The top three continued their march to the EY Champions Trophy playoffs with Loreto seeing off Ards, Pegasus accounting for Railway Union and UCD beating both Old Alex and Ards over the weekend.
Glenanne moved three points clear at the top of the men’s EY Hockey League table though things remain incredibly tight with Banbridge and Lisnagarvey just behind them with a game in hand while YM enjoyed a big win at the bottom
Banbridge and Lisnagarvey’s Saturday night tie and YMCA’s hosting of Cork C of I look set to be the weekend’s pivotal battles in the men’s EY Hockey League.
Alex Speers reckons Railway Union will pose a stiff test on Saturday at Malone as Pegasus aim to close the gap at the top of the EY Hockey League table, writes John Flack.
Old Alex got a crucial EYHL victory while Naas got a vital success in Leinster Division One; the top three in the province continue to roll on at pace, meanwhile; here’s a round-up of the women’s weekend action
The leading three put daylight between themselves and the chasers in the men’s EY Hockey League as Glenanne, Banbridge and Lisnagarvey all recorded fine wins.
Denis Pritchard feels his Cork C of I side are just “one or two results away from being a mid-table” side as they face up to a big double weekend in Ulster.
Loreto strengthened their position at the head of women’s EY Hockey League with a hard-fought 3-2 win over in-form Railway Union, moving them four points clear.
YMCA created a piece of club history as they won their first ever EYHL game; Glenanne returned to the top as Banbridge and TRR drew; Lisnagarvey won 3-2 twice against Dublin opposition while Monkstown had mixed fortunes
Catholic Institute moved within touching distance of the playoff stages of the women’s EY Hockey League Division 2 as they swept to a 3-0 win at Lurgan.
Railway Union jumped up three places in the women’s EY Hockey League with a huge 5-1 away win over Belfast Harlequins as Zara Delany netted a hat trick; Pegasus and Loreto also won while Cork Harlequins had a strong victory at Old Alex
Pembroke Wanderers’ credentials as a potential men’s EY Hockey League playoff contender will be further put to the test on Saturday when they face Lisnagarvey on Saturday at Serpentine Avenue.
The dicing for fourth position in the women’s EYHL goes into full effect on Saturday with six sides currently covered by just four points at the halfway stage of the campaign.
Dramatic goals in the last two minutes at both Grange Road and Belfield saw Loreto and Pegasus swap places at the top of the women’s EY Hockey League at the halfway stage.
Banbridge’s pair of wins over the weekend propelled them to top of the men’s EY Hockey League with a game in hand on their nearest rivals, Glenanne, following the weekend’s action.
All the action in the women’s EY Hockey League set to go ahead this weekend will take place on Sunday as the national division emerges from its winter break.
The fixtures are set to come thick and fast in the coming weeks in the men’s EY Hockey League with this weekend bringing games on Saturday and Sunday.
Glenanne moved a point clear at the top of the men’s EY Hockey League as they held on for a 2-2 draw with Lisnagarvey in one of the two games in the competition to survive the frost on Saturday.
With temperatures dropping, it has probably worked in the women’s EYHL’s favour that the national side is in Spain playing four test matches with plenty of games in Ireland likely to fall foul of the weather conditions
The return of the men’s EY Hockey League will hope to beat the frost and avoid further fixture congestion as the competition is scheduled for a comeback on Saturday.