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
Glenanne’s battle with Corinthian looks set to be the vital tie this weekend in women’s Leinster’s division one as a potential automatic relegation looks a possibility for the first time in a number of years.
With Loreto’s trip to Pegasus called off due to the frost, Old Alex’s battle with Pembroke in Milltown took the mantle of Leinster highlight as Erika Hinkson struck twice in the first half to see them home.
Should all ties get the go-ahead, Loreto’s trip to Pegasus is the undoubted pick of the round in the women’s ESB Irish Senior Cup as Leinster’s last remaining 100pc record faces the Ulster queen-pins.
Laura Barrie’s extra-time goal made Genesis the one division two side to make it into the Jacqui Potter Cup quarter-finals this afternoon as they plundered a 1-0 success in Milltown against Old Alex seconds.
Injury-hit Old Alex grasped a point from their tie with Hermes, reducing their lead from four points to two over the chasers. Loreto, UCD and Railway all took advantage while Pembroke also won. In the IJC, Randalstown vacated their crown
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.