Avoiding slip-ups is the name of the game this weekend for the top five in women’s Leinster division one as they take on the bottom quintet this weekend.
Despite admitting he came into the job with “zero experience and zero qualifications”, Paddy Conlon’s first coaching gig has already yielded a trophy as the upshot of UCD’s 2-0 win over Monkstown meant Pembroke claimed Leinster men’s division one
Railway Union’s stunning fightback from 4-0 down keeps the Leinster women’s division one title race right in the balance, dead level with four games remaining; Loreto closed the gap on them while Hermes leap-frogged Old Alex
Many Leinster men’s division one issues were ironed out as Avoca’s loss to Glenanne saw them go down while Fingal are destined for the relegation playoff despite a big win over Corinthian; YM fell 3-2 to Railway to miss out on the IHL
Last weekend’s victory for UCD over Loreto has set up a battle royale with the top two set for a potential title eliminator at Belfield on Saturday evening.
While the travel arrangements for Three Rock Rovers’ EuroHockey Indoor Club Champions Challenge I have simplified from a year ago, coach Liam Canning has been left once again with plenty of tough late decisions ahead of the club’s trip to Budapest.
Should UCD go on to retain their Leinster league title, Jeamie Deacon’s solo goal could prove invaluable as they saw off Loreto 1-0; Glenanne jumped off the bottom rung while Hermes nicked the points against Corinthiah; Railway and Old Alex won too
Darren Smith’s coaching rein takes its first venture into the competitive realm this afternoon when they play a friendly tie against Spain in Valencia.
The difference between top and bottom of women’s Leinster division one was put into sharp relief with five comprehensive victories for those in the leading positions, stretching the gap to 14 points between fifth and sixth.
Pembroke took advantage of a threadbare YMCA to inch ever closer to the men’s division one title while Three Rock, UCD and Corinthian strengthened their hold on their places in the top five
With Monkstown not in action this weekend, Pembroke can move 11 points clear in men’s Leinster division one and within touching distance of ultimate glory but they travel to a YMCA side reaching a critical phase for their IHL aspirations.
With new Irish senior women’s coach Darren Smith arriving on the island this week, the New Zealander has been scheduled to take in three Leinster women’s division one games on Saturday.
Corinthian picked up their biggest win for many years off the back of Aine Connery’s hat trick in women’s Leinster division one; wins for Hermes, Old Alex, Loreto and UCD saw the top half move further clear of the bottom five
Alan Sothern’s double saw Pembroke overturn a 2-0 deficit to beat Glenanne 3-2 and move closer to the men’s division one title; Monkstown, UCD and Corinthian boosted their IHL hopes while Fingal produced result of the round in the Mills quarter-finals
2013 starts with a bang for Leinster’s leaders on the women’s outdoor scene as UCD, Hermes and Railway Union face huge clashes in the Electric Ireland Irish Senior Cup third round.
After a six-week break from Leinster league action, a short, sharp business end of the season will see the campaign’s defining moments come thick and fast with February 24 the final deadline.
Corinthian pushed Ballymoney all the way in pursuit of a rare Irish Senior Cup semi-final berth; Hermes progressed to the quarters while UCD made it seven successive wins in Leinster’s division one to head the Christmas table, Loreto go second
Alan Sothern’s quartet pushed Pembroke within a few points of winning back the Leinster men’s division one title as Three Rock faltered again; he added another three on Sunday on a spectacular opening round in the Mills Cup
Corinthian and Hermes will both hope they can beat the weather and earn respective places in the latter phases of the women’s Irish Senior Cup.
On an eventful weekend in women’s division one, Glenanne struck late to draw with Hermes; Loreto’s draw with Old Alex means they also lose ground as Railway and UCD stormed to win; Loreto, Hermes and UCD advance in the Jacqui Potter Cup