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The vast majority of clubs, who have been involved in the abbreviated version of the event which involves promotion to and relegation from the top flight IHL, are in favour of the new competition (stock photo)

The vast majority of clubs, who have been involved in the abbreviated version of the event which involves promotion to and relegation from the top flight IHL, are in favour of the new competition (stock photo)

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The vast majority of clubs, who have been involved in the abbreviated version of the event which involves promotion to and relegation from the top flight IHL, are in favour of the new competition (stock photo)

It has emerged that an extraordinary general meeting of clubs and other representatives will be needed to determine whether a second-tier Irish Hockey League is to be introduced next season - and that could prove problematic.

Hockey Ireland have already been forced to postpone their annual general meeting, scheduled for Saturday week, due to the travel restrictions imposed by the impact of Covid-19.

The same could well apply to any future meetings, including the EGM that would be needed to vote in the expanded IHL2.

The vast majority of clubs, who have been involved in the abbreviated version of the event which involves promotion to and relegation from the top flight IHL, are in favour of the new competition.

If the proposals were to get the green light and go ahead, then it's likely that it would be a 10-team tournament, with perhaps four from both Ulster and Leinster and two from Munster in the men's event. Connacht would also be eligible to be represented in the women's equivalent.

However, with all but essential travel still not permitted, the chances of the required EGM taking place in the near future must be regarded as slim unless an alternative can be found in the interim.

Queen's coach Simon Bell, whose team would likely be joined by Ulster rivals Ards and Lurgan in the women's competition, is hopeful the problem can be resolved.

He said: "Maybe clubs could vote by email and I know there's a swathe of opinion in favour of an IHL2."

Belfast Telegraph