Preview of Saturday’s action

Amid all the hoopla, Pembroke could be on for another pair of national titles over the weekend as they look to retain both the men’s senior and junior cup titles.

Saturday’s battle with Cork C of I sees the side come up against an old friend as the highly decorated Trevor Dunne returns to Dublin for the weekend. Dunne spent several highly successful years with the Serpentine Avenue outfit in between two spells with the Garryduff club.

He is one of three involved in Saturday’s squad who played in 1993, the last time C of I claimed the prize, along with Richie Dorman and Derek Hales. The trio, along with Stephen Parker, also bring All-Ireland senior success in the form of the 2003 club championships to the table.

Pembroke, though, have been resurgent since Christmas with top young players Scott Furlong and Scott Lowrie (above, left) – converting from his coaching role in the early stages of the season – returning to the fold.

What could throw a spanner in the works for their three-in-a-row hopes could be how many players from the firsts match day 16 Craig Fulton is willing to let play a full part a day before the senior final.

Should a complete line-up be available, Pembroke are an awesome proposition as evidenced by their 5-2 win over league winners Monkstown last Saturday with Maurice Elliott the major threat.

On the women’s side, Railway Union II will be looking to go one better than last year’s IJC final appearance and add to the the ever-growing silverware collection at Park Avenue.

Hermes II combine youth and experience with Fiona Manning lining out alongside top school’s players Sarah Greene and Deirdre Duke (pictured, right).

Elsewhere, there is a trio of important domestic games on Saturday. UCD’s hopes of retaining division one status rest on their playoff shoot-out with Bray on Saturday afternoon.

While results tell the tale of a season, rival coaches have been suitably impressed with the Belfielders application this term though closing out games has proved the problem on occasion – the late loss to Fingal a case in point while they a 2-1 deficit against Rovers was transformed to 5-1 inside the last eight minutes in the league.

Bray, meanwhile, have been on the up since Christmas to emerge from the pack and take second place ahead of Skerries and Avoca. Simon Cox is the key man up front but Cliff Bailey is the real jewel as he showed in recent weeks he can still embarrass defenders at will.

The draw with Clontarf was played at an incredible tempo and if Bailey can combine with Mark Brooks and Jamie Crawford while Greg Keeley holds his end up between the posts, it could be a very tricky day for the students. Their experience from last year against Suttonians, though, should hold them in good stead.

Three Rock Rovers II take on YMCA II, hoping to reverse their 2-1 extra-time defeat in the IJC with a Railway Cup final success.

Ross Harris’ side has saved their best form for this cup, ousting Pembroke in the semi-final stages as they have aimed to bring on the talent of Shane Madeley, Tom Samuel and David McCrea.

Experience comes in the form of Graham Dowling and Ross Varian. Ger Butler’s YM, though, would appear to be favourites for the crown having finished just a point off the pace in the league and reaching the IJC semis.

Jacob Webber is an obvious threat – he scored the winner in that IJC game – while Graham Woods is a tough man to beat. He shared Leinster U-18 duties with his opposite number Wendel Armstrong back in the late 90s and how each one fronts up could well be the difference.

The U-21 final, meanwhile, makes its long awaited appearance having originally been scheduled for before Christmas. Glenanne make their second final appearance in a row and will be led out by Richie Shaw with other first teamers Jonathon Kane, David Keogh and Shane O’Donoghue providing the firepower.

Monkstown are the opposition. Frank Ryan and Zac Dutton have fired in the goals for them in their run so far while they have a wealth of talent to pick from the St Andrew’s school team, most notably Stephen Cole. Andrew Ward (left) and Nick Dee are other key men.

Saturday schedule:
Men’s Irish Junior Cup: Pembroke II vs Cork C of I II, 2pm, Belfield
ESB Women’s Irish Junior Cup: Hermes II vs Railway Union II, 4.15pm, Belfield
Division One/Two Playoff: UCD vs Bray, 4pm, Serpentine Avenue
Railway Cup final: Three Rock Rovers II vs YMCA II, 2pm, Serpentine Avenue
U-21 Cup final: Monkstown vs Glenanne, 6pm, Serpentine Avenue
  • Anonymous

    monkstown will be without frank ryan but should still pull out a victory with the team they have

  • Anonymous

    Nick Dee is a key man?

    Who writes this?

  • Anonymous

    nick dee is immense!
    from his cofi friend!

