Mens Division 1
Clontarf came back from a goal down to get the early edge over Avoca – one of their main potential rivals for an EYHL playoff place – with a 3-2 win at Newpark.
YMCA and Corinthian look set to be the two leading lights to push for promotion out of Leinster Division One and onward to the men’s EY Hockey League playoffs this season.
Weston will be looking to bounce back after a rough 2015/16 season in which they were unable to land a single win.
Last season was adjudged to be successful but was trying at times for Emmett Hughes and his cohorts but they hope to maintain and build on the momentum of the latter half of the season.
The revolving door that is college hockey has shipped out some key players this year with last years captain and vice captain – Aran Rooney and Robbie Clarke – as well as club stalwart Connor Montgomery moving on.
After two years of rebuilding, head coach Trevor Dagg will be delighted to see a settled side this year plus some exciting new recruits.
Avoca welcome back Mark Haughton and Peter Haughton from their travels but the latter comes back with a knee injury requiring surgery and so his impact will be limited.
Eamonn Bane is absent due to work commitments but will return to the team before the end of October while Marcus O’Brien and Alex McKeever will be coming back from long absences through injury that kept them out of games at the end of last season.
One of the major contenders once again for promotion to the EYHL, YMCA will hope they can make the breakthrough this year after a frustrating season last time around.
Like most sides in the league, Rathgar are specifically targeting a top three finish in Division 1 and building on the coaching and guidance of Alan Browne from last year.
Adapting to life without Kevin Mullins goals will be the challenge this year. The squad will be working with a smaller panel than last season but there is quality throughout.
Clontarf secured their place in the EY Hockey League promotion playoffs as they got the win they needed to stave off the threat of YMCA for the third and final berth from Leinster.
Lisnagarvey stand on the precipice of the inaugural EY Hockey League with a potential win over bottom placed Annadale on Saturday putting them over the line with three games to go.
UCD confirmed their place in the EY Hockey League places while YMCA just about kept their chances alive with a last ditch goal against Clontarf.
Clontarf and YMCA’s EYHL promotion playoff hopes reach critical mass this Saturday with both probably battling it out for the third place from Leinster’s Division 1A; Kilkenny face a big ask if they are to end their final hoodoo in the Irish Trophy final
Corinthian claimed the Leinster men’s Division One title with plenty to spare, allowing them to focus on the labyrinthine EY promotion playoff phases.
Corinthian and Clontarf strengthened their hold on two of three tickets to the EY Hockey League playoffs with wins over YMCA and Avoca, respectively, in Leinster Division 1A.
Reigning champions Corinthian will play Pembroke in the Mills Cup final following their respective wins over YMCA and Three Rock Rovers this week, setting up a showdown on St Patrick’s Day at Grange Road; Leinster league round-up
Two goals in the last four minutes saw Clontarf deny Corinthian a third victory in succession in Leinster Division 1A in the most dramatic fashion on Tuesday evening.
The men’s EY Hockey League returns after a seven week winter break with the top two, Lisnagarvey and Monkstown, locking horns in the undoubted highlight; it is part of a promising day 10 of the national league