Monkstown club man Peter Tipping will be laid to rest on Saturday afternoon at 12pm at St Paul’s Church on Silchester Road, Glenageary following his sad passing earlier this week.
He was the captain of the club’s fifth team who had a lifelong connection with Town as a player, an active volunteer and supporter. Indeed, his family have been associated with Town for 70 years.
In the club’s tribute to him on Tuesday, Monkstown posted: “He epitomised everything that is important in being a club member in supporting, volunteering and in his current role as M5 captain for the past number of years.
“We will miss your easy demeanour ,smile,genuine willingness and love of our club. Our thoughts and prayers are with your children, Jake and Karac,your Mum and Dad,Hazel and Denzil, sister Gill and Graham, Ryan, Sam, Rachel, Crawford, Kaye, and Linda and the wider family.
“Rest in peace our good friend.”
As such, the sky blues EY Hockey League tie with Monkstown has been postponed along with the club’s other matches on Saturday afternoon. Elsewhere, the remaining men’s EYHL games are currently scheduled to go ahead pending decisions on the cold weather.
Should they survive the frost, Banbridge have a double weekend of home fixtures to negotiate from which they can strengthen their place at the top. Matthew Bell remains out for another week due to an ankle injury while Frazer Mills has a broken knuckle.
With Jamie Wright in London and Drew Carlisle on honeymoon, they are down significant numbers once again but Owen Magee returns for a date with Glenanne on Saturday and the crucial tie with Cork C of I on Sunday.
C of I had David Hobbs back in the side last weekend, adding to the options for their progressive season to date. Should they win on Saturday at Pembroke, Sunday’s date with Bann could be one to decide who goes top.
Pembroke are still waiting on the fitness of Alan Sothern. They also missed Kirk Shimmins and Maurice Elliott who were abroad but still nabbed all three points at Instonians.
In their absence, Paudie Carley lined out for the first team in the top league in a fourth different decade. David Quinn is another who has been hugely influential for Pembroke in the past six weeks.
Three Rock Rovers will be without James Walker for their game with UCD. The students, meanwhile, have Jeremy Duncan and Greg Chambers back in the fold but Stephen Dawson, Ben McCrea, Rob Browne, Gavin Browne, Jazze Henry and Andrew Keane are still away.
Andrew Ramsay was in the side last weekend having spent the first half of the season in Amsterdam on Erasmus but is not named in this week’s panel.
Without that large contingent, Elun Hack praised the spirit of the players who stepped up from the second side, saying “when it comes to heart, they showed they match anyone in the league”.
They put in a strong defensive performance against Lisnagarvey with Ben Campbell and Ziggy de Boe Agnew leading the way but they struggled to create many meaningful attacks.
Lisnagarvey host Railway Union at Comber Road with the former looking to continue their push for top spot.
Leinster men’s Division One returns after the winter break with Corinthian looking to continue their charge for the title. They go to Clontarf while Kilkenny meet Rathgar and Weston look to test YMCA. On Sunday, Dublin University face Fingal in a north Dublin derby.
EY Hockey League
Saturday: Banbridge v Glenanne, 2.45pm, Havelock Park; Lisnagarvey v Railway Union, 3pm, Comber Road; Pembroke v Cork C of I, 2pm, Serpentine Avenue; Three Rock Rovers v UCD, 3pm, Grange Road
Postponed: Monkstown v Instonians
Sunday: Banbridge v Cork C of I, 1pm, Havelock Park
Tuesday: UCD v Pembroke, 7pm, Belfield
Leinster Division One
Saturday: Clontarf v Corinthian, 12pm, Mount Temple; Kilkenny v Rathgar, 2pm, Kilkenny College; Weston v YMCA, 4pm, Griffeen Valley Park
Sunday: Dublin University v Fingal, 4pm, Santry Avenue