Three of the big guns continued to assert their claims for the playoff places in the women’s Irish Hockey League with UCD, Railway and Pegasus recording strong results; Loreto lose ground though as Pool B shapes up to be a cracker
Home advantage has counted for little this term in the marquee meetings between Railway Union and Hermes in the Leinster league this season as three of the four times they have met has led to an away victory.
With the IHA confirming in midweek that any proposed changes to the Irish Hockey League will not be introduced earlier than September 2015, it leaves the focus front and centre on the hockey as men’s IHL round two hits the turf
UCD squeaked to a narrow 1-0 win over Hermes for the second time this season as Gillian Pinder’s first goal in Collidge colours downed her former club in their opening Irish Hockey League tie at Belfield on Sunday.
Greenfields’ debut in the women’s Irish Hockey League saw them score within a minute of tip off but ultimately fell to Cathlolic Institute in Pool A; Loreto came from 2-0 down beat Cork Harlequins while northern sides Pegasus and Ards won big
Pembroke, Lisnagarvey and Three Rock made strong opening statements in Pool A of the men’s Irish Hockey League while Banbridge and Monkstown showed their mettle in Pool as the fancied sides started their respective campaigns well
Following a stunning season to date, UCD are very much the team to beat in the women’s Irish Hockey League that gets under way this weekend as Ireland’s top 12 teams battle it out for the top title in the club game.
The men’s Irish Hockey League returns to action this weekend with some enticing hockey taking place over the coming six weeks as the battle to be the top club in the nation begins in earnest.
Leinster and Irish hockey will host a couple of forums in the next week that could have a huge effect on the sport’s landscape as the IHA puts forward a proposal for a “full” Irish Hockey League.
With the original dates for the Irish Hockey League finals clashing with the Champions Challenge 1, the IHA have brought forward the competition as a whole with the finals set to be played in early April
The Irish Hockey Association was handed a headache on two fronts this morning following the confirmation of the Champions Challenge I hosting venues by the International Hockey Federation this morning.
Monkstown and Banbridge – the 2012/13 men’s finalists – will meet in the group stages of the Irish Hockey League following confirmation of the groups for the upcoming season’s competition.
Old Alex confirmed they will be back in the Irish Hockey League in 2014 as they pulled away from UCC in Garryduff last weekend to claim the 12th and final berth in the competition.
Old Alex will aim to pin down qualification for the 2014 edition of the women’s Irish Hockey League this weekend when they take on UCC in Garryduff in the final round of the wildcard playoffs (Saturday, 2pm).
Julia O’Halloran proved the match winner for the second successive women’s Irish Hockey League final as her superbly taken penalty piled on the agony on Loreto for a second successive year.
Monkstown claimed their third and biggest title of the season as they became the first men’s club to do the Irish Hockey League and Irish Senior Cup since the former was introduced.
The double dream remains very much alive and kicking for Monkstown as a pair of rapid-fire second quarter goals propelled them to Sunday’s final as they saw off a strangely subdued Lisnagarvey; Banbridge comprehensively dismantled Cookstown
Nikki Keegan’s coolly taken silver goal penalty stroke saw Loreto take up the first place in Sunday’s Irish Hockey League final in Grange Road, eventually overhauling a game Ards; Railway Union dismissed UCD on penalties to keep the double shot going
Having been nearly men for a number of years, Monkstown enter the Irish Hockey League finals weekend in Grange Road hoping to confirm that they have well and truly arrived.
Returning to the scene of their greatest triumph, Loreto look to be the side to beat this weekend as the women’s Electric Ireland Irish Hockey League finals reach critical mass at Grange Road this weekend.