EY Hockey League returns after the Christmas break this weekend with the EYHL Division 2 2023/24 season start.
The League will sort out which teams from outside the EYHL gain promotion to the topflight at the end of the season. The teams qualify via their finishing position in their respective provincial leagues. The teams who were relegated from the topflight in 2022-23 are also included, making up a total of 20 teams. These twenty teams (10 male and 10 female) are divided into two groups of 5 in each division. One team in each Pool will be idle per week.
The top two in each Division qualify for the EYHL 2 semi-finals in both men’s and women’s categories. There is a finals weekend hosted where the semi-finals are played off on a Saturday and the finals are played on the Sunday. The good news for the finalists is that, as two teams are relegated from both the Men’s and Women’s top division each year, both finalists gain promotion to the EYHL Men’s and Women’s Division 1 respectively with a trophy being awarded to the winner to crown EYHL2 champions. But the main goal is promotion to the top flight for the four finalists concerned in both men’s and women’s competitions.
SATURDAY JANUARY 20, 2024
EYHL 2 MEN POOL A
BANGOR V QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY, BANGOR AURORA
PEMBROKE WANDERERS V AVOCA, SERPENTINE AVENUE 16:00
EYHL 2 MEN POOL B
CORK CHURCH OF IRELAND V SOUTH ANTRIM, GARRYDUFF 12:00
CORK HARLEQUINS V RAILWAY UNION, HARLEQUINS PARK, FARMER’S CROSS 14:45
EYHL 2 WOMEN POOL A
CORK HARLEQUINS V KILKENNY, HARLEQUINS PARK, FARMER’S CROSS 12:45
GREENFIELDS V BELFAST HARLEQUINS, SPORTS CAMPUS IRELAND ABBOTSTOWN 15:30
EYHL 2 WOMEN POOL B
ARDS V UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, LONDONDERRY PARK 13:00
MUCKROSS V UNIVERSITY OF GALWAY, MUCKROSS PARK 13:30
The Men’s Irish Senior Cup 2024 competition first round has another tie down for decision this weekend when N.I. Civil Service take on Cookstown. The rest of the ties will be taking place over the next few weeks. Teams currently involved in quarter-finals and knockout stages of provincial cup competitions will play their ties once those other matches have been completed.
MEN’S IRISH SENIOR CUP
N.I. CIVIL SERVICE V COOKSTOWN, VENUE TBC 14:30