The women’s Irish Hockey League semi-final berths were all decided with a game to go as Railway Union, UCD, Loreto and Pegasus will form the final four at Banbridge in a fortnight’s time
Bouyed by their spate of honourees at the IHA Awards, Railway Union will be looking to push through to the semi-finals of the Irish Hockey League along with UCD in Pool A of the women’s Irish Hockey League.
With Pool B virtually done and dusted, most eyes will be trained on the Comber Road in Pool A where Lisnagarvey host Three Rock Rovers in the pivotal game of this men’s Irish Hockey League weekend.
Big gaps have developed between the top two and the chasers in each of the women’s Irish Hockey League groups with third successive wins for Railway Union, UCD and Pegasus have put them within a point of progression while Loreto are close behind
Pembroke, Three Rock and Lisnagarvey set themselves up for some key battles in the closing two weeks of the men’s IHL in Pool A; Banbridge and Monkstown, meanwhile, are pretty much through to the semi-finals from Pool B
Three of the four Irish Hockey Leagues, on the face of it, currently offer limited potential intrigue with wedges forming between the top sides and the chasers. Not so in Pool B of the women’s competition which sees plenty of key battles to be played out; women’s weekend preview
On another hectic weekend, the men’s Irish Hockey League opens up the weekend before six Leinster finals take place over Sunday and Monday with UCD taking on Three Rock in the Mills Cup final
Pembroke, Three Rock, Monkstown and Banbridge made it two wins from two in the men’s Irish Hockey League to build significant gaps between them and the chasers in both Pools A and B after two rounds of competition
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.