A massive seven clubs start the Leinster women’s division one clubs start the season under new coaches with four of last year’s top five under new bosses; full run-down of all the Leinster women’s division one clubs
The youth system remains the main route for growth in Colm Blennerhassett’s Corinthian squad with the likelihood Ailish Long, Hannah MacKay, Steph Burns and Ailbhe Marsh will play a greater role in the first team panel this season
Luke Madeley’s late drag-flick saw Three Rock win 5-4 against Pembroke in a hugely entertaining encounter; Monkstown started their season in style as did UCD while Fingal beat Rathgar; Corinthian and Glenanne drew in a scrappy tussle
For David Bane and Graham O’Neill, the message is clear that both would probably prefer the crunch game between Fingal and Rathgar to have come a few weeks further down the line.
With a degree of symmetry, all four Leinster men’s division one opening day ties were decided by two-goal margins with Railway and Pembroke coming from one down to win 3-1; Three Rock and Glenanne saw off Corinthian and Rathgar
Peter Caruth and Conor Harte return this weekend to play their hockey on Irish shores following stints from Belgium and the Netherlands respectively, marking a sea change in attitude from Ireland’s top international players.
It has been a preseason of two halves for Corinthian who look like they can return to the IHL placings after initial signs suggested a struggle ahead.
The Three Rock Rovers Super Cup returns this weekend after a couple of years absence with 16 teams taking part in a high quality preseason tournament that sees several IHL sides prepare for the upcoming season.
Monkstown and Banbridge – the 2012/13 men’s finalists – will meet in the group stages of the Irish Hockey League following confirmation of the groups for the upcoming season’s competition.
Monkstown, YMCA, Corinthian, Rathgar and Avoca lay claim to silverware as the U-16 league, Railway, Junior, Minor and Galtrim Cup all reach final conclusion
While last week’s double weekend was the making or breaking of many teams, Saturday’s fourth round is likely to see some men’s Irish Hockey League final four tickets nailed down.
Corinthian III claimed the Leinster men’s Intermediate Cup title as they prevailed ahead of Marlay neighbours Three Rock Rovers III last Saturday in Serpentine Avenue on penalty strokes after a feisty arm-wrestle.
Loreto claimed second place in women’s Leinster division one as a pair of second half goals saw them get the better of Hermes 2-0 in Beaufort last Saturday.
Corinthian edged out UCC 2-1 in a very entertaining, fast-paced wildcard playoff match at Garryduff on Saturday.
Corinthian bounced back to claim the Junior Jacqui Potter Cup ahead of Old Alex in a repeat of last year’s final; Monkstown were too strong for Weston in the U-16 boys final; Mount Anville claimed their first ever U-16 title
Pembroke’s crucial 1-0 win over Trinity confirmed who the playoff side will be at the bottom with Corinthian, North Kildare, Glenanne and Pembroke all safe now; UCD on the brink as Railway and Loreto cling on to outside chance
Having negotiated the international break the best of anyone, UCD find themselves in a golden position to close out the Leinster women’s division one title with their full boat available.
UCD picked up what could be their most valuable point of the season, drawing 1-1 with Hermes to move a point clear at the top of the women’s Leinster division one table; Railway lost to Loreto while North Kildare picked up a huge three points against Trinity
It remains pretty much as you were at the top of women’s Leinster division one as Railway Union, Hermes, UCD and Old Alex all won while Loreto’s tie with Corinthian was snowed off; Railway and Loreto to meet in Jacqui Potter Cup final
In the end, there was little drama in settling the final issue of the men’s Leinster division one season as Monkstown’s tonking of Corinthian means the reds are destined for the Irish Hockey League wildcard playoffs with Three Rock ending third