In a condensed interprovincial campaign, Leinster’s U-18s picked up a win and a score draw to lead the standings with a game in hand on Ulster and Munster; Ulster, though, look well set to win the U-16 title
A busy weekend lies in wait for the Leinster U-18 and U-16 boys as they have been scheduled to play four games in two days following sub-zero conditions in north Belfast
The boys underage interprovincials take place in Newtownabbey this weekend with the U-16s forced into making a change in the run up to the tournament
Following the launch to the “Save South East Hockey” online campaign, the IHA will meet with the LHA to discuss, among other issues, the permanent retention of the region’s U-18 and U-16 interpro sides
The Leinster U-18 boys side is hoping to retain the inteprovincial title with the bulk of the panel that claimed success at U-16 level two years ago
The Leinster U-16 boys are aiming to claim their fifth interprovincial title in seven years with a new look side that features just two players of the 2012 vintage
Unbeaten interpros girls record first U-18/U-16 double since 1996 with superb performances in Garryduff to break the Ulster stranglehold
Leinster enjoyed a good first day at the U-16 and U-18 inteprovincials in Garryduff, getting the better of Connacht 5-1 and 1-0 respectively
After a five-year hiatus, the Leinster Under-18 girls will hope they can end Ulster’s dominance this weekend in Garryduff; along with the Under-16s, they are in Cork for the junior interpros
Both Leinster and the South East’s U-18s have international experience to call upon as both provinces have named players from last summer’s European championship line-up in their panels for the upcoming interpros which take place in Garryduff from October 18-20.
Six players return for Sarah Scott’s Leinster U-16s when they travel to Cork for the interpros from October 18 to 20; the Leinster and South East panels were both named earlier this week for the event
The girls U16 and U18 interpros were last night switched from Connacht to Munster following the western province’s decision to withdraw from hosting the tournaments.
Ulster claimed both the men’s and women’s junior interprovincials at Grange Road, winning both competitions with a game left in their schedules, showing their superiority this time around.
In stark contrast to the final round of the men’s Irish Hockey League, the permutations abound on the women’s side with eight sides still in the running for the four semi-final berths, making for a thrilling final weekend of the pool stages.
Pembroke’s date with Cookstown at the recently renamed Steelweld Park in Coolnafranky underpins who will take second place from Pool A in the men’s IHL; YM battle with Lisnagarvey in Pool B while the junior interpros come to Grange Road
Leinster’s U-18s retained their interprovincial crown in style as they recorded a rare clean sweep at this level, winning four from four in Garryduff; at U-16 level, Ulster won back their title with an unbeaten run
Leinster have taken the initiative in both the U-18 and U-16 boy’s interprovincial tournaments, both getting wins over Munster to lead the pack after day one.
The underage interprovincials has trimmed men’s Leinster division one to just four games but, after a pivotal double weekend, plenty more swings of fortune could yet be played out.
Leinster’s U-18s will look to mainly to the All-Ireland Schoolboy’s winning St Andrew’s side at this year’s interprovincials as eight of that team make up Gareth Borland’s panel.
Ulster once again dominated the girls interpros at Grange Road as they edged out Leinster at both U-18 and U-16 level.