Corinthian, Three Rock and Monkstown completed the line-up for the Mills Cup semi-finals, joining Thursday night winners Pembroke after they eliminated Glenanne, UCD and YMCA, respectively. Suttonians went top of division two
All five results went the way of the away side as Corinthian, Loreto, TRL, Railway and UCD all picked up vital wins for a variety of reasons on the first full weekend of women’s division one action in 2012
Neither Railway Union nor Loreto could apply more pressure on UCD as they shared the spoils at Beaufort on Thursday night; full women’s division one and men’s Mills Cup preview and division two fixture times
Alan Sothern’s quartet of goals saw Pembroke overhaul Glenanne while Railway Union kept YMCA at bay to take the final two Leinster places in the men’s National Indoor Trophy finals; Railway, Glenanne, Old Alex and Hermes progressed in the women’s competition
Phelie Maguire’s indoor debut yielded five goals for Three Rock and helped confirm their place at the National Indoor Trophy finals weekend along with Clontarf following day three of the Leinster men’s groups at Loughlinstown.
The National Indoor Trophy hots up this weekend as the six men’s finalists and five more women’s teams will be confirmed to join the Ulster Elks and Ards.
Clontarf took the most affirmative step forward in the men’s National Indoor Trophy as their pair of single-goal victories put them within a point in their final group two game to confirm their place in the finals weekend.
Three Rock Rovers begin the defence of their National Indoor Trophy title with much the same panel at their disposal that annexed the crown last time around despite a series of emigrations.
Monkstown put themselves in great shape as they line up a push for a first title since 1982 in the New Year, beating Glenanne 4-2. Pembroke, Railway and Fingal also won while division two hots up, too
Mary Goode produced a string of fine saves to hand Hermes a crucial win over Old Alex; Railway got the better of Pembroke while their second team produced the win of the round in the Jacqui Potter Cup
UCD’s midweek win over Three Rock Ladies has upped the ante for a few vital ties in the coming weeks leading up to Christmas as Hermes and Old Alex takes centre stage in women’s division one on Saturday.
Monkstown will head men’s division one for the lengthy Christmas break but they can determine by how much on Saturday as the top four showdown in a high quality close to the first half of the season.
A critical weekend in the men’s division one title race, Pembroke fell to their first defeat of the campaign, allowing Monkstown to become the first clear leaders this season, going top for the first time since 1983
UCD were pushed all the way by Glenanne but maintained their place atop women’s division one; Railway and Loreto kept pace but Old Alex lost ground as they could not break down Corinthian; all IJC and Jacqui Potter results included
YMCA and Glenanne’s top of the table clash has been scuppered by a mixture of unavailable pitches and umpires to rob this weekend of the most eye-catching men’s Leinster division one games.
With the top four facing the bottom four, any slips could have serious implications for a congested title race with just three points covering the leading quartet in the wake of Railway’s Thursday night win over Trinity.
Loreto and Old Alex shared the spoils to see UCD stay clear at the top on their own in Leinster women’s division one; Trinity recorded their third win in five days as they recorded league and cup wins; Pembroke and Glenanne drew
Pembroke gave up a 3-0 lead against Railway Union to draw, allowing YMCA, Glenanne and Monkstown to all close the gap in the title chase. TRR snatched a last gasp win at Clontarf while only the Chiefs remain in the IHT
Just five days since making a senior breakthrough of sorts, UCD go back into the lion’s den to face a Glenanne side chastened perhaps by their Neville Cup semi-final exit.
Hermes have an almost instant chance of revenge against UCD in the refixed Irish Hockey League clash, aiming to slow the rising juggernaut which has laid waste to virtually every challenge in their path to date.