  • Anonymous

    nick dee is a key player. watch the game and you’ll see why. his drag flicks are the towns secret weapon…….

  • Anonymous

    nick dee is the man! what a performance in the U21 interpros!

  • Anonymous

    Personally I feel C of I are at a great weakness up front.

  • Anonymous

    everyone seems to be not giving CoI a chance in the final. they did very well to get there and may cause an upset on the day, you swear pembroke where playing against nobody the way everyone is going on.
    best of luck CoI lets do it for munster and sicken the pembroke fan club.pembroke 2nds have being poor in the league this season

  • Anonymous

    the men’s junior should be a classic – c of i do have a chance but pembroke have done pretty well in recent weeks, beating monkstown and corinthian, the two top league sides this year, with ease

  • Anonymous

    lets go coi glad someone in lenister or whoever wrote that comment gives us a chance. cup is coming back to cork

  • Anonymous

    Coley aint playing

  • Anonymous

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but hasn’t Jacob Webber already gone back to australia?
    Good line-up for saturday though. Pity the IJC and the Railway final are on at the same time.

  • Anonymous

    To April 24, 2009 7:33 PM
    Coley is playing.

  • Anonymous

    come on the students.. been doing great stuff the last few weeks .. good luck!!

  • Anonymous

    woooooooooooooooooo college!!

  • Anonymous

    no jacob doesnt go back until tuesday

  • Anonymous

    Jonathan Kane is out for Glenanne though. Has a back injury from the interpro’s last weekend. Unfortunate for the Glens. He is one of their best players.

  • Anonymous

    Well done Dermot and his team they have done their club and Munster proud.
    It is good to see tis team get the reward that their efforts deserved,well done the old guys, Ritchie, Trevor D and Derek. But David Harvey, Scannell, Lynch, Daunte, Nick, Adam, Roger G, Andy G, Stephen P and others trained twice a week sometimes three times to help the firsts. I know that the club coach Jacko really appreciated all their work for the firsts and will applaude this success that this squad and the excellent Dermot Judge have achieved. Lastly but not least Billy Lynch a true sportsman and a gent well done you deserve this reward more than anyone.

Men's Leinster Senior Div 1

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December 9, 2017 12:00 am National Sports Campus
Dublin North YMCA

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December 9, 2017 12:00 am Whitechurch Park
Corinthian Avoca

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December 9, 2017 12:00 am Santry Avenue
Dublin University Clontarf

4 - 4

December 9, 2017 12:00 am Belfield
UCD Rathgar

6 - 1

December 9, 2017 12:00 am Griffeen Valley Park
Weston Kilkenny

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December 7, 2017 12:00 am Belfield
UCD Corinthian

1 - 1

December 3, 2017 12:00 am Whitechurch Park
YMCA Kilkenny

4 - 4

December 2, 2017 12:00 am National Sports Campus
Dublin North Avoca

0 - 0

December 2, 2017 12:00 am Whitechurch Park
Corinthian Clontarf

3 - 0

December 2, 2017 12:00 am Santry Avenue
Dublin University UCD

0 - 2

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January 13, 2018 12:00 am Kilkenny College
Kilkenny Dublin North

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January 13, 2018 12:00 am Newpark
Avoca Dublin University

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January 13, 2018 12:00 am Mount Temple
Clontarf UCD

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January 13, 2018 12:00 am High School
Rathgar Weston

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January 13, 2018 12:00 am Wesley College
YMCA Corinthian

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January 20, 2018 12:00 am National Sports Campus
Dublin North Weston

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January 20, 2018 12:00 am Mount Temple
Clontarf Rathgar

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January 20, 2018 12:00 am Whitechurch Park
Corinthian Kilkenny

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January 20, 2018 12:00 am Santry Avenue
Dublin University YMCA

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January 20, 2018 12:00 am Belfield
UCD Avoca

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December 16, 2017 12:00 am Mount Temple
Clontarf Our Ladys

0 - 0

December 16, 2017 12:00 am The Maws, Kilcock
North Kildare Muckross

1 - 3

December 16, 2017 12:00 am Whitechurch Park
Corinthian Avoca

3 - 0

December 16, 2017 12:00 am St Raphaelas
Genesis Glenanne

0 - 0

December 16, 2017 12:00 am Milltown
Old Alex Rathgar

4 - 0

December 9, 2017 12:00 am Glenanne Park
Glenanne Muckross

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December 9, 2017 12:00 am High School
Rathgar Clontarf

