The final day of Leinster women’s Division One produced little by way of dramatic change to the standings but marked a notable moment for Clontarf who finally recorded their first win since promotion.
They won 2-1 at the bullring against Rathgar, providing a positive end to a tough campaign. Where it leaves them exactly for next season depends on the machinations of the EY Hockey League but a playoff date against Naas is in the offing.
After a sluggish opening half, they found themselves 1-0 down but they came out all guns blazing in the second period and they levelled from a penalty corner.
Ciara Byrne’s deflection from Sorcha Hughes sweep fell into the path of Robyn Merrey on the back post and she made no mistake. And with 10 minutes to go, Merrey left a couple of defenders for dead and passed to Byrne waiting on the back post to put Tarf in front.
The next 10 minutes felt like an eternity as Rathgar continued to press forward but having found themselves in this position on plenty of times over the season, Clontarf were calm and defended strongly.
Elsewhere, there was no particularly significant change in the standings. Corinthian closed out their campaign with a comfortable 8-0 win over Our Lady’s with a hat trick from Alanah Quinsey to remain in second place but they are vulnerable to being overtaken by Old Alex.
Lisa Jacob’s double pushed them to a 3-0 win at North Kildare and Alex can move up to a potentially crucial second place if they win their final league game on April 5 against Avoca.
Avoca drew 1-1 with Genesis with Julie Henry scrambling in the equaliser for the red team in the second half after Ruth Norris had opened the scoring.
Champions Muckross closed out their campaign with a 2-0 win over Glenanne.
In Munster, UCC completed their Munster league victory, getting the points they needed with something to spare with a 7-0 win over Belvedere.
Catholic Institute go into the first phase of the EYHL promotion playoffs with them amid a busy end of season with a Munster Senior Cup and an Irish Hockey Trophy final also to look forward to.
Women’s Leinster Division One: Glenanne 0 Muckross 2 (K Fitzgerald, S Barnwell); North Kildare 0 Old Alex 3 (L Jacob 2, F Bradish); Our Lady’s 0 Corinthian 8 (A Quinsey 3, L Pomeroy 2, L McGrane 2, C Proud-Murphy); Avoca 1 (R Norris) Genesis 1 (J Henry); Clontarf 2 (R Merrey, C Byrne) Rathgar 1
Irish Hockey Trophy – Semi-final: Bandon 0 Catholic Institute 1 (R Pratt)
Munster Division 1: Belvedere 0 UCC 7 (L Egan 2, K Harvey 2, K Linehan, C Moloney, J Clein).