Familiarity may breed over-confidence for UCD and Loreto or so Old Alex and Pembroke will hope as, seven days on from league defeats, they will hope they can land Irish Senior Cup surprise results and earn places in the semi-finals.
The helter-skelter men’s season provides another pivotal weekend in which the Leinster league champions could well be crowned while six local sides battle it out in the Irish Senior Cup quarter-finals.
Monkstown produced a superb display to see off Three Rock 6-3 to put themselves within one win of claiming Leinster men’s division one for the first time since 1982; Glenanne and Corinthian progressed their Irish Hockey League hopes
Marie Goulding’s first minute goal put Glenanne on course for a draw with Railway Union that looks set to have a huge impact on the women’s Leinster division one title race; Trinity shaded a tight tussle with Corinthian to ease relegation worries
Hermes II progressed their hopes of winning a fourth women’s Irish Junior Cup title in 12 years when they shaded an incredibly tight second round date with Loreto II at St Andrew’s, putting them into Monday morning’s draw along with UCD and Pembroke’s second string.
Following last weekend’s results, February 15 now looks set to be judgement day in both the title race as well as for the Irish Hockey League wildcard berth.
Comeback wins over YMCA and Pembroke saw Monkstown garner six points from their weekend and set up a huge date with TRR next weekend; Rovers beat Rathgar to reach the Mills Cup final while Glenanne and UCD progressed their IHL hopes
A pair of Railway Union wins saw them move from fourth to second place, closing the gap to two points at the top of the table; UCD retained their place in the lead while Hermes good form continues; North Kildare and Corinthian drew a blank as Alex edged Trinity
With three games in four days, Pembroke’s hopes of recapturing the men’s Leinster division one crown will be put to a huge test; on the women’s side, Railway Union could close the gap to two points to UCD
A comprehensive 4-0 win over UCD saw Hermes halve the gap to the students at the top of women’s Leinster division one; Loreto and Railway Union kept up their interest in the title with wins over Old Alex and Corinthian while Pembroke shade battle with North Kildare
Leinster’s top two sides UCD and Hermes face off at Booterastown on Saturday on a pivotal day in the title race with both sides coping with international unavailability; women’s div one and two preview
With the introduction of an U-21 international tournament in February, increased Irish senior call-ups from Leinster clubs and Railway Union’s European indoor commitments, the LHA have made a string of changes to the division one fixture list
As women’s Leinster division one returned, Railway Union made light of a large list of absentees to overcome Pembroke 4-1; Hermes did likewise against Glenanne while Old Alex moved into fifth place with fourth win from four outings; UCD eased by North Kildare
Women’s Leinster division one gets back into gear on Saturday with four games brought forward with UCD hoping to manage their panel in the absence of some top stars with the chasing pack hoping for them to falter
A scoreless draw between Hermes and Loreto allied to Railway Union’s abandoned game against Trinity served to propel UCD six points clear of the pack after ten rounds of women’s Leinster division one.
Pembroke, Monkstown and Corinthian all ran up comprehensive wins while Railway Union were 1-0 winners over YMCA to move back into the top half of men’s division one as the league goes into its winter break
Dropped points for either Hermes or Loreto from their match-up in women’s division one this weekend could see their title hopes all but ended; UCD face a tricky Pembroke date, though
Lennart Bakker’s last gasp goal saw the Rathgar Chiefs earn a first ever Mills Cup semi-final berth as they saw off YMCA on Thursday night; elsewhere, the battle for the top five places intensifies
Anna May Whelan’s excellent second half saw Trinity overcome many of their recent alumni in Pembroke colours to land a vital three points; Loreto were pushed all the way by Glenanne as top four remains the same; Jacqui Potter Cup last 16 round-up also included
On a huge day at both ends of the men’s Leinster division one table, Rathgar picked up a 2-1 win over Fingal, their first ever three points in the top tier; Rovers cruised to a 4-1 win over Pembroke to guarantee the Christmas number one spot