Hermes-Monkstown begin with a bang courtesy of Anna O’Flanagan’s half dozen; Railway and UCD also ran up big wins while Cork Harlequins edged out Loreto; Pegasus won the Ulster derby with something to spare
Hermes-Monkstown – the new amalgamation club for the 2016/17 season – will feature a large portion of the side that were runaway champions of the inaugural EYHL, earning them a ticket to Den Bosch to compete in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup from June 2-5, 2017.
The inaugural women’s EY Hockey League season reached its logical conclusion as a pumped up Hermes, revved by Anna O’Flanagan, had too much fire-power for Pegasus at Havelock Park.
Hermes eased into the women’s EY Hockey League Champions Trophy final as a trio of second quarter goals all but put paid to Ulster Elks’ challenge.
Hermes, in their last outing in their current form, will look to add the EY Champions Trophy crown, and the title of national champions, as the side to beat as the inaugural women’s EY Hockey League reaches its thrilling finale this weekend at Havelock Park, Banbridge.
Railway came from a goal down to beat Pembroke and reach the EYHL playoffs ahead of UCD; Pegasus also stamped their ticket with a win over Ulster Elks; UCD ended fourth while Cork Harlequins moved up to sixth; Hermes saw off UCC to cap their season
Railway or UCD looks to be the main equation on the final day of the women’s EY Hockey League to untangle who will reach the Champions Trophy playoffs while the race to join the elite league begins in earnest.
Naas claimed the first trophy of St Patrick’s Day with a composed 3-1 win over Hermes to win the Junior Jacqui Potter Plate, writes Jack McCann
Pegasus and Railway Union made big moves into the women’s EY Champions Trophy playoff places with comprehensive victories over the weekend, putting a shell-shocked Ulster Elks on the back foot.
After a roller-coaster of a double-weekend, Ulster Elks and Pegasus occupy the women’s EY Hockey League playoff places thanks to their Sunday victories; Railway had a mixed weekend while UCD and Cork Harlequins’ chances suffered
The race for the women’s EY Champions Trophy tickets cranks up a notch this weekend with nine matches in the league that will go a long way to defining who will take the guaranteed second and third spots behind Hermes.
Chloe Brown inspired Ards to the shock of the women’s Irish Senior Cup as they set up an all-Ulster final on March 20, getting the better of Hermes on penalty strokes in Booterstown, earning a place in the decider against reigning champions Ulster Elks.
Hermes drive for a perfect season may have came to an end last Sunday but coach Rudi Wortmann’s charges are still very much gunning for the two biggest pieces of silverware left on the agenda.
Railway Union and Loreto will contest the Jacqui Potter Cup final on St Patrick’s Day after they made it through their respective semi-finals last Sunday; Glenanne beat Muckross 2-0 in the big women’s Leinster Division One tie.
Hermes claimed the first European spot on offer from the women’s EY Hockey League as their devastating form confirmed they will top the regular season of the competition; Pegasus moved up to second, Ulster Elks are into fifth while UCC shaded Pembroke
UCD made the big move in the women’s EY Hockey League as their double victory over the weekend saw them jump into second place ahead of Railway Union and Pegasus; Hermes stay 12 points clear while Ulster Elks and Cork Harlequins move up the rankings
Hermes dominance over the women’s EY Hockey League is such that they could end the weekend with their rivals needing snookers with five rounds remaining; its a full weekend of ties in the national division while there are five games in Leinster’s top tier, too
Railway Union, Pegasus and UCD progressed their claims for a playoff place from this season’s EY Hockey League with battling wins on Saturday as they seek to earn a top three place. Hermes salvage perfect record while Cork Harlequins see off Elks
While one of the women’s EYHL playoff places is all but boxed off for Hermes, the race for the guaranteed second and third place from the league is hotting up with as many as six teams still holding an interest.
Three refixed matches took place in the last week in the women’s EYHL with Ards moving up to eighth place, Pembroke went into fourth while Hermes made it 11 wins from 11 games to move quickly ever closer to a European spot