Four sides share top spot after two rounds of matches with Hermes-Monkstown, Pegasus, Railway Union and Cork Harlequins leading the way; UCD were pegged back by Loreto late on to deny them making it five sides on six points
Drama galore late in the day at both Belfield and Glenanne Park as UCD and Glenanne nabbed late draws in the closing minutes; Lisnagarvey thump Railway; Monkstown go two from two and Cork C of I ease by Pembroke
The two promoted sides Inst and UCD pushed last season's playoff teams Pembroke and Lisnagarvey all the way but ended up without points; Monkstown won handily as did Railway while Banbridge won a thriller against Three Rock
Hermes-Monkstown begin with a bang courtesy of Anna O'Flanagan's half dozen; Railway and UCD also ran up big wins while Cork Harlequins edged out Loreto; Pegasus won the Ulster derby with something to spare
With two ambitious coaches in their second season – former internationals Lisa Jacob and Fiona Connery – and the addition of Peter Yates as second team coach, Genesis begin the season full of optimism with a great continuity of structure from last season.
Despite a lot of players leaving for college, the return of some seasoned Division 1 players means that Old Alex is in a strong position going into the 2016-17 season with a chance to push for the EYHL playoff places.
Ronan Hickey’s side will be looking to build on a reasonable first season back in Leinster Division One after a long time away, winning the Jacqui Potter Shield and reaching the final of the Irish Hockey Trophy.
Corinthian have been through some trying times over recent years with numbers moving on but, this season, whilst they have lost a few, they have been encouraged by a large rise in player numbers in their senior teams.
The loss of some key players from last season's has been offset by the arrival of several exciting freshers. Six first team players graduated or went on Erasmus including long term players Anna-May Whelan and Vera Taaffe to EYHL clubs.
The step up to Division One on the back of promotion three years running and with a largely unchanged squad was always going to present the team with a challenge and it certainly did during the 2015/16 season.
The 2016/17 season sees a significant change to both the management and team sheet for the Glens. Following three seasons under Kieran Bolger’s reign, Ben Epstein takes on the challenge as head coach with Stu Malcolm assisting
The revolving door that is college hockey has shipped out some key players this year with last years captain and vice captain – Aran Rooney and Robbie Clarke – as well as club stalwart Connor Montgomery moving on.