As part of a recurring theme with last year’s top four – barring UCD – Hermes will be employing a much more youthful team this term.
The women’s draw for the first round of the Irish Senior Cup threw up two tasty ties as IHL semi-finalists from the past two seasons Railway Union and Loreto along with UCD and Ards set to meet on October 4.
Rudi Wortmann returns for his second stint as Hermes first team coach for the 2014/15 season, taking over from Jaimee Claxton who has relocated to Wales after a year in charge of the Booterstown club.
Railway Union will face Pegasus while Loreto will meet UCD next weekend in the semi-finals of the women’s Irish Hockey League following the completion of the group stages on Saturday afternoon.
Four sides battle it out to complete the Irish Hockey League finals weekend line-up with men’s Pool A the only group still up for grabs with Pembroke, Lisnagarvey, Three Rock and Cookstown locked in direct battle; men’s and women’s IHL weekend preview
The women’s Irish Hockey League semi-final berths were all decided with a game to go as Railway Union, UCD, Loreto and Pegasus will form the final four at Banbridge in a fortnight’s time
Becky Sutherland nabbed a later winner for Corinthian to retain the Junior Jacqui Potter Cup title at Grange Road on St Patrick’s Day, shading Old Alex in the final for the second successive year; Hermes saw off Genesis 2-0 in the Plate
Bouyed by their spate of honourees at the IHA Awards, Railway Union will be looking to push through to the semi-finals of the Irish Hockey League along with UCD in Pool A of the women’s Irish Hockey League.
Big gaps have developed between the top two and the chasers in each of the women’s Irish Hockey League groups with third successive wins for Railway Union, UCD and Pegasus have put them within a point of progression while Loreto are close behind
Three of the four Irish Hockey Leagues, on the face of it, currently offer limited potential intrigue with wedges forming between the top sides and the chasers. Not so in Pool B of the women’s competition which sees plenty of key battles to be played out; women’s weekend preview
Home advantage has counted for little this term in the marquee meetings between Railway Union and Hermes in the Leinster league this season as three of the four times they have met has led to an away victory.
Pembroke II finally crossed the mathematical threshold to claim women’s Leinster Division Two on Wednesday night at Grange Road as they swept to a 3-0 victory over Three Rock Ladies in a weather-affected refix.
Anna May Whelan’s winner boosted Trinity II’s chances of avoiding relegation to division three, netting the final goal in a 2-1 win over Three Rock Ladies at Grange Road last Saturday afternoon.
UCD squeaked to a narrow 1-0 win over Hermes for the second time this season as Gillian Pinder’s first goal in Collidge colours downed her former club in their opening Irish Hockey League tie at Belfield on Sunday.
Trinity continued their remarkable form in this year’s Jacqui Potter Cup to keep alive their hopes of ending an 81-year drought as they saw off Pembroke on penalty strokes at Holy Child Killiney on Sunday.
Greenfields’ debut in the women’s Irish Hockey League saw them score within a minute of tip off but ultimately fell to Cathlolic Institute in Pool A; Loreto came from 2-0 down beat Cork Harlequins while northern sides Pegasus and Ards won big
Phoebe Lyons’ early goal on Monday night meant that Pembroke II’s wait for the women’s Leinster division two title will be put on hold for another little while as Loreto II kept a small sliver of hope alive that they might deny them.
Following a stunning season to date, UCD are very much the team to beat in the women’s Irish Hockey League that gets under way this weekend as Ireland’s top 12 teams battle it out for the top title in the club game.
Corinthian assured their place in women’s Leinster division one next season as they put in an assured performance to beat Glenanne 2-0 in Tallaght last Saturday, rendering North Kildare’s final day 1-0 defeat to Old Alex moot
Pembroke and Lurgan battle to be underdogs in Irish Senior Cup final against fancied UCD and RailwayFebruary 21, 2014 | 4,220 views |
Given the storied recent history of UCD and Railway Union, no matter who emerges from Pembroke and Lurgan’s semi-final, they will be going into Sunday’s final as underdog; women’s Irish Senior Cup finals and weekend preview