The Leinster men’s domestic season will tip off on September 17 with divisions 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 all getting underway following the release of the early season programme on Monday.
The fixtures for September and October have been initially been released as per usual with the remainder to follow in due course. The IHA timetable – including the Irish Senior Cup and Irish Hockey League – however will not be finalised fully until November when it will be known which Olympic qualifier, if any, Ireland will be heading to.
Belgium, Japan and India in the spring are the current options subject to continental qualifiers which could see some re-jigging to the national calendar but the first round of the Senior Cup will go ahead in the first week of October with IHL round one following a week later.
Glenanne begin their title defence against Clontarf on their return to division one while the Marlay derby between Corinthian and Three Rock looks an initial highlight on day one.
The Neville Cup is down to be played on the Sunday of week one with three all division one ties opening the competition, notably holders Monkstown against Pembroke.
Mullingar and Portrane are two notable inclusions in this competition having stepped up from division 4 to 2. The second tier gets underway a week later on September 24 with the Westmeath side playing their very first fixture at this level in a league which has been bolstered up to eight teams for 2011/12.
Going down the leagues, division 3 remains as per last term but division 4 welcomes back Corinthian III, Suttonians II and Weston II while St Brendan’s/Phoenix Park drop down.
Div 5 sees Skerries continue their rise back up through the leagues having bossed the sixth tier last time round while Rathgar II come up from division 8, a relocation based on their impressive if ultimately registration-scuppered run in that league.
Twelve teams will contest division six, Kilkenny II, Mullingar II and Athy’s second successive promotion adding to the table.
Division 7 sees the introduction of Portrane II; Bray’s first team will play in this league after their mid-season withdrawal in 2010/11 while Wicklow and Smithfield have stepped up as the promoted sides from division 8.
Men’s League structure:
Division 1: Monkstown, Railway Union, YMCA, UCD, Corinthian, Three Rock Rovers, Clontarf, Glenanne, Fingal, Pembroke Wanderers Division 2: Portrane, Weston, Navan, Avoca, Rathgar, Suttonians, Dublin University, Mullingar Division 3: Monkstown II, Railway Union II, YMCA II, UCD II, Corinthian II, Three Rock Rovers II, Dublin University II, Glenanne II, Fingal II, Pembroke Wanderers II Division 4: Clontarf II, Pembroke Wanderers III, Suttonians II, Kilkenny, Railway Union III, Naas, Glenanne III, Corinthian III, Monkstown III, Weston II Division 5: Pembroke Wanderers IV, YMCA III, Avoca II, Skerries, St James Gate, Monkstown IV, Rathgar II, St Brendan’s/Phoenix Park, North Kildare, Three Rock Rovers III Division 6: Glenanne IV, Corinthian IV, Dublin University III, Navan II, Three Rock Rovers IV, Mullingar II, Athy, YMCA IV, Kilkenny II, Fingal III, Pembroke Wanderers V, Monkstown V Division 7: Bray, Portrane II, Wicklow, Weston III, Railway Union IV, Avoca III, St Brendans/Phoenix Park II, Smithfield, UCD III, Corinthian V Division 8: Bray II, Three Rock Rovers V, Pembroke Wanderers VII, Pembroke Wanderers VI, Fingal IV, St James Gate II, Clontarf III, Dublin University IV
Early season Leinster Men’s Division One/Two fixtures:
September 17 (Week One)
Division 1: Monkstown vs Railway Union; YMCA vs UCD; Corinthian vs Three Rock Rovers; Clontarf vs Glenanne; Fingal vs Pembroke Wanderers
Neville Cup Round 1: Mullingar v Weston; Monkstown v Pembroke Wanderers; Glenanne v Corinthian; Avoca v Railway Union; Fingal v YMCA; Portrane v Clontarf
September 24 (Week Two)
Division 1: Railway Union vs YMCA; UCD vs Clontarf; Three Rock Rovers vs Monkstown; Glenanne vs Fingal; Pembroke Wanderers vs Corinthian Division 2: Portrane vs Weston; Navan vs Avoca; Rathgar vs Suttonians; Dublin University vs Mullingar
Sunday, September 25
Division 1: Glenanne vs Corinthian; Clontarf vs Fingal; Pembroke Wanderers vs Monkstown; Railway Union vs UCD; Three Rock Rovers vs YMCA
