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.
Emer Lucey’s last ditch goal ensured Railway Union nicked the spoils from a Dublin derby with UCD 2-1 and stay in a three-way share of top spot after three rounds of the EY Hockey League with Ulster Elks and Hermes.
Hermes, Ulster Elks and Railway Union all retained their 100% records in the women’s EY Hockey League with emphatic victories on Saturday, all making it two wins from two.
After a thrilling opening weekend in the women’s EY Hockey League, the main contenders will be looking to soon emerge from the pack and reveal their hand as potential title winners.
Ards’s Sara Alexander netted twice in the closing few minutes to cap an amazing comeback from 3-0 down to tie 3-3 with Pegasus on the first day of the women’s EY Hockey League; Railway, UCD, Ulster Elks and UCC also won on the first day of action
Pegasus carry the mantle of reigning national women’s champions as Irish Hockey moves into a new era this weekend with the EY Hockey League taking the stage for the first time.
The maiden women’s EY Hockey League tips off tomorrow afternoon around the country, playing in the first ever full season national league. Here’s the breakdown of the runners and riders, who are their key players and who is set to make a big impact.
Pegasus and Loreto will meet in the women’s Irish Hockey League final as they got the better of UCD and Hermes, respectively, in their semi-finals at Grange Road, winning in two extremely close ties
Former champions UCD, Pegasus and Loreto along with Hermes will all be hoping to land Irish Hockey League glory this weekend at Grange Road in what is the highlight of the annual club season.
Aine Curran’s delightful 30th minute goal propelled the Ulster Elks to a maiden women’s Irish Senior Cup title at Belfield, ending Hermes’ hopes of an incredible quadruple this term.
Hermes will aim to take the third step en route to a potential quadruple on Sunday when they face off with Ulster Elks for the Irish Senior Cup title at Belfield; six LHA finals also up for decision
Aisling Naughton’s third minute goal saw Hermes claim the second leg of a potential quadruple as they won their ninth Jacqui Potter Cup title at Grange Road.
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 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.
Hermes coach Rudi Wortmann said an early season “wake-up call” from Pembroke served to give his side the kick to refocus toward a winning Leinster women’s division one push.
Fourteen years ago, on April 9 2001, Muckross were relegated from Leinster Division One for the first time in the club’s history but they will return to the top tier in the province next year after they closed out this season in second place in division two
Aisling Naughton’s double saw Hermes win back the Leinster league title, ticking off trophy one of a still possible quadruple as they got the better of Loreto 2-0 – the only side to have beaten them since September
Jessica McGirr and Niamh Small’s stunning strikes saw Loreto top Irish Hockey League Pool B as they powered the Beaufort side to a 3-1 win, eliminating Ards, while UCD also made it through; Pegasus top their group on goal difference from Hermes
Loreto, UCD and Ards are facing to an epic close to the group phase of the women’s Irish Hockey League with all battling it out for the two semi-final spots on offer with plenty of permutations to play out.
In the end, getting over the line proved a slightly drawn out affair but Pembroke II claimed the Leinster women’s division two title on Sunday, surviving a dramatic last gasp corner to draw 0-0 with Old Alex II.