Mens Division 1
Pembroke moved to the top of men’s Leinster Division One as they clicked into gear in the second half against Clontarf; Glenanne were given a fright by TRR while Corinthian, Monkstown and Railway recorded strong wins
Vital times for Monkstown and YMCA at Rathdown if they are to launch a sustained charge at the Leinster league and end their long wait for the crown.
Railway Union picked up their first win of the men’s Leinster division one campaign with a 3-1 victory over UCD while Three Rock Ladies nabbed their first point with a tight 0-0 draw with Glenanne on the women’s side
Fate has ensured this autumn will be defined by Banbridge and Cookstown’s sparring as Ireland’s two national champions showdown first in the IHL, travelling together to the EHL and then renewing rivalries in the Irish Senior Cup
A double success for YMCA saw them move into a share of top spot in men’s division one with Pembroke who won a 2-1 success over Glenanne; elsewhere, there was wins for Monkstown and TRR and Corinthian and Railway drew
UCD enter the fray the Leinster men’s fray this weekend with a greater sense of expectation than previous years off the back of a summer of top quality signings.
The top of men’s division one takes on a familiar look as reigning champions Glenanne snagged a 5-1 against Corinthian while Pembroke over-turned a deficit to beat Monkstown 2-1; TRR and YMCA played out a scoreless draw
YMCA showed some serious potential with a comfortable win over Railway Union; Pembroke give up a 3-0 lead to draw with Corinthian; Monkstown punish Three Rock indiscipline; Glenanne beat threadbare Fingal
Despite a couple of appeals, four of Leinster’s top sides will play their fourth game in nine days of the domestic campaign as a hectic start to the season continues with a second double weekend.
A series of close run ties saw Glenanne come back from the dead against Clontarf while Pembroke, Corinthian and Monkstown started with wins; Portrane and Fingal were the big winners in the Neville Cup
Just a couple of weeks since the European championships, the Leinster league season appears to have snuck up on a number of clubs. It begins with a bang, though, with double weekends for the vast majority of sides this week and next.
With limited additions to the side that gained promotion last spring, Gareth Borland is well aware of the challenges ahead in breaking the yo-yo cycle for the Bulls, saying “we expect it to be tough”.
Not too much has changed at Corinthian for Lucas Piccioli’s second season in charge bar the club’s continued dalliance with Antipodean players.
Fingal have strengthened considerably in the off-season with some welcome returns to ALSAA as Ken Treacy switches from Pembroke while Derek O’Gorman makes his way back after a year in England.
Paul Fitzpatrick’s addition to the coaching staff and Clinton Murphy in the management role could be the key signings for Glenanne this season as he adds an experienced set of sideline eyes for the Tallaght club.
Following a breakthrough year of two trophies and another ISC final appearance, the Town go into the season not quite as settled as might have been expected with three big losses over the summer perhaps coming ahead of time.
Given the player turnover a year ago, what Pembroke achieved in Brendon Carolan’s first season was a mighty effort, making the IHL semi-finals and staying in the top three in Leinster.
Another intensive preseason sees Railway likely to hit the ground running as they did a year ago with scene-setting 4-1 win over Fingal.
Carrying momentum through from the tail-end of the 10/11 season could be stunted by the absence of major players Mick Maguire and Tom Samuel to foreign shores as the emigration train continues apace at Grange Road
Just the width of a post from relegation a couple of months ago, UCD will hope to break the cycle of relegation playoffs and have added players equipped to do just that in the summer.