Women’s Division 1
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
With the release of the Leinster men’s early season fixtures, The Hook’s preparations for the new season are also getting underway; we’re hoping you can help support the site as it enters it’s fifth season
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
The Hook celebrated its first Awards Night in Kobra on Leeson Street on Grafton Street, honouring its first seven official award winners at what is hoped to become an annual event
Hermes all but secured women’s division one in Belfield tonight as Mary Logue got her tactics spot on to inflict Railway Union’s first on-field Leinster league defeat with a goal in each half while Loreto drew at Old Alex
Hermes’ hopes on two of the three fronts they are still fighting will have defining battles in the space 36 hours as they travel north on Saturday to contest their Irish Senior Cup quarter-final
Loreto kept their title hopes in their own hands as they ground out a victory over Old Alex despite shipping quite a bit of pressure at Beaufort on Monday night.
Emma Russell’s first senior hat-trick kept Hermes at the top of division one, inflicting a serious blow to an off-key Loreto’s title ambitions while Railway, UCD and Alex also won. Trinity and Bray stay in a battle for eighth following their draw
Round one in the three-part mini-series that is likely to decide the destination of the Leinster women’s division one receives an early evening showcase on Saturday as Hermes and Loreto tip off at the novel time of 6pm in UCD.
The nominations are in and now it is your chance to have a say in who wins the first Hook Awards as the public vote for Umpire, Coach and Senior men’s and women’s player of the year went live this morning.
Railway moved back up to second in women’s division one with a 3-1 success against Old Alex, making it five wins in five days for their first and second panel; UCD meanwhile moved back ahead of Alex with victory over Corinthian
Handsome wins for Old Alex and Glenanne strengthened their positions in the women’s Leinster division one table while Corinthian kept alive a mathematical of avoiding bottom place with a fightback against Trinity
For a second year running, Hermes and Loreto showdown for the second place in the women’s Pool A IHL semi-finals after Pegasus took the first spot last week. UCD are already home and hosed and Railway are set to join them
At the business end of the women’s IHL group stages, Railway Union and Armagh can go a long way to securing their place in the playoffs this weekend should either take victory from their meeting on Saturday.