Upton makes her mark on Insta return; Munster women’s team by team preview

Roisin Upton showed what an impact she can have for her original club as she took just six minutes to score in Catholic Institute’s thumping 5-1 win over UCC on the opening day of Munster Division One last weekend.

It marked one of the eye-catching results on day one of the delayed Munster league which got underway after the local branch had initially delayed the season until a registrar for the competition was found.

Roisin Upton, right, back in a Catholic Institute jersey.

The students won the local league last season ahead of Insta but the result and performance suggest the pendulum has swung markedly the opposite direction.

Siobhan O’Donovan, meanwhile, got the only goal as Ashton raided Bandon for a big 1-0 win in west Cork.

Belvedere got off the mark with a dramatic 3-2 win over Limerick – who only survived relegation in early September via a playoff – while Cork C of I started well with a 2-0 defeat of Waterford.

For week two, the Munster clubs is focused on the Irish Trophy on Sunday with Ashton hosting Mossley, Belvedere against Clontarf in Ballincollig, Waterford up against Weston and Cork C of I travelling up to Kilkenny.

Munster Division One – day one results: Catholic Institute 5 (R Upton, L Foley, K Daly, N O’Keeffe, L Clery) UCC 1 (L Ryan); Cork C of I 2 (H Honner, A O’Mahony) Waterford 0; Bandon 0 Ashton 1 (S O’Donovan); Belvedere 3 (H Leacy 2, A Barrett) Limerick 2 (G Tutty, N Deegan)

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Team by team overviews based on information submitted

Cork Cof I
Last season: 3rd Munster Division One, Irish Hockey Trophy quarter-final
Coach: Graham Catchpole (2nd season). Manager: Teresa McCormack (1st season)

Players in: Orla Crowley, Holly Sweetnam (returning players), Hannah Honner (Corinthian), Vicki Brickenden (Corinthian), Kathy Armitage (Genesis), Nicola Kerr (Harlequins), Ciara Sexton (UCC), Edel Murphy (Kilkenny), Kate Humphreys (London)

Players out: Claire Hickey (family commitments) Roisin O’Dea (UCC), Christina Dring (UCC), Becky Maye GK (Harlequins)

Overview: The club are delighted to have plenty of youths coming through with four of the squad on the Munster U-18s panel. With nine additions also joining the panel – including the return of Nicola Kerr to the club after a season with Harlequins – they look forward to trying to close in on the top sides in Munster Division One.

Ashton 
Coach: Leslie Ruddock, assitant coach: Darren Wilkinson; manager: Mary-Claire Cummins.

Players in: Kate Harvey (UCC), Ciara O’Toole (Blackrock).
Players out: Susan Peters (Genesis), Wendy O’Morchoe (Netherlands)

Overview: The addition of Darren Wilkinson – one of Munster’s brightest young coaching prospects – will help bring on the club’s youth, expanding on his role as Munster girls U-18 coach. Ambitions for the team is to build on last year to improve our league position and hopefully get a good run in IHT. The start of the season starts with them playing most of their away games as we await the arrival of our new pitch. Niamh Sexton is an exciting addition from their Under-16s.

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Waterford 
Players in: Lily Carey (Bandon) Kelsey-Shae Bailey (South Africa)
Players out: Elaine Breen (travelling) Barbara Johnson (work commitments)

Overview: Similar to last year, they hope to replicate their position in the league finishing mid-table. Last year was a development year and they look to continue bringing on their youth players. They dovetail with some experienced players like Mary Rose Roche who represented the Irish Over-40s this year in Spain. Combined with that, they have provincial underage players in current Connacht Under-18 goalie Teegan Stanley and past Under-16 South East goalie Rachel Shute hoping to don the number one smock.

Bandon’s 2017 IHT winning side. Pic: Adrian Boehm

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Bandon
Last season: 4th Munster Division 1
Coach: Ricky Roycroft

Overview: This season will be a transitional year for the Bandon team with a number of last year’s panel unavailable for the season. The aim for the season is to introduce some of the younger members of the club to Division 1 hockey along with cup competitions where they will be surrounded by a strong spine of experienced quality players.

 

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Catholic Institute
Last season: Irish Hockey Trophy winners, 2nd Munster Division One, Munster Senior Cup winners
Management Team: Ger O’Carroll (coach), Ann Logan (assistant/GK coach), Brenda Moloney (Manager) & John Hickey (Fitness Coach)
Captain: Ciara Moloney   Vice – Captain: Michelle Barrett

Players in:  Roisin Upton (Cork Harlequins), Miriam O’Callaghan (Suttonians – GK), Eimear Ryan (Trinity), Becky Foley (Limerick Hockey Club), Sophie Clein (Limerick Hockey Club)
Players Out: Muireann Scanlan (UCC), Lauren Ryan (UCC), Molly Doran (UCC)

Overview: Catholic Institute have welcomed back World Cup star back Roisin Upton into the fold after four years in the US and then a couple of seasons with Cork Harlequins, marking the big addition to the ranks.

“Roisin returning to the club has given the club a massive boost this season both on and off the pitch as an amazing role model inspiring the next generation in Limerick City,” said the club’s preview.

Aoife Hickey, Anna Horan, Leah Clery and Robyn Leahy have come through the club youth section and are all part of the Munster U-18 girls squad this season along with Sophie Clein and Becky Foley who have joined from Limerick. These players will play a pivotal role this season in the senior squad. They also have other younger players in the youth section coming through like Eimear Lane, Jilly Edwards and Sarah Fitzgerald that they hope to develop over the season.

The squad has a very good balance of senior players and young players this season and led by captain Ciara Moloney will be challenging in all competitions.

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UCC Ladies Hockey Club
Last Season: 1st Munster Division 1; Munster Cup Plate winners; Irish Senior Cup first round; EYHL Playoffs
Coach: John McGrath; Manager: Colette Coomey; Captain: Jenny Clein; Physio: Elaine Courtney, Fitness Coach: Patrick Ryan

Players In: Emma Cripps (Cork Harlequins), Roisin O’Dea (Cork C of I), Becky Oppermann (Cork C of I), Christina Dring (Cork C of I), Emma O’Sullivan (Belvedere), Muireann Scanlon (Catholic Institute), Lauren Ryan (Catholic Institute), Hilary Balding (Waterford)
Players Out: Clodagh Moloney (USA), Kate Harvey (Ashton), Niamh O’Leary (Cork Harlequins), Grace Tutty

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