Leinster Men’s weekend preview

While many other sports are winding down for the year, the majority of men’s senior hockey teams have double weekends coming up. In divison one, Corinthian and Fingal looks the most enticing prospect – especially considering the airport-side’s amazing recovery from a 3-1 half-time deficit earlier this term to win 5-3.

Corinthian look a decent side under John McInroy but have not picked up points against their would-be rivals for IHL places so this game takes on added significance. YM would be another believing their current position is not a true reflection of ability and have shown decent form since their spate of injuries cleared up.

 

Glenanne and Three Rock will hope to avoid slip ups on their travels to Kilkenny and Railway respectively while UCD and Pembroke’s game is off due to exam pressures.

 

Probably the most interesting story of the weekend, though, comes from division two where Trinity have had an innovative proposal agreed to by both the Leinster disciplinary committee and the Umpires Association.

The club gave Barry Glavey (pictured below right) an internal one-match ban for his red card against Weston but have added to that by offering his services as an umpire for two games in Leinster as a sort of ‘community service’.

The matches will be of a level of the umpire association’s chosing to make sure it is of the right level and Glavey will umpire in conjunction with Keith Lewis – the umpire who issued the red card. As a result of this initiative, the disciplinary committee saw fit not to impose any further sanction on this occasion.

 

His club face Avoca this weekend while Clontarf hope to put a controversial weekend behind them in Esker as they face Weston. Skerries and Bray tussle in a crucial top-of-the-table clash.

 

Sunday sees four of the Mills Cup second round ties in action. Clontarf host Railway Union at the bullring as the division two high-flyers will hope to provide another shock after they eliminated UCD in round one.

 

Trinity coach Ronan Pelow got his first sight of his original club Corinthian in midweek and was impressed with what he saw and so is hoping for a big performance from his charges. His squad includes Aengus Stanley, Stu Cinnamond, Barry Glavey and Nick Odlum – all of CHC extraction.

 

Glenanne come up against former maestro Nasir Munir as Suttonians visit while Naas and Avoca vye for a quarter-final berth.

 

Division 1 (Saturday)
Railway Union vs Three Rock Rovers, 2pm, Park Avenue; Kilkenny vs Glenanne, 1pm, Kilkenny College; Corinthian vs Fingal, 2.15pm, Whitechurch Park; Monkstown vs YMCA, 3pm, Rathdown

Division 2 (Saturday)
Dublin University vs Avoca, 1.30pm, Santry; Weston vs Clontarf, 2.30pm, Esker; Skerries vs Bray, 1.45pm, Skerries

Leinster Senior Mills Cup (Sunday)
Glenanne vs Suttonians, 2pm, Glenanne Park; Naas vs Avoca, 1.30pm, Caragh Road; Clontarf vs Railway Union, 2.45pm, Mount Temple; Corinthian vs Dublin University, 2pm, Whitechurch Park

Postponed: Monkstown vs Kilkenny, TRR v Bray; Skerries v Pembroke; Fingal v YMCA

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