Friday, December 28, 2007

News in Brief

* Ireland enjoyed a relatively successful trip to Chile last week, beating the hosts 6-0, drawing with South Africa (1-1) and Argentina (1-1) before losing out 2-1 to the Argentines in the final. The side looked accomplished against the World number 7s, who they will also meet in the final group match of the Olympic qualifiers in February.

After a short break for Christmas and New Year, the squad will resume training in January, with established players like Stephen Butler and Graham Shaw rejoining the team.

* Slightly old news, but Dutch player Fatima Moreira de Melo was recently voted the Netherland's sexiest woman ahead of the country's soap stars and reality TV fools. To see a picture of her with a snake, click here

*The Leinster indoor league draw has been released and are available on the Leinster hockey website. To view it, click here and click on the indoor option

*Finally, two Dutch sides are hoping to visit Dublin in the New Year. The first is former Trinity and Genesis coach Gilles van Hesteren's Amsterdam U18 girls team. They are currently the best team in their age category and are looking for high quality opposition from Thursday 14 Feb till Sunday 17 Feb.

The second is FIT Women 1sts. They are currently in the promotion positions in the Dutch division 3, so any good 2nds team or 1st team in division 2 or 3 would be a good match.

If you can provide opposition, email me at

Neville Cup Final: Pembroke 1 TRR 6

Three Rock won the Neville Cup for the first time since 2002, beating an almost unrecognisable Pembroke side comprehensively.

The tie was effectively sealed by half-time as Rovers converted three of their four penalty corners last Sunday against a team that retained only Patrick Good, Gordon Elliott and Alan Sothern from their semi-final side that overcame Glenanne.

Three Rock, for their part, were bolstered prior to tip-off by the clearance of both Mitch Darling and Andy McConnell to play, despite arriving back from international duty just two days previously.

In a fairly lifeless opening, Pembroke had a couple of half chances, Dougie Good first unlucky not to get a corner after Gordy Elliott’s run and then missing a sharp chance after Morris Elliott crossed.

And so it was that Rovers scored from their first shot. It came from a Peter McConnell penalty corner, awarded for Pembroke failing to retreat five yards at a long corner.

McConnell doubled the advantage from his side’s second corner, pushing low into the right hand corner.

And the first half scoring was complete from Rovers’ fourth corner, Kyle Good improvising well from a bad push-out to fire to the back post to the waiting Michael Maguire tapped home.

After a first half of few chances, the second opened up a lot more, with Rovers creating a host of chances. Tim Hill and Kyle Good both missed chances close in, before the Good – recently called into the Irish under 18 squad – got a deserved fourth.

Andy McConnell latched onto the ball at the top of the D to feed Tim Hill on the left. He dinked the ball over the onrushing Ken Mulcare and Good made no mistake from, slamming home from three yards.

Rovers had, at this point, managed to rotate the bench to give another Irish under 18 player, Stephen West his first team debut in goal.

Good set up Andy McConnell for the fifth moments later before Pembroke rallied with a scrambled effort to bring the score back to 5-1 with ten minutes remaining.

Gary Ringwood, though, rounded up the scoring with a delicate one-handed effort in the closing moments.

Afterwards, on receiving the gigantic Neville Cup, Rovers skipper Peter McConnell said “It’s always nice to win against Pembroke especially up here [in their ground].”

It will be argued, though, that the nature of the Pembroke opposition may dull the victory somewhat especially with a number of senior players not playing despite being in the country and fit to play.

As it was, with five players making their Pembroke firsts competitive debuts, Rovers found it a lot easier to inflict the Ballsbridge side’s first defeat since January.

Pembroke: Ken Mulcaire, Alan Sothern, Douglas Good, Rowan Pearson, Paudie Carley, Patrick Good, Duncan McKeen, Scott Lowry, Stuart Loughrey, Morris Elliott, Gordon Elliott
Subs: Michael Tijs, Simon Walsh, Stuart Garrett, Conor McDermott

TRR: Charlie Henderson, Michael Maguire, Gavin Bourke, Neil Lyons, Alan Bothwell, Mitch Darling, Colin Huet, Tim Hill, Gary Ringwood, Pierre Quesnel, Peter McConnell
Subs: Ross Varian, Stephen Macken, Kyle Good, Stephen West, Andy McConnell

Monday, December 24, 2007

Irish U18 squad announced

Ten Leinster players have made it into Arul Anthoni’s Irish under 18 squad for the England Series from 13th - 15th February in UCD, Dublin. Ireland will play England in three consecutive matches.

Both Stuart Loughrey and Andrew Ward were recently named in the Leinster U-21 squad.

Squad: David Carson (Corinthian), Stephen Cole (Monkstown), Brian Doherty (Corinthian), Kyle Good (TRR), Stuart Loughrey (Pembroke), Eoin MacArthur (Railway Union), Josh Purcell (YMCA), Cian Speers (Monkstown), Andrew Ward (Monkstown), Stephen West (TRR), Harry Fleming (Bandon GS), Dan Hobbs (Ashton School), Patrick Shanahan (Bandon GS), Clinton Sweetman (Bandon GS), Phillip Brown (Banbridge), James Corry (Raphoe), Scott Forbes (Banbridge), Stephen Hunter (Lisnagarvey), Peter MacDonnell (Lisnagravey), Richard Magowan (Banbridge), Ryan McCrea (Mossley), Peter Purcell (Annadale), William Robinson (Instonians), Stephen Sloan (Cookstown), Stuart Smyth (Cookstown), Alastair Thom (Cookstown)

Neville Cup Final preview - TRR vs Pembroke

The cosmopolitan nature of the two sides has mean that an intriguing encounter of how the two forms sides in Leinster is somewhat diminished. After two highly competitive semi-finals, the make-up of both Rovers and Pembroke’s line-ups will be very different.

While the teams knew they would be without their Irish international contingent (McConnell, Maguire, Lewis, David Harte and Gormley), a number of others will also be missing on St Stephen’s day. Ian Symons is away for the rest of the season at the very least while both other South African’s, McInroy and Fulton are back in their homeland.

As is Three Rock’s goal machine Maarten Sier who has taken up Peter Blakeney’s mantle from the penalty corner. Beyond that, Rovers also have to make do without Ezra Handelman and Ