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What to look out for this Week – Preview 3

The National Indoor Finals are all to play for this Sunday.

Fixtures

Saturday 4th February

EYHL 1 – Round 11
MEN

Monkstown v Lisnagarvey, Rathdown, 14:15
TRR v Pembroke Wanderers, Grange wood, 13:00
YMCA v Glenanne, YMCA, 14:15
Cookstown v Banbridge, Cookstown, 14:30
Annadale v Instonians, Lurgan College, 14:30

WOMEN
Ards v Belfast Harlequins, Londonderry Park, 14:30
Pegasus v Pembroke Wanderers, Queens University, 16:15

National Indoor Final

Sunday 5th February
Women
Ards v University of Galway, Antrim Forum, 09:30 am
Railway Union v Glenanne, Antrim Forum, 10:45 am

Men
Monkstown v Annadale, Antrim Forum, 12:00 pm
Cookstown v TRR, Antrim Forum, 13:15

Womens 3rd v 4th, Antrim Forum, 14:20
Mens 3rd v 4th, Antrim Forum, 15:00

Womens Final, Antrim Forum, 16:50
Mens Final, Antrim Forum, 17:00

Irish Junior Cup

Fixtures
Women – Saturday 4th February
Cork Harlequins v Railway Union, Harlequins Park, 12:45
Avoca v Ashton, Newpark, 14:30

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Loreto move to the top with a 7-1 win

LORETO 7-1 ARDS

On a perfect day for hockey in Rathfarnham, what a performance by Loreto as they brushed aside the Northern challenge from Ards and produced their biggest win of the season so far.

Following the draw between UCD and Catholic Institute earlier in the day, Loreto knew that a win and 3 goals scored would be enough to put them top of the table for the first time this season. They went four goals better than that in a champagne display of attacking hockey.

It started so brightly with a lead goal in the opening minute. Yasmin Pratt’s solo run and shot giving her team the perfect start as she easily beat Naomi McKnight in the Ards goal.

After that it was a very close match for most of the first half. Ards are best on the break and used that tactic well. Their equalizer was deserved and a fine goal it was. Amy Benson’s dangerous cross from the right too hot for Lorna Bateman in the Loreto goal. Sophie Kidd’s clever touch setting up the always dangerous Zara Malseed for her 9th goal of the campaign.

Just before the half-time break, Christina Hamill showed her International quality as she won the ball, squeezed past two defenders and slotted home to give Loreto a narrow lead – and from there to the end of the match the result was never in doubt.

Five wonderful second half goals gave Loreto their biggest win of the season: from a penalty corner, Sarah Torrans scored from a narrow angle to make it 3-1; Aoife Taaffe got number four after Rachel Kelly went close; it was 4-1 at ¾ time.

The final quarter only got better for the Rathfarnham team as Ards were stretched to breaking point. Three magnificent goals from open play showed the gulf in class between the top and bottom of the EYHL.
Christina Hamill set up Sarah Torrans for number 5; Jasmin Pratt’s delightful pass put Síofra O’Brien clean through for number 6; and Rachel Kelly rounded off this magnificent display with a very well taken goal.

Six different scorers for Loreto bodes well for their confidence as they start their second half of the campaign at Monkstown next week. For relegation-threatened Ards it could be a real battle to avoid the drop – but they have some fine attacking players in Amy Benson, Sophie Kidd and Zara Malseed – they just need to concentrate on their next match against Belfast Harlequins.

EYHL Women’s 1st Division

UCD 1-1 Catholic Inst
Loreto 7-1 Ards
Old Alex 2-1 Monkstown
Railway 2-3 Pegasus
Belfast H 0-2 Pembroke Wdrs

In the other games in EYHL Women’s 1st Division, the league leaders were held by the Students in Belfield so Loreto’s big win pushes them top of the table on goals scored with just two points separating the top three.
Railway Union and Pegasus played out a five-goal thriller in Park Avenue: Lily and Kate Lloyd getting the goals for Railway. But Katie McKee, Sophie McDowell and a Pamela Glass winner enough to take all 3 points north.
Old Alex had a narrow win over Monkstown and that keeps them very much in the title race, just five points back but with a game in hand.

EYHL Men’s 1st Division

Pembroke Wdrs 1-6 Monkstown
Banbridge 2-1 YMCA
Instonians 1-1 Three Rock Rvs
Lisnagarvey 7-3 Cookstown
Glenanne 4-3 Annadale

EYHL 2 – Round 5

Men (Pool A)
Cork Church of Ireland 5-2 Cork Harlequins
Railway Union 2-6 Corinthian

Men (Pool B)
Kilkeel 2-5 Bandon
UCD 6-2 South Antrim

Women (Pool A)
Muckross 0-2 UCC, Muckross
Ulster Elks 2-3 Avoca, UUJ

Women (Pool B)
Cork Harlequins 2-3 Queens
Corinthian 2-0 Galway

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What to look out for this Week – Preview 2

Loreto v Ards will be streamed on Hockey Ireland’s YouTube page here.

EYHL 1 – Round 10 – Fixtures
Saturday 28th January

MEN

Pembroke v Monkstown, Serpentine Avenue,14:30
Banbridge v YMCA, Havelock Park, 14:45
Lisnagarvey v Cookstown, Comber Road, 15:00
Instonians v TRR, Shawsbridge, 15:00
Glenanne v Annadale, St Andrew’s College, 15:15

WOMEN

Loreto v Ards, Loreto, 14:45
UCD v Catholic Institue, Belfield, 13:00
Old Alex v Monkstown, Alexandra College, 13:30
Belfast Harlequins v Pembroke, Deramore Park, 14:30
Railway Union v Pegasus, Park Avenue, 15:30

EYHL 2

**EYHL 2 – Round 5**
Men (Pool B)
Kilkeel v Bandon, Kilkeel High School, 14:30
UCD v South Antrim, Belfield, 14:30

Men (Pool A)
Cork Church of Ireland v Cork Harlequins, Garryduff,13:30
Railway Union v Corinthian, Park Avenue, 13:30

Women (Pool A)
Muckross v UCC, Muckross, 13:30
Ulster Elks v Avoca, UUJ, 14

Women (Pool B)
Cork Harlequins v Queens, Harlequins Park, 12:45
Corinthian v Galway, St Columbas Collage, 13:15

Interprovincial  – Fixtures
Sunday 29th January

U16 Boys
Munster v Ulster, Abbotstown, 11:30

U18 Boys
Munster v Ulster, Abbotstown, 13:45

U21 Boys
Munster v Ulster, Abbotstown, 16:00

 

Irish Hockey Challenge – Fixtures
Wednesday 28th January

Men
Mullingar v Limerick, Mullingar, 13:00

 

Irish Junior Cup – Fixtures
Saturday 28th January

Men
Banbridge v YMCA, Havelock Park, 13:00

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Catholic Institute fightback to deny gutsy Monkstown – EY Hockey League

Catholic Institute 2-2 Monkstown

League leaders Catholic institute had to perform a second half comeback, against an impressive Monkstown in Limerick. Goals from Sophie Moore and Rebecca Carthy looked to be enough for a fourth Monkstown win of the season, but quick-fire goals from Leah Clery and Ciara Moloney pushed Institute onto 20-points after nine rounds of action.

The Dublin side led early in the second half and looked certain to inflict just a second defeat of the season on their hosts. Their display was built on a strong work ethic and an organised defensive structure, key to that was the outstanding Orla Young-Hughes.

But, when the need was greatest, Institute found near their best, in a largely sub-par display. They were led by Naomi Carroll, who was influential, though Roisin Upton’s absence was perhaps most notable.

After a scrappy opening 10 minutes or so, Monkstown opened the scoring. Chloe Watkins, who was Player of the Match, dribbled hard at the home defence and her cross was flicked to the net by the diving Sophie Moore.

At the other end, young goalkeeper Martha Duignan was comfortable when stopping a brace of efforts from Naomi Carroll. Her first was a cross that could have been diverted, the second, was an under-strength attempt from the first penalty corner of the contest. Monkstown, who’d the second poorest defence in the opening eight games of the season, was comfortable keeping the Limerick side at bay in the first half.

