Women’s Division 1
Hermes and Railway Union moved within striking distance at the top of division one as Loreto were engaged in Irish Senior Cup action while Pembroke got the best of Trinity
Anticipation has heightened the tension as Loreto are finally set to travel to Pegasus for the highlight of the weekend, looking to overturn their
Loreto moved into a commanding position at the top of division one, taking a four-point lead with a game in hand as they won their re-arranged showdown with Hermes. They did it the hard way, going 1-0 down early on.
After six Sundays of group matches, the National Indoor Trophy reaches its second finals weekend in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght with 12 sides fighting it out for the men’s and women’s honours.
Loreto squeaked to their ninth successive victory of the Leinster league campaign courtesy of Nikki Symmons’ brilliant reverse-stick goal, denying an impressive showing from Corinthian at Whitechurch Park.
Glenanne were the big winners as the non-IHL sides jockeyed for position. Their 2-0 success over Pembroke moved them up a place while the rest of the sides who played drew, Alex moving into fourth after a 0-0 stalemate at Trinity
One of the enduring inter-provincial rivalries, Hermes and Pegasus fight for the right to lead Pool A of the women’s ESB Irish Hockey League when they meet in Belfast on Sunday
Alex Speers’ hat-trick under-pinned another high-scoring win for Railway Union as their ominous run of form continues since the turn of the year in Leinster’s division one.
Bray came within moments of breaking Loreto’s perfect run thus far in women’s division one but the ISC holders remain an ominous presence close to the top. Railway, UCD, Hermes and Glenanne were the other winners
Glenanne’s battle with Corinthian looks set to be the vital tie this weekend in women’s Leinster’s division one as a potential automatic relegation looks a possibility for the first time in a number of years.
Railway moved back into the top four in division one for the first time since being docked four points as Zara Delany scored her first two goals since returning from over a year out injured. Pembroke and Trinity drew in Santry.
Should all ties get the go-ahead, Loreto’s trip to Pegasus is the undoubted pick of the round in the women’s ESB Irish Senior Cup as Leinster’s last remaining 100pc record faces the Ulster queen-pins.
Injury-hit Old Alex grasped a point from their tie with Hermes, reducing their lead from four points to two over the chasers. Loreto, UCD and Railway all took advantage while Pembroke also won. In the IJC, Randalstown vacated their crown
For the chasing pack, Railway Union, UCD and Loreto will be hoping Old Alex can do them – and themselves a favour to dent Hermes’ run in the league.
On catch-up Sunday, the form guide proved accurate as Glenanne and Railway’s men and Hermes in the Jacqui Potter advanced in their Leinster senior cups, Armagh and Trinity made it to the indoor playoffs but Loreto were frustrated yet again
The women’s division one table split into two very distinct halves as Hermes, Alex, Railway and UCD all won; the latter were pushed the hardest by Bray while Loreto lost ground as their game with Corinthian was called off due to frost
How the top sides cope with the slings and arrows of fortune in 2011 will be the decisive factor in deciding the destination of the Leinster division one title with external factors testing coach’s desires for a consistent panel.
Loreto and Hermes will give themselves every chance to lock swords tomorrow in what could prove an explosive battle as the top two fight for the right for the Christmas number one spot.
On another weather-hit weekend, Hermes were rewarded for their pitch-clearing efforts with three points against UCD and a return to the top of division one; UCD won in the Jacqui Potter while TRR go through in the men’s IJC.
The Leinster Ladies Hockey Union and the men’s Leinster Branch of the IHA have made the decision to call off all fixtures on Saturday.