Jack McCann runs his eye over tound one of the men’s Leinster season which features a series of well-matched fixtures with Avoca battling Corinthian, Pembroke and Railway in the Sandymount derby, and Monkstown travelling to Glenanne while Rathgar host TRR
New season and ten new-look squads begin their men’s Leinster division one campaign after an extremely busy summer of transfer dealings as the chasing pack attempt to close the gap to Monkstown, winners last year after a 40-year wait.
With Gareth Carragher moving to Nottingham for his studies, Glenanne have added off a fine replacement between the posts in the form of Polish international Lukasz Domachowski
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.
Shane O’Donghue has been dreaming of playing top level hockey since he could hold a stick, writes Jack McCann, and now he is a step closer to fulfilling his ambition having agreed to play for KHC Dragons next season along with fellow Irish international Kyle Good.
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
Pembroke and Lurgan battle to be underdogs in Irish Senior Cup final against fancied UCD and RailwayFebruary 21, 2014 | 4,440 views |
Given the storied recent history of UCD and Railway Union, no matter who emerges from Pembroke and Lurgan’s semi-final, they will be going into Sunday’s final as underdog; women’s Irish Senior Cup finals and weekend preview
UCD landed their third Leinster women’s division one title in three years with a superb double weekend, seeing off both Railway Union and Loreto 3-1 to build an unassailable six-point lead at the top of the table ahead of Hermes
Its judgement weekend in women’s Leinster division one with a potentially tumultuous weekend for title chasers UCD, Hermes and Railway Union with their potential fate intertwined as the top sides will all meet over a busy weekend of nine league ties.
Railway Union came out smiling from an eventful day as they were guaranteed a top five place in Leinster men’s division one by virtue of YMCA’s 5-2 win over Glenanne on Thursday evening.
Fingal breathed a heavy sigh of relief this evening as their place in men’s Leinster division one was assured on Tuesday evening as Three Rock scraped a 3-2 win over Rathgar a High School ice rink, leaving the Chiefs destined for a playoff date.
Former Glenanne man Shane O’Donoghue fires a hat trick against his former club to see UCD equal their best ever finish in men’s Leinster division one; weekend preview
After 32 years, Monkstown were finally celebrating their first Leinster senior league title since 1982 in Tallaght as they dramatically came from 2-0 down to deny potential party poopers Glenanne.
The Irish Senior Cup semi-finals weekend will have a familiar hue after Monkstown, Three Rock Rovers and Pembroke returned to the final four for a second successive year with Lisnagarvey taking the place of Banbridge from last year’s line-up.
Familiarity may breed over-confidence for UCD and Loreto or so Old Alex and Pembroke will hope as, seven days on from league defeats, they will hope they can land Irish Senior Cup surprise results and earn places in the semi-finals.
The helter-skelter men’s season provides another pivotal weekend in which the Leinster league champions could well be crowned while six local sides battle it out in the Irish Senior Cup quarter-finals.
Three Leinster sides will go into Monday’s quarter-final draw of the men’s Irish Junior Cup after bring wins for Monkstown, Pembroke and Three Rock Rovers’ second teams on Saturday; Pembroke maintain four point gap in division two
Monkstown produced a superb display to see off Three Rock 6-3 to put themselves within one win of claiming Leinster men’s division one for the first time since 1982; Glenanne and Corinthian progressed their Irish Hockey League hopes
Marie Goulding’s first minute goal put Glenanne on course for a draw with Railway Union that looks set to have a huge impact on the women’s Leinster division one title race; Trinity shaded a tight tussle with Corinthian to ease relegation worries