After the Irish Senior Cup hostilities and an Irish international series, the women’s EY Hockey League clicks back into gear this Saturday with the race for the playoff places revving up in intensity.
After a lengthy break for the majority of the sides in the men’s EY Hockey League, the competition returns to centre stage this weekend for round four.
Monkstown joined Cork C of I at the top of the men’s EY Hockey League courtesy of a superb 4-0 win over Pembroke to mark the opening game of the newly opened Merrion Fleet Arena in Rathdown in fine fashion.
Monkstown are looking to build on the positive mood in Irish hockey at the moment to upset the odds in Hamburg this weekend against the much vaunted East Grinstead from England and Spain’s Club Egara.
Hermes, Ulster Elks and Railway Union all retained their 100% records in the women’s EY Hockey League with emphatic victories on Saturday, all making it two wins from two.
There were few home comforts on day two of the men’s EY Hockey League with Banbridge, Cork C of I, Monkstown and Pembroke all recording away wins while Annadale drew with Three Rock Rovers.
After a thrilling opening weekend in the women’s EY Hockey League, the main contenders will be looking to soon emerge from the pack and reveal their hand as potential title winners.
Over a dozen members of the extended Irish men’s panel will lock horns in the marquee men’s EY Hockey League clash between Lisnagarvey and Monkstown at Comber Road tomorrow.
Ards’s Sara Alexander netted twice in the closing few minutes to cap an amazing comeback from 3-0 down to tie 3-3 with Pegasus on the first day of the women’s EY Hockey League; Railway, UCD, Ulster Elks and UCC also won on the first day of action
Gareth Watkins’ late double saw reigning national champions Monkstown snatch a 2-1 win over Railway Union to raise a dramatic curtain on the men’s EY Hockey League; Three Rock, Cork C of I, Lisnagarvey and Banbridge were also opening day winners
A devastating penalty corner brace from Richard Sykes saw Monkstown win their third successive Irish Hockey League title, inflicting Banbridge’s first defeat in all competitions this season at Grange Road.
Pegasus snatched their second Irish Hockey League title from Loreto’s grasp as their cool heads in the shoot-out and defensive resilience saw them win out at Grange Road.
Three in-a-row chasing Monkstown produced an incredible comeback against Three Rock Rovers to set up an Irish Hockey League final date with Banbridge – themselves chasing a rare quintuple – on Sunday.
Pegasus and Loreto will meet in the women’s Irish Hockey League final as they got the better of UCD and Hermes, respectively, in their semi-finals at Grange Road, winning in two extremely close ties
The climax of the men’s Irish Hockey League season is ready to roll at Grange Road with Banbridge, Monkstown, Three Rock Rovers and Pembroke all fighting out it out for the national title and a place in Europe.
Former champions UCD, Pegasus and Loreto along with Hermes will all be hoping to land Irish Hockey League glory this weekend at Grange Road in what is the highlight of the annual club season.
The men’s Irish Hockey League took a step closer to being realised late on Sunday evening with the news that Ulster clubs Lisnagarvey, Banbridge, Annadale and Cookstown have accepted invitations to the expanded version of the competition.
Most eyes will be on Serpentine Avenue as the battle for the final Irish Hockey League semi-final place will be played out by Pembroke and Instonians, bidding to join Three Rock Rovers and all-but-qualified reigning champions Monkstown in the final four.
The Ulster Hockey Union has convened a special general meeting on Wednesday, March 25 to vote on where the province stands on the Irish Hockey League with two proposals on the table.
Despite being something of a dead rubber, Railway Union’s young charges nabbed a late win against Ballymoney 4-3 in their final Irish Hockey League match of the 2014/15 season