An Alan Lewis-inspired Bray to the Irish Hockey Challenge title, becoming the fourth different Leinster side to win the competition and the ninth different winner in nine years.
The marquee day in the Leinster hockey calendar sees five cup finals up for decision at Grange Road with eight different clubs dreaming of silverware with the Mills Cup, Jacqui Potter and three U-16 cups all on the agenda
The men’s proposed restructure was outlined on Wednesday evening at the LHA forum with Clontarf, Fingal, Kilkenny and Dublin University – along with possibly Weston or Mullingar – set to form part of the Leinster men’s division one next season.
The four first teams from Leinster’s women’s division two – namely Muckross, Avoca, Rathgar and Genesis – look set to be promoted to division one when the expanded Irish Hockey League comes into effect next season.
Four national cup draws took place in the IHA offices on Monday morning with the quarter-final line-up for the women’s Irish Senior Cup particularly keenly anticipated.
The men’s Leinster leagues tip off on Saturday with divisions two to eight all getting underway with a quite a bit of movement between the different tiers.
IHA announce first and second round draws for men’s and women’s Irish Junior Cup, Irish Hockey Trophy and Irish Hockey Challenge
The Three Rock Rovers Super Cup returns this weekend after a couple of years absence with 16 teams taking part in a high quality preseason tournament that sees several IHL sides prepare for the upcoming season.
Six divisional cup titles and the inaugural LHA Trophy were handed out at Grange Road on Sunday as the Leinster ladies season closed with a flurry of silverware distributed; Glenanne and UCD were the big winners, landing two titles each
Bray’s regrowth is beginning apace as they claimed men’s division seven in jig-time, doing so with an incredible four games to play having run up a perfect dozen wins to date in their campaign.
A small area of Bray was celebrating the village’s second Olympic medal in three days on Saturday as Fergus Kavanagh helped Australia to men’s hockey bronze with a 3-1 win over Great Britain.
The Leinster men’s division one season will take on a condensed look as the back-ended Irish Hockey League season has led to a major overhaul of the domestic calendar.
Frank Ryan struck a golden goal to hand Monkstown victory in the Railway Cup; Fingal III, Bray II and TRR V won the other divisional cups while Glenanne are the Galtrim Cup winners once more and TRR won the Walters title
Six Leinster women’s divisional cup titles were decided at Grange Road on Sunday as the Leinster women’s season came to a close with a bang with Bray, TRL, UCD, Glenanne, Avoca and Loreto all winning titles
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.
Having ousted Trinity in emphatic fashion, Queen’s University will aim to shoot down a large contingent of DUHC old boys in the second round of the men’s Irish Hockey Trophy as they were drawn to face Rathgar.
On a bumper day of draws, clubs from all over the country found out their national fate as the initial rounds of the Irish Junior Cup, Irish Hockey Trophy and Irish Hockey Challenge competitions were decided.
A summer of big name transfers means four sides can lay very clear claims for the Leinster league title. The great imponderable at the moment remains how much access they will have to their international players
With upwards of ten players lost from last year’s division one side, Bray have been forced to drop their first team for the upcoming season with Three Rock Ladies taking their place in the top tier in Leinster with immediate effect.
Annadale and YMCA is the sole all-IHL tie to be drawn together in the men’s Irish Senior Cup first round which will be played on October 8; On the women’s side, all three provincial champions have picked up byes