Despite a couple of scares, YM separated themselves from the field with a lively 5-4 win over UCD. Glenanne dropped points against Fingal, Railway again fought-back for a draw, Corinthian and Pembroke also won while the IJC first round was completed
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With the frost putting paid to all outdoor hockey this weekend, the National Indoor Trophy took centre-stage with the men playing at the new venue in the Loughlinstown Leisure Centre while the women took to DCU.
Loreto and Hermes will give themselves every chance to lock swords tomorrow in what could prove an explosive battle as the top two fight for the right for the Christmas number one spot.
The IHA has announced the new dates for the refixtures of the national level competitions which were wiped out by the recent weather conditions.
A highly motivated Glenanne got back into action with a flourish as they brushed aside YMCA at St Mark’s in fine style to keep their three in-a-row Neville Cup hopes alive.
Monkstown earned the first Neville Cup final berth when they swept to a comprehensive victory at Serpentine Avenue against an under-strength Pembroke this evening.
Cecelia Joyce’s slick pair of deflections handed Railway Union a second round berth in the Jacqui Potter Cup, under-pinning a comfortable victory over Loreto II at Park Avenue
On another weather-hit weekend, Hermes were rewarded for their pitch-clearing efforts with three points against UCD and a return to the top of division one; UCD won in the Jacqui Potter while TRR go through in the men’s IJC.
The Leinster Ladies Hockey Union and the men’s Leinster Branch of the IHA have made the decision to call off all fixtures on Saturday.
Another of the big guns will fall in the women’s Irish Senior Cup as Loreto were drawn to play at Pegasus in the second round, a draw made in Smyth’s of Ranelagh this evening.
Overnight snow and the subsequent hazardous driving conditions have caused widespread cancelations to the domestic and national fixture schedule.
Round three for YMCA and Monkstown as the pretenders to the Pembroke/Glenanne winner’s enclosure is the centrepiece for the men’s division one action, coming just six days after their last battle.
With CPP players back in contention for starting places, Loreto against Old Alex looks the pick of the ties in the women’s division one this weekend with several players likely to make a comeback.
Gareth Watkins continued his remarkable scoring record, bringing his tally to 12 goals from five games as his hat-trick helped Monkstown come from 2-0 down to beat YMCA in the Leinster Senior Mills Cup.
Railway Union were the big name to be knocked out of the Irish Senior Cup as Pegasus raided Dublin for a second successive week to pluck a 3-2 victory against one of the country’s big guns.
The tragic passing of Andrew Chambers will forever be the abiding memory on Saturday afternoon as the results of the first round of the Irish Senior Cup became a mere footnote on a sad day for the sport in the country.
If Corinthian and Lisnagarvey can come anywhere close to matching last season’s incredible 5-6 result in the IHL semi-finals, tomorrow’s ISC opener will be some spectacle.
The early rounds of the ESB women’s Irish Senior Cup have thrown up some high profile ties and the trend continued as Leinster and All-Ireland champs Railway Union against Ulster queen-pins Pegasus have been pitted against each other at Park Avenue.
Six cup draws were made by the IHA on Monday afternoon with interesting ties in the men’s and women’s Irish Junior, Trophy and Challenge events becoming apparent.