They quickly set about doubling their lead. As with so much of their good attacking play on the day, it was 200-cap midfielder Watkins who was at the heart of it. Natasha Toomey was set clear by Watkins, her early shot looked by certain to cross the line but Carthy made sure by tapping home from two-yards out.

The reply didn’t come until Watkins received a green card. Institute took this advantage through Clery, almost immediately. Captain Eimear Ryan delivered from just outside the circle, and with the aid of a couple of deflections, the ball found Clery who scrambled beyond Duignan. Suddenly, extending their unbeaten run to eight games, appeared possible again.

An equaliser came and it was from a penalty corner, with the telling touch coming – three goals in one quarter and the game level, it was now all to play for in the final period.

This game came to a frantic conclusion with Roisin Begley and Watkins having a chance at either end, with both just inches away from connecting with a pass and finding what would have been the match-winner. Neither side could find the winner and had to settle for draw.

In the end, there was some frustration for Catholic Institute at two points dropped, knowing that Loreto and UCD will be looking to overhaul them at the top of the league in the second half of the season.

While Simon Lowry’s youthful side will be disappointed to led a two-goal lead slip, they were delighted to take a point away to league leaders, who’ve conceded just nine times in as many outings

Elsewhere in the EYHL Womens’ Division One, UCD were able to get closer to the summit, winning 2-1 at home to Peagusus in Belfield. A goal in either half, from Michelle Carey and Leah O’Shea helped them move to within two points of Catholic Institute – a side who they’ll host later in the season.

Ards against Old Alex and Railway Union’s clash with Belfast Harlequins were postponed due to frozen pitches.

EHYL Men

Monkstown 5-0 Cookstown
Midtable Monkstown sealed their second victory of the season, when thrashing winless Cookstown. They led 2-0 at half-time, thanks to efforts from Rory Nichols and Geoff Cole. The same two were on target in a dominant second half, while Jeremy Duncan also put his name on the scoresheet in Rathdown.

League leaders Banbridge’s clash with third-placed Glenanne was postponed.

YMCA 4-0 Instonians
YMCA put four past Instonians in their first game of 2023. Goals from Ed Collins, Ross Henderson, Grant Glutz and Tom Power.

Pembroke Wanderers 1 – 4 Annadale
Goals from S Pinion, M Robson, D Tremlet and W Aston for Annadale to take the win over Pembroke.

Lisnagravey travelled to Dublin to win a close fight against Three Rock Rovers.
TRR 2 (James Walker, Ali Empey) Lisnagarvey 3 (Andrew Williamson 2, Andy Edgar)

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What to look out for this Week – Preview 1

Round 9 of the EY Hockey League kicks off this weekend. All fixtures can be seen below.

Catholic Institute v Monkstown will be streamed on Hockey Ireland’s YouTube page here.

EYHL 1 – Round 9 – Fixtures
Saturday 21st January

MEN
– Banbridge v Glenanne – 14:45 – Havelock Park
– TRR v Lisnagarvey – 15:00 – Grange Road
– Monkstown v Cookstown – 16:00 – Rathdown
– Instonians v YMCA – 16:00 – Shawsbridge
– Pembroke Wanderers v Annadale – 16:00 – Serpentine Avenue

WOMEN
– Belfast Harlequins v Railway –12:45- Deramore Park
– Catholic Institute v Monkstown- 14:30- Rosbrien
– Ards v Old Alex – 14:30 – Londonderry Park
– UCD v Peagsus – 14:50 – Belfield

 

Irish Senior Cup – Fixtures
Thursday 19th January

MEN
– Glenanne v Lisnagarvey – 20:20 – Loreto (Refix)

 

Irish Hockey Challenge – Fixtures
Wednesday 18th January

MEN
– Saintfield v Portrush – 20:00 – Saintfield (Refix)

Saturday 21st January
WOMEN
– Kilkeel v University of Galway – 15:00 – Kilkeel
– Cork Wanderers v Skerries – 16:00 – Ursuline School

 

Irish Hockey Trophy – Fixtures
Saturday 21st January

MEN
– Rathgar v Kilkenny – 12:45 – Rathgar

 

Irish Junior Cup – Fixtures
Saturday 21st January

MEN
– Mossley v Cookstown – 12:45 – Mossley
– Lisnagarvey v Glenanne – 15:00 – Comber Road

Instonians v Clontarf – 17:30 – Shawbridge

WOMEN
– Belfast Harlequins v UCD – 14:30 – Deramore Park

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EY Hockey League Round 8 & EY 2 Recap

Round 8 of the EY Hockey League.

