Midweek clashes provide vital challenges

Weather permitting, midweek could provide a couple of twists in the women’s and men’s division one title races as well as posing a tough tester for Suttonians in their pursuit of the division two crown.

Hermes and Loreto on Tuesday night (8.15pm, Belfield) is a vital fixture with a win for either side returning them to at least a share of first place in the rankings. The Beaufort side will be without Lizzie Colvin, Nicci Daly, Louisa Healy, Niamh Small and Nikki Symmons due to international commitments in England.

No such problems afflict Hermes as Emma Gray and Niamh Atcheler were not included for this away trip though Jenny Burke is a doubt due to illness while Chloe Watkins may be rested again as Leaving Cert pressures are factored in.

How they bounce back from the Pembroke cup defeat – relinquishing the title after a four-year reign – on Sunday is vital. Prior to that, Eric Fintelman had enjoyed a 100pc record in all competitions since taking over before Christmas with the side accruing nine straight league wins.

UCD are down to play Trinity in a reprise of last week’s colours fixture on Wednesday night in Belfield with the visitors desperately needing goals if they are to challenge for fifth spot.

On the men’s side, Pembroke can close the gap to two points on Corinthian, with a game in hand, should they get past the challenge of YMCA on Wednesday night (7.30pm, Serpentine Avenue). The toll of three games in five days may be a factor but the elite level training of much of the panel means they are used to such schedules in international tournaments.

Nonetheless, YM are fresh from a free weekend and gunning for points to secure an IHL berth and appear the form side in the mid-table wrangling. A recent 4-0, midweek cup defeat at the same venue provides Trevor Dagg with food for thought.

Suttonians and Dublin Uni will tussle on Tuesday night in a fixture reverted to Santry from the adopted home at Grange Road in an effort to beat the frost. Sutton, especially will hope to avoid a further back-log with five games in a 15 day period currently in store.

That glut of fixtures has led to them withdrawing from Leinster Junior trials with Saturday week’s Irish Hockey Trophy tie against Belfast Harlequins a pressing concern. Bray travel to Navan on Wednesday night, too.

Fixture schedule:
Women’s Division One:
(Tuesday): Hermes vs Loreto, 8.15pm, Belfield
(Wednesday): UCD vs Trinity, TBC

Men’s Division One:
(Wednesday): Pembroke vs YMCA, 7.30pm, Serpentine Avenue

Men’s Division Two:
(Tuesday): Dublin Uni vs Suttonians, 7.30pm, Santry
(Wednesday):Navan vs Bray, 8pm, King’s Hospital

Men's Leinster Senior Div 1

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September 21, 2019 12:00 am Mount Temple
Clontarf Weston

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September 21, 2019 12:00 am NSC Abbotstown
Dublin North Avoca

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September 21, 2019 12:00 am Santry Avenue
Dublin University Rathgar

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September 21, 2019 12:00 am Kilkenny College
Kilkenny Bray

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September 21, 2019 12:00 am Park Avenue
Railway Union Portrane

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September 28, 2019 12:00 am Newpark
Avoca Dublin University

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September 28, 2019 12:00 am East Glendalough
Bray Clontarf

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September 28, 2019 12:00 am Donabate LC
Portrane Dublin North

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September 28, 2019 12:00 am High School
Rathgar Kilkenny

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September 28, 2019 12:00 am Griffeen Valley Park
Weston Railway Union

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Women's Leinster Senior Div 1

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September 28, 2019 12:00 am Glenanne Park
Glenanne Monkstown

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September 28, 2019 12:00 am Caragh Road
Naas Clontarf

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September 28, 2019 12:00 am The Maws, Kilcock
North Kildare Corinthian

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September 28, 2019 12:00 am High School
Rathgar Genesis

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September 28, 2019 12:00 am Santry Avenue
Trinity Avoca

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October 12, 2019 12:00 am Caragh Road
Naas Monkstown

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October 12, 2019 12:00 am Newpark
Avoca North Kildare

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October 12, 2019 12:00 am Mount Temple
Clontarf Rathgar

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October 12, 2019 12:00 am Whitechurch Park
Corinthian Glenanne

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October 12, 2019 12:00 am St Raphaelas
Genesis Trinity

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Men's Leinster Senior Div 2

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March 24, 2018 12:00 am Templecarrig
Bray Corinthian II

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March 24, 2018 12:00 am Mount Temple
Clontarf II YMCA II

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March 24, 2018 12:00 am Merrion Fleet Arena
Monkstown II Pembroke II

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March 24, 2018 12:00 am Donabate Portrane
Portrane Glenanne II

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March 24, 2018 12:00 am Park Avenue
Railway Union II TRR II

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March 10, 2018 12:00 am Templecarrig
Bray Glenanne II

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March 10, 2018 12:00 am Whitechurch Park
Corinthian II Railway Union II

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March 10, 2018 12:00 am Serpentine Avenue
Pembroke II Clontarf II

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March 10, 2018 12:00 am Grange Road
TRR II Monkstown II

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March 10, 2018 12:00 am Wesley College
YMCA II Portrane

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