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 two promoted sides Inst and UCD pushed last season’s playoff teams Pembroke and Lisnagarvey all the way but ended up without points; Monkstown won handily as did Railway while Banbridge won a thriller against Three Rock
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
Hot on the heels of a first Olympic summer for the Irish men’s team in over a century, the EY Hockey League provides a major showcase for new fans of the sport to see the Rio stars up close and personal.
A glut of new arrivals means Railway will work with a much larger panel than the one that was stretched to the limit at times last season.
Two final quarter goals saw Pegasus show ruthless efficiency to claim a place in the women’s EY Champions Trophy final, eliminating Railway Union in a closely fought semi-final battle.
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
Pembroke claimed the last remaining men’s EYHL Champions Trophy place, jumping ahead of Glenanne on the final day of the regular season; Annadale were relegated while Cookstown were confirmed the relegation playoff berth
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.
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
Ards secured their place in the women’s EY Hockey League for another season with a smash and grab 1-0 win over Railway Union at Park Avenue with Chloe Brown once again the heroine.
The battle for the fourth EYHL playoff place remains as close as ever with Three Rock and Pembroke drawing while Railway also drew with Annadale. Cork C of I won for the first time since October while Town confirmed their Champions Trophy spot
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.
Lisnagarvey’s imperious form in the EY Hockey League saw them race over the winning line in brilliant fashion, winning out 7-2 against near neighbours Annadale, claiming the inaugural regular season crown and a European spot to boot.
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.
Railway Union’s supremely talented Under-16 side took down the Junior Jacqui Potter Cup title in some style thanks to a 3-0 win over over Muckross writes Jack McCann
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)