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.
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.