Drama galore late in the day at both Belfield and Glenanne Park as UCD and Glenanne nabbed late draws in the closing minutes; Lisnagarvey thump Railway; Monkstown go two from two and Cork C of I ease by Pembroke
The inaugural men’s EY Hockey League season reaches its climax this weekend with the Champions Trophy at Havelock Park where the new all-Ireland champion will be decided.
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
Glenanne, Pembroke and Three Rock’s Champions Trophy chances along with the fate of Annadale, Cookstown and Cork C of I are the remaining bones of contention on the final weekend of the inaugural men’s EYHL regular season.
Glenanne took the impetus in the race for the final men’s EYHL Champions Trophy playoff place thanks to a smash and grab win over Railway; Pembroke are up to fifth with Rovers dropping to sixth; all will battle for fourth on day 18
The race for the men’s EY Hockey League Champions Trophy and relegation places hurtles to a conclusion with the concluding three rounds of the inaugural season playing out in the next eight days.
The difference in level between the EY Hockey League and the top of Leinster Division One was ruthlessly exposed as Pembroke eased to the Mills Cup title with a comfortable 4-1 win over Corinthian at Grange Road.
Despite being reigning champions, Corinthian coach Trevor Dagg is not naïve enough to think of his reds’ team as anything other than underdogs when they meet Pembroke in the Mills Cup final at Grange Road on St Patrick’s Day (12.15pm).
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.
Lisnagarvey moved into touching distance of the men’s EY Hockey League regular season title and a European spot thanks to Matthew Nelson’s late winner against Cork C of I; Town, TRR, Pembroke and Bann drew while Railway and Annadale both won
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.
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.
As the race for the three EYHL playoff places hots up, Pegasus made it a stunning six wins from seven games while Railway stay second with a 3-0 win in Cork; Hermes continued their perfect run while UCC and Pembroke also won on day 11 of the league
Pembroke eventually saw off a stubborn Fingal to reach the final four of the Mills Cup, winning a shoot-out 3-0 after normal time had ended 1-1.
The Jacqui Potter Cup round of 16 ties largely followed the form book though the nature of the ties proved far closer than current league rankings on a day of many thrills; reports and round-up from Jack McCann
Lisnagarvey extended their lead at the top of the men’s EY Hockey League to four points with a 4-0 win over TRR as Banbridge and Monkstown drew; Glenanne and Railway continued their good form with 1-0 wins; Annadale v Cookstown was postponed
Hermes retained their seven point lead over the chasers with a 5-1 win over the pack in the women’s EY league; Railway are second after their win over Pegasus while Cork Harlequins beat Ards; Ulster Elks v Greenfields and UCC against UCD were cancelled due to Storm Desmond
Lisnagarvey swapped places with Monkstown at the head of the men’s EY Hockey League as their win and Town’s loss to Glenanne saw the change; Three Rock move into fourth while Pembroke and Railway tie in the Dublin 4 derby
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