March 17th 2018 will go down in the annals of Irish rugby as the day the historic third men’s Grand Slam was secured, but a small corner of Dublin will also hold a place in the record books for Enniscorthy
Three Rock Rovers’ midfield eventually over-ran Corinthian to get a handle on the Leinster Senior Mills Cup for the second time in five years at Grange Road, their fourth piece of silverware already this season.
Railway Union’s young guns produced a superb performance to beat UCD in the Jacqui Potter Cup final for the second year running, notching up a 3-0 win at Grange Road and their fifth success in the competition.
Its final fantasy time in Leinster and Munster with five finals set to take place at Grange Road on Saturday while there is a tranche of important showdowns in Munster and a trio of Irish Senior Cup quarter-finals on the card.
Second half goals from Niamh Carey and Jodie Douglas saw Railway Union put an end to North Kildare’s groundbreaking run in the Jacqui Potter Cup as they won through to Saturday’s final with a 2-0 win.
Siofra O’Brien’s early goal proved enough for Loreto to join Pegasus and UCD in the Irish Senior Cup semi-finals while Belfast Harlequins advanced to the quarters.
After almost three months, Belfast Harlequins and Pembroke will hope they can finally get the go-ahead for their Irish Senior Cup second round date at Deramore Park.
Chloe Brown produced a masterclass for Ards as they claimed a seventh successive National Indoor Trophy crown at St Columba’s, winning their decider 5-2
Three Rock Rovers retained the National Indoor Trophy title with an 8-5 win over arch rivals Railway Union at St Columba’s with Ross Canning netting four times in the decider.
Cork Harlequins’ date with UCD is the marquee EY Hockey League game of a brilliant weekend of women’s hockey on the agenda with the National Indoor Trophy finals on Sunday
Railway Union and Three Rock Rovers face an almost instant re-match as the National Indoor Trophy follows seven days after the former dethroned Rovers in Leinster at St Columba’s; men’s weekend preview
Old Alex pushed Pegasus all the way in the Irish Senior Cup while Loreto also advanced; UCD, Railway Union and North Kildare all made it through in the Jacqui Potter Cup
Loreto and Hermes-Monkstown’s paths intertwine for a second successive cup weekend, stepping things up a notch for their Irish Senior Cup second round tie, the highlight of Saturday’s local action.
The top four in the men’s EY Hockey League all advanced in the Irish Senior Cup though, for a second week running, Pembroke put their fans through the ringer against mid-table Ulster Premier opposition.
The Jacqui Potter Cup continued to see lower tier opposition eliminating higher rated sides in the league register with Railway Union II picking off the marquee victory, knocking out EYHL side Pembroke.
Pembroke became the first Irish Senior Cup semi-finalist while TRR, Glenanne and Lisnagarvey also advanced; check out those results and all the IHT and Jacqui Potter Cup scores in the round-up
After a couple of aborted attempts, the Irish Senior Cup quarter-finalists will hopefully be finalised with three second round matches on the agenda while Mossley and Pembroke will bid to be the first into the semis.
While there are plenty of miles still to travel, UCC’s away day at Catholic Institute looks a potential decider for the students in women’s Munster Division One when they meet at 1pm at Rosbrien on Saturday.
While outdoor fixtures took a partial hit over the weekend, the indoor side of the game seems to be gathering momentum around the country with a series of new initiatives.
Pembroke and Mossley advanced to an Irish Senior Cup quarter-final date next Saturday with dramatic wins in the two refxied ties to beat the frost in Ulster.