After months of swinging fortunes, Saturday’s women’s EY Hockey League battle between Railway Union and Loreto at Park Avenue could well be one that finally tips the balance in each side’s favour in the race for the fourth Champions Trophy place.
Back-to-back wins for Railway Union saw them storm back into contention for one of the women’s EY Hockey League Champions Trophy places as they saw off Ulster Elks and Ards over the weekend.
While UCD and Hermes-Monkstown are mathematically assured of a place in the EY Champions Trophy – and Cork Harlequins one win away from joining them – the regular season silverware is still very much a target up for decision.
Single goal wins for Pegasus – at Loreto – and Ards against Ulster Elks means a glut of sides are still very much in the mix for the fourth EYHL Champions Trophy playoff place; UCD and Hermes-Monkstown march on
Hermes-Monkstown will look to quickly show that last Sunday’s Jacqui Potter Cup semi-final defeat to Railway Union was an aberration as the Merrion Fleet Arena outfit face a tester in women’s EY Hockey League.
Cork Harlequins strengthened their hold on a women’s EY Hockey League Champions Trophy with back to back wins; Belfast Quins beat Pembroke to move clear of Pembroke; UCD and Hermes-Monkstown march on
Pembroke’s bid to avoid the drop in the women’s EY Hockey League faces a critical battle on Saturday at Serpentine Avenue when they host Belfast Harlequins.
Belfast Harlequins struck a huge blow in the battle to avoid relegation from the women’s EY Hockey League with a vital 3-2 win over fellow strugglers Ulster Elks; UCD, Cork Harlequins and Loreto advanced their playoff aims
Normal service resumed for Monkstown following their Irish Senior Cup exit as the EYHL top goalscorer Anna O’Flanagan brought her fine international form back to her club; UCD, Railway and Cork Harlequins also won in the first games of 2017
Vanessa Surgeoner’s hotly contested 54th minute goal was Pegasus claim the spoils from their back match at Belfast Harlequins, lifting them from seventh to fifth place.
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Gemma Frazer’s double saw Belfast Harlequins record probably the biggest shock in the women’s EY Hockey League’s short history; Pembroke picked off their first win of the campaign; Loreto, UCD and Pegasus all prospered too
With a six-week Christmas break for the majority of sides pending, round 10 of the women’s EY Hockey League can give plenty of festive cheer to those who end 2016 with victory.
UCD ended Hermes-Monkstown’s perfect record in the women’s EY Hockey League but the visitors to Belfield remain four points clear at the head of the table at the halfway stage; Railway nabbed a strong win as did Loreto while the other two ties ended in draws
UCD and Hermes-Monkstown in what is already a critical tie for the regular season women’s EY Hockey League title as the two unbeaten sides showdown on Sunday evening at Belfield; weekend preview for day nine of the competition
The women’s EY Hockey League has broken into three distinct tiers as the leading trio moved further clear of the chasing pack of four while the bottom three sit in a major battle to avoid relegation.
Following last weekend’s frozen out fixtures, both Railway Union and Pegasus will be keen to avoid losing further ground on the playoff places when they meet at Park Avenue on day eight of the women’s EY Hockey League
Hermes-Monkstown extended their lead out to four points at the top of the women’s EY Hockey League on a weather-affected day seven of the competition as Cork Harlequins and UCD drew; Ards kept their winning streak going
While the top three have cut themselves adrift after a third of the women’s EY Hockey League season, the battle for fourth place – and a potential playoff – looks to be a battle royale with Railway Union and Loreto facing a key meeting in that chase.
Nikki Evans’s last minute winner saw Hermes-Monkstown maintain their perfect start to the campaign; Loreto, UCD, Railway Union and Ards also picked up wins on day six of the women’s EY Hockey League
One of the two perfect records in the women’s EY Hockey League will come to an end on Saturday as the competition’s two big guns to date this season meet at the Merrion Fleet Arena.