Coaches facing former clubs is very much the theme in Leinster men’s division one with four men going back to their old haunts in search of a result.
IHA announce first and second round draws for men’s and women’s Irish Junior Cup, Irish Hockey Trophy and Irish Hockey Challenge
Three Rock Rovers and Monkstown keep perfect records in tact while Pembroke, Railway Union and Corinthian run up strong wins
What direction YMCA and Railway Union end up looking in the table over the long-term could have plenty to do with how they do on the third Saturday of the men’s Leinster division one season; men’s division one and two preview
Luke Madeley’s late drag-flick saw Three Rock win 5-4 against Pembroke in a hugely entertaining encounter; Monkstown started their season in style as did UCD while Fingal beat Rathgar; Corinthian and Glenanne drew in a scrappy tussle
For David Bane and Graham O’Neill, the message is clear that both would probably prefer the crunch game between Fingal and Rathgar to have come a few weeks further down the line.
With a degree of symmetry, all four Leinster men’s division one opening day ties were decided by two-goal margins with Railway and Pembroke coming from one down to win 3-1; Three Rock and Glenanne saw off Corinthian and Rathgar
Peter Caruth and Conor Harte return this weekend to play their hockey on Irish shores following stints from Belgium and the Netherlands respectively, marking a sea change in attitude from Ireland’s top international players.
Just four years since formation, the Chiefs first division one bid looks set to be a tough one. Unlike some of the other sides that have come up in recent years, they have resisted bringing in a large number of foreign players to bolster their chances of staying up.
David McClure’s immaculate last second goal saw Kilkenny land the Neville Davin Cup last Saturday evening in Grange Road in a dramatic finale to a high tempo date with Rathgar.
Monkstown, YMCA, Corinthian, Rathgar and Avoca lay claim to silverware as the U-16 league, Railway, Junior, Minor and Galtrim Cup all reach final conclusion
While last week’s double weekend was the making or breaking of many teams, Saturday’s fourth round is likely to see some men’s Irish Hockey League final four tickets nailed down.
Clontarf claimed the division two playoff spot as they showed a clinical edge against Dublin Uni that was absent earlier in the week against the same opposition; Rathgar finish 13-points clear; Suttonians claim third
The battle for the playoff spot did not move especially closer to a conclusion as the three central protagonists stay virtually as they were, Clontarf and Suttonians drawing while Trinity fell to Rathgar
Despite admitting he came into the job with “zero experience and zero qualifications”, Paddy Conlon’s first coaching gig has already yielded a trophy as the upshot of UCD’s 2-0 win over Monkstown meant Pembroke claimed Leinster men’s division one
Suttonians ended Rathgar’s seven-game winning streak to move right back into contention for the promotion playoff spot, claiming their second win of the season over the Chiefs on Tuesday evening.
Just three seasons since formation as the Chiefs, Rathgar have hit the big time as goals from Dan Needham and star man Gary Sharman saw them claim the Leinster men’s division two title with three games to spare.
Rathgar twice came from behind to move to the precipice of a first stint in division one, now needing just one point from their remaining four games as they saw off the only side that can now still catch them.
Andrew Meredith’s World League panel took another hit on the eve of their departure as Peter Caruth was forced out of the trip to Asia due to a leg injury; international absentees make for intriguing Leinster league ties
If it wasn’t already, the men’s Leinster division two title and promotion is very much Rathgar’s to lose as they saw off their closest rivals to move nine points clear of the chasers.