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.
Cork Harlequins and Hermes/Monkstown’s 100% records will finally be ended when the sides meet next weekend in Rathdown after again eking out important wins this weekend; reports from week five of the women’s EYHL from Alan Good
Pegasus could potentially welcome back Michelle Harvey to their match-day squad after a lengthy spell away as the Irish centurion made her return to training in the past few weeks with the Ulster club.
The women’s Irish Senior Cup went pretty much to ranking with all the EYHL sides making it through unscathed bar Ulster Elks; Lisnagarvey’s 21-game winning run in the EYHL was ended as they drew with TRR
Cork Harlequins continued their superb start to the women’s EYHL season with a 3-1 win over Pegasus; they keep pace with Hermes-Monkstown while UCD, Ards and Belfast Harlequins all won on day four of the competition
The battle at the bottom of the women’s EY Hockey League comes sharply into view this Saturday with two of the sides nearest the basement meeting in round four, looking to pull away from the bottom rungs.
Cork Harlequins showed serious grit to come back twice to beat Pembroke; they stay equal top of the women’s EYHL with Hermes-Monkstown who won a high quality tie with Pegasus; Ulster Elks, UCD and Loreto all won
The meeting of last year’s two EYHL finalists at the Merrion Fleet Arena – Hermes-Monkstown and Pegasus – promises to be the highlight of day three of the new women’s campaign.
Four sides share top spot after two rounds of matches with Hermes-Monkstown, Pegasus, Railway Union and Cork Harlequins leading the way; UCD were pegged back by Loreto late on to deny them making it five sides on six points
Hermes-Monkstown begin with a bang courtesy of Anna O’Flanagan’s half dozen; Railway and UCD also ran up big wins while Cork Harlequins edged out Loreto; Pegasus won the Ulster derby with something to spare
A new season and a new entity could potentially lead the way in the second edition of the women’s EY Hockey League as reigning champions Hermes have amalgamated with Monkstown during the summer.
The club are looking forward to the season ahead and extremely excited about playing reigning champions Hermes/ Monkstown at home first up. This will be a marker of where they are compared to the current champions.
Following a decent preseason, which included victory over Lisanagarvey and 2-2 draws against fellow EYHL clubs Belfast Harlequins and Pembroke Wanderers, the side will be hoping for a more comfortable avoidance of any relegation issues this season.
The shock side to miss out on the inaugural season of the EYHL, Loreto made light work of promotion with victory in the Leinster Division One and the subequent playoffs to earn their spot in the national league.
Elun Hack takes over from Keith Crawford after a competitive spell in charge at Serpentine Avenue, doing so with another reasonably large income of players.
Colm Blennerhassett has added former South African international and current Three Rock Rovers player Jody Hosking as his assistant coach as well as enlisting the help of Jean McDonnell, former Railway sharp-shooter, as a specialist forwards coach.
While on any given day, Quins were a match for most teams last season, their lack of consistency and squad depth would ultimately count against them. However this looks to have been addressed during the off season with some key additions
Hermes-Monkstown – the new amalgamation club for the 2016/17 season – will feature a large portion of the side that were runaway champions of the inaugural EYHL, earning them a ticket to Den Bosch to compete in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup from June 2-5, 2017.