Here’s everything you need to know from Round 8:

 

Results
Saturday 19th November

It was very much a case of keeping the status quo in the Men’s EY Hockey League this weekend with just Lisnagarvey dropping points in the top half of the table. Banbridge remained in the top spot with a narrow victory over Monkstown, winning by two goals to one. ‘Garvey stays in second, two points behind Banbridge, after drawing in a goalless affair at home against Annadale.

Glenanne were in the mood at home against Instonians, netting no less than nine times, Instonians scoring a solitary consolation goal. The win keeps the Dublin side in third place, while YMCA beat Pembroke six goals to two at home. It was one-all at the end of the first quarter but two second-quarter goals and a flurry of three in the final quarter with just one in reply from Pembroke put the result out of doubt.

The three points put YMCA into fourth place with 14 points, but in the fifth position with a game in hand are Three Rock Rovers who are in reach of third place if they win their refixed match with Cookstown.

MEN

Monkstown 1-2 Banbridge (Monkstown; R.Nichols ; Banbridge; J.McKee, C.Rowe)

YMCA 6-2 Pembroke (YMCA; G.Glutz x2, A.Walker, T.Kok, S.Ruttle, R.Henderson ; Pembroke; M.Treacy, A.Colton)

Cookstown v TRR (Postponed due to frozen pitch)

Glenanne 9-1 Instonians (Glenanne; S.O’Donogue x3, R.Couse, G.Shaw x2, G.Gibney, N.Byrne, J.MCormack ; Instonians; G.Leckey)

Lisnagarvey 0-0 Annadale 

Women

In the closing stages of a cagey affair in Park Avenue, Loreto’s Sarah Torrans found herself with the ball on the end of her stick in acres of space on the top of the circle in the dying moments of the third quarter. The Loreto forward made the most of the chance and smashed it into the top left corner to break the deadlock and, eventually, to give her side a valuable three points.

It was round eight in the EY Hockey League, the final round of matches before the winter break, and in a high-paced affair that was the featured game of the weekend and streamed by Hockey Ireland, there were few chances for either team. Loreto had the better chances in the first half, winning two penalty corners that they failed to convert.

Ireland captain Katie Mullan looked lively for Railway Union in just her second game for the club after making the move down south last weekend. And, indeed, it was Mullan who won Railway’s first penalty corner in the third quarter, but the home side couldn’t make their set piece count.

Just six points separated these two fierce rivals before the game with Loreto in second and Railway in seventh and after big wins in round seven for both sides, they were each looking to continue winning ways going into the winter break. Loreto’s Sarah Torrans was a threat throughout causing trouble with her pace, and Siofra O’Brien looked to be through on Railway’s goal a number of times but for last-ditch tackles from the home team. But it was a snap pass from Loreto skipper Mia Jennings that found the unmarked Torrans at the top of the Railway circle, and the forward made no mistake with the gilt-edged chance.

There was still time for Railway to get a leveller with a full quarter to play and they pulled their keeper with five minutes to go, opting for 11 outfield players, but Loreto’s defence stayed resolute throughout and the youthful team showed experience beyond their years to make sure of the result. Player of the match Caitlin Sherin was at the centre of everything good that Loreto did and made several important interventions. Christina Hamill stood out for the visitors, too, while Lily Lloyd and Mullan looked dangerous for Railway and Emma Smyth was the most effective link for the home side.

This victory puts Loreto within a point of the lead in the EY Hockey League. Catholic Institute sit just a point ahead of the Beaufort team with 19 points. The competition takes a break for December and January as the national team ramps up to the FIH Women’s Nations Cup taking place in Valencia, Spain between December 11th and 17th.

