Ulster sides set the pace as league is put on hold
Lisnagarvey and Banbridge are sitting joint top of the EY Irish Hockey League as the all-Ireland programme moves into a three-week break.
Ireland can handle Kuala Lumpur heat of World battle, says star Zoe
Having adjusted to the sweltering conditions in Kuala Lumpur, the Ireland women's squad will be hoping to turn up the heat on the opposition after they finalise their preparations for the World League 2 tournament which gets under way on Saturday.
Bann aiming to hit back but big names are still missing
The Irish international squad head off to Spain soon for warm-weather training ahead of their World League 2 tournament at Stormont but, before they go, the bulk of the players will be lining out for their clubs in the final round of EY Irish Hockey League fixtures until mid-February.
Luck deserts Instonians as relegation looms closer
If you are rooted to the foot of the table and desperate to get a win, that's when you need lady luck to take a shine on you.
Ulster's multi-talented Denise excels at three sports
Travelling around 2,000 miles a season from Ulster hockey's most remote outpost in Donegal merely to fulfil away fixtures in the Premier League doesn't cost Raphoe goalkeeper Denise McElhinney a second thought, such is her dedication to three different sports.
Town fired up to avenge cup humiliation, warns Millar
Cookstown are out to prove that their 8-1 humiliation in Boxing Day's Kirk Cup final against Annadale was a fluke when the two teams meet head-on again on Saturday as the Ulster Premier League resumes after its Christmas and New Year break.
Russell completes comeback to land Linden joy
Three goals in 14 blistering second half minutes saw Armagh come back from the dead to land the Linden Cup at Deramore yesterday afternoon.
Burns rolls back years to inspire Rainey to first Senior Cup triumph
Carolyn Burns turned the clock back yesterday when she scored two goals and set up a third as Rainey lifted the Senior Cup for the first time with a 3-1 win over Mossley in an exciting final at Deramore.
Old friends Louise and Carolyn are Cup final foes
Former Irish international Carolyn Burns won every trophy on offer during her time at Randalstown and she will be hoping to add a Senior Cup medal to her considerable collection on New Year's Day when she lines out for Rainey against Mossley at Deramore (1.00pm).
New World format but Caruth is main Irish worry
Having tasted life at the Rio Olympics, the Irish men's team are now turning their attention towards reaching their first World Cup finals since 1990 - but if they qualify for the Tokyo series, a brand new format awaits them.
Agony and ecstasy for Caruth as Dale land Kirk Cup in style
It was by far the most satisfying display yet for Annadale's Peter Caruth in his fledgling career as a player/coach - until 10 seconds from the end of yesterday's Kirk Cup final against Cookstown at Stormont.
Goal machine Allen plays down record ahead of final
Ahead of today’s Kirk Cup final, Cookstown’s Greg Allen insists there is no pressure on him to continue his run of scoring in every game he has played this season.
Jessica is craving for her first taste of Shield glory
Although still a teenager, Jessica McMaster already has a sparkling CV and, on Boxing Day, the Queen's University and Ireland striker will be hoping to add to a glittering medal collection when her team face Lurgan in the Denman Ulster Shield final at Stormont (1pm).
Annadale and Town aiming to box clever in cup decider
Annadale have been handed a double boost ahead of Boxing Day's Kirk Cup final at Stormont (3pm) - opponents Cookstown will be without two star players.
Garvey and Bann shine to roar into play-off spots
Banbridge and Lisnagarvey are both into the EY Irish Hockey League's play-off places after they returned home from Dublin with convincing wins on Saturday.
Festive cheer for Pegasus thanks to big win over Elks
Pegasus captain Alex Speers had the perfect Christmas present on Saturday as her hat-trick helped earn her team a whopping 9-0 win over the Ulster Elks to put their play-off hopes firmly back on track.
IHL set-up has benefits but young players are held back
The recent formation of the EY Irish Hockey League is seen as a major success, with the overall standard unquestionably raised ... but there are growing fears that the set-up is diluting provincial clubs and leagues.
Shirley sits out Elks game ahead of Ireland duty
The Ulster Elks have been dealt a blow ahead of Saturday's important EY Irish Hockey League clash with Pegasus at Upper Malone with confirmation that Shirley McCay is unavailable.
Sisters share the spoils in Ulster derby thriller
The unprecedented sister act at the Dub on Saturday fittingly finished honours even as Pegasus and Ards fought out an exciting 1-1 draw in the EY Irish Hockey League.
McKee keeps Bann firmly in all-Ireland title frame
Banbridge stretched their unbeaten run to 10 yesterday in Dublin when they crushed UCD 6-2 to stay firmly in the EY Irish Hockey League title race.
Ulster hockey family unites in tribute to Austin Hunter
The Ulster hockey family united at the weekend to pay an emotional tribute to one of their own — Austin Hunter, who was killed in a road accident while working in Bahrain last week.
This heartache will spur us on in future, vows Royal & Prior captain Alex Tinney
Royal & Prior captain Alex Tinney has promised his team will come back stronger following their narrow 2-1 McCullough Cup final defeat to Banbridge Academy yesterday afternoon at Lisnagarvey.
Banbridge hotshot Jake Rowe makes Royals pay the penalty
Two penalty corner conversions from set-piece expert Jake Rowe were enough to guarantee the McCullough Cup was on its way to Banbridge Academy for the fourth time in the past eight years.
Injured Alan hopes to see Royal coronation
Alan Patterson, who received serious spinal injuries five months ago in a trampolining accident, hopes to leave his hospital bed this afternoon to come along and support his former school, Royal & Prior, as they bid to land the McCullough Cup for the first time in their history at Lisnagarvey (2pm).
