Women’s Division 1
The Leinster Ladies Hockey Union and the men’s Leinster Branch of the Irish Hockey Association yesterday took the early decision to call off all fixtures under their jurisdiction for Saturday and Sunday.
The cancelations continue this week with tonight’s women’s division one re-fixture between Glenanne and Railway Union called off due to the continuing snow cover around Dublin.
Overnight snow and the subsequent hazardous driving conditions have caused widespread cancelations to the domestic and national fixture schedule.
With CPP players back in contention for starting places, Loreto against Old Alex looks the pick of the ties in the women’s division one this weekend with several players likely to make a comeback.
Loreto were the big winners over the weekend as they adapted best on Sunday to the absence of their international contingent, winning twice, with Sunday’s 2-0 triumph over UCD making them the last side standing with a 100pc record.
Hermes, Loreto and UCD all won for the fifth successive time to keep a share of the lead in women’s division one. Hermes were the big winners with Jenny Burke scoring twice within four minutes of her return
The first rest weekend for the CPP means that some otherwise huge ties in Leinster division one will be played without international stars.
A share of the spoils at Bray saw the hosts move up a place ahead of Pembroke with their seventh point of the season while Glenanne end the weekend as they started, eighth and three clear of the bottom pairing of Corinthian and Trinity.
Old Alex produced a golden first half to sweep into a 4-0 lead and never looked back against Pembroke to move into a share of first place while Corinthian and Trinity both get off the mark for the season. Muckross advance in the IHT.
The Loreto, Hermes and Pegasus axis has its first Pool A showdown of the season this weekend in the highlight of the IHL action at Beaufort this weekend. 2009 champions Loreto will be looking for revenge over Pegs for their loss last season, a result key to their elimination.
Without five internationals, Hermes were made to work hard for their three points in Santry as Nikki King made a return to the goalkeeper’s smock for the first time since the 2006/7 season.
UCD were pushed the hardest of the unbeaten sides, getting the better of Pembroke. Railway are back into the top five after their points deduction while Alex and Loreto cruised to 4-0 wins
Women’s Division One preview: Five games in three days could well take its toll as the growth of Johnny Harte’s UCD into the season will be put to the test tomorrow against an improving Pembroke side.
Railway bounced back from their four-point deduction with a strong second half against Pembroke while Loreto continue to impress and Glenanne are off the mark.
The confirmation of Railway Union’s four-point deduction in midweek for a registration issue means, despite a 100pc record to date, their bid for three in-a-row has been placed firmly on the back foot.
Laura Wilson’s swept UCD to the top of the women’s division one as her first half corner strike was the deserved reward for the students who coped the better without their international stars at Belfield
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Glenanne came close to a major upset but two Laura Pinder goals stole the three points for Hermes while Bray got their first win of the season with a 2-1 success over Corinthian
Monkstown’s credentials will undergo severe scrutiny this weekend in Tallaght as they travel to face Glenanne in the Gerry McCabe Cup fixture between the sides occupying the top two rungs of the league. Elsewhere, there is men’s division two; women’s division one and girl’s interprovincial action in the province.
Pembroke and Alex picked up their second wins of the season to join a group of six teams at the top of the women’s division one table with Trinity and Glenanne yet to register a point after three fixtures.