Cork C of I won for the first time since October while Town confirmed their Champions Trophy spot
The IHA have moved to clarify the breakdown of clubs involved in the EY Hockey League promotion playoffs that get under way next week, particularly on the women’s side.
The race for the men’s EY Hockey League Champions Trophy and relegation places hurtles to a conclusion with the concluding three rounds of the inaugural season playing out in the next eight days.
The line-up for the EYHL promotion playoffs was confirmed today in the wake of withdrawals from the process by Kilkeel on the men’s side and Catholic Institute and Dublin University on the women’s.
Lisnagarvey’s imperious form in the EY Hockey League saw them race over the winning line in brilliant fashion, winning out 7-2 against near neighbours Annadale, claiming the inaugural regular season crown and a European spot to boot.
Lisnagarvey stand on the precipice of the inaugural EY Hockey League with a potential win over bottom placed Annadale on Saturday putting them over the line with three games to go.
Pegasus and Railway Union made big moves into the women’s EY Champions Trophy playoff places with comprehensive victories over the weekend, putting a shell-shocked Ulster Elks on the back foot.
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