Eugene Magee turns on magic as leaders Bann bag final spot
Irish coach Craig Fulton will sit down soon to name his panel for March's World League 2 series in Belfast and the chances are that one of the first names he'll pen in is Eugene Magee.
Ards finish fifth in Europe with Amy Benson at the double
Ards defied the odds to exceed even their own expectations by securing a superb fifth place finish at the EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy tournament in Lithuania.
Bann in the Wright frame of mind for a big weekend
Banbridge are having a memorable season to date... and it could get a whole lot better by the end of this weekend.
European indoor trip is just the tonic for Alana
Royal School Armagh's Alana Doyle hopes to put the disappointment of losing to Wallace High in last week's Belfast Telegraph Senior Cup semi-final behind her when she switches to indoor action with Ards at the EuroHockey Club Trophy series in Lithuania over the weekend.
McKee and Nelson give Irish coach a big nudge
Two young Ulster marksmen, Banbridge's Jonathan McKee and Lisnagarvey's Matthew Nelson, are doing their utmost to stake a claim for a place in Ireland's squad for next month's World League 2 series in Belfast.
Pegasus pay price for squandered chances and bow out to Quins
Pegasus crashed out of the Irish Senior Cup in agonising fashion yesterday when they lost 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out to Cork Harlequins in the semi-final after the game finished 1-1 at Upper Malone.
Katie shines as Bann earn big chance to end title wait
The Belfast Telegraph Senior Schools' Cup competition may be in its 110th year but a new name will soon be engraved on the trophy.
Alyssa's strike keeps Wallace High's cup dream alive
Ulster U18 star Alyssa Jebb was the toast of Wallace High as they reached only their second Belfast Telegraph Senior Schools' Cup final.
Orla hopeful Academy can finally lift the Cup
Banbridge Academy girls have long lived in the shadow of their male counterparts but this season's captain, Orla Thompson, is hoping she can lead her team to the Belfast Telegraph Senior Schools' Cup crown for the first time in their history.
Instonians prepare for hectic three-week spell
The next two weeks are going to be huge for Instonians as they battle for survival in the EY Irish Hockey League. After a spate of postponements, they're going to play catch-up with five games in a 16-day period, the bulk of them at their Shaw's Bridge base.
Pegasus face make or break weekend in two competitions
Pegasus face a hugely important weekend with two fixtures in two different all-Ireland competitions which could define their season.
Quins blow as broken thumb rules out Claire
Belfast Harlequins will be without key defender Claire Kilpatrick for two crucial EY Irish Hockey League games over the next fortnight which will go a long way towards determining whether or not her team can steer clear of the drop zone.
Chile-bound Ewan signs off in style
Cookstown's Ewan Butler has hung up his stick - but before he heads off on a three-year sabbatical to Chile, the experienced defender played his part as the Tyrone men ran up a 6-0 win over Civil Service.
Teenager Nelson bags first senior Ireland goals in draw with Spain
Lisnagarvey's teenage striker Matthew Nelson scored his first two goals as a senior international as Ireland held Spain to a 3-3 draw in the Tri-Nations series in Benalmadena yesterday.
Cargo celebrates 150th cap with two-goal salvo in win over France
Ulsterman Chris Cargo couldn't have had a better way to celebrate his 150th international cap - scoring twice as Ireland beat France 3-1 yesterday in the Tri-Nations tournament taking place in southern Spain.
Belfast Telegraph Senior Schools' Cup final: Sullivan Upper land tough semi-final test...
Sullivan Upper will have to overcome familiar opponents at Lisnagarvey next Wednesday if they are to reach the Belfast Telegraph Senior Schools' Cup final for the third year in a row.
Spain spoil Gormley's historic Irish milestone
Ireland's new-look squad are beginning to knit together despite narrowly losing 2-1 to hosts Spain in the Tri-Nations tournament yesterday.
Murray puts down a marker as Irish draw with French
Lisnagarvery's Sean Murray boosted his chances of landing a permanent place in Ireland's senior squad when he scored in yesterday's 2-2 draw with France at Benalmadena.
No Cup joy but Ards storm to six indoor titles
Chloe Brown ended a bitter-sweet weekend on a high note after scoring two of the goals as Ards lifted the Irish Indoor Championship trophy for the sixth year in a row with a 4-1 win over Railway Union at the Queen's PE Centre yesterday.
Cookstown are hit with double blow
It turned out to be a disappointing weekend for Cookstown - they lost their top of the table Ulster Premier League slot on Saturday when losing 4-1 to Kilkeel and then succumbed 7-4 in the Irish Indoor championships final to Three Rock Rovers yesterday.
Tests in Spain await Ireland Hockey side as Fulton prepares for World series
Ireland's men are heading off to Spain today for a 10-day training camp which will take in a Three Nations tournament involving playing the hosts and France twice each.
Adams confident as Ards aim for a Euro double
Ards are preparing for a busy weekend which could see them qualify for one European competition and edge closer to a place in another.
Broken ankle rules Robson out of World League series
Irish international midfielder Michael Robson is set to miss the World League 2 series at Stormont in March after breaking his ankle in training.
Irish girls on top of the World after lifting gold
Ireland's women completed their World League 2 campaign by winning yesterday's final with a superb 3-0 victory over Malaysia in a packed stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
Brown brothers keep Bann on right track for double delight
Banbridge are in the healthy position of having two routes still open to them as they bid to qualify for the end-of-season play-offs from which tickets to Europe are on offer.
Ireland girls taking nothing for granted in final push
If hockey history is anything to go by, Ireland should have few problems overcoming Wales in today's World League 2 semi-final in Kuala Lumpur (10.15am).
Anna nets 50th goal as Irish girls breeze into World League semis
The Ireland women's hockey team are 60 minutes away from achieving their objective of securing a place in the final stage of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup after thrashing Singapore 10-0 in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Power of 10 as Irish reach quarters in World series
Ireland crushed Hong Kong 10-0 at the World League 2 tournament in Kuala Lumpur yesterday to top their pool and book their place in the quarter-finals against Singapore tomorrow.
Cookstown are on revenge mission in Irish Cup
Keith Black slumped onto his hunkers and hung his head in despair - his Cookstown club had just lost in the all-Ireland league play-off against UCD, a result which relegated them into the provincial set-up.
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.
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