Men's Irish Hockey League


The Men's Irish Hockey League is a field hockey league organised by Hockey Ireland that features men's teams from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The league was first played for during the 2008–09 season. It replaced the All-Ireland Club Championships as the top level men's field hockey competition in Ireland. Since 2015–16 the league has been sponsored by Ernst & Young and, as a result, it is also known as the EY Hockey League.

Men's Irish Hockey League
Inaugural season2008–09
AdministratorHockey Ireland
No. of teams10 (Division 1)
8 (Division 2)
Country Republic of Ireland
 Northern Ireland
ConfederationEHF (Europe)
Most recent
champion(s)
Lisnagarvey
Most titlesLisnagarvey (3 titles)
Monkstown (3 titles)
Level on pyramid1 and 2
Relegation toSenior provincial leagues
Domestic cup(s)Irish Senior Cup
International cup(s)Euro Hockey League
EuroHockey Club Trophy
Official websitewww.hockey.ie

History


2018–19 Men's Irish Hockey League Division 1

Format

The league was first played for during the 2008–09 season.[1] Between 2008–09 and 2014–15 the league used pool stages and play-offs to determine the league champion. Teams were divides into two pools with the winners and runners-up in each pool then qualifying for the semi-finals. The league title was then decided by a final. Teams continued to play in their respective provincial leagues and qualified for the next season's national league via their position in the provincial league. However for the 2015–16 season the league was reorganised. The pool stages were abandoned and replaced with a full league programme consisting of 18 rounds of home and away matches. In addition the play-offs were effectively replaced by a new competition, the EY Champions Trophy. Furthermore the clubs no longer entered their senior teams in provincial leagues.[2]

Graham Shaw guided Monkstown to three successive league titles in 2012–13, 2013–14 and 2014–15.[3][4][5] In 2017–18 Glenanne won the league title for the first time. They secured the title after defeating Lisnagarvey 4–2. Glenanne were 2–0 down before Shane O'Donoghue scored a hat-trick.[6][7][8][9]

Division 2

The 2018–19 season saw the introduction of a Division 2. The new division revived the original format of the league. It uses pool stages and play-offs to determine the Division 2 champion and which teams get promoted to Division 1. Division 2 teams will continue to play in their respective provincial leagues.[10][11][12]

2019–20 teams


Division 1

Team Home town/suburb Home pitch
AnnadaleBelfastStrathearn School
BanbridgeBanbridgeHavelock Park
CorinthianRathfarnham
GlenanneTallaghtSt. Andrew's College
LisnagarveyHillsborough, County DownComber Road
MonkstownDún Laoghaire–RathdownMerrion Fleet Arena
Pembroke WanderersSandymountSerpentine Avenue
Three Rock RoversRathfarnhamGrange Road
UCDDún Laoghaire–Rathdown
YMCASandymountClaremont Road

Source:[13]

Division 2

Pool A
Team Home town/suburb Home pitch
Avoca Hockey Club
Cork Church of IrelandCorkGarryduff
InstoniansBelfastShawsbridge Sports Complex
Railway UnionSandymountPark Avenue
Pool B
Team Home town/suburb Home pitch
Clontarf
CookstownCookstown
Cork HarlequinsCork
KilkeelKilkeelKilkeel High School

Source:[11][12]

Winners


Season Winners Score Runners Up
2008–09Pembroke Wanderers[14][note 1]Glenanne
2009–10Pembroke Wanderers[15][16]4–1Lisnagarvey
2010–11Banbridge[17][18]2–2 [note 2]Lisnagarvey
2011–12Lisnagarvey[19][20]3–1YMCA (Dublin)
2012–13Monkstown[21]Banbridge
2013–14Monkstown[22][23][24][25] 2–1Banbridge
2014–15Monkstown[26]2–1Banbridge
2015–16Lisnagarvey[27] n/a
2016–17Banbridge[28]n/a
2017–18Glenanne[7][8][9]n/aThree Rock Rovers[29]
2018–19Lisnagarveyn/aThree Rock Rovers
2019–20null and void (season abandoned due to coronavirus pandemic)[30]
2020–21not played due to coronavirus pandemic
Notes
  1. Pembroke Wanderers win 2–1 after shoot-out.
  2. Banbridge win after shoot-out.

Source:[31]

EY Champions Trophy


In addition to introducing a new format, the 2015–16 season also saw the introduction of the EY Champions Trophy. The top three placed teams from the league and/or the winners of the Irish Senior Cup all qualify for the end of season competition.[2] The winners of the EY Champions Trophy qualify to represent Ireland in the Euro Hockey League.[32]

Year Winners Score Runners Up
2016Lisnagarvey[27][32]3–1Banbridge
2017Three Rock Rovers[33][34]2–1Monkstown
2018Three Rock Rovers[35]2–1Glenanne
2019Three Rock Rovers[36][37] 2–0Lisnagarvey

Source:[31]

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