The Irish hockey season reaches its climax at Grange Road, Rathfarnham, this weekend with the EY Champions Trophy, the competition that will decide both the women’s and men’s national champion for the 2017/18 season.
Muckross’s meteoric rise back up the ranks hit another new high note as they won the women’s EY Hockey League provincial playoffs at the Mardyke, going unbeaten through the weekend
Loreto picked up four points from a possible six to nick the last EY Champions Trophy spot from under the nose Railway Union; Pembroke won for safety, Trinity go into the playoff and Hermes-Monkstown go down
The battle for the final EY Champions Trophy place and the division of the relegation playoff and automatic relegation spot are the chief points of interest across the final EY Hockey League weekend of the 2017/18 season.
Needing just a point from their final two games, UCD won the women’s EY Hockey League in emphatic fashion, storming to a 7-1 win at Ards to put themselves out of range of Cork Harlequins.
Crawford Group going into administration has led to the switch of the EY Champions Trophy from Banbridge’s Havelock Park to Grange Road just three weeks ahead of the annual finals weekend.
Old Alex made full use of home advantage in the women’s EYHL wildcard playoffs as they secured four wins without conceding in Milltown.
UCD moved another big step closer to retaining the women’s EY Hockey League as their 5-0 win over Hermes-Monkstown in tandem with Cork Harlequins draw against Railway Union leaves nine points between the sides.
UCD can potentially add the EY Hockey League title on Sunday to the Irish Senior Cup title won last Sunday following a 4-0 midweek win over Pembroke.
UCD remain four points clear at the top with crucial win over Railway; Cork Quins stay in pursuit as Pegasus move into third on their own; Ards and Loreto tie as Belfast Quins move closer to safety
An upbeat Trinity will hope their momentum from before the St Patrick’s Day break will not stall their momentum as they make a break for eighth place in the women’s EY Hockey League.
The two student sides had memorable wins with UCD striking late against Pegasus and Trinity seeing off Ards to give their respective targets big boosts; Railway close in on top four as Cork Quins also score late
UCD can take another massive step toward retaining the women’s EY Hockey League title this weekend if they can raid Pegasus on Saturday; here’s the women’s weekend preview with lots of key ties on the agenda
All of the weekend’s national and provincial level hockey fixtures have all been postponed; Hockey Ireland, meanwhile, are looking at what can be done toward a winter break; Bann awarded Champs Trophy hosting
UCD consolidated their place at the top as Cork Harlequins won the big tie against Pegasus at the top of the women’s EYHL; Trinity struck late for a draw; Loreto and Railway land 2-0 wins
Pegasus and Cork Harlequins face a make-or-break battle at Queen’s as the second and third placed sides in the women’s EY Hockey League in their respective title pursuits.
Katie Mullan’s deflected goal nicked a 1-0 win over Loreto for UCD; Cork won the Quins battle in a 4-3 thriller; Pegasus stay in the title mix while Ards and Railway also moved back into the top five
Eleven of Graham Shaw’s most recent Irish women’s squad will line out at Beaufort on Saturday ahead of their departure for Benalmadena for a warm-weather camp, combined with four games against Spain.
UCD showed the sharper edge against Cork Harlequins to build a four-point lead in the women’s EYHL; draws abounded elsewhere while Belfast Harlequins jumped up to fifth place
Cork Harlequins’ date with UCD is the marquee EY Hockey League game of a brilliant weekend of women’s hockey on the agenda with the National Indoor Trophy finals on Sunday