Women’s Division 1
Railway Union maintained their lead over UCD going into the final round of the league matches with a strong win over Pembroke; Corinthian condemned TRL to tenth place, making Glenanne safe in the process; Alex tie with Loreto
No matter what Loreto do, three could become two in the women’s Leinster division one title race on Saturday afternoon should Railway Union get the better of Pembroke in the Dublin 4 derby.
UCD guaranteed the league will go down to the final day as they held off a spirited Hermes fightback in a round 17 game brought forward to Thursday night
There were no slips from the title contenders as Railway, UCD and Loreto all notched away wins despite spirited resistence on their travels; Hermes won big while Old Alex keep the fight for fourth alive
Santry’s ongoing travails has seen Trinity lose home advantage, meaning they will travel to St Andrew’s on Saturday in a game switched for their women’s division one date.
Railway maintained their lead at the top of women’s division with a thumping win over Corinthian; UCD scraped past Pembroke while Loreto belatedly pulled clear of TRL; Hermes squeezed past a strong Glenanne challenge
Corinthian have a sense of opportunity this Sunday as they aim to spring another surprise in an upbeat season as they take on Hermes in the Jacqui Potter Cup semi-final.
It’s as you were in women’s Leinster division as the top five defeated the bottom five with something to spare as the full return of international players for the first time since November made a big impact.
A double-weekend for men’s division one sees several vital games up or decision while division continues its roller-coaster; on the women’s side, the top five in women’s division one face the bottom five
Nicola Gray’s 17th minute strike kept UCD’s title chances in full flow as they moved back within two points of Railway Union at the top of division one courtesy of a 1-0 win over Old Alex
Three first half goals saw Railway make a vital incision in the women’s Leinster division one title race, moving four clear of the pack; UCD stay in the hunt while Glenanne moved up two places and out of range of TRL
Railway Union’s hosting of Loreto could very well be the game-breaker in the final meeting in women’s division one when they meet on Saturday; TRR and Monkstown show down twice in three days as Mills Cup semis set for Sunday
Having emerged unscathed from ties against Railway, UCD and Hermes in 2012, Loreto brought their unbeaten league run to nine games with a comprehensive victory over Corinthian at Beaufort on Tuesday night.
A Cathy McKean-inspired Loreto leap-frogged UCD with a stunning late show at Beaufort, twice coming from behind to leave the students reeling after two successive losses. Railway move further clear at the top of division one
In their new role as front-runners, Railway Union will see their position strengthened in some way should they get the better of second bottom Glenanne this Saturday as main chasers UCD and Loreto meet at Beaufort.
Strength in depth is the by-word on a crucial day in the Leinster women’s division one title shake-up as Railway Union host UCD with both sides shy some of their top performers.
Neither Railway Union nor Loreto could apply more pressure on UCD as they shared the spoils at Beaufort on Thursday night; full women’s division one and men’s Mills Cup preview and division two fixture times
Loreto stayed in touch with the leaders with an edgy victory over Trinity in Santry last Monday night, leaving them three points off top spot after eight rounds of matches.
Three Rock Rovers begin the defence of their National Indoor Trophy title with much the same panel at their disposal that annexed the crown last time around despite a series of emigrations.
Mary Goode produced a string of fine saves to hand Hermes a crucial win over Old Alex; Railway got the better of Pembroke while their second team produced the win of the round in the Jacqui Potter Cup