With upwards of ten players lost from last year’s division one side, Bray have been forced to drop their first team for the upcoming season with Three Rock Ladies taking their place in the top tier in Leinster with immediate effect.
The Co Wicklow club lodged a request to the Leinster Hockey Association earlier this week and, following a meeting in Grange Road last night, their request was accepted with the LHA’s Ladies sub-committee releasing the following statement:
“Regrettably, the committee have agreed that Bray 1sts should be allowed to withdraw with immediate effect. The Ladies Fixtures Committee will now amend the league structures as required and all clubs will be notified of changes before the start of the 2011/2012 season. The revised league schedule will also be available on the LHA website. ”
It means Bray’s first team will now compete in division three with their seconds in division eight and thirds in division ten.
Three Rock Ladies have missed out on direct promotion to the top league in the past two seasons after extra-time, play-off losses to Bray in 2010 and Corinthian in the spring.
But they were offered a route back into the division this afternoon which they accepted to bring the division back up to ten teams. Geoff Walker’s side, though, will be given until October 1 before they start their campaign given the short lead-in period to the season, leaving just three games to be played on Saturday on the opening day of the campaign.
Women’s Leinster Division One fixtures (Saturday): Loreto vs Hermes, 1pm, Beaufort; Corinthian vs Glenanne, 4.15pm, Whitechurch Park; Railway Union vs Old Alex, 1pm, Park Avenue