Monkstown moved a step closer to retaining the men’s Leinster Division One title as they scored the last three goals to see off a dogged Railway Union 6-3 at Park Avenue; Pembroke, Three Rock and YMCA were the other winners on round 14 of the league
The women’s Leinster division one top five remains as tight as ever with the leading quintet all running up wins over those in the bottom half without conceding a goal. Railway Union, Hermes, Glenanne and UCD II made it through to the final four of the Jacqui Potter Cup
The top five in women’s Leinster division one all got one over on lower ranked teams in the league while Monkstown, Pembroke and TRR all strengthened their positions on the men’s side; here’s all the key results from Saturday, January 31
It’s a top five against bottom five Saturday in women’s Leinster division one meaning any slip up from the leaders will be hugely costly in the battle for their respective ambitions.
Faced with a tester this Saturday, Monkstown can move another big step closer to retaining the men’s Leinster division one title on Saturday when they make the trip up the coast road to face Railway Union.
Pembroke came from a goal down at Whitechurch Park to beat Corinthian, moving back into a share of fourth place with Loreto with their sixth win of the season by a single goal margin on Monday evening.
Railway Union II moved up to a share of second place with their fourth win in succession as they got the better of Loreto II 4-1; Three Rock Ladies scored the biggest surprise of round three of the Irish Hockey Trophy as they got the better of high-flyers Muckross
Loreto ended Hermes’ long winning run in the Leinster league, dating back to day one of the season, marking a big moment in the title race and also in the Beaufort’s push for an IHL spot on Sunday.
A pair of 2-1 wins served to bolster Railway Union and Glenanne’s IHL hopes, putting a major dent in YMCA’s chances while Corinthian now look to be all but out of the mix; Monkstown, Pembroke and Three Rock also recorded wins to stay in control of an IHL place
Three Rock Rovers moved up to first in men’s Leinster Division two as they took advantage of a free weekend to play two back matches, winning both to jump up from third; Clontarf and Fingal are through to the Irish Hockey Trophy semi-finals
Railway Union, Hermes, Cork Harlequins and Ulster Elks are through to the final four of the women’s Irish Senior Cup thanks to their Saturday wins in the competition; UCD strengthen their place in the IHL places while Trinity land third win of the women’s div one campaign
Railway Union, Hermes, Cork Harlequins and Ulster Elks booked their tickets to the Irish Senior Cup semi-finals after a high octane day of action around the country; the results from today’s big games are here, anything missing/incorrect, let me know!
High School had the cutting edge to make it through to the Leinster schoolgirls Senior Premier League final, seeing off Mount Anville 3-1 at Grange Road in the first of the semi-finals to set up a date with St Gerard’s
Glenanne are looking to add another shock to their Irish Senior Cup collection on Saturday when they host 2013 champions Railway Union in Tallaght in a wide open quarter-final line-up; Hermes face familiar faces in a UCD-esque reunion against Belfast Harlequins
Ireland’s senior men play the first test match of 2015 on Sunday in Cape Town as they take on South Africa to kickstart their Olympic qualifying preparations; YM and Glenanne the key game in Leinster’s division one in the IHL chase
Just three games survived the inclement weather in women’s Leinster division two this week with two ties falling foul of the frost on Saturday while the midweek tie between Old Alex II and Muckross also fell.
Shane Madeley’s penalty corner nine minutes from time saw UCD end YMCA’s winning streak, a result that sees the latter miss out on the chance to move up to third in the table.
Irish Under-16 coach Niall Denham, supported by Chris Steele and South African international Jody Hosking, is set to head up the Celtic Sports Academy’s hockey camps in Three Rock Rovers in the coming months; check out the times and info here
The race for the men’s IHL places from Leinster’s division one continues to be too close to call as YMCA’s winning run continues, Glenanne bounce back as did Pembroke in a dramatic Sunday win over Monkstown; the sky-blues, though, end the weekend four points clear
Just a single goal was required for Hermes to keep their three-point lead in women’s division one in tact; Railway stay in touch while UCD battled to overcome impressive Trinity; Loreto move back up to fourth while Old Alex’s IHL push falters