Ireland continue their three-game series this evening against Argentina at Serpentine Avenue; there is also a full programme of Leinster league games in Division 1 as YM, Corinthian and Clontarf look to build on their good starts to the campaign
Level on points at the end of last season, Glenanne and Trinity were once again inseparable in Leinster’s Division One in Tallaght in an end-to-end battle that ended in a 2-2 tie; Loreto won their second tie in succession as did Muckross
Corinthian made it two out of two in men’s Leinster Division One, winning 6-2 from a potentially tricky away fixture against Kilkenny; UCD, Clontarf, YMCA, Dublin University and Avoca were also winners on day two of the new season
After a thrilling opening weekend in the women’s EY Hockey League, the main contenders will be looking to soon emerge from the pack and reveal their hand as potential title winners.
Over a dozen members of the extended Irish men’s panel will lock horns in the marquee men’s EY Hockey League clash between Lisnagarvey and Monkstown at Comber Road tomorrow.
Chris Tyrell began his reign as Trinity coach with a 3-1 win over Corinthian at Whitechurch Park to make a confident early statement; North Kildare and Glenanne shared the spoils while Loreto, Rathgar and Genesis were all 2-1 winners
Clontarf player-coach Gareth Borland struck late to nab a big three points for the Bulls against Avoca on day one of Leinster men’s Division One in what is anticipated to be one of the tussles for a top five spot.
With the EY Hockey League shaking things up, women’s Leinster league Division 1 looks set to be a major scrap for a top two place that will bring with a guaranteed place in the end of season EY Provincial playoffs and a possible slot in the new national league.
The new look men’s Leinster Division One gets underway tomorrow with the battle to claim a place in the EY Hockey League a key target for a number of last year’s remaining Division One side.
Corinthian produced an incredible burst of three goals in the closing eight minutes to win the Leinster Senior Mills Cup for the fourth time, stunning Glenanne at Grange Road.
Rory Nichols fired seven goals in two days to propel Monkstown II over the line in men’s Leinster Division Two with two emphatic wins on the final weekend of the season.
The marquee day in the Leinster hockey calendar sees five cup finals up for decision at Grange Road with eight different clubs dreaming of silverware with the Mills Cup, Jacqui Potter and three U-16 cups all on the agenda
After two nines and an eight-goal haul, Clontarf broke double-figures on Saturday with a 10-0 win over Corinthian II to complete their division two league season in style; Monkstown II remain in the box seat after they emerged from the weekend with four more points to their name.
Jonny Bruton’s hat trick against his former club helped Three Rock Rovers claim the fourth and final automatic Irish Hockey League place; Railway copper-fastened fifth place; Pembroke took points off Monkstown; Glens finish second and UCD land eighth
The men’s proposed restructure was outlined on Wednesday evening at the LHA forum with Clontarf, Fingal, Kilkenny and Dublin University – along with possibly Weston or Mullingar – set to form part of the Leinster men’s division one next season.
The four first teams from Leinster’s women’s division two – namely Muckross, Avoca, Rathgar and Genesis – look set to be promoted to division one when the expanded Irish Hockey League comes into effect next season.
Corinthian set up a second LHA final of the season against Glenanne as they struck in the closing 20 seconds of extra time of their semi-final against Railway Union, sending the tie to strokes which eventually ran to sudden death.
Monkstown II got over probably the highest of their remaining hurdles to look clear favourites for the Leinster men’s division two title after they beat Pembroke II.
Aisling Naughton’s double saw Hermes win back the Leinster league title, ticking off trophy one of a still possible quadruple as they got the better of Loreto 2-0 – the only side to have beaten them since September
Monkstown’s retention of the Leinster men’s division one title was confirmed before they even took the field as Corinthian pulled off a surprise win over Pembroke; Railway edge a nerve-shredder against YMCA who are hanging on to IHL hopes by a finger-nail