Leinster clubs, players, coaches and umpires to the fore in Irish Hockey Awards as they they landed seven out of the seven prizes announced this afternoon while a further two of the three remaining gongs are guaranteed to stay in the province.
Hermes II succeeded where no others have yet this term by managing to take a point off Pembroke II in women’s division two, doing so with a stunning comeback from 2-0 down last Saturday morning in Serpentine Avenue.
UCD landed their third Leinster women’s division one title in three years with a superb double weekend, seeing off both Railway Union and Loreto 3-1 to build an unassailable six-point lead at the top of the table ahead of Hermes
Its judgement weekend in women’s Leinster division one with a potentially tumultuous weekend for title chasers UCD, Hermes and Railway Union with their potential fate intertwined as the top sides will all meet over a busy weekend of nine league ties.
Free-scoring Muckross made it two wins in quick succession in Leinster women’s division two as they followed up their 5-0 win on Thursday night against Hermes II with a 2-0 win on Sunday against Railway Union II to move back up to third place.
By virtue of their first win of the season, North Kildare have moved to within a point of Corinthian at the bottom of women’s Leinster division one; the reds endure a tough date against Hermes who move within three points of top
Familiarity may breed over-confidence for UCD and Loreto or so Old Alex and Pembroke will hope as, seven days on from league defeats, they will hope they can land Irish Senior Cup surprise results and earn places in the semi-finals.
For the second time this season in cup competition, Railway Union shaded Hermes to advance by a single goal to ensure their hopes of silverware outside the Leinster league stay on track and will assume the favourites tag in the Jacqui Potter Cup.
Marie Goulding’s first minute goal put Glenanne on course for a draw with Railway Union that looks set to have a huge impact on the women’s Leinster division one title race; Trinity shaded a tight tussle with Corinthian to ease relegation worries
Hermes II progressed their hopes of winning a fourth women’s Irish Junior Cup title in 12 years when they shaded an incredibly tight second round date with Loreto II at St Andrew’s, putting them into Monday morning’s draw along with UCD and Pembroke’s second string.
Following last weekend’s results, February 15 now looks set to be judgement day in both the title race as well as for the Irish Hockey League wildcard berth.
With just 11 rounds of the second tier in Leinster complete, the league already looks done and dusted as Pembroke II completed a pair of wins to extend their lead to a mammoth 14 points at the top.
A pair of Railway Union wins saw them move from fourth to second place, closing the gap to two points at the top of the table; UCD retained their place in the lead while Hermes good form continues; North Kildare and Corinthian drew a blank as Alex edged Trinity
With three games in four days, Pembroke’s hopes of recapturing the men’s Leinster division one crown will be put to a huge test; on the women’s side, Railway Union could close the gap to two points to UCD
Pembroke II overcame a UCD II side only able to field five of their regular line-up as women’s Leinster division two returned to action on Saturday; Loreto II and Muckross played out a second scoreless draw of the campaign
A comprehensive 4-0 win over UCD saw Hermes halve the gap to the students at the top of women’s Leinster division one; Loreto and Railway Union kept up their interest in the title with wins over Old Alex and Corinthian while Pembroke shade battle with North Kildare
Leinster’s top two sides UCD and Hermes face off at Booterastown on Saturday on a pivotal day in the title race with both sides coping with international unavailability; women’s div one and two preview
As women’s Leinster division one returned, Railway Union made light of a large list of absentees to overcome Pembroke 4-1; Hermes did likewise against Glenanne while Old Alex moved into fifth place with fourth win from four outings; UCD eased by North Kildare
Women’s Leinster division one gets back into gear on Saturday with four games brought forward with UCD hoping to manage their panel in the absence of some top stars with the chasing pack hoping for them to falter
A pair of draws from the two games to be completed saw little change in the women’s Leinster Division Two last Saturday as both Loreto II and Genesis along with Old Alex II and Muckross ended level.