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
Fate has ensured this autumn will be defined by Banbridge and Cookstown’s sparring as Ireland’s two national champions showdown first in the IHL, travelling together to the EHL and then renewing rivalries in the Irish Senior Cup
Year four of the ESB Electric Ireland Irish Hockey League begins with a bang as Munster champions Catholic Institute welcome Pegasus to Rosbrien in a tie which will set the tone for an intriguing Pool A.
The Irish Hockey League will follow the EHL’s lead and trial the new “stick above the shoulder” rule for the 2011/12 season. These changes will not be implemented in the Leinster league this term.
Old Alexandra earned a second shot at the ESB Electric Ireland Irish Hockey League as they complete a third successive win in the wildcard playoffs, earning the point they needed to make it five Leinster teams in 2011/12.
Three Rock Rovers became the first side to progress from the IHL wildcards, booking their place in next year’s tournament thanks to a 1-1 draw with Instonians while Alex are virtually there with a 7-0 win over Greenfields
Three Rock Rovers and Old Alex gave their hopes of qualifying for the 2011/12 Irish Hockey League a big boost as both recorded wins on the opening night of the wildcard playoffs in Garryduff.
With Munster sides finally getting their wish of home advantage, Three Rock Rovers and Old Alex travel south to Garryduf this afternoon hoping they can negotiate the IHL wildcard playoffs.
Banbridge claimed their first All-Ireland club title since 1991 as Owen Magee’s penalty shoot-out goal denied their Lisnagarvey hosts the men’s Irish Hockey League title on the Comber Road.
Suzanne Beaney’s superb hat-trick signed off on a remarkable double – the first since 2007 – as Pegasus powered their way to the ESB Electric Ireland Irish Hockey league title, beating Hermes 4-1.
Ulster sides Lisnagarvey and Banbridge will contest the men’s IHL final with Pembroke’s two-year reign coming to an end this evening while Glenanne’s extra-time misery in this competition continues, losing in a shoot-out to Bann
Pegasus got the better of UCD for the second time in a fortnight to make it through to a women’s IHL final for the first time while Hermes’ three-goal blitz in the third quarter saw them advance ahead of Railway Union
Despite the ending of their 13-year reign as Ulster champions, Pegasus stand on the cusp of one of their most memorable years as they seek to add the women’s IHL title to the Irish Senior Cup title they won just a fortnight ago.