Women’s Division 1
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.
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.