Glenanne will look to take advantage of the lack of domestic action of the sides above them to close in on a potential IHL place. Back in September, much of the talk about the two promoted sides centred on Bray and their new arrivals.
The Glens took a much lower profile, however, and have confounded expectations outside of St Mark’s, Victor Shaw producing one of the league’s hardest-working squads. As confidence has grown, they have added a significant cutting edge, too, with nine goals in two league outings in 2009.
They will hope to build on that, with Nicci Daly, Mary Waldron and Audrey McCormack looking to get on the board against struggling Trinity. David Bane has, at regular times, lamented his young side’s naivety when it comes to game play.
Indeed, their past five league games against all of Leinster’s IHL entrants, have seen them scarcely hammered but they have given up leads and late goals too often. If they do not get it sorted, Glenanne will move level with Pembroke in sixth place.
They will endure a tough close season, having to play five games against sides above them but a couple of shocks could put them potentially into the highly cluttered IHL chase.
Elsewhere, Corinthian and Bray play a vital relegation six-pointer with the reds looking to pick up their first home points of the season. They stopped the rot of five successive defeats last week with a great ISC win, thanks to Amanda Walker’s double and will hope for more of the same.
The Wicklow-side, unlike their opponents, have scarcely been over-run this term – possibly due to the excellent Mary Goode – but need to convert close games into points. An intriguing battle awaits.
Women’s Division One (Saturday)
Cornithian v Bray, 2.30pm, Whitechurch Park; Trinity v Glenanne, 11.30pm, Santry Avenue