Robyn and Dawn make a timely return to Elks
Robyn Chambers and Dawn Axon have rejoined Ulster Elks from Pegasus, representing a huge boost for the club ahead of Saturday's crucial EY Irish Hockey League clash with Pembroke Wanderers at Jordanstown.
Ulster clubs are kept apart in both sets of Irish quarter-finals
The four Ulster men's teams have avoided each other in the Irish Senior Cup quarter-final draw - and so too did the three women's teams in their competition.
Garvey snap up two international stars
Lisnagarvey have recruited two Irish internationals as they prepare for next season's fully-fledged Irish Hockey League.
Super Shannon keeps Ballymoney in trophy mix
Jodie Shannon's heroics kept Ballymoney in the Irish Senior Cup on Saturday as they defeated Queen's 4-1 on penalties after a scoreless draw in the second-round clash at the Dub.
Murray makes his mark as he chalks up first international goal
Two Lisnagarvey players had reason to celebrate yesterday even though Ireland completed their five-day training camp near Barcelona with a 2-1 defeat against World No. 9 Spain.
Garvey and Bann sweat on Irish aces ahead of cup
Lisnagarvey coach Errol Lutton and his Banbridge counterpart Mark Tumilty are waiting anxiously to see if their international contingent return from Ireland's five-day training camp in Spain unscathed - particularly as Saturday sees the second round of the Irish Senior Cup.
Kerri's exit is latest blow to Ireland's World bid
Kerri McDonald has pulled out of the Ireland senior training panel due to university commitments, leaving national coach Graham Shaw short of reserve strength as he prepares for the start of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Bottom club Inst blow big opportunity to climb clear
Instonians and Lisnagarvey both squandered the chance to make inroads in the EY Irish Hockey League and the outcome is that the Ulster duo are falling adrift of their targets.
Broken knuckle rules out Belfast Harlequins defender Claire Buchanan until new year
Belfast Harlequins defender Claire Buchanan is likely to be out of action for six weeks after breaking her knuckle during Saturday's 2-1 EY Irish Hockey League defeat by UCD at Deramore Park.
Stormont gets green light to host hockey World series
Hockey fans north of the border are going to see much more of Ireland's international team than usual following the rubber-stamping of Stormont as the venue for the forthcoming World League 2 series, the penultimate stage for World Cup finals qualification.
Ireland's call has Jamie on Wright path to success
Jamie Wright is ready to embark on one of the most important weeks of his hockey career to date - not only are there two crucial games coming up for his club but he's all set to make his international debut in Spain.
Blow for Pegasus as striker Robyn puts hockey on hold
Robyn Chambers has sensationally quit Pegasus after playing only six competitive matches since re-joining the EY Irish Hockey League club from Ulster Elks in the summer.
Lisnagarvey and Banbridge avoid Euro giants in favourable draw
Lisnagarvey and Banbridge avoided the Dutch, Belgian and German giants when the EuroHockey League's KO-16 round scheduled for Eindhoven over Easter was drawn.
Ulster boys hope lightning strikes twice in inter-pros
Ulster's schoolboys are bidding for a double double when the Under 16 and Under 18 inter-provincials are staged at Queen's this weekend.
Pegasus can still make the play-offs, insists Speers
Pegasus captain Alex Speers isn't too concerned that her team are in the bottom half of the EY Irish Hockey League table with a third of the campaign completed.
Matthew Bell rings up derby win as Banbridge break clear at top
Matthew Bell, Greg Allen and Peter Caruth took the plaudits of their respective clubs as Banbridge, Cookstown and Annadale all had something big to celebrate over the weekend.
Ireland Under-21 trip axed after funding shortfall
It has emerged that a proposed trip to Spain to enable Ireland's U21 squad to prepare for the European Junior Championships in August had to be cancelled due to a major shortfall in funding.
Bann coach Tumilty eager to prove point against rivals
Banbridge are riding the crest of a wave at the moment - unbeaten in the Irish Hockey League after five games, through to the EuroHockey League's knockout stages and a bye into the second round of the Irish Senior Cup.
Mark Bell inspires Bann as table-topping derby looms
Ulster duo Lisnagarvey and Banbridge proudly sit joint top of the EY Irish Hockey League following Saturday's fifth round of fixtures - but something has to give next Sunday when they meet head-on at Hillsborough.
Zoe celebrates her return to Randalstown with two goals
Irish international Zoe Wilson scored twice as Randalstown defeated Queen's 4-2 at the Antrim Forum last night to move joint top of the Ulster Premier League table.
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Dungannon's goalkeeping bid hit by never on a Sunday call
Neither of their 1st or 2nd XI keepers play on the Sabbath due to their religious beliefs, so the club will have no option but to throw in a rookie for what will be their first appearance in the last four of the province's main knock-out competition.
Lisnagarvey's Daniel Buser thriving with extra responsibility
Lisnagarvey's Daniel Buser is loving the additional responsibilities handed to him by coach Errol Lutton this season. Buser was given the captain's armband after Jonathan Bell's successful stint and he is also the nominated penalty stroke taker in the continuing absence of Irish...
Hockey: Battling Queen's University Belfast are given harsh lesson by classy UCD
Queen's University's hopes of lifting the Irish women's inter-varsities title for the first time in 25 years were blown away by UCD who beat the Belfast students 6-1 in last night's Chilean Cup final at Jordanstown.
Queen's out to make it hot in Chilean Cup decider
Queen's are 60 minutes away from capturing their first Irish inter-varsities title for a quarter of a century after Jessica McMaster's wonder goal earned them a 1-0 win over Trinity in last night's semi-final at Jordanstown.
High scoring Cookstown aim to net promotion
Cookstown are scoring goals for fun as they bid to regain their all-Ireland status.
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