With Irish internationals potentially missing up to four of the remaining women’s Leinster league ties, it looks set to be a helter-skelter race for the four automatic IHL qualification places.
Declan Hughes interviewed Railway Union’s Hannah de Burgh Whyte, UCD’s Jonathan Harte, Loreto’s Niall Denham and Hermes’ Rudi Wortmann following their key games in women’s Leinster Division One last weekend
For the second time in six weeks, Hermes came from two goals down to snatch a draw against UCD as Sinead Loughran’s late goal gave the Booterstown club what could be a very useful point.
In boxing parlance, Railway Union and Loreto are facing a potential title eliminator as the Leinster women’s division one makes an early return to action with two critical ties taking place over the weekend.
A double weekend for four of the top five sides in women’s Leinster Division One looks set to have a huge bearing on the destination of the top four places and qualification for the expanded Irish Hockey League.
Hermes went top of women’s Leinster division one with a comprehensive victory against Corinthian in St Andrew’s on Monday evening. Rosie Carrigan scored a brace in the first half, both from penalty corners, to send the home side 2-0 up at half time.
On a packed weekend of women’s hockey in Leinster, Old Alex moved within three points of the top five in the league while UCD, Hermes, Pembroke and Loreto progressed their IHL hopes; Muckross stun Pembroke in the Jacqui Potter Cup with Railway also through
Spectators at many of the Ladies Division One this coming weekend should be in for some treats, however, the game between UCD and Railway is definitely the eye-catcher.
UCD II won out in a thrilling 6-4 shoot-out over Genesis on Wednesday evening in the game of the Leinster women’s division two thus far, lifting them in to the top half of the table.
On a big weekend in women’s Leinster division one, Hermes ended UCD’s perfect start to the season; Railway shaded their tussle with Loreto while Pembroke won 1-0 for the fourth time this term; honours even for Trinity at Glenanne while Alex nudged past North Kildare
Pegasus pulled off a great 3-1 win over Railway Union to stay in prime position with Hermes to progress from Pool A of the women’s Irish Hockey League; UCD are all but through to the final four as they beat nearest rivals Loreto 1-0
It’s moving weekend in the women’s Irish Hockey League with victory in round three of the competition likely to see the race for semi-final places move closer to finding a resolution; full weekend of division one ties also on the agenda
First half goals from Elaine Thompson and Shona Doyle saw Pembroke II continue their superb form to start the women’s Leinster division two season as they recorded a 2-0 win over Old Alex II.
Aisling Naughton’s solo goal saw Hermes win 1-0 against Pembroke, inverting the score when the side met earlier this term; UCD and Loreto power on while Railway grind out win; Hermes, Railway II, UCD II and Glenanne through in Jacqui Potter Cup
Hermes and Pembroke’s second league meeting of the season is the highlight of a full weekend of women’s Leinster division one, the first one for three weeks; Sunday sees the first tranche of matches in the second round of the Jacqui Potter Cup
Rathgar extended their unbeaten run to five games after initial difficulties stepping up to the second tier for the first time in over a decade. They now look well at home and moved into fourth place in the division with their 2-1 win over Loreto II.
Four national cup draws took place in the IHA offices on Monday morning with the quarter-final line-up for the women’s Irish Senior Cup particularly keenly anticipated.
The women’s Irish Senior Cup has much more sense of opportunity about it following Railway Union’s surprise win over UCD eliminated the national double winners with the biggest name now removed from Monday’s draw; Loreto go second in women’s division one
Pembroke and Loreto shared the spoils in a tight-knit tussle in women’s division one, allowed UCD to take the impetus in the league with a resounding victory on a rain-soaked Saturday; weekend round-up including women’s div two and IJC results
Old Alex’s upbeat week continued on Thursday night as they landed their first win of the season, beating North Kildare 2-0 to add to their eye-catching draw with Pembroke last weekend; women’s Leinster division one and Irish Junior Cup preview and fixtures