The women’s EY Hockey League playoff race is likely to reach something of a denouement this weekend after months of twists and turns as they bid to join Hermes in the Champions Trophy.
Loreto claimed the women’s Leinster Division One title, a feat they long looked likely to do, on Saturday afternoon but the playoff picture is still as competitive ever with the last few games open to multiple different outcomes.
Lisnagarvey moved into touching distance of the men’s EY Hockey League regular season title and a European spot thanks to Matthew Nelson’s late winner against Cork C of I; Town, TRR, Pembroke and Bann drew while Railway and Annadale both won
With Monkstown and Lisnagarvey winning through to the Irish Senior Cup final, it means that the top four in the men’s EY Hockey League will now all qualify for the end of season’s Champions Trophy.
Leinster women’s Division One’s big issues are more than likely to be determined this weekend with a double weekend for most teams with the league title, playoff places and relegation positions all potentially nailed down.
Lisnagarvey produced a comeback for the ages to earn their place in the Irish Senior Cup final for the first time in a decacde, setting up a showdown with Monkstown on March 20.
With seven different winners in as many years, the men’s Irish Senior Cup remains the most unpredictable cup on the club calendar and while there are clear favourites in both of tomorrow’s semi-finals, the ability to shock is never far away.
Railway Union and Loreto will contest the Jacqui Potter Cup final on St Patrick’s Day after they made it through their respective semi-finals last Sunday; Glenanne beat Muckross 2-0 in the big women’s Leinster Division One tie.
Lisnagarvey strengthen their place at the top of the EYHL thanks to a win over Three Rock while Banbridge and Monkstown draw; Cookstown record a big win while Pembroke and Railway move up a notch, too
Lisnagarvey’s imperious form saw them shoot down Ulster rivals Banbridge 4-0 at Comber Road to retain their seven-point lead over the chasers in the men’s EY Hockey League; there were wins too for Monkstown, TRR and Cookstown while Annadale and C of I drew
Hermes dominance over the women’s EY Hockey League is such that they could end the weekend with their rivals needing snookers with five rounds remaining; its a full weekend of ties in the national division while there are five games in Leinster’s top tier, too
Lisnagarvey have the chance to knock back a second title challenger in a week in the men’s EY Hockey League while Queen’s University are off to Europe to represent Ireland in the indoor challenge I; Pembroke and Monkstown meet for a third time this season
With five homes ties in their last six, Glenanne very much kept alive their challenge for one of the EYHL playoff places as Saoirse O’Donoghue’s double saw them clinch a 3-2 win over Avoca in women’s Leinster Division One.
Mikey Watt’s 39th minute goal saw Lisnagarvey claim a crucial 1-0 win over Monkstown, building a significant seven-point lead at the top of the table after ten rounds of matches in the men’s EY Hockey League; Glenanne, Annadale, Pembroke and Banbridge also won
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
Trinity’s position as EYHL playoff contenders will be given a severe examination on Saturday in women’s Leinster Division One as the latest side to try and break Loreto’s perfect run of form in the province.
YMCA led three times against Glenanne but ultimately succumbed to a Shannon Boucher second half hat trick as the Tallaght side secured a 5-3 result at Wesley, seeing them through along with Lisnagarvey, Three Rock and Monkstown.
Loreto will look to make it three from three against higher division opposition in the women’s Irish Senior Cup on Saturday when they make the short trip to Belfield to meet UCD in the quarter-finals; women’s weekend preview
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.
After a five week break, the women’s EY Hockey League returns with many of the sides wondering how they can track down leaders Hermes who blazed a trail before Christmas.