After a three-week break, the men’s EY Hockey League returns with a pair of important battles at the bottom end of the table that could give some big clues as to who will be stuck in the relegation shake-up.
On a dramatic weekend all round in the men’s EY Hockey League, TRR ended Lisnagarvey’s winning run; Monkstown and Banbridge tied while UCD and Pembroke got vital wins; Cork C of I beat Railway comfortable despite John Jermyn’s red card
The women’s Irish Senior Cup went pretty much to ranking with all the EYHL sides making it through unscathed bar Ulster Elks; Lisnagarvey’s 21-game winning run in the EYHL was ended as they drew with TRR
Eindhoven is gearing up for an Ulster-invasion next April as Lisnagarvey and Banbridge will travel to the south-Netherlands’ club Oranje-Rood for the KO16 phase of the Euro Hockey League.
Cork Harlequins continued their superb start to the women’s EYHL season with a 3-1 win over Pegasus; they keep pace with Hermes-Monkstown while UCD, Ards and Belfast Harlequins all won on day four of the competition
The battle at the bottom of the women’s EY Hockey League comes sharply into view this Saturday with two of the sides nearest the basement meeting in round four, looking to pull away from the bottom rungs.
Cork Harlequins showed serious grit to come back twice to beat Pembroke; they stay equal top of the women’s EYHL with Hermes-Monkstown who won a high quality tie with Pegasus; Ulster Elks, UCD and Loreto all won
Lisnagarvey won a controversial tie against Pembroke to continue their incredible run of wins in the EYHL; Monkstown and Cork C of I ran up big scores while there were wins for Banbridge and Three Rock Rovers on day three of the competition
The meeting of last year’s two EYHL finalists at the Merrion Fleet Arena – Hermes-Monkstown and Pegasus – promises to be the highlight of day three of the new women’s campaign.
The new era at Monkstown hits full momentum on Saturday with the first double-header at the Merrion Fleet Arena since the amalgamation with Hermes in the summer
Four sides share top spot after two rounds of matches with Hermes-Monkstown, Pegasus, Railway Union and Cork Harlequins leading the way; UCD were pegged back by Loreto late on to deny them making it five sides on six points
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
A new season and a new entity could potentially lead the way in the second edition of the women’s EY Hockey League as reigning champions Hermes have amalgamated with Monkstown during the summer.
The club are looking forward to the season ahead and extremely excited about playing reigning champions Hermes/ Monkstown at home first up. This will be a marker of where they are compared to the current champions.
Following a decent preseason, which included victory over Lisanagarvey and 2-2 draws against fellow EYHL clubs Belfast Harlequins and Pembroke Wanderers, the side will be hoping for a more comfortable avoidance of any relegation issues this season.
The shock side to miss out on the inaugural season of the EYHL, Loreto made light work of promotion with victory in the Leinster Division One and the subequent playoffs to earn their spot in the national league.
Elun Hack takes over from Keith Crawford after a competitive spell in charge at Serpentine Avenue, doing so with another reasonably large income of players.
Colm Blennerhassett has added former South African international and current Three Rock Rovers player Jody Hosking as his assistant coach as well as enlisting the help of Jean McDonnell, former Railway sharp-shooter, as a specialist forwards coach.