The St Patrick’s Day festival of hockey got under way with a trio of U-16 finals at Grange Road which got underway with some seriously high quality hockey. Here’s a brief rundown of how they panned out
A stunning three goal blitz in the opening six minutes of the second half proved the vital factor for Railway Union as they claimed the Jacqui Potter Leinster Senior Cup at Grange Road for the first time.
Monkstown’s 23-year senior trophy duck ended at Grange Road this afternoon as they, in typically rock and roll fashion, went deep in both normal and extra-time before their corner routine came up trumps, winning 2-1 against Glenanne
St Patrick’s Day once again means a feast of hockey at Grange Road with the day now playing host to five finals with three U-16 deciders joining the men’s and women’s Leinster senior double-header.
Corinthian’s junior U-14s claimed the clubs A league, last week, taking the title with a game still to play as they moved out of reach of Hermes and Pembroke with a tie against Old Alex still to play.
The first series of Leinster Schoolboy cup finals will take place on Wednesday with the Senior Trophy seeing St Columba’s and Sutton Park battling it out for the title, now in its second year; the junior and U-13 finals will also be contested
Tim Hill scored a precious goal at Belfield to leave Weston needing snookers in their maiden season in Leinster’s division one; draws between Fingal and Monkstown and Corinthian and Pembroke leaves IHL places in the mix; IJC and IHC round-up also included
Another series of wins for the leading three means the title race is as you were; Pembroke and Bray played out a thriller and Corinthian were denied by Alex; Leinster sides dominate the women’s IJC while TRL into IHT semi-finals
Monkstown continue to carry Leinster’s blue flag as they sail the shark-infested waters that has been a resurgent performance by Ulster’s clubs in this year’s Irish Senior Cup, stunning Instonians with an amazing late salvo
Wednesday’s Mills Cup victory for Monkstown added another justification to the cup specialist’s tag as they have two cup finals to look forward to in their bid to finally get back amongst the senior silverware.
A comprehensive Monkstown performance set up the second final showdown with Glenanne as they found their cutting edge in the second half as Pembroke’s corner prowess deserted them.
Cup specialists UCD reached their third consecutive Irish Senior Cup semi-final as Caroline Hill’s golden goal put an end to Cork Harlequins’ hopes. They were the sole Leinster side to prosper, Pegasus and Ballymoney beating Loreto and Old Alex
Anticipation has heightened the tension as Loreto are finally set to travel to Pegasus for the highlight of the weekend, looking to overturn their
Fingal survived a second half onslaught to record their second league win of the season on Sunday afternoon to move within striking distance of the IHL places, denting Corinthian’s hopes in the process. Also, the IHT and IHC draws were also made on Sunday
Clontarf continued their awesome recent form to make it into the final four of the Irish Hockey Trophy, the last Leinster team standing after the Rathgar Chiefs were trumped by UCC. Also includes ISC, IJC, IHT and IHC results
After six Sundays of group matches, the National Indoor Trophy reaches its second finals weekend in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght with 12 sides fighting it out for the men’s and women’s honours.
Silver goal winners from Anna O’Neill and Cecelia Joyce handed Pembroke and Railway Union the first two Jacqui Potter Cup semi-final berths on offer as the Sandymount duo knocked out Old Alex and Hermes, respectively.
Monkstown remain a triple-threat on the cup front as a goal struck on the final hooter of their Mills quarter-final with Fingal at ALSAA on Sunday, making it into the last four to go with their Neville final and Irish Senior Cup quarter-final date.
Just two Leinster sides remain standing in the men’s Irish Senior Cup as Ulster sides Lisnagarvey and Annadale raided Dublin to ensure there will be a new Irish entrant in the EuroHockey League in the 2011/12 season.
With Leinster and Ulster’s current table-toppers colliding in Milltown, where the provincial balance of power on the club scene lies will be put to the test for the first time this season in the second round of the Irish Senior Cup