For the third year running the Mens 1sts have qualified for the IHL Playoffs, which take place this coming weekend (May 8th and 9th) in Three Rock Rovers, Grange Road, Dublin. Having been in the same venue last year and in Belfast the previous year, the team were very disappointed to learn that the Irish Hockey Association would not hold the tournament in Munster as previously indicated.
As a result of this and, as in the previous years, with the timing of the tournament clashing with college exams the team will be prevented from travelling at full strength. Despite this, however, the squad are feeling confident that they can make it third time lucky and qualify for next years Irish Hockey League.
The two other teams in the qualifiers are Lisnagarvey from Ulster and YMCA from Leinster, who play each other on Friday night. On Saturday Bandon will play Lisnagarvey at 2.00pm and less than 24 hours later they will play YMCA at 11.15am on Sunday.
Although the games are taking place in Dublin support would be much appreciated!