Jeamie Deacon fired a winner to give UCD a perfect start to their European club campaign with victory over Scotland’s Grove Menzieshill; Railway Union were undone by Real Sociedad while Cork Harlequins fell to HC Bra
With a baggage handling strike entering its fifth day in Brussels airport, Railway Union were forced to take remedial action to ensure that their sticks and kit arrived for their EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy bid.
Nikki Keegan’s coolly taken silver goal penalty stroke saw Loreto take up the first place in Sunday’s Irish Hockey League final in Grange Road, eventually overhauling a game Ards; Railway Union dismissed UCD on penalties to keep the double shot going
Returning to the scene of their greatest triumph, Loreto look to be the side to beat this weekend as the women’s Electric Ireland Irish Hockey League finals reach critical mass at Grange Road this weekend.
Loreto, Railway Union, UCD and Ards claimed the women’s Irish Hockey League semi-final spots on a dramatic fifth round of group matches in which Ballymoney saw their final four hopes taken away from them
In stark contrast to the final round of the men’s Irish Hockey League, the permutations abound on the women’s side with eight sides still in the running for the four semi-final berths, making for a thrilling final weekend of the pool stages.
While the women’s Irish Hockey League’s Pool A was initially labelled the ‘Group of Death’, Ards shock win over UCD means Pool B is the most open of the competition with all six sides harbouring hopes of a final four spot.
Loreto remain the only side unbeaten in the women’s Irish Hockey League after they claimed a pair of wins this weekend; Railway and UCD’s double wins brings them back into contention while Hermes and Old Alex registered first wins of the campaign
The second weekend of this season’s Electric Ireland women’s Irish Hockey League threatens to be the making or breaking of many of the sides as the double-headers can either crush dreams or soar hopes.
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