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
Loreto qualified for next season’s women’s EY Hockey League as a superb second half display saw them overcome Belfast Harlequins at Grange Road 2-0, capping a superb campaign for the Beaufort club.
Lucy Geddes’ pair of goals powered Belfast Harlequins into the EYHL knock-out final, seeing off Ulster rivals Randalstown 3-1, earning a showdown with Loreto for a place in the EYHL next season; Loreto were 3-1 winners over Lurgan
The race for promotion to the women’s EY Hockey League reaches a potentially thrilling denouement at Grange Road with four teams battling it out for the one automatic ticket to next season’s national league.
The women’s EYHL promotion playoffs pits Loreto against Ulster trio Lurgan, Randalstown and Belfast Harlequins after two vastly different round-robin groups in Lisnagarvey and the Merrion Fleet Arena.
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.
The line-up for the EYHL promotion playoffs was confirmed today in the wake of withdrawals from the process by Kilkeel on the men’s side and Catholic Institute and Dublin University on the women’s.
Queen’s University claimed the women’s Irish Junior Cup for the first time since 1971 as Julie Morrow’s late double saw them get the best of Loreto 3-2 at Belfield.
Jessica McGirr’s single strike, allied to a huge defensive effort, saw Loreto win the Jacqui Potter Cup title for the first time since 2004 as they got the better of national league side Railway Union.
Recently crowned Leinster champions Loreto are hoping to make a further statement that they belong at the top table of Irish hockey when they meet Railway Union in the final of the Jacqui Potter Cup on St Patrick’s Day at Grange Road. (2.15pm)
Loreto claimed the women’s Leinster Division One title, a feat they long looked likely to do, on Saturday afternoon but the playoff picture is still as competitive ever with the last few games open to multiple different outcomes.
Leinster women’s Division One’s big issues are more than likely to be determined this weekend with a double weekend for most teams with the league title, playoff places and relegation positions all potentially nailed down.
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 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
With five homes ties in their last six, Glenanne very much kept alive their challenge for one of the EYHL playoff places as Saoirse O’Donoghue’s double saw them clinch a 3-2 win over Avoca in women’s Leinster Division One.
Trinity’s position as EYHL playoff contenders will be given a severe examination on Saturday in women’s Leinster Division One as the latest side to try and break Loreto’s perfect run of form in the province.
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
After a five week break, the women’s EY Hockey League returns with many of the sides wondering how they can track down leaders Hermes who blazed a trail before Christmas.
Genesis moved one step away from their first Leinster Senior Cup final since 1983 with a big 7-0 win over Rathgar at St Raphaela’s as they ran up a surprisingly comfortable win.
The Jacqui Potter Cup quarter-final draw has produced a series of well-matched ties with clubs with well-established pedigree meeting while Genesis and Rathgar are seeking a rare place in the final four.