Women’s Division 1
UCD’s new batch were denied an opening victory by Jean McDonnell’s late penalty corner; Loreto held off Corinthian in a seven-goal cracker to keep their 100pc record; Hermes and Old Alex snagged 2-0 wins over Pembroke and Glenanne
How well Johnny Harte has managed to marry together his UCD panel is the big imponderable of the second weekend of Leinster women’s division one fixtures as they get their season underway with a huge fixture against Railway Union
Pembroke twice came from behind to steal the points at Whitechurch Park as Justin Sherriff’s new-look side began their season with a smash and grab win over Corinthian in women’s division one
Loreto got their season off to a dream start with victory over arch rivals Hermes; with Railway drawing with Old Alex, the Beaufort side share top spot after day one with Glenanne, victors over Corinthian
Taking over mid-season through a winless campaign was always going to be tough but the reds looked a more competitive outfit toward the end of the 11/12 season.
Bray’s demise has seen some of their big names looking for pastures new and Glenanne have picked up two high quality additions from the situation like Catherine Murray and Cathy Brock
A summer of turnover, there are a couple of like-for-like swaps for Mary Logue at Hermes. Significantly, Mary Goode has been enlisted to provide goalkeeper cover for Emma Gray when she is CPP-tied, taking over Nicky King’s role.
Three strong additions have helped ease the loss of former international Caitriona Tipping’s to retirement as Lizzie Colvin is back from her Erasmus in the Netherlands with Wassenaar club HGC.
Five in, five out is the balance sheet for Old Alex and they have done reasonably from the exchanges but they will hope that their goal threat remains the same.
Justin Sherriff is looking at pretty much a blank canvas for 2011/12 as several of Pembroke’s established stars are unavailable for one reason or other for the campaign, allowing a promotion from within of youth and second team players.
A season of near misses for Mick McKinnon’s side, Railway Union went deep in a number of competitions but just a Jacqui Potter Cup was secured. This time, they might be better equipped to handle the regular absences of their Irish players
With precious little time to prepare for Division One, it was an ambitious move to step up with a fortnight of preparations to work with for Geoff Walker.
After a number years under David Bane’s moulding, Scott Beattie offers a fresh perspective to a side that has increased their competitiveness in recent years.
As a national semi-finalist in both major competitions last term, the addition of 14 players of division one quality means UCD must be contenders on most fronts this term.
With upwards of ten players lost from last year’s division one side, Bray have been forced to drop their first team for the upcoming season with Three Rock Ladies taking their place in the top tier in Leinster with immediate effect.
Glenanne have announced the appointment of Dean Maguire as head coach of their ladies first team while Geoff Walker is the new Three Rock ladies coach for the upcoming season
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Susie Geoffroy’s deflected corner strike eventually saw Corinthian maintain division one status as her side notched a corner count into double figures against Three Rock Ladies at Serpentine Avenue.
Hermes were confirmed as Leinster division one champions despite losing to UCD with a sterling second half performance at Belfield. It left Loreto a chance of winning women’s division one but only if they won by nine against Railway Union
Barring any last minute miracles, Hermes will be the side to end Railway Union’s two-year reign as Leinster champions on Saturday as they are likely to be formally crowned at Belfield when they play UCD