Banbridge’s  Matthew Bell in action against  Christophe Peters-Deutz and Jean-Laurent Kieffer of Racing Club de France   at HC Oranje-Rood.  Photograph:  Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Ireland’s twin hopes of a first ever place in the KO8 of the Euro Hockey League came to an end over the weekend in Eindhoven with Banbridge and Lisna(...)

Lee Cole of Monkstown and Stuart Smyth of Cookstown tussle during their Men’s Irish Hockey League game at Carryduff, Co Down. Photograph: Presseye/ Inpho

Barring some final round goal frenzies, the final four for the Irish Hockey League looks to be set in place following the weekend’s action. (...)