IUCHA’s Chris Blaney, Banbridge’s Paddy Grimes, UCC’s Shrew Power, Inst’s Andrew Corry, Bandon’s Ali Smith, Pembroke’s David Harvey, Greenfields’ Deirdre McDermott and Lisnagarvey’s Mark Raphael give their thoughts on the proposed expansion of the Irish Hockey League
The Irish Hockey Association will host an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in the Stillorgan Park Hotel on Sunday, October 5 at 11.30 am to vote on proposed changes to the format of the Irish Hockey League for the 2015/16 season.
Shirley McCay and Megan Frazer have both been snapped up by the Ulster Elks for the 2014/15 season as part of four big additions to Ricky Lee’s panel.
Banbridge, Lisnagarvey and Three Rock Rovers, all semi-finalists last time around, look set for a battle royale in Poll B of the men’s Irish Hockey League group stages following confirmation of the draw earlier today.
The Irish Hockey League wildcard playoffs looks set to be a fraught affair for Old Alex this weekend with just one place left in the 2014/15 competition with four teams vying for it; six IHA finals also take place over the course of Saturday and Sunday
UCD completed Irish hockey’s elite double in dramatic fashion at Havelock Park, prevailing against reigning champions Railway Union on penalties to add the Irish Hockey League title to the Senior Cup crown they won last month.
UCD produced an efficient performance to down a profligate Loreto who will rue a series of missed chances in the early stages as they bowed out of the Irish Hockey League at the semi-final stage.
Phoney wars over, Havelock Park awaits the real battles for the women’s Irish Hockey League title as Pegasus look to break the Leinster stranglehold over the weekend
Railway Union will face Pegasus while Loreto will meet UCD next weekend in the semi-finals of the women’s Irish Hockey League following the completion of the group stages on Saturday afternoon.
Four sides battle it out to complete the Irish Hockey League finals weekend line-up with men’s Pool A the only group still up for grabs with Pembroke, Lisnagarvey, Three Rock and Cookstown locked in direct battle; men’s and women’s IHL weekend preview
The women’s Irish Hockey League semi-final berths were all decided with a game to go as Railway Union, UCD, Loreto and Pegasus will form the final four at Banbridge in a fortnight’s time
Bouyed by their spate of honourees at the IHA Awards, Railway Union will be looking to push through to the semi-finals of the Irish Hockey League along with UCD in Pool A of the women’s Irish Hockey League.
Big gaps have developed between the top two and the chasers in each of the women’s Irish Hockey League groups with third successive wins for Railway Union, UCD and Pegasus have put them within a point of progression while Loreto are close behind
Three of the four Irish Hockey Leagues, on the face of it, currently offer limited potential intrigue with wedges forming between the top sides and the chasers. Not so in Pool B of the women’s competition which sees plenty of key battles to be played out; women’s weekend preview
Three of the big guns continued to assert their claims for the playoff places in the women’s Irish Hockey League with UCD, Railway and Pegasus recording strong results; Loreto lose ground though as Pool B shapes up to be a cracker
Home advantage has counted for little this term in the marquee meetings between Railway Union and Hermes in the Leinster league this season as three of the four times they have met has led to an away victory.
UCD squeaked to a narrow 1-0 win over Hermes for the second time this season as Gillian Pinder’s first goal in Collidge colours downed her former club in their opening Irish Hockey League tie at Belfield on Sunday.
Greenfields’ debut in the women’s Irish Hockey League saw them score within a minute of tip off but ultimately fell to Cathlolic Institute in Pool A; Loreto came from 2-0 down beat Cork Harlequins while northern sides Pegasus and Ards won big
Following a stunning season to date, UCD are very much the team to beat in the women’s Irish Hockey League that gets under way this weekend as Ireland’s top 12 teams battle it out for the top title in the club game.
Leinster and Irish hockey will host a couple of forums in the next week that could have a huge effect on the sport’s landscape as the IHA puts forward a proposal for a “full” Irish Hockey League.