Playoff Sunday in indoor leagues; big guns enter Jacqui Potter stage

The Leinster indoor leagues reach the playoff stage on Sunday with the remaining semi-final places up for grabs at St Columba’s College.

The women’s competition still has some unfinished business on Saturday evening with unbeaten UCD facing winless Old Alex and Bray. The relevance of the ties will determine the make-up of the playoffs.

Two wins and UCD go straight into the semis, one win and it’s the quarters; two losses and they could bow out. North Kildare are hoping for the students to lose to give them direct passage to the semis while Muckross and Railway Union II are currently occupying the playoff spots.

On the men’s side, YMCA dropped their first points last weekend in a 4-4 draw against Clontarf but had done enough to top their pool and advance to the final four. Glenanne swept by Tarf 9-4 to copper-fasten a quarter-final place, meaning Railway Union II took the other playoff place.

It means a novel showdown between Railway’s As and Bs in the quarters, the Sandymount club’s firsts closing out their group stage with a 10-3 success.

Monkstown were third, winning against Avoca (9-2) and Kilkenny (7-4) to jump up the table. They lost 6-3 to Three Rock who won the group and are into the semis. Town go up against Glenanne in their playoff as a result.

There is one tie in men’s Leinster Division One with Rathgar and Avoca – both on 15 points – meeting at The High School, looking to close the gap on third placed Portrane.

Richard Couse was the top scorer in Leinster hockey before Christmas in the leagues, netting 19 times in eight games, and he will be the man for Gar to halt. Rathgar have spread their goals around with Andrew Malcolm leading the way with seven.

On the women’s side, the second round of the Jacqui Potter Cup sees the EYHL sides enter the fray. Perhaps the tie of the round is the meeting of Muckross and Pembroke on Marlborough Road with the former looking to repeat their December win in the league.

High-flying Railway Union II have a hugely experienced side in place for their tie against Genesis with Cecelia Joyce, Emer Lucey, Eimear Dolan, Holly Jenkinson, Isobel Joyce, Kate Dillon and Kate McKenna all former winners of this cup. They knocked out Bray last week 1-0 courtesy of a Cliona McCullough goal.

Pembroke II’s reward for beating Clontarf 3-1 last week – with Caroline Hill, Kylie Crawford and Tori Wensley on the mark – is a home fixture against UCD.

Old Alex are another club with two teams in the last 16. Their firsts enter the fray with a home game against Avoca, 4-2 victors against Monkstown II. Their seconds edged by Our Lady’s but will have a tough away day against Loreto.

Avoca’s Anna Richardson on the attack against Monkstown II. Pic: Alwyn Robinson

Corinthian go to Rathgar for the second time this season, the previous meeting a 7-0 success for the reds. Naas, mid-table in Division One, are up against Three Rock Rovers who reached round two with a 1-0 win over Muckross II before Christmas.

Elsewhere last weekend, the Irish Under-18 girls won their series with Scotland. They drew the first tie 1-1 with Caitriona Beggs getting the Irish goal.

Game two brought a 2-1 win with Niamh McIvor netting a peach of an individual goal before the series was sealed last Sunday with a 3-2 success.

Saturday 11th January 2020

Men 

Leinster Division 1: Rathgar v Avoca, The High School, 12.30pm

Women 

Jacqui Potter Cup – Round 2: Rathgar v Corinthian, The High School, 2.15pm; Old Alex v Avoca, Milltown, 1.30pm; Pembroke II v UCD, Serpentine Avenue, 12.30pm; Railway Union v Glenanne, Park Avenue, 3.30pm; Railway Union II v Genesis, Park Avenue; 1.30pm; Loreto v Old Alex II, Beaufort, 3pm; Naas v Three Rock Rovers, Caragh Road, 12pm; Muckross v Pembroke, Muckross Park, 2pm

Round 1 results: Our Lady’s 2 (E Archbold 2) Old Alexandra II 3 (E Hood, F Walsh Brennan, O Bools); Avoca 4 (C Bourke, E King, N O’Brien, H Lennon) Monkstown II 2 (S Woodroofe 2); UCD II 1 (K Coombes) Glenanne 3; Railway Union II 1 (C McCullough) Bray 0; Pembroke II 3 (C Hill, K Crawford, T Wensley) Clontarf 1

Leinster Indoor League (all at St Columba’s College), Pool B: UCD v Old Alex, 5.10pm; Bray v UCD, 5.50pm; Bray v Old Alex, 6.20pm

Sunday 12th January 2020

Men

Leinster Indoor League (all at St Columba’s College)

7th place playoff: Corinthian v Avoca, 1.10pm

Quarter-finals: Monkstown v Glenanne, 1.50pm; Railway Union v Railway Union B, 2.30pm

Women

Leinster Indoor League (all at St Columba’s College)

Quarter-finals: Mount Temple v North Kildare/UCD, 3.10pm; Glenanne v Muckross/UCD, 4pm

Under 18 internationals

Game one: Ireland 1 (C Beggs) Scotland 1

Game two: Ireland 2 (N McIvor, E O’Sullivan) Scotland 1

Game three: Ireland 3 (E O’Sullivan, A Heatherington, N Barry) Scotland 2.

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