YMCA and Corinthian look set to be the two leading lights to push for promotion out of Leinster Division One and onward to the men’s EY Hockey League playoffs this season.
Eamonn Bane is absent due to work commitments but will return to the team before the end of October while Marcus O’Brien and Alex McKeever will be coming back from long absences through injury that kept them out of games at the end of last season.
Clontarf secured their place in the EY Hockey League promotion playoffs as they got the win they needed to stave off the threat of YMCA for the third and final berth from Leinster.
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.
UCD confirmed their place in the EY Hockey League places while YMCA just about kept their chances alive with a last ditch goal against Clontarf.
It’s derby day across the island with three in-province showdowns taking place in the men’s EY Hockey League with Glenanne and Three Rock Rovers meeting in a key game in the playoff race.
Corinthian claimed the Leinster men’s Division One title with plenty to spare, allowing them to focus on the labyrinthine EY promotion playoff phases.
Men’s Leinster Division 1A’s race for the three tickets to EYHL playoffs took a significant turn last night with UCD recording a 4-1 win over YMCA on a bitterly cold night in Milltown.
Corinthian and Clontarf strengthened their hold on two of three tickets to the EY Hockey League playoffs with wins over YMCA and Avoca, respectively, in Leinster Division 1A.
Reigning champions Corinthian will play Pembroke in the Mills Cup final following their respective wins over YMCA and Three Rock Rovers this week, setting up a showdown on St Patrick’s Day at Grange Road; Leinster league round-up
Two goals in the last four minutes saw Clontarf deny Corinthian a third victory in succession in Leinster Division 1A in the most dramatic fashion on Tuesday evening.
The men’s EY Hockey League returns after a seven week winter break with the top two, Lisnagarvey and Monkstown, locking horns in the undoubted highlight; it is part of a promising day 10 of the national league
National level outdoor fixtures return after the winter break with a bang as the Irish Senior Cup quarter-finals take place while the quest to get into the EYHL playoffs begins its second phase in Leinster.
Richard Couse’s hat trick got Avoca out of something of a pickle as the Blackrock club got the result they needed to finally pin down a place in the top five of Leinster men’s Division One.
The top five in Leinster men’s Division One is still be to be formalised as Avoca’s tie with Weston fell victim to the frost as Newpark, posptoned along with a couple of other ties.
Railway Union will be keen for a revenge shot at Three Rock Rovers as they bid to bounce back and win the men’s National Indoor Trophy on Sunday in St Columba’s having fallen a week ago in the Leinster final.
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.
Clontarf completed a superb 2015 with a 4-3 win over Fingal to pass 40 points in calendar year for the first time in their history, winning 14 games out of 16 in the league since last January.
Saturday offers a day with plenty of movement possible in the men’s EY Hockey League table with all matches pitting sides in similar areas of the table against each other.
YMCA’s 3-1 win over Clontarf means that both sides are a point away from being formally and mathematically ensured of a place in the top group when the Leinster Division One season splits in January.