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December 9, 2017 12:00 am Whitechurch Park
Corinthian Our Ladys

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December 9, 2017 12:00 am St Raphaelas
Genesis Avoca

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December 9, 2017 12:00 am Milltown
Old Alex North Kildare

3 - 0

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January 27, 2018 12:00 am St Raphaelas
Genesis North Kildare

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January 27, 2018 12:00 am Muckross Park
Muckross Rathgar

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January 27, 2018 12:00 am Milltown
Old Alex Clontarf

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January 27, 2018 12:00 am Newpark
Avoca Our Ladys

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January 27, 2018 12:00 am Glenanne Park
Glenanne Corinthian

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February 3, 2018 12:00 am Glenanne Park
Glenanne Avoca

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February 3, 2018 12:00 am Milltown
Old Alex Our Ladys

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February 3, 2018 12:00 am Terenure
Rathgar Genesis

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February 3, 2018 12:00 am Muckross Park
Muckross Clontarf

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February 3, 2018 12:00 am The Maws
North Kildare Corinthian

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Men's Leinster Senior Div 2

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December 9, 2017 12:00 am Glenanne Park
Glenanne II Clontarf II

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December 9, 2017 12:00 am Serpentine Avenue
Pembroke II Railway Union II

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December 9, 2017 12:00 am Donabate Portrane
Portrane Bray

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December 9, 2017 12:00 am Grange Road
TRR II Corinthian II

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December 9, 2017 12:00 am Wesley College
YMCA II Monkstown II

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December 2, 2017 12:00 am Whitechurch Park
Corinthian II Bray

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December 2, 2017 12:00 am Glenanne Park
Glenanne II Portrane

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December 2, 2017 12:00 am Serpentine Avenue
Pembroke II Monkstown II

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December 2, 2017 12:00 am Grange Road
TRR II Railway Union II

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December 2, 2017 12:00 am Wesley College
YMCA II Clontarf II

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January 13, 2018 12:00 am Templecarrig
Bray TRR II

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January 13, 2018 12:00 am Mount Temple
Clontarf II Portrane

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January 13, 2018 12:00 am Whitechurch Park
Corinthian II Pembroke II

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January 13, 2018 12:00 am Merrion Fleet Arena
Monkstown II Glenanne II

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January 13, 2018 12:00 am Park Avenue
Railway Union II YMCA II

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January 20, 2018 12:00 am Mount Temple
Clontarf II Bray

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January 20, 2018 12:00 am Glenanne Park
Glenanne II Railway Union II

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January 20, 2018 12:00 am Serpentine Avenue
Pembroke II TRR II

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January 20, 2018 12:00 am Donabate Portrane
Portrane Monkstown II

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January 20, 2018 12:00 am Wesley College
YMCA II Corinthian II

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Women's Leinster Senior Div 2

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December 16, 2017 12:00 am Merrion Fleet Arena
Monkstown II Naas

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December 16, 2017 12:00 am Beaufort
Loreto II Bray

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December 16, 2017 12:00 am Park Avenue
Railway Union II Old Alex II

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December 16, 2017 12:00 am Wesley College
YMCA UCD II

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December 16, 2017 12:00 am Serpentine Avenue
Pembroke II Three Rock Ladies

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December 9, 2017 12:00 am Loreto Bray
Bray Monkstown II

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December 9, 2017 12:00 am Milltown
Old Alex II Loreto II

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December 9, 2017 12:00 am Serpentine Avenue
Pembroke II Naas

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December 9, 2017 12:00 am Park Avenue
Railway Union II UCD II

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December 2, 2017 12:00 am Milltown
Old Alex II Bray

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January 27, 2018 12:00 am Beaufort
Loreto II Monkstown II

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January 27, 2018 12:00 am Loreto Bray
Bray Railway Union II

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January 27, 2018 12:00 am Grange Road
Three Rock Ladies Naas

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January 27, 2018 12:00 am Belfield
UCD II Pembroke II

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January 27, 2018 12:00 am Milltown
Old Alex II YMCA

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February 3, 2018 12:00 am Wesley College
YMCA Bray

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February 3, 2018 12:00 am Park Avenue
Railway Union II Loreto II

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February 3, 2018 12:00 am Serpentine Avenue
Pembroke II Old Alex II

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February 3, 2018 12:00 am Caragh Road
Naas UCD II

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February 3, 2018 12:00 am Grange Road
Three Rock Ladies Monkstown II

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