Women’s Division 1
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.
UCD produced a brilliant first half performance to move back into fourth place in the standing while Bray’s fourth loss in succession means they are not out of the woods just yet in terms of the promotion/relegation playoff place.
Another series of wins for the leading three means the title race is as you were; Pembroke and Bray played out a thriller and Corinthian were denied by Alex; Leinster sides dominate the women’s IJC while TRL into IHT semi-finals
There is a slight sense of the calm before the storm as the final month of the season features a series of face-offs between the leading trio of Hermes, Loreto and Railway Union.
In Railway’s absence, Hermes and Loreto picked off a win a piece as the three sides remain locked in battle; Trinity held out Glenanne while UCD recorded a pair of wins, one in the league and the other to reach the Jacqui Potter final
School’s half-term served Hermes well in Bray as they became the third side in four days to hold premier position in division one, nabbing the lead off Railway after just a few days on top.
Loreto’s charge hit its first serious road-block as Railway Union re-opened the title race at Park Avenue as the hosts showed a more economical touch at either end to record their seventh successive win.
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