October 1 (Week Three)
Division 1: UCD vs Monkstown; YMCA vs Clontarf; Railway Union vs Corinthian; Pembroke Wanderers vs Glenanne; Three Rock Rovers vs Fingal Division 2: Weston vs Navan; Avoca vs Rathgar; Suttonians vs Dublin University; Mullingar vs Portrane
October 8 (Week four)
Irish Senior Cup – round one Division 2: Avoca vs Weston; Suttonians vs Navan; Mullingar vs Rathgar; Dublin University vs Portrane
October 15 (Week five)
Irish Hockey League – round one Division 2: Portrane vs Avoca; Weston vs Suttonians; Navan vs Mullingar; Rathgar vs Dublin University
October 22 (Week six)
Division 1: Corinthian vs UCD; Monkstown vs YMCA; Fingal vs Railway Union; Clontarf vs Pembroke Wanderers; Glenanne vs Three Rock Rovers Division 2: Suttonians vs Avoca; Mullingar vs Weston; Dublin University vs Navan; Rathgar vs Portrane
Sunday, October 23
Neville Cup Round 2
October 29 (Week seven)
Irish Hockey League – round two
23 Responses to “Leinster men’s early season fixtures released”
July 20, 2011 3:34 am S.h. says
UCD playing Railway and Clontarf in the first 3 weeks of the season – the students won’t like that!
July 20, 2011 8:14 am womens says
any news on when womens fixtures are out?
July 20, 2011 8:26 am Stephen Findlater says
I believe the women’s and South East early season fixtures are out but I have not received them just yet. If they come through, I will post them in due course. Feel free to drop me an email at hookresults(at)yahoo(dot)com
July 20, 2011 10:05 am Yahoo! says
Division 2 looks respectable again!
July 20, 2011 10:14 am Yahoo! says
Will each team in division 2 play eachother only twice now that its 8 teams.
July 20, 2011 11:03 am paddy says
div2 looks good mix again just home and away games makes it better!
July 20, 2011 12:36 pm bloody knees says
Mullingar on grit?
Is there anm astro only rule for Division 2?
July 20, 2011 1:40 pm RE BLOODY KNEES says
I presume mullingar will have to get an astro pitch?
July 20, 2011 2:25 pm tucker says
i think they played games in N.Kildare last season!! possibly same this season!!!
July 20, 2011 2:55 pm Sheepz says
Loreto Mullingar are laying an astroturf I believe
July 20, 2011 3:18 pm RE BLOODY KNEES says
below is taken from the leinster rules and regulations hand book.
(a) If in the opinion of the umpires at the time fixed for the starting of the match, the ground is in such a condition as to be unfit for play they shall be entitled to declare the match off. At their sole discretion, the umpires may allow a period of time for a pitch to be made ready for play, but in all such circumstances, the question of the fitness of a pitch for play shall rest solely with the umpires whose decision is final.
(b) All Division 1 games shall be played on synthetic turf surfaces.
(c) All Division 2 games shall be played on synthetic turf surfaces, except where there is no available pitch within 50 kilometres of the home pitch of the club concerned.”
July 20, 2011 3:20 pm RE BLOODY KNEES says
Therefore i presume mullingar will have a synthetic pitch
July 20, 2011 5:11 pm Joe Dolan says
Loreto will have it’s astro by 2012/2013 season. Mullingar playing home games in Tullamore for 2011-2012. And this is from the man who put Mullingar on the map!!
July 21, 2011 4:25 pm David R says
Tarf play UCD and Fingal in two of there first 3 games!! Big weekend to say the least! Best of luck to Mullingar in Div 2 as well!!
July 21, 2011 4:59 pm Leinster Brunch says
womens fixtures up on leinsterhockey.org
July 22, 2011 5:16 pm lionelmessi says
very big year for mullingar mens hockey.limited number of players to choose from compared to dublin teams,no home pitch and stepping up to division 2.best of luck to portrane next season too
July 23, 2011 12:48 pm Predictions for 2011-2012 season (Gabbo) says
Really exciting year this year because there are four teams who i think could come 4th (marked with a <)
3rd Pembroke <
4th YMCA <
5th Corinthians <
6th Three Rock Rvrs <
7th Railway <
Its all well and good having 8 teams but if 2 or 3 of these are non competitive it makes it a bit of a joke
I think Portrane will do well with the muktaar and Nasir. But feel they are putting all there eggs in one basket…what happens if one or both of these guys gets injured.
