Railway Union and Loreto fight for the fourth women’s Irish Hockey League title at 1.30pm today; follow it live with us here
YMCA reached their first Irish Hockey League final as they edged out Monkstown on penalties, setting up a date with Lisnagarvey in the decider on Sunday (4pm, Comber Road) after they beat Cookstown 4-3
Zara Delany’s sharply taken effort kept Railway Union’s dream of a second IHL title alive, once again frustrating Hermes on final weekend; Nicci Daly netted late to hand Loreto a place in that final, defeating holders Pegasus 1-0
Live updates from all the games at the Irish Hockey League finals weekend in Comber Road, Hillsborough
Pegasus’ recent victory in the EuroHockey Club Champion’s Trophy has raised the stakes with this weekend’s Electric Ireland women’s IHL winner having the added carrot of a first ever place in the elite tier of European club hockey.
The men’s Irish Hockey League will have a new champion this weekend as the final four of Lisnagarvey, Cookstown, Monkstown and YMCA vye for the ultimate prize in Hillsborough this weekend.
Banbridge’s capitulation at Glenanne allowed Monkstown an easier than expected passage through to the IHL semi-finals along with Cookstown; YMCA comfortably made their way through too
Loreto, Railway Union and Pegasus joined Hermes in the final four despite none of them picking up a win in round five of the women’s IHL; UCD bowed out with defeat at Catholic Institute
Hermes could hand UCD a huge favour on the final day of the women’s IHL group phase should they get the better of reigning champions Pegasus; Railway and Loreto can advance if they win their respective ties
Hermes became the first side to ensure progression to the women’s IHL semi-finals while Pegasus leap-frogged UCD; in Pool B, Railway and Loreto hold the top spots but Ballymoney closed the gap with a big win over Lurgan
Monkstown’s last gasp comeback at Glenanne and YMCA’s big win over Pembroke saw them keep the province’s hopes alive in the men’s IHL; Three Rock won in Cork to virtually end C of I’s chances
After five months of domestic competition, the Irish Hockey League returns on Saturday with most of Leinster’s men’s entrants in the chasers roles after Ulster sides shaded the first three rounds of competition.
Hermes became the first side to beat UCD this season as Audrey O’Flynn’s drag-flick on the stroke of half-time proved vital; Railway Union meanwhile kept their perfect IHL record going when they smashed UCC
Hermes have an almost instant chance of revenge against UCD in the refixed Irish Hockey League clash, aiming to slow the rising juggernaut which has laid waste to virtually every challenge in their path to date.
Unbeaten in the Leinster league and intervarsities retained, UCD can well and truly announce themselves on the national stage on Saturday evening on the Malone Road as they travel to Belfast to play national champs Pegasus.
The third round of the Irish Hockey League often sees the split between contender and also-rans with back-to-back ties hastening the process. A busy weekend, Division one and two, the Neville Cup and Irish Trophy are also in action
Pembroke and YMCA picked up wins to move into the top half of the men’s IHL Pool B with Lisnagarvey; Monkstown stay top of Pool A but Glenanne came a cropper; Loreto storm to second victory but Alex undone by Pegasus
Three Rock Rovers’ first game on home turf since their return to the Irish Hockey League sees them face a critical date against Pembroke Wanderers with defeat likely to put huge pressure on either side to qualify for the playoffs.
A day of big wins, five sides got off to the perfect start with bonus point wins in the women’s IHL. Loreto, Hermes, Railway Union and UCD were all among them while Pegasus were pushed all the way by Catholic Institute
A series of closely run results saw Monkstown claim the only winning bonus point of the IHL opening weekend; Pembroke and Glenanne both recovered from 2-0 deficits to draw while YM and TRR were undone in Ulster