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.
Loreto and Ballymoney are the dangerous outliers in the women’s Irish Senior Cup quarter-final draw after they disposed of UCC and Muckross, respectively, on Saturday to be the two provincial league sides still standing.
Loreto will look to eliminate a second EYHL side when they host UCC at Beaufort in what could potentially be a playoff game later this season, let alone one of the ties of the second round of the women’s Irish Senior Cup.
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.
Glenanne closed in on the top three in the women’s Leinster Division One with their fourth win in their last five outings as they got the better of Rathgar 3-0 on Saturday afternoon.
It’s double-weekend time for the women’s EY Hockey League with the top trio of Hermes, Ulster Elks and Railway Union playing key games that could shake-up the look of the table
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.
Battle royale at Park Avenue as Railway Union and Hermes show down in the biggest match of the women’s EY Hockey League season to date; it is part of a lively weekend with Muckross and Loreto facing off in Leinster and the Irish Junior Cup also getting under way
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.
Back to back wins for Old Alex in three days have propelled them up to third place in women’s Leinster Division one and within three points of leading duo Loreto and Muckross.
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 the Irish Senior Cup hostilities and an Irish international series, the women’s EY Hockey League clicks back into gear this Saturday with the race for the playoff places revving up in intensity.
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.
Given the fine margins between Pembroke and Loreto last season in the race to qualify for the EYHL, their meeting in the Irish Senior Cup first round is the most hotly anticipated battle on Saturday.
In the week when Olympic qualification was assured after a 108-year wait, Hockey Ireland will hope the sport can capitalise on the marquee acheivement with an upsurge in interest in the sport. For the clubs, the first chance to provide a showcase for the game is Saturday’s opening round of the Irish Senior Cup