Loreto produced performance of the round to beat Pembroke 3-0 in the Irish Senior Cup, making them the only provincial side to eliminate national league opposition on a day of big scores.
Given the fine margins between Pembroke and Loreto last season in the race to qualify for the EYHL, their meeting in the Irish Senior Cup first round is the most hotly anticipated battle on Saturday.
In the week when Olympic qualification was assured after a 108-year wait, Hockey Ireland will hope the sport can capitalise on the marquee acheivement with an upsurge in interest in the sport. For the clubs, the first chance to provide a showcase for the game is Saturday’s opening round of the Irish Senior Cup
Cork C of I sit atop the EY Hockey League thanks to a third successive victory in the new competition, beating Annadale 2-0 in Garryduff with a goal in each half.
Level on points at the end of last season, Glenanne and Trinity were once again inseparable in Leinster’s Division One in Tallaght in an end-to-end battle that ended in a 2-2 tie; Loreto won their second tie in succession as did Muckross
There were few home comforts on day two of the men’s EY Hockey League with Banbridge, Cork C of I, Monkstown and Pembroke all recording away wins while Annadale drew with Three Rock Rovers.
After a thrilling opening weekend in the women’s EY Hockey League, the main contenders will be looking to soon emerge from the pack and reveal their hand as potential title winners.
Over a dozen members of the extended Irish men’s panel will lock horns in the marquee men’s EY Hockey League clash between Lisnagarvey and Monkstown at Comber Road tomorrow.
Chris Tyrell began his reign as Trinity coach with a 3-1 win over Corinthian at Whitechurch Park to make a confident early statement; North Kildare and Glenanne shared the spoils while Loreto, Rathgar and Genesis were all 2-1 winners
Gareth Watkins’ late double saw reigning national champions Monkstown snatch a 2-1 win over Railway Union to raise a dramatic curtain on the men’s EY Hockey League; Three Rock, Cork C of I, Lisnagarvey and Banbridge were also opening day winners
Irish Hockey moves into a new era this weekend as the EY Hockey League tips off, bringing together the top ten men’s teams from across the island for the first ever full season league.
With the EY Hockey League shaking things up, women’s Leinster league Division 1 looks set to be a major scrap for a top two place that will bring with a guaranteed place in the end of season EY Provincial playoffs and a possible slot in the new national league.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Glenanne Sports Club are now seeking applications for the postion of men’s first team coach for the upcoming 2015/16 season.
Corinthian produced an incredible burst of three goals in the closing eight minutes to win the Leinster Senior Mills Cup for the fourth time, stunning Glenanne at Grange Road.
The marquee day in the Leinster hockey calendar sees five cup finals up for decision at Grange Road with eight different clubs dreaming of silverware with the Mills Cup, Jacqui Potter and three U-16 cups all on the agenda
Jonny Bruton’s hat trick against his former club helped Three Rock Rovers claim the fourth and final automatic Irish Hockey League place; Railway copper-fastened fifth place; Pembroke took points off Monkstown; Glens finish second and UCD land eighth
The men’s proposed restructure was outlined on Wednesday evening at the LHA forum with Clontarf, Fingal, Kilkenny and Dublin University – along with possibly Weston or Mullingar – set to form part of the Leinster men’s division one next season.
The four first teams from Leinster’s women’s division two – namely Muckross, Avoca, Rathgar and Genesis – look set to be promoted to division one when the expanded Irish Hockey League comes into effect next season.
Aisling Naughton’s double saw Hermes win back the Leinster league title, ticking off trophy one of a still possible quadruple as they got the better of Loreto 2-0 – the only side to have beaten them since September
Monkstown’s retention of the Leinster men’s division one title was confirmed before they even took the field as Corinthian pulled off a surprise win over Pembroke; Railway edge a nerve-shredder against YMCA who are hanging on to IHL hopes by a finger-nail