Women’s Division 1
The return of UCD’s large international contingent served to show plenty of what they have been missing in the early weeks of the season as they blew away Hermes; Hermes and Loreto then drew while North Kildare beat Trinity
UCD finally got their first win of the Leinster women’s division one campaign as they saw off Glenanne; Old Alex, Railway and Loreto all continued their perfect records while Hermes saw off North Kildare
Connacht President Yvette Quinn has hailed the move to hand the province a first ever entry into the women’s Irish Hockey League as “recognition of the improving standard in the west”; Leinster league action back for round four
A fortuitous own goal will go down in North Kildare folklore as the moment that earned them the club’s first ever division one victory on the day top-tier came to The Maws for the first time. Railway, Loreto and Old Alex lead the way
The Leinster Hockey Association made a major statement as they pledged €4,000 to the Irish senior men’s fundraising campaign to kickstart a hectic weekend of hockey action at international and local level
The wealth of double-weekends has already seen its first casualty as Sunday’s scheduled date between Monkstown and Three Rock Rovers has been cancelled due to the unavailability of umpires.
Despite four departures, Railway Union can be reasonably pleased with keeping the core of their central panel and look well equipped to be Leinster leaders once again
ith the methods employed by the Irish women’s panel and the subsequent availability of international players still very much unknown, Jonathan Harte’s planning process for the season remains wholly up in the air.
Six departures for the upcoming campaign, four of them internationals, means Graham Shaw and Gareth Evans’ panel will be missing some star quality.
Miles Warren’s first season in solo charge, after a couple of years working in tandem with Ivan Ovington, look set to be a rebuilding one as eight of their main panel are not around this season
Hermes is fast turning into a UCD-graduates club with the summer’s manouveres seeing seven of the 2009 Irish Senior Cup winning side now plying their trade with the Booterstown club.
After a string of seasons of nudging closer to the established top five with a core of players, the inevitable big turnover of players that affects college teams finally came this summer for Trinity.
For Glenanne, international concerns of a different kind to the rest of the league may see what is a reasonably settled squad undergo absentees from time to time.
Since taking the helm a season and a half ago, Colm Blennerhassett’s charges have proven no pushovers while their scalp of Old Alex in the Jacqui Potter Cup and comfortable avoidance of the relegation playoff
For a third successive season, Pembroke’s first team will undergo whole-scale changes but this year’s vintage sees a large incoming crop rather than the other way around.
The 2012/13 season promises to be a voyage of discovery for North Kildare as they take their place in division one for the very first time.
Nikki Symmons has been appointed as the Glenanne ladies first team coach for the coming season, taking over the reins from Dean Maguire.
Michelle Spillane’s first half penalty stroke handed North Kildare a precious, first-ever place in Leinster women’s division one as they fought off a second half onslaught from Three Rock Ladies at Park Avenue on Wednesday night.
The combination of Nicola Gray’s penalty corner slap-shot and former Belfielder Caitriona McGilp’s late, late goal for Hermes secured UCD their first ever Leinster division one title.
By the time Railway Union take the field at 3.45pm on Saturday, they will now exactly what they need, if anything, to claim their third women’s division one title.