Elsewhere, Old Alex and Pembroke Wanderers drew two all. It was one goal apiece at the half-time break, but Pembroke got their nose in front through an Erika Markey corner in the third quarter. Alex came back in the dying minutes of the final quarter, though, as Deirdre Duke salvaged a point for the home team. The last-minute goal keeps Old Alex ahead of Pembroke in the table, with the former in fourth with 13 points and the latter in fifth on 11.

Monkstown had a solid home victory against Ards, three points that saw them leapfrog Railway Union into seventh place on better goal difference, both teams on nine points. Monkstown were on the mark three times, the returning Chloe Watkins opening the home team’s account before young gun Emily Kealy netted home, followed in quick succession by the final goal from Claire O’Reilly.

UCD were in rare form as they romped home nine goals to the good against bottom side Belfast Harlequins. The win saw UCD climb to 15 points at the break, just four points adrift of league leaders Catholic Institute.

Old Alex 2-2 Pembroke (Old Alex; D.Duke, L.Tice; Pembroke; L.McGuire, E.Markey)

UCD 9-0 Belfast Harlequins (UCD;

Railway 0-1 Loreto (Loreto; S.Torrans)

Monkstown 3-0 Ards (Monkstown; C.Watkins, E.Kealy, C.OReilly)

EYHL 2 

Women’s EY 2A and 2B

Avoca and Muckross drew one-all in their tie at Muckross School, meaning they sit in first and second respectively on four points in EY 2A with one round left to play before the winter break. Ulster Elks opened their account with a clinical display against University of Galway, putting five past the Galway defence while keeping a clean sheet themselves.

On the other side of the table, Corinthian are well out in front after a single goal gave them all three points against Queens University. Cork Harlequins, meanwhile, travelled to Ballymoney and won away from home by two goals to one.

University of Galway 0-5 Ulster Elks

Muckross 1-1 Avoca

Corinthian 1-0 Queens

Ballymoney 1-2 Cork Harlequins

Men’s EY 2A and 2B

Railway Union won a spirited encounter at Park Avenue with Queens University. The home team scored five to Queens’ two to make sure of top spot in EY2A. Corinthian moved up into top spot, thrashing Cork Harlequins six goals to one. Indeed, Corinthian scored all their goals in the first half, with ‘Quins shoring up their defence in the second half, and even scoring a consolation goal in the final quarter.

In EY2B, Kilkeel beat the travelling Avoca by five goals to three; that win sees them move into second place ahead of UCD who are on the same points but have an inferior goal difference but a game in hand. The students were not in action yesterday, but top-placed South Antrim were and they travelled home from Bandon, happy with a one-goal victory and top spot in the group.

Corinthian 6-1 Cork Harlequins

Railway 5-2 Queens

Kilkeel 5-3 Avoca

Bandon 0-1 South Antrim

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EY Hockey League Round 8 Preview

Round 8 of the EY Hockey League this weekend.

This weekend a Railway Union v Loreto will be live-streamed on our Youtube channel. Hockey Ireland YouTube

The Round Eight Women’s EY Hockey League featured game this week that will be streamed live on the Hockey Ireland YouTube channel is the Saturday afternoon tie between Railway Union and Loreto at 3.30 pm in Park Avenue in what is likely to be a pulsating affair.

Railway celebrated the plum signing of Ireland captain Katie Mullan last week with a 2-1 victory over Old Alex, and Mullan showed on debut just how valuable a player she is by scoring the goal that proved the difference between the teams.

Old Alex will look to get back to winning ways in their home fixture against Pembroke Wanderers at 1.30 pm. Pembroke will be hoping to back up last week’s performance after a close encounter against Monkstown saw them come away with all three points. Meanwhile, Monkstown will be eying up a third victory in the league this season when they take on Ards at home in Rathdown at 4.15 pm. Just one point separates the eighth and ninth-placed sides respectively, so this tie will have huge significance for the bottom-of-the-table positions.

Loreto gained valuable points last week, winning by the odd goal in three over UCD. Loreto went two in front before UCD got a goal back in the final quarter, but the students ran out of time as Loreto held on for the win.

