Loreto remain the only side unbeaten in the women’s Irish Hockey League after they claimed a pair of wins this weekend; Railway and UCD’s double wins brings them back into contention while Hermes and Old Alex registered first wins of the campaign
The second weekend of this season’s Electric Ireland women’s Irish Hockey League threatens to be the making or breaking of many of the sides as the double-headers can either crush dreams or soar hopes.
Loreto bounce back to land big win over Railway and launch their IHL campaign in strong fashion; UCD felled by Ards while Hermes and Old Alex also undone by Ulster opposition as Pegasus make statement of intent
Connacht President Yvette Quinn has hailed the move to hand the province a first ever entry into the women’s Irish Hockey League as “recognition of the improving standard in the west”; Leinster league action back for round four
Arguably the toughest pool in the history of the competition for the 2012/13 season, the women’s Pool A has caused some to wonder whether a different approach to seeding is necessary for the IHL; plus Irish U-16/18 news
Hermes and YMCA needed just one game to negotiate their passage into next season’s Irish Hockey League, after the final day’s play in the men’s and women’s competitions was cancelled.
The Irish Times have reported that Paul Revington is to step down as the Irish men’s senior coach by the end of June, suggesting the IHA will announce the decision in the coming days.
Julia O’Halloran’s 52nd minute smash earned Railway Union their second national title but chaos 13 seconds from the full-time hooter is likely to prove the indelible memory from a nail-biting final
Railway Union and Loreto fight for the fourth women’s Irish Hockey League title at 1.30pm today; follow it live with us here
Zara Delany’s sharply taken effort kept Railway Union’s dream of a second IHL title alive, once again frustrating Hermes on final weekend; Nicci Daly netted late to hand Loreto a place in that final, defeating holders Pegasus 1-0
Pegasus’ recent victory in the EuroHockey Club Champion’s Trophy has raised the stakes with this weekend’s Electric Ireland women’s IHL winner having the added carrot of a first ever place in the elite tier of European club hockey.
Loreto, Railway Union and Pegasus joined Hermes in the final four despite none of them picking up a win in round five of the women’s IHL; UCD bowed out with defeat at Catholic Institute
Hermes could hand UCD a huge favour on the final day of the women’s IHL group phase should they get the better of reigning champions Pegasus; Railway and Loreto can advance if they win their respective ties
Hermes became the first side to ensure progression to the women’s IHL semi-finals while Pegasus leap-frogged UCD; in Pool B, Railway and Loreto hold the top spots but Ballymoney closed the gap with a big win over Lurgan
Hermes became the first side to beat UCD this season as Audrey O’Flynn’s drag-flick on the stroke of half-time proved vital; Railway Union meanwhile kept their perfect IHL record going when they smashed UCC
Hermes have an almost instant chance of revenge against UCD in the refixed Irish Hockey League clash, aiming to slow the rising juggernaut which has laid waste to virtually every challenge in their path to date.
Unbeaten in the Leinster league and intervarsities retained, UCD can well and truly announce themselves on the national stage on Saturday evening on the Malone Road as they travel to Belfast to play national champs Pegasus.
Pembroke and YMCA picked up wins to move into the top half of the men’s IHL Pool B with Lisnagarvey; Monkstown stay top of Pool A but Glenanne came a cropper; Loreto storm to second victory but Alex undone by Pegasus
Three Rock Rovers’ first game on home turf since their return to the Irish Hockey League sees them face a critical date against Pembroke Wanderers with defeat likely to put huge pressure on either side to qualify for the playoffs.
A day of big wins, five sides got off to the perfect start with bonus point wins in the women’s IHL. Loreto, Hermes, Railway Union and UCD were all among them while Pegasus were pushed all the way by Catholic Institute