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HOCKEY IRELAND STATEMENT ON EYHL AND SCHOOLS COMPETITIONS

05 Feb 2021 | Club Information Club Story Information Slider

Following a meeting of the Board on the 3rd of February, Hockey Ireland has declared this year’s EY
Hockey Leagues abandoned, due to the on-going restrictions related to COVID-19.

Hockey Ireland Chair Eric Brady stated: “unfortunately this has become an inevitable decision as
COVID-19 continues to impact on all of our lives. We know that this is very disappointing for all clubs
and players, but we simply no longer have the time to complete this year’s leagues. However, we are
continuing to look at other avenues that may provide players and clubs with competitive hockey at
some stage, should this become possible.”

Hockey Ireland and the four provinces will work with clubs to look at alternative competition formats
which may provide players with an opportunity to play hockey later in the year, subject to Government
restrictions.

Hockey Ireland is in regular communication with Government authorities and international hockey
bodies and is monitoring Government advice and restrictions on an ongoing basis.

CEO of Hockey Ireland Jerome Pels said: “We are committed to bringing hockey back to our clubs and
players and will be creative and flexible to provide some form of alternative competition should we be
cleared to do so by the relevant authorities. Hopefully, we hockey activity can resume at some point
this season and players may return to the pitch as soon as we exit higher level restrictions”.
The EY Hockey Leagues will return next season in September 2021 inclusive of all teams as for season
2020/21.

In addition to the abandonment of the EY Hockey Leagues for the 2020/21 season, the following
schools’ competitions have also been cancelled for 2020/21:
Kate Russell All-Ireland Schoolgirls Championship
John Waring All-Ireland Schoolboys Championship
June Smith Schoolgirls Championship
All-Ireland Schoolboys Championship

Hockey Ireland would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this time
and appreciates the efforts many of you are going to in order to continue training while at home.
Please keep safe. For further information on Covid-19:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html

If you have any further queries, please email info@hockey.ie