Women’s Division 1
With IHL sides meeting at both Milltown and Belfield and well-matched ties in North Kildare and Tallaght, round two of the Leinster women’s leagues can give a big idea of many side’s seasonal potential
Alex see off Hermes with a single strike; Railway, Pembroke, Loreto and UCD pick up strong wins on the first day of the Leinster women’s division one season
A massive seven clubs start the Leinster women’s division one clubs start the season under new coaches with four of last year’s top five under new bosses; full run-down of all the Leinster women’s division one clubs
The youth system remains the main route for growth in Colm Blennerhassett’s Corinthian squad with the likelihood Ailish Long, Hannah MacKay, Steph Burns and Ailbhe Marsh will play a greater role in the first team panel this season
Kieran Bolger’s division one coaching debut sees Glenanne add a couple of good up and coming names to their panel with Leinster underage player Saoire O’Donoghue a strong addition
An eye-catching new coaching appointment, double-Olympian Jaimee Claxton – with fellow New Zealander Beth Smith assisting her – makes for very interesting times around Booterstown
Loreto start the season already badly hit by injuries with current international player Lizzie Colvin and past international player Cathy McKean out for the season with cruciate knee injuries.
Perhaps the biggest signing has been their additions on the coaching front. Mick McKinnon has come in a “consultant” for the season as part of an overall club development plan with Dean Maguire and Rowland Rixon-Fuller offering their coaching expertise
Didi Cole may yet add to his Old Alex team over the course of the season but, for now, he will primarily be looking for the Milltown club to figure in the top five while progressing their young charges.
The most active side in the summer, Keith Crawford and Chris Tyrrell’s main task over a comprehensive preseason was to work out where everyone fits in.
After six years under Mick McKinnon, Nasir Munir has big boots to fill and will bring a very new method to Park Avenue.
The students push for three Leinster league titles in-a-row has once again drawn many of the country’s young stars to Belfield with several strong new names into the mix
A decent intake has given Trinity cause for optimism and rebirth after a couple of years of upheaval with a wholescale graduates move to Pembroke almost complete.
Old Alex have confirmed Didi Cole as their first team coach for the upcoming season, taking over from Miles Warren for the 2013/14 season.
Hermes hockey club have announced two-time Olympian Jaimee Claxton will be their first team coach for the upcoming season.
Loreto claimed second place in women’s Leinster division one as a pair of second half goals saw them get the better of Hermes 2-0 in Beaufort last Saturday.
Zara Delany’s superb second half goal saw Railway Union claim the Electric Ireland Irish Senior Cup for the first time at an icy Belfield in thrilling fashion to see off UCD 3-2
The final throes of Leinster women’s division one look set to be played out this evening as UCD face varsity rivals Trinity (7.15pm, Belfield), already consigned to tenth place, with a win confirming back to back titles.
Pembroke’s crucial 1-0 win over Trinity confirmed who the playoff side will be at the bottom with Corinthian, North Kildare, Glenanne and Pembroke all safe now; UCD on the brink as Railway and Loreto cling on to outside chance
Having negotiated the international break the best of anyone, UCD find themselves in a golden position to close out the Leinster women’s division one title with their full boat available.