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Lisnagarvey and Pegasus have had their hopes of representing Ireland in Europe next season raised by a new directive from hockey's continental governing body in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. (stock photo)

Lisnagarvey and Pegasus have had their hopes of representing Ireland in Europe next season raised by a new directive from hockey's continental governing body in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. (stock photo)

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Lisnagarvey and Pegasus have had their hopes of representing Ireland in Europe next season raised by a new directive from hockey's continental governing body in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. (stock photo)

Lisnagarvey and Pegasus have had their hopes of representing Ireland in Europe next season raised by a new directive from hockey's continental governing body in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the majority of leagues either declared null and void or decided by some contrived mathematical formula, there is now more freedom for countries to choose which teams should take part in European events next season.

The European Hockey Federation said in a statement: "We are waiving the need for countries to enter their Championship winners.

"Therefore for all 2021 EuroHockey Club events, all member associations can decide internally on their participating teams and are free to decide their own procedure for their first and second club entry."

The EY Irish Hockey League was declared null and void a fortnight ago with Lisnagarvey five points clear at the top of the table with two games in hand, while Pegasus were second in the women's standings.

It would be hard to argue against Garvey being selected to represent Ireland in Europe next season with Monkstown, who have the next best percentage points record, possibly being nominated for the second place.

The situation at the top of the women's league is much closer but Pegasus could be asked to join Loreto - who were top of the table before both IHLs were cancelled - on the continent next season.

The case for those two teams is strengthened by the fact they were both due to play in Europe this year, along with Lisnagarvey, before the impact of the virus forced their respective events to be called off.

Belfast Telegraph