The National League structure in Club Hockey is expanding to a second tier for the campaign getting underway in the next two weeks.
The sport will look to make the most of the surge in interest driven by the success of the Women’s team at the Hockey World Cup where they made it all the way to the Final.
Since then the players have been actively out and about inspiring young and old with their personality to match their achievement.
The Leagues get underway for the men this weekend and for the Women the weekend after. There will be eight teams in the top flight of each and this year sees the introduction of a second tier with eight in the Men’s and ten in the Women’s section.
Their games will be played interspersed with provincial leagues and will provide an opportunity for the top teams in both to play off for at least one and potentially two places in the top division the following season.
“We are proud to support the evolution of hockey in Ireland through the introduction of a second division to the EY Hockey League,” said Frank O’Keeffe, Managing Partner, EY Ireland.
“This investment in hockey at grassroots level will give players and clubs all over the country an opportunity to excel at their passion and to compete with the highest-performing teams in the sport.”
“The success of the Irish Women in London this summer was a historic moment for Ireland, and we are delighted to be such a close ally to Irish hockey at this very exciting time for the game.”
This is the fourth season of EY’s support of the National Hockey League.
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