The Irish Hockey League will follow the EHL’s lead and trial the new “stick above the shoulder” rule for the 2011/12 season. These changes will not be implemented in the Leinster league this term.
Old Alexandra earned a second shot at the ESB Electric Ireland Irish Hockey League as they complete a third successive win in the wildcard playoffs, earning the point they needed to make it five Leinster teams in 2011/12.
Three Rock Rovers became the first side to progress from the IHL wildcards, booking their place in next year’s tournament thanks to a 1-1 draw with Instonians while Alex are virtually there with a 7-0 win over Greenfields
Three Rock Rovers and Old Alex gave their hopes of qualifying for the 2011/12 Irish Hockey League a big boost as both recorded wins on the opening night of the wildcard playoffs in Garryduff.
With Munster sides finally getting their wish of home advantage, Three Rock Rovers and Old Alex travel south to Garryduf this afternoon hoping they can negotiate the IHL wildcard playoffs.
Suzanne Beaney’s superb hat-trick signed off on a remarkable double – the first since 2007 – as Pegasus powered their way to the ESB Electric Ireland Irish Hockey league title, beating Hermes 4-1.
Pegasus got the better of UCD for the second time in a fortnight to make it through to a women’s IHL final for the first time while Hermes’ three-goal blitz in the third quarter saw them advance ahead of Railway Union
Despite the ending of their 13-year reign as Ulster champions, Pegasus stand on the cusp of one of their most memorable years as they seek to add the women’s IHL title to the Irish Senior Cup title they won just a fortnight ago.
Three of Leinster’s four sides qualified for the women’s IHL semi-finals but, for the one that missed out, Loreto will have a familiar sinking feeling despite posting a fine win over Hermes.
For a second year running, Hermes and Loreto showdown for the second place in the women’s Pool A IHL semi-finals after Pegasus took the first spot last week. UCD are already home and hosed and Railway are set to join them
Pegasus and UCD became the first two sides to confirm their places on IHL final’s weekend as they notched bonus point victories this weekend to head up their respective groups.
At the business end of the women’s IHL group stages, Railway Union and Armagh can go a long way to securing their place in the playoffs this weekend should either take victory from their meeting on Saturday.
IHL progression remains in the balance for Railway, Loreto, UCD and Hermes as both Pools look set to go down to the wire. The students and Loreto were the happiest, both bagging bonus point wins. The other pair dropped a place each in their respective tables.
One of the enduring inter-provincial rivalries, Hermes and Pegasus fight for the right to lead Pool A of the women’s ESB Irish Hockey League when they meet in Belfast on Sunday
The IHA has announced the new dates for the refixtures of the national level competitions which were wiped out by the recent weather conditions.
The Leinster Ladies Hockey Union and the men’s Leinster Branch of the Irish Hockey Association yesterday took the early decision to call off all fixtures under their jurisdiction for Saturday and Sunday.
Hermes leave it late in Limerick to take a win while Rachel Burke strikes two minutes from time to steal a draw for UCD at Railway. This post will be updated following Sunday’s two ties.
The Loreto, Hermes and Pegasus axis has its first Pool A showdown of the season this weekend in the highlight of the IHL action at Beaufort this weekend. 2009 champions Loreto will be looking for revenge over Pegs for their loss last season, a result key to their elimination.
All four Leinster sides completed opening day victories to get their IHL campaigns off to the ideal start. UCD came from a goal down; Hermes’ former UCC contingent were prominent; Nicci Daly shone for Loreto while Railway cruised past Quins
A repeat of last year’s final and a string of former UCC players facing their alma mater mark the card for the first round of the third year of the IHL. The post also links through to a full rundown on the entrants for this edition.