Banbridge's pursuit of a win now into third month
Banbridge's nightmare run of results has now stretched to nine weeks and counting.
Banbridge's nightmare run of results has now stretched to nine weeks and counting.
Lizzie Colvin's eagerly awaited first appearance against her former Loreto team-mates didn't quite go as planned as Belfast Harlequins had to settle for a 3-3 draw against the Dublin side in a controversial EY Irish Hockey League clash at Grosvenor on Saturday.
Ulster Hockey has opened its arms and welcomed back its Irish Hockey League clubs into the various knock-out competitions.
Pegasus, Ulster and Ireland star Michelle Harvey is to play a key role in a new indoor hockey initiative which comes to Ireland next year as the six-a-side version of the game continues to enjoy a revival.
Ulster and Ireland goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran has been handed a major accolade with her selection for the all-American Colleges' team-of-the-year which is regarded as the highest honour in sport at that level in the United States.
There was good news on two fronts for Lisnagarvey at the weekend, despite the frustration of having their scheduled EY Irish Hockey League game with Annadale called off due to a snow-bound pitch at Comber Road.
They thought it was all over... but on this occasion it wasn't, for Harry Morris popped up with an equaliser from a penalty corner right at the death to set up Sullivan Upper for a shoot-out success in the McCullough Cup final at Lisnagarvey yesterday.
Sullivan Upper's golden generation have claimed their third major title in three seasons and aren't finished yet.
Andy Williamson finds himself in a peculiar position this week when he faces two big games over a four-day period.
Leah McGuire, formerly Ewart, is in the frame for a place in Ireland's World Cup squad after five years in the international wilderness.
Ireland are to play Olympic gold medallists Great Britain in three glamour friendlies ahead of the World Cup in London next year.
Annadale have hauled themselves up to sixth place in the EY Irish Hockey League after they came from behind to chalk up a vital 2-1 win over bottom club Railway Union yesterday at Strathearn.
Andrew Edgar bagged a hat-trick as Friends beat Methodist College 3-1 to book their place in Wednesday's McCullough Cup final at Lisnagarvey.
Ards striker Chloe Brown earned her 50th international cap yesterday but ended up on the losing side as Ireland went down 4-2 against Belgium in the Tri-Nations tournament in Spain.
The Ireland women's hockey team continued their preparation for next year's World Cup with a 4-2 defeat to their Spanish hosts in the opening game of the Tri-Nations series yesterday.
Ulster Hockey are ready to fall in line with the other provinces and allow their Irish Hockey League clubs back into the provincial cup competitions.
Hockey in both Ulster and Ireland have been handed another headache after more than 60% of senior games were postponed at the weekend due to the frosty weather.
Friendship Four favourites Providence College Friars remain on course to lift the Belpot Trophy after completing a comfortable semi-final victory over University of Maine.
Kilkeel are through to the Boxing Day Kirk Cup final for the first time in their 93-year history.
Zoe Wilson will scarcely have time to catch her breath today with two important games in the space of a few hours to look forward to in contrasting roles.
The injury jinx hampering the Irish squad has struck again, bringing the total of internationals sidelined to seven.
Banbridge's chances of making the end of season Irish Champions Trophy play-offs are fading fast after they surrendered a two goal lead on Saturday to lose out to IHL leaders Glenanne with a goal scored just 30 seconds from the end.
Pegasus were the only Ulster winners in yesterday's seventh round of the ET Irish Hockey League after defeating basement side Monkstown 3-0 in Dublin.
Annadale player/coach Peter Caruth is hoping his injury nightmare is well and truly behind him as he prepares for a significant week during which he will feature in four games inside eight days.
Sleepless nights haven't deterred former Irish international Jenny McAuley from playing a key role in Belfast Harlequins' revival this season after they narrowly avoided relegation from the Irish Hockey League on their debut in the competition.
It's hard to take in but current Irish Hockey League champions Banbridge are languishing in the bottom four after Saturday's 4-1 home defeat against Three Rock.
Ulster's Mikie Watt has called a day on his international career.
Lisnagarvey's international defender Paul Gleghorne is almost ready to make his comeback after being sidelined for over four months.
Mossley captain Louise Creighton admits she is surprised to be competing in a Denman Ulster Shield semi-final having believed she was stepping down from top-flight hockey when she joined the club.
If it's goals you want to see, then go along and watch Lisnagarvey - their double figure romp over Cork C of I in the Irish Hockey League on Saturday means their first five competitive games this season have produced 33 goals.
Pegasus ran in six goals without reply past Loreto at Upper Malone yesterday to move to the top of the EY Irish Hockey League table.
More than 10,000 kids are getting the chance to take part in a new Ulster Hockey initiative which will see 24 youth tournaments staged around various venues over a two-year period.
Ireland coach Graham Shaw is hoping that Megan Frazer will be back in action in the New Year as she continues her recovery from a serious knee injury.
Bangor are within reach of becoming the first Ulster team to break the 50 goals barrier this season - but standing in their way are derby rivals North Down.
Olivia Mullan made it six goals for the season when she scored in Ballymoney's 4-1 win over North Down in Comber on Saturday as the Co Antrim side moved to the top of the Ulster Premier League.
St Andrew's College have won the all-Ireland schoolboy championships for the fourth time in five years.
Friends are the only Ulster school to reach today's Subway All-Ireland Schoolboy Championship semi-finals in Cork.
An Ulster woman denied Ireland at least a share of the spoils in yesterday's 2-1 defeat by Scotland at Stormont as the three-match series ended all square.
Troy Chambers bagged himself an impressive hat-trick as Wallace High kicked off their Subway All-Ireland Schoolboy Championships in Munster with a bang.
Ulster players Zoe Wilson and Chloe Brown were among the scorers as Ireland defeated Scotland 6-2 in the second game of the three-Test series at a rain-swept Havelock Park last night.
Sullivan Upper are hoping to break their duck in the All-Ireland Schoolboy Championships in Munster this week.
Ireland started their World Cup preparations in earnest last night when they fought out a 1-1 draw with Scotland at Stormont in the first of this week's three internationals.
Lisnagarvey are the only EY Irish Hockey League team left with an unblemished record following Saturday's 2-1 win at Three Rock - and on this occasion, it was goalkeeper James Milliken who was the hero.
Adam Keefe has backed Jackson Whistle to step up and show his class as the Belfast Giants find themselves in an injury crisis.
The Ireland's women's hockey team will have to punch above their weight if they are to avoid an early flight home from the World Cup in London next year after confirmation that a new format to reflect the expanded showpiece is to be introduced.
Ireland will wing their way to Malaysia in March after being invited to take part in the prestigious Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.
Lisnagarvey are fast gaining a reputation of killing off their opponents in the final minutes of the game.
Lurgan produced the only real upset in yesterday's Irish Senior Cup first-round matches when they defeated Trinity College 2-0 at the Co Armagh venue.
Shirley McCay has revealed that she will quit international hockey following next year's World Cup in London after Ireland sealed their place at the showpiece yesterday.
The All-Ireland League teams begin to clear up the backlog caused by the dispute between Hockey Ireland and the Irish Hockey Umpires Association by playing back-to-back fixtures over this weekend.
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