Women’s Division 1
Having nicked a point at Loreto last week, Glenanne have yet another big test of their credentials on Saturday on day two of the women’s Leinster division one season; weekend preview for the top tier as well as the first day of the division two campaign
On a weekend of eye-catching, opening results in women’s Leinster division one, Declan Hughes spoke to Keith Crawford, Gillian Pinder and Gavin Bourke about their respective results
Plenty of close run things in women’s Leinster division one opening day as Glenanne picked off a battling draw against Loreto, North Kildare pushed Railway Union all the way while Pembroke landed a big blow over Hermes; UCD won 4-0 v Trinity and Alex and Corinthian draw
All the results and updated tables from Saturday, September 20 as the women’s new season gets underway with a few surprises and the men’s league reaches day three
The new women’s Leinster Division One, which starts on Saturday, sees UCD once again in the box seat as overwhelming favourites for all the laurels.
For the second season running, there has been a big incoming contingent. Sarah Clarke takes over as captain from Jilly Collins of the side, returning to the club having spent three seasons at Loreto.
Reigning champions in Leinster and both national competitions, UCD are once again over-whelming favourites to win everything in the game after a high volume of new arrivals
The revelation of last season, Gavin Bourke and Richie Pedreschi worked the oracle last season in getting Trinity up to seventh and well clear of any relegation issues.
Four key absentees this year for Railway Union as Jean McDonnell takes a year out, recent Irish captain returns to Pegasus after a lengthy spell in Dublin and defender Orla Fox moves to Belgium in addition to Sarah Hawkshaw’s departure to the US.
or a second season, Old Alex have been hit by a large number of departures. Shirley McCay’s return to her home province will hit hard
Goalkeeper Maeve Weld and Melissa Scott-Hayward both return to the squad after a season out. A number of players from the junior section have also taken an active part in preseason training and will add a greater strength and depth to the squad for the coming year.
A large portion of experience has stepped down with the ready-made replacements all coming from the club’s youth section. Due to work commitments, Louisa Healy and Caitriona O’Kelly have retired while Cathy McKean is the third former international no longer around.
As part of a recurring theme with last year’s top four – barring UCD – Hermes will be employing a much more youthful team this term.
The 2014/15 season sees several changes to the Glenanne line-up. The first major loss comes in the form of Rachel ‘Rambo’ Lambe from the goal line as she makes the move to life in Australia.
A trio of departures to Trinity along with Cathy Brock and Sarah Coleman taking a year out leaves Corinthian with some key positions to fill
The women’s draw for the first round of the Irish Senior Cup threw up two tasty ties as IHL semi-finalists from the past two seasons Railway Union and Loreto along with UCD and Ards set to meet on October 4.
Loreto have announced the appointment of Niall Denham as head coach for their first eleven for the forthcoming season. He takes over from Trevor Dagg who led the side to the semi-finals of the Irish Hockey League.
North Kildare live to battle it out for a third year in women’s Leinster division one as they survived a penalty shoot-out to defeat Muckross, denying them back-to-back promotions at Glenanne Park last Sunday.
Home advantage has counted for little this term in the marquee meetings between Railway Union and Hermes in the Leinster league this season as three of the four times they have met has led to an away victory.
Corinthian assured their place in women’s Leinster division one next season as they put in an assured performance to beat Glenanne 2-0 in Tallaght last Saturday, rendering North Kildare’s final day 1-0 defeat to Old Alex moot