While on any given day, Quins were a match for most teams last season, their lack of consistency and squad depth would ultimately count against them. However this looks to have been addressed during the off season with some key additions
Hermes-Monkstown – the new amalgamation club for the 2016/17 season – will feature a large portion of the side that were runaway champions of the inaugural EYHL, earning them a ticket to Den Bosch to compete in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup from June 2-5, 2017.
Preseason has been a bit disjointed for the students to date, with international players joining the squad late into preseason and 10 players representing the Leinster Under-21 side.
This is a rebuilding year as, with any University-based team, there is a big changeover of players creating an “exciting and challenging” new environment with 10 players out and 10 in.
After a productive inaugural EYHL season, Pegasus have strengthened significantly with Robyn Chambers and Dawn Axon giving them even more bite up front.
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.
romoted UCD have benefitted from a healthy influx of players following their promotion from the Leinster leagues to the national competition with Ben Campbell – scoring five times in five preason games – and Aaron Bailey among their key additions.
The big change this season for Banbridge is in the composition of their front line with Stevie Dowds so long the centre-piece of their attack.
Instonians return to the national stage after an absence of one season as they swept all before them in Ulster and subsequently the playoffs for promotion to the EY Hockey League.
While their forward options have been trimmed with the departure of both Jonny Bruton and Peter Caruth, Monkstown still look to be one of the major contenders for national honours.
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.
The big addition is Olympian Mitch Darling who should help with their main issue which was their forward line last season.
Jonny Caren has been appointed coach, moving from Monkstown where he took the Leinster-based side to second in the EYHL and winning an Irish Senior Cup
Last season’s runaway champions Lisnagarvey look well set to be major challengers once again with Rio trio Jonny Bell, Paul Gleghorne and Timmy Cockram joined in the panel by fellow internationals Neal Glassey, James Lorimer, Sean Murray and Daniel Buser.
ith two of last season’s key players departing, Glenanne had a big job of replacing Shannon Boucher – the top scorer last year on the national stage with 27 goals – and goalkeeper Lukasz Domachowski.
Former C of I player Neil Welch is back at the coaching helm having coached UCC for the past five seasons; he previously coached the team from 2005 to 2008.
Lisnagarvey completed an immaculate season with an awesomely composed victory over Co Down rivals Banbridge at Havelock Park to win the inaugural men’s EY Hockey League Champions Trophy.
Gareth Lennox produced four shoot-out saves for the ages to earn Banbridge a return to the national final for a fourth successive season, ending Monkstown’s reign as national champions.
Lisnagarvey showed a clean pair of heels to Pembroke to reach the EY Champions Trophy final, reaching the inaugural final with something to spare.
The women’s EYHL promotion playoffs pits Loreto against Ulster trio Lurgan, Randalstown and Belfast Harlequins after two vastly different round-robin groups in Lisnagarvey and the Merrion Fleet Arena.