IHA announce first and second round draws for men’s and women’s Irish Junior Cup, Irish Hockey Trophy and Irish Hockey Challenge
Portrane hockey club’s Adrian Henchey says the decision to keep the €1.6m pitch in Donabate unavailable to local clubs as “heart-breaking”, causing potentially terminal issues for one the country’s oldest clubs.
A number of clubs’ U-14 teams have been learning the boards in the past month as part of an indoor hockey initiative put together by Portrane’s Adrian Henchy and Suttonians’ Conor Gillett.
The Leinster men’s division one season will take on a condensed look as the back-ended Irish Hockey League season has led to a major overhaul of the domestic calendar.
Frank Ryan struck a golden goal to hand Monkstown victory in the Railway Cup; Fingal III, Bray II and TRR V won the other divisional cups while Glenanne are the Galtrim Cup winners once more and TRR won the Walters title
All eyes on Rathdown on Saturday as once again the men’s Leinster division one title will be settled at the Glenageary venue with a match between Monkstown and Glenanne.
Avoca are back in the big time after a six year absence they produced an incredible comeback in the closing 11 minutes of their tie against Dublin University to get the point they required to confirm the success.
Amid a rollercoaster of emotions on the international stage, Leinster men’s division one could well produce a winner this weekend, especially after last Monday’s 16th round of matches slipped in under the radar.
Suttonians moved back into second place as they took advantage of Trinity’s loss to Weston on Bank Holiday Monday, getting the better of Portrane 5-0
Weston and Dublin Uni closed the gap on Suttonians to get back into the running for the division one playoff place; Avoca extended their lead over the pack
Glenanne’s battle with Railway Union could go a long way to deciding the destination of the title as the men’s division one’s two form, mean green teams clash at St Mark’s.
Avoca got the better of Suttonians for the second time in a fortnight to swing the men’s division two title pendulum their way; Rathgar and Weston also won against Portrane and Mullingar respectively
Railway Union could all but guarantee an IHL playoff place this weekend in men’s Leinster division one – at the very least – this weekend as they take the longest unbeaten run in division one into their tie with Fingal.
Avoca and Suttonians set up a battle royale next weekend as they both won last time out in men’s division two to stay locked at the top of the division; Trinity still hope to pounce after a victory over Rathgar
A double-weekend for men’s division one sees several vital games up or decision while division continues its roller-coaster; on the women’s side, the top five in women’s division one face the bottom five
Railway Union’s hosting of Loreto could very well be the game-breaker in the final meeting in women’s division one when they meet on Saturday; TRR and Monkstown show down twice in three days as Mills Cup semis set for Sunday
Reuben Holden’s first half goal proved the decisive effort in moving Suttonians into pole position in men’s division two, three clear of Avoca who were on a bye weekend in the league.
Monkstown will face one of their biggest challenges this weekend as they take on Three Rock Rovers shy seven members of their panel, turning what might have been a repeat of their early-season mauling into a considerable banana-skin.
Mullingar got their first win since stepping up to division two with an impressive victory over Rathgar; Trinity won twice to close the gap on the front-runners; Avoca endured a mixed weekend but move top
For the most part, the top half plays the bottom as Leinster division one returns for the second half of the season since breaking for Christmas on December 10 – the exception between Railway and Monkstown could be a corker