Loreto, UCD and Ards are facing to an epic close to the group phase of the women’s Irish Hockey League with all battling it out for the two semi-final spots on offer with plenty of permutations to play out.
Barring a huge upset, Monkstown will be crowned Leinster division one champions on Saturday evening as they need just a point against basement side Rathgar. The IHL debate, though, continues to rumble on in Ulster with vice chairman Stuart MacDonnell resigning in midweek
Hermes returned to the top of women’s Leinster division one on a wild night in Kilcock as they got the better of North Kildare with a second half burst.
A last minute winner from Jazze Henry saw Monkstown beat YMCA 2-1 and move a step closer to winning Leinster’s division one; TRR and Railway tie in dramatic fashion; Pembroke land IHL place while Rathgar and Glenanne also win; Town IIs also progress title hopes
The first national finalists of the 2014/15 season will become known on Saturday afternoon as Leinster leaders Hermes and Railway Union hit the road for the Irish Senior Cup semi-finals to meet Cork Harlequins and Ulster Elks, respectively.
Monkstown can leave Pembroke needing snookers in the men’s Leinster division one title race if they can get one over YMCA at Milltown in round 16 of the league; men’s weekend preview
Hermes get huge boost in women’s Leinster Division One title push as Railway and Pembroke tie; Loreto squeeze past North Kildare while Glenanne and Corinthian play out stalemate while UCD pick off strong win over Old Alex; Railway and Hermes into JP semi-finals
Monkstown moved within touching distance of retaining the Leinster men’s division one with a narrow 2-1 win over Three Rock; they are six clear of Pembroke who drew with Glenanne; YM beat Corinthian 3-0 while Avoca were 7-1 winners over Rathgar
The top four all showdown in men’s Leinster division one, something that will give the IHL chasers plenty of hope that they can close the gap for a place in next year’s marquee competition.
With the Irish senior women on a five-day training camp, this weekend could see some more unexpected twists and turns in the women’s Leinster division one title race with four sides covered by just three points with three games to go.
Road trips are the order of the day for Leinster’s primary contenders on Saturday in the men’s Irish Hockey League as Pembroke, Monkstown and Three Rock Rovers all travel out of province for tough ties.
At times, it would seem UCD’s toughest challenge this year for top honours appears to be registration rules. The Belfielders would have gone top on Thursday evening thanks to a high octane 2-1 win over Loreto but for a registration issue while they have also bee docked IHL points
Rory Nichols silver goal winner propelled Monkstown II into the quarter-finals of the men’s Irish Junior Cup, eliminating last year’s champions Pembroke II.
Monkstown moved a step closer to retaining the men’s Leinster Division One title as they scored the last three goals to see off a dogged Railway Union 6-3 at Park Avenue; Pembroke, Three Rock and YMCA were the other winners on round 14 of the league
The women’s Leinster division one top five remains as tight as ever with the leading quintet all running up wins over those in the bottom half without conceding a goal. Railway Union, Hermes, Glenanne and UCD II made it through to the final four of the Jacqui Potter Cup
It’s a top five against bottom five Saturday in women’s Leinster division one meaning any slip up from the leaders will be hugely costly in the battle for their respective ambitions.
Faced with a tester this Saturday, Monkstown can move another big step closer to retaining the men’s Leinster division one title on Saturday when they make the trip up the coast road to face Railway Union.
A pair of 2-1 wins served to bolster Railway Union and Glenanne’s IHL hopes, putting a major dent in YMCA’s chances while Corinthian now look to be all but out of the mix; Monkstown, Pembroke and Three Rock also recorded wins to stay in control of an IHL place
Railway Union, Hermes, Cork Harlequins and Ulster Elks are through to the final four of the women’s Irish Senior Cup thanks to their Saturday wins in the competition; UCD strengthen their place in the IHL places while Trinity land third win of the women’s div one campaign
Glenanne are looking to add another shock to their Irish Senior Cup collection on Saturday when they host 2013 champions Railway Union in Tallaght in a wide open quarter-final line-up; Hermes face familiar faces in a UCD-esque reunion against Belfast Harlequins