Loreto will look to make it three from three against higher division opposition in the women’s Irish Senior Cup on Saturday when they make the short trip to Belfield to meet UCD in the quarter-finals; women’s weekend preview
National level outdoor fixtures return after the winter break with a bang as the Irish Senior Cup quarter-finals take place while the quest to get into the EYHL playoffs begins its second phase in Leinster.
Richard Couse’s hat trick got Avoca out of something of a pickle as the Blackrock club got the result they needed to finally pin down a place in the top five of Leinster men’s Division One.
The top five in Leinster men’s Division One is still be to be formalised as Avoca’s tie with Weston fell victim to the frost as Newpark, posptoned along with a couple of other ties.
Railway Union will be keen for a revenge shot at Three Rock Rovers as they bid to bounce back and win the men’s National Indoor Trophy on Sunday in St Columba’s having fallen a week ago in the Leinster final.
The Jacqui Potter Cup round of 16 ties largely followed the form book though the nature of the ties proved far closer than current league rankings on a day of many thrills; reports and round-up from Jack McCann
Clontarf completed a superb 2015 with a 4-3 win over Fingal to pass 40 points in calendar year for the first time in their history, winning 14 games out of 16 in the league since last January.
Derby day for Railway Union and Pembroke as the Dublin 4 rivals meet in an important tie in the women’s EYHL playoff race with both sides currently in the top four; weekend preview
Saturday offers a day with plenty of movement possible in the men’s EY Hockey League table with all matches pitting sides in similar areas of the table against each other.
Just a point separates Pembroke and Railway Union but the latter is much happier with the early phases of the maiden EY Hockey League campaign; there’s is the key meeting of a busy weekend that also features Under-21 interpros, Irish Junior Cup and Mills Cup games
The Leinster indoor league has expanded from five teams to nine this season with Corinthian, Glenanne, YMCA and a Railway Union development joining the fray.
Clontarf and Corinthian both confirmed their places in the top five of the Leinster league last weekend, keeping their hopes firmly alive of being involved in the EYHL playoffs later in the season.
The difference between the top of the Leinster league and the bottom end of the EY Hockey League will be put into sharp relief on Saturday when YMCA make the trip up to Annadale in round two of the Irish Senior Cup.
YMCA’s 3-1 win over Clontarf means that both sides are a point away from being formally and mathematically ensured of a place in the top group when the Leinster Division One season splits in January.
Corinthian took a significant step toward confirming their place in the top half of men’s Leinster Division One in midweek when they got the better of YMCA 3-1 on Tuesday evening.
A double weekend in the men’s EY Hockey League can see plenty of momentum shifts across the board both in the top and bottom halves of the table.
Clontarf continued their hugely impressive start to the Leinster men’s Division One season with a fourth successive win, beating UCD 6-5 at Mount Temple on Saturday to keep pace with UCD.
After a lengthy break for the majority of the sides in the men’s EY Hockey League, the competition returns to centre stage this weekend for round four.
All eight EY Hockey League sides saw off provincial league opposition to advance to the second round of the men’s Irish Senior Cup on a day of over 90 goals across 13 matches in the world’s oldest club competition.
Loreto produced performance of the round to beat Pembroke 3-0 in the Irish Senior Cup, making them the only provincial side to eliminate national league opposition on a day of big scores.