Women’s Division 1
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.
A repeat of last year’s final and a string of former UCC players facing their alma mater mark the card for the first round of the third year of the IHL. The post also links through to a full rundown on the entrants for this edition.
Johnny Harte’s UCD completed a perfect weekend as they kept a second successive clean sheet while piling in the goals at the far end to take the early colours bragging rights ahead of Intervarsities later this month.
Hermes and Old Alex recorded single goal wins while Loreto made it two big successes on the spin in women’s division one. Pembroke got off the mark at Bray’s expense whilst Chloe Watkins settled easily into a UCD jersey
Fresher’s week done and dusted, UCD and Trinity endure a double-weekend to get their season up-and-running, facing their league openers on Saturday before facing each other in their back match on Sunday in Santry.
Four comprehensive wins saw Old Alex, Hermes, Loreto and Railway Union all show their intentions for the new women’s division one season with Munster newcomers already showing their value
Three in-a-row chasing Railway Union will hope to ease back into the season when they host Bray tomorrow with their international contingent growing from three to five in recent weeks.
Mary Goode’s retirement is the big blow to Bray that leaves them very much looking for inspiration as Cliff Bailey takes over the coaching role from Johnny Harte.
Corinthian begin the season after a packed preseason as new boss Harold de Jong attempts to introduce a new style of play to Whitechurch Park.
In the mini-league from sixth to ninth, Glenanne’s prospects look reasonably strong under the tutelage of Guy Garrett with three decent additions to the panel.
Hermes proved the most active in the transfer market this summer, benefitting from the CPP and the move from Cork of Sinead McCarthy and Audrey O’Flynn to bolster the backline.
An excellent preseason with wins over Greenfields, Pembroke and Railway Union and a draw with Hermes under the new stewardship of Gareth Evans and Graham Shaw means Loreto are bubbling nicely going into the new season.
Another one of the big movers in the summer, the slightly surprising capture – given the lack of IHL hockey – of Shirley McCay is a big boon for the duo of Miles Warren and Ivan Ovington.
The restructuring of the Pembroke side under Justin Sherriff following Natalie Fulton’s tenure as coach means he will take a while to work out his strongest squad.
Like for like replacements of their three major departees and some international additions see Railway with plenty of talent in their midst for the coming season.
Minimal turnover in student terms with graduates Caoimhe Costigan and Christine Boyle sees David Bane continue to mould a young team with plenty of scope to push for an IHL place.
Four strong signings – most notable Chloe Watkins and Niamh Atcheler – will give UCD the boost they need as they adjust to life after Lisa Jacob, captain of the ISC winning side of 2009.
Gareth Evans and Graham Shaw will team up to take care of Loreto for the upcoming season as they bid to retain their Irish Senior Cup and prepare for a second successive European campaign.
Justin Sherriff will coach Pembroke’s ladies in division one in the coming season, hoping to transfer the lessons learned from his glittering playing career to the training field.