I do think Mullingar could be good unpredictable side do they have strenghth and depth. Will they step up the the standard.
(spare me the Div 4 is a better standard cause its really not)
Fair play to Navan for coming back again this year NEVER SAY DIE!
I dont mean to be disrespectfull to anyone. But i for see another split divison top 4 and bottom 4.
Why have the Fixtures Committee assigned only 8 teams to Division 8? A standard division of 10 teams would have been possible if 10 teams had been assigned to Division 6 rather than 12 teams. This is unfair on those teams in Division 8 who pay the same Branch competition fees as all other teams in the Leinster leagues but will have the opportunity to play in far fewer Branch fixtures.
Good luck to Portrane and Mullingar who have had the self-confidence to step up to Division 2 improving the competition in that division this season. Let’s hope that Kilkenny and others can follow in their footsteps in seasons ahead.
July 23, 2011 11:13 pm Gerryd says
Gabbo, for someone that put some much effort into writing such a long list of predictions, you think u would have put some thought into it. Your probably right about div 1 top 2 but the order will be reversed with rovers and pembroke 3/4. Division 2. Don’t know how you came up with order u did. Have u heard something about avoca that n
July 24, 2011 11:07 am Gabbo says
Yup aparently avoca have got a few new recruits. I was going to say weston to finish top but i know nothing about who they still have or dont have
As for you pembroke and rovers comment. I know for a fact that pembroke have some new recruits this season. Just look at there website they are looking for accomedation..
You think I’m bad. some people write four or five books on this thing….
July 24, 2011 12:40 pm shaun says
I think that the list of teams in Div 8 above is missing a few – as i know that glenanne have a 5th team as do railway
July 25, 2011 12:45 pm taboos says
I think there is still a lot to be seen with both division 1 and two. But I’m willing to make some predictions
Glenanne will be weaker this season but will hold onto the league. Pembroke will have a few recruits in, which will sure up some gaps in key areas. YM and Monkstown will be as strong as they were last year but I think YM will just grind a couple more draws from those above than Monkstown. UCD is my big call obviously but I don’t think theres much fun in making predictions with out one. They could be anywhere between 4th and 8th I think. They aren’t losing to many players, I don’t think, and I’ve spoken to a few young guys from my own club, and heard of others, who are going there should their Leaving go as planned. I think only a couple of quality recruits would make them much stronger, particularly in depth. Even if they get no significant signings, the guys they relied on last year to change games will now be 19-20 rather than 18-19, which will make a big difference for them. That in it’s self wouldn’t be enough to make them 5th, obviously, but enough to easily keep them out of the playoff. They will need the signings but I think they’ll get them. Railway could be a big player this season too but i think Three Rock have the players to be ahead of them if they start the season as they should. I think that 8th is the lowest Corinthians will be, they’ve definately been given the harshest placing and Fingal could be reinvigorated this season with David Bane so could be in a higher position. I think anyone in my 2-8 could be 4th.
I will point out that I’ve never played in Div.2, so I could be wrong, but from my observations, I think for most teams (My 1-5) it is a matter of who decides they want to win the Division the most that wins it and I think after their heart break in the playoff last year that Trinity will be that team (maybe I’m just over estimating students today). I heard Avoca have a few recruits in so i think they’ll be strong, i also think they’ll be motivated from lossing out on their playoff place last year. I think Rathgar and Suttonians, particularly as i hear Suttonians have a great new recruit (or not so new really) are interchangeable but i think Rathgar have that battle because they have more Division 1 experience to snatch victories and points they shouldn’t. Then the bottom three places. I don’t know much about any of them, but I think Portrane takes it because they have more match winners. I maybe being too harsh on Navan particularly as i really like them as a club and I know absolutely nothing about Mullingar (so I apologise to Navan for that). I disagree completely though that 2 or three teams not being competitive makes the league a joke. There are very few leagues in any sport where everybody is competitive. It just means that they compete with each other. I think Div.2 is back on track.
I think both Divisions will be great this year. No team will run away with things in either and I think every team ill have to fight every week. I can’t wait.
August 3, 2011 6:04 pm Stuart says
Just want to wish Mullingar and Portrane good luck for the upcoming season, would be great to see some smaller teams do some damage in Div. 2!
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