Women’s Division 1
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.
Corinthian’s ladies have announced the appointment of former Three Rock and Clontarf boss Harold de Jong as first team coach for the coming season. Speaking about the signing, a club statement said: “his vast experience and knowledge of the game both in Ireland and internationally will be a huge asset to the club. “His appointment […]
* Hermes have appointed Mary Logue as their head coach for the upcoming season, making the switch after a couple of seasons with UCD in which she helped the club win the Irish Senior Cup and return to the Irish Hockey League. She also coached Ireland’s U-18 selection in the European A division last year […]
Bray ladies are on the look-out for a new coach following Johnny Harte’s decision to step down from the role. The club are looking for someone with good technical and interpersonal skills and someone who can commit fully to coaching a division one side. Candidates would preferably have coaching experience at this level. Anyone with […]
Women’s Division One: Pembroke 1 (Karen Hales) Old Alex 0; Loreto 2 (Sarah O’Meara, Catriona Tipping) Glenanne 0 Pembroke ended a difficult season with a positive boost as they jumped from ninth to sixth on the final weekend of Leinster division one, courtesy of Karen Hales’ second half, straight corner strike against Old Alex on […]
Hermes 0 Railway Union 1 (Jean McDonnell) Jean McDonnell’s strike ten minutes from time handed Railway Union back-to-back women’s Leinster division one crowns as she struck a brilliant winner to end Hermes title aspirations. She took her chance brilliantly, latching onto a crash ball on the 25, drifting from right to left to round Emma […]