UCD will look to bounce back this weekend in their tie against bottom-placed Belfast Harlequins in Belfield at 2.50 pm. The Belfast side has just one point thus far and is in desperate need of a change in fortunes before the competition takes a break until the new year.

Top-placed Catholic Institute and sixth-placed Pegasus have already played their Round 8 fixtures and so do not have a match this week.

Saturday 19th November

WOMEN
Old Alex v Pembroke in Alexandra College at 1:30 pm

UCD v Belfast Harlequins in UCD at 2:50 pm

Railway v Loreto in Railway Union at 3:30 pm

Monkstown v Ards in Rathdown at 4:15 pm

The Men’s EY Hockey League enters Round 8 this weekend with a full timetable of fixtures. Top of the table Banbridge travels to Rathdown to take on Monkstown at 2.15 pm. The Lurgan side are top of the pile ahead of Lisnagarvey courtesy of a better goal difference, both teams on 16 points and both have a game in hand on the rest of the table. Neither team will want to drop points before they face each other after their game was postponed earlier in the season due to Lisnagarvey’s involvement in Europe. Lisnagarvey have arguably the trickier fixture as they welcome Annadale to Comber Road at 3.30 pm.

Glenanne host Instonians in St Andrews College at 3 pm. The Dublin team lie in third place on 12 points with double the points tally of the Belfast side who are in eighth place with just six points out of a possible 21.

Three Rock, also on 12 points and just behind Glenanne on goal difference, make the journey to Cookstown Hockey Club for their Round Eight match at 2.30 pm. Cookstown currently lie in tenth place with just one point so far. YMCA welcomes Pembroke Wanderers to Wesley College at 2.15 pm for an all-Dublin affair. YMCA will see this as an opportunity to push up to the top of the table; they are currently in fifth place with three wins and two draws, while Pembroke are second from bottom with four points and a season of rebuilding ahead of them.

MEN
Monkstown v Banbridge in Rathdown at 2:15 pm

YMCA v Pembroke in YMCA Hockey club at 2:15 pm

Cookstown v TRR in Cookstown Hockey Club at 2:30 pm

Glenanne v Instonians in St Andrews College at 3:00 pm

Lisnagarvey v Annadale in Comber Road at 3:00 pm

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EYHL 2 Round 2 Preview

The Men’s and Women’s EY Hockey League 2 enters its second round of fixtures this weekend. On the men’s side in Group A, Corinthians play their first match as they host Cork Harlequins in St Columba’s College at 3.15 pm. The Cork side will hope they can bounce back after losing their first match against Railway Union last weekend by the odd goal in nine. The Park Avenue side host Queens at 1.30 pm in the other tie in Group A.

In Group B, Bandon plays their first game of the 2022/23 campaign against South Antrim in Bandon Grammar at 1 pm. Kilkeel welcomes Dublin side Avoca to Kilkeel High School at 2.30 pm with both teams looking to record their first points of the season, each side coming away pointless in the first round, both coming out the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline.

In the women’s competition, Group A sees Avoca travel to Muckross in an early top-of-the-table clash at 1.30 pm, while Ulster Elks get their campaign under way against a travelling University of Galway side in Dangan.

In Group B, Corinthians are at home to Queens in St Columba’s College at 1.15 pm. It is Queens’ first game in the competition this season, while Corinthians took three points after beating Cork Harlequins 4-1 in round one. The other tie in Group B sees Ballymoney welcome Cork Harlequins to the Joey Dunlop Centre at 2.30 pm. Ballymoney will hope to build on their Round 1 win, their 7-2 victory over Galway the biggest winning margin of the day.

Fixtures – Saturday 19th November

Men

Corinthian v Cork Harlequins in St Columbus College at 3:15 pm

Railway v Queens in Railway at 1:30 pm

Kilkeel v Avoca in Kilkeel High School at 2:30 pm

Bandon v South Antrim in Bandon Grammar at 1:00 pm

 

Women

University of Galway v Ulster Elks in Dangan 14:30 pm

Muckross v Avoca in Muckross at 1:30 pm

Corinthian v Queens in St Columbus College at 1:15 pm

Ballymoney v Cork Harlequins in Joey Dunlop center at 2:30 pm