The Santry Avenue students edged out Pembroke to land an important win; UCD bounced back in style while no team has a perfect record anymore after Cork Harlequins, Ards and Pegasus all drew
With last season’s top two both losing on opening day, the second day of the women’s EY Hockey League will help give a good idea of whether a new order is developing and who can emerge from the pack.
Cork Harlequins came from a goal down to beat UCD and end their incredible unbeaten run in the women’s EYHL; Ulster trio win their ties against Leinster outfits as Loreto and Railway draw
To be a great champion, teams need great rivals. For UCD last season, while they won the three national titles on offer, it was the close margins that made their success so significant last season.
Along with Belfast Harlequins, Pembroke have made probably the most exciting additions during the summer and they will be one of the sides to watch
The (almost) all-conquering champions will take the field for the new season as one of the clear favourites for the three national titles this time around
Trinity moved up to the EY Hockey League for the first time in a blaze of glory following an immaculate season, winning the Leinster league unbeaten, adding the Jacqui Potter Shield and, eventually, the promotion playoffs
Railway Union will look to close the gap to the top four following a fifth place finish last season, seven points off the playoff places, and a Jacqui Potter Cup success.
The arrival of Shirley McCay, Irish women’s sport’s most capped player, from Ulster Elks is one of the moves of the summer and gives Pegasus a hugely experienced operator and leader
After a slow start to last season with one win in their first five games, the Beaufort side finished with four straight wins to cap a fine regular season.
A big turnover in players over the summer will see a lot of youth get their chance this year as Hermes-Monkstown look to consolidate and rebuild.
A third place finish in the EYHL and an Irish Senior Cup final showed real progression for the Cork side last year and they will look to build further on that with a settled side for 2017/18
Belfast Harlequins are very excited abut the upcoming season with the new signings and returning players with Irish internationals Lizzie Colvin and Zoe Wilson certainly the ones to catch the eye.
Ards enjoyed a streaky season last time around, losing their first three before winning four in-a-row, a run of results that ultimately meant they ended up safe in mid-table without any major threat of relegation or a playoff spot.
The EY Hockey League’s scheduled fixtures will not go ahead once again despite significant progress between the Irish Hockey Umpires Association and Hockey Ireland’s EYHL Working Group.
Ireland’s most capped sportswoman Shirley McCay has joined Pegasus from the Ulster Elks. The 29-year-old, who won her 250th Irish cap at last month’s EuroHockey championship, has opted to play in the EY Hockey League after the Elks’ relegation last season.
Hockey Ireland has announced that a second division of the Irish Hockey League will be introduced in the 2018/19, running in conjunction with the provincial leagues.
Belfast Harlequins have made a massive declaration of intent, writes John Flack, by signing Irish internationals Lizzie Colvin and Zoe Wilson to boost their chances of becoming the leading Ulster side in next season’s EY Hockey League.
Suzanne Ferris has announced her retirement from first-team hockey after an illustrious career, spanning more than two decades with Belfast Harlequins and Pegasus during which she won every local and national trophy, writes John Flack
Belfast Harlequins retained their place in the women’s EY Hockey League as they got the best of under-strength Ulster rivals Lurgan 3-1 on Sunday morning in the promotion-relegation playoff.