Preseason has been a bit disjointed for the students to date, with international players joining the squad late into preseason and 10 players representing the Leinster Under-21 side.
This is a rebuilding year as, with any University-based team, there is a big changeover of players creating an “exciting and challenging” new environment with 10 players out and 10 in.
After a productive inaugural EYHL season, Pegasus have strengthened significantly with Robyn Chambers and Dawn Axon giving them even more bite up front.
The women’s EYHL promotion playoffs pits Loreto against Ulster trio Lurgan, Randalstown and Belfast Harlequins after two vastly different round-robin groups in Lisnagarvey and the Merrion Fleet Arena.
Railway came from a goal down to beat Pembroke and reach the EYHL playoffs ahead of UCD; Pegasus also stamped their ticket with a win over Ulster Elks; UCD ended fourth while Cork Harlequins moved up to sixth; Hermes saw off UCC to cap their season
Railway or UCD looks to be the main equation on the final day of the women’s EY Hockey League to untangle who will reach the Champions Trophy playoffs while the race to join the elite league begins in earnest.
Ards secured their place in the women’s EY Hockey League for another season with a smash and grab 1-0 win over Railway Union at Park Avenue with Chloe Brown once again the heroine.
The IHA have moved to clarify the breakdown of clubs involved in the EY Hockey League promotion playoffs that get under way next week, particularly on the women’s side.
Pegasus and Railway Union made big moves into the women’s EY Champions Trophy playoff places with comprehensive victories over the weekend, putting a shell-shocked Ulster Elks on the back foot.
The women’s EY Hockey League playoff race is likely to reach something of a denouement this weekend after months of twists and turns as they bid to join Hermes in the Champions Trophy.
After a roller-coaster of a double-weekend, Ulster Elks and Pegasus occupy the women’s EY Hockey League playoff places thanks to their Sunday victories; Railway had a mixed weekend while UCD and Cork Harlequins’ chances suffered
The race for the women’s EY Champions Trophy tickets cranks up a notch this weekend with nine matches in the league that will go a long way to defining who will take the guaranteed second and third spots behind Hermes.
Hermes claimed the first European spot on offer from the women’s EY Hockey League as their devastating form confirmed they will top the regular season of the competition; Pegasus moved up to second, Ulster Elks are into fifth while UCC shaded Pembroke
Could this be the weekend? In the case of when rather than if Hermes will confirm first place in the women’s EY Hockey League, Saturday could well be the date.
UCD made the big move in the women’s EY Hockey League as their double victory over the weekend saw them jump into second place ahead of Railway Union and Pegasus; Hermes stay 12 points clear while Ulster Elks and Cork Harlequins move up the rankings
Banbridge will host the maiden EY Hockey League Champions Trophy, the new name for the end of season playoffs, on April 30 and May 1 at their Havelock Park home.
While one of the women’s EYHL playoff places is all but boxed off for Hermes, the race for the guaranteed second and third place from the league is hotting up with as many as six teams still holding an interest.
Three refixed matches took place in the last week in the women’s EYHL with Ards moving up to eighth place, Pembroke went into fourth while Hermes made it 11 wins from 11 games to move quickly ever closer to a European spot
As the race for the three EYHL playoff places hots up, Pegasus made it a stunning six wins from seven games while Railway stay second with a 3-0 win in Cork; Hermes continued their perfect run while UCC and Pembroke also won on day 11 of the league
After a five week break, the women’s EY Hockey League returns with many of the sides wondering how they can track down leaders Hermes who blazed a trail before Christmas.