ISC contenders dealt tricky openers

Irish Cup draws:
Three all-IHL ties are the highlights of the men’s Irish Senior Cup draw made this evening in Serpentine Avenue with Pembroke facing a tricky road-trip to Cookstown in round one – a repeat of the 2009 final. Holders Glenanne have received one of eight byes along with Fingal, Three Rock Rovers and UCD.

But Corinthian have a rematch of last May’s epic IHL semi-final with Lisnagarvey. Banbridge host Cork Harlequins in another of the high profile ties. Railway face a tester of their optimistic start to the season, travelling to Carryduff to play Annadale.

Weston, meanwhile, renew rivalries with Suttonians – who have taken up the option of playing in the Senior Cup following their Irish Hockey Trophy exploits last term – in the only all-Leinster tie. YMCA host North Down.

On the women’s side, there is no doubt which tie will draw all the attention as Leinster champions Railway Union host Ulster queen-pins Pegasus with Alex Speers facing her former club.

Trinity have home advantage for an intervarsity battle with UCD, hoping to overturn last week’s 4-0 turnover in Santry.
Loreto travel north to play Knock, Old Alex host Randalstown and Bray are en route to Ards in the other Leinster sides in action – Corinthian, Glenanne, Hermes and Pembroke all receiving byes.

In the Irish Hockey Trophy competitions, the men’s draw was not made as fewer than 32 entries were received, making a preliminary round unnecesary. The draw for the first round proper will take place November 6.

On the women’s side, a new name will appear on the IHT with the Ulster Elks and Catholic Institute now playing in the ISC. Botanic bring Lisnagarvey to their Glasnevin base while Weston play Muckross as only three of 11 Leinster sides were paired off in round one. The IJC and Irish Hockey Challenge draws have not yet been made.

Men’s Irish Senior Cup 1st round (November 13)
Corinthian vs Lisnagarvey; Annadale vs Railway Union; Cork C of I vs Kilkeel; Banbridge vs Cork Harlequins; Cookstown vs Pembroke Wanderers; Monkstown vs Bangor; Weston vs Suttonians; YMCA vs Nth Down
Byes: Bandon, Fingal, Glenanne, Instonians, Mossley, NI Civil Service, Three Rock Rovers, UCD.

ESB Ladies ISC 1st Round (November 13)
Trinity vs UCD; Knock vs Loreto; Railway Union vs Pegasus; Queens Univ vs Ulster Elks; Old Alexandra vs Randalstown; Ballymoney vs UCC; Ards vs Bray
Byes: Armagh, Belfast Harlequins, Catholic Institute, Corinthian, Cork Harlequins, Glenanne, Hermes, Lurgan, Pembroke Wanderers

ESB Ladies Irish Hockey Trophy 1st Round (November 6)
Kilkeel vs Ballymena; Botanic vs Lisnagarvey; Dromore vs Parkview; Weston vs Muckross; Newbridge vs Cork C of I
Byes: Ashton, Avoca, Bandon, Belvedere, Carrickfergus, Clontarf, Cookstown, Diocesan, Fermoy, Galway, Genesis, Greenfields, Greenisland, Naas, NI Civil Service, Nth Down, Nth Kildare, NUIG, Our Lady’s Terenure, Portadown, Raphoe, Suttonians, Three Rock Ladies, Victorians, Waterford, Wexford, Omagh

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