Corinthian with Bruton the Division 1 team to catch

YMCA and Corinthian look set to be the two leading lights to push for promotion out of Leinster Division One and onward to the men’s EY Hockey League playoffs this season.

For the Reds, they have made the marquee signing with Jonny Bruton moving from Monkstown to Whitechurch Park to take up a dual role as player and assistant coach.

Jonny Bruton's move from Monkstown to Corinthian is the most eye-catching in Leinster Division 1. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Jonny Bruton’s move from Monkstown to Corinthian is the most eye-catching in Leinster Division 1. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Head coach Trevor Dagg is delighted with the new addition, saying ahead of the new campaign: “Firstly, special thanks to Gordon Elliott for his support over the last two years. His contribution was immense and he’s helped reshape the environment at the Corinthians.

“Jonny now comes on board to progress that work and his role is to develop the young players with myself. We’re going to support him with his coaching badges and reap the benefit of his experience in the area of player development and physical conditioning.”

It means, after a couple of years of transition in terms of player turnover, Corinthian have a settled panel for the new campaign and will look to go further than last term when they were knocked out of the promotion race at the playoff group stages having won the Leinster league.

To that end, there is a tweak to the provincial playoff system compared to last term. Should the Reds repeat their league win, they will advance automatically to the playoff finals with the Munster and Ulster champions.

Places two and three from Leinster go to a group stage of the playoff process with two teams from Ulster and one from Munster.

YM look to have the other stand-out squad in the competition in spite of the departure of Ben Campbell to UCD. They have retained the likes of Ed Lawler, Thom Ritchie and Andrew Buckley for another season and added South African Nick Berichon.

Of the other sides, Avoca have seen their key man Richard Couse move to Glenanne while Clontarf will have to adapt to life without Kevin Mullins and Zane Hutter.

It means the likes of Rathgar, Kilkenny, Fingal and Dublin University will be aiming to close the gap to the playoff places while Weston will hope to steady their ship after a couple of tough seasons.

Corinthian’s season gets off to a belated start with their opening game against Dublin University pushed back to October 4 as the students have yet to return to term time.

Fingal play Kilkenny, Avoca meet Clontarf and Rathgar host Weston with all looking to make an early impact.

Men’s Leinster Division One (Saturday):
Fingal v Kilkenny, 2pm, NSC Abbotstown; Avoca v Clontarf, 12.30pm, Newpark; Rathgar v Weston, 4pm, High School

Men's Leinster Senior Div 1

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Match Score
November 17, 2019 12:00 am Mount Temple
Clontarf Portrane

4 - 1

November 16, 2019 12:00 am Newpark
Avoca Bray

7 - 1

November 16, 2019 12:00 am NSC Abbotstown
Dublin North Clontarf

1 - 7

November 16, 2019 12:00 am Santry Avenue
Dublin University Kilkenny

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November 16, 2019 12:00 am Donabate LC
Portrane Weston

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November 16, 2019 12:00 am High School
Rathgar Railway Union

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November 12, 2019 12:00 am Griffeen Valley Park
Railway Union Dublin University

4 - 1

November 9, 2019 12:00 am East Glendalough
Bray Rathgar

0 - 3

November 9, 2019 12:00 am Kilkenny College
Kilkenny Dublin North

3 - 1

October 19, 2019 12:00 am Newpark
Avoca Clontarf

4 - 5

Match Score
November 23, 2019 12:00 am Park Avenue
Weston Avoca

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November 30, 2019 12:00 am East Glendalough
Bray Portrane

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November 30, 2019 12:00 am Mount Temple
Clontarf Dublin University

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November 30, 2019 12:00 am Park Avenue
Railway Union Kilkenny

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November 30, 2019 12:00 am High School
Rathgar Avoca

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November 30, 2019 12:00 am Griffeen Valley Park
Weston Dublin North

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December 7, 2019 12:00 am Newpark
Avoca Railway Union

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December 7, 2019 12:00 am NSC Abbotstown
Dublin North Bray

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December 7, 2019 12:00 am Santry Avenue
Dublin University Weston

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December 7, 2019 12:00 am Kilkenny College
Kilkenny Clontarf

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