Cork C of I scored a big win over Cookstown to keep their chances of staying in the EYHL alive; the top four all won, too, to strengthen their places in the Champions Trophy playoffs
Muckross won their first ever women’s EY Hockey League match to give their hopes of avoiding relegation a massive boost, winning 2-1 against Ards at Londonderry Park.
For Cookstown and Cork C of I, the two clubs face a pivotal day in their respective relegation battles as they face off against each other at Steelweld Park on Saturday for the second time in six weeks.
Each of the frontline games on the shortened women’s agenda this weekend carry huge importance in both the women’s EY Hockey League, Leinster and Irish Senior Cup.
Queen’s assured themselves of top spot with a 6-0 win over Greenfields as Emily McStea’s hat trick lifted them to 27 points and out of range of Trinity.
Pegasus moved within a point of the women’s EY Hockey League regular season title as their incredible run of form in March saw them win their seventh successive victory on Saturday; the race for fourth also saw a number of twists
The latest twist in the men’s EY Hockey League title chase saw Lisnagarvey move three points clear at the top with Banbridge in pursuit and Glenanne and Three Rock Rovers waiting in the wings.
The men’s EYHL weekend faces the intriguing prospect of four rematches seven days after they met in the reverse fixtures, an opportunity for coaches and video analysts to test their mettle.
Trinity and Queen’s confirmed their place in the final four of the competition with wins over UCC and Corinthian, respectively.
Pegasus extended their lead at the top of the women’s EYHL table as they benefited from Belfast Harlequins’ excellent comeback draw against Loreto; Ards made a big move as Cork Harlequins strengthen their playoff place
Lisnagarvey took advantage of a Glenanne and Banbridge’s draw to move to the head of the men’s EYHL as Rovers moved into the top four for the first time in 2019; Monkstown ran up another impressive victory with a 7-1 win over YMCA
Railway Union will look to remain the dominant force in the Jacqui Potter Cup as they bid for their sixth success since 2011 on Sunday against Old Alex.
Glenanne face a monster weekend as the EYHL leaders host Banbridge on Saturday before they endeavour to win back the Mills Cup on Sunday from Three Rock Rovers on a busy bank holiday weekend.
Pegasus’s brilliant 3-2 win against Loreto saw the lead swap hands at the head of the women’s EY Hockey League as the Ulster side are now the side to beat in the division.
Trinity recorded a big win in Pool A of women’s EYHL2 to keep plenty of intrigue as the initial stage of the competition races to a conclusion over the next month.
The four sides for the EYHL2 semi-finalists were confirmed as Railway Union, UCD, Corinthian and Instonians all made it through with a game to spare with the final round being solely to decide who plays who.
Glenanne’s unbeaten record came to an end but that was mitigated against as both title rivals Lisnagarvey and Banbridge also dropped points; YMCA and Cookstown both drew to leave Cork C of I a further point adrift
Glenanne will put Three Rock Rovers’ recent improved form to the test as last year’s EY Champions Trophy finalists face another big battle at Grange Road.
Loreto and Pegasus face a potentially season-defining battle at Grange Road as the women’s EY Hockey League’s top two face off.
Trinity and Queen’s University LHC are hoping to raise awareness that hockey is a welcoming sport for the LGBT community with a pre-match initiative next Saturday ahead of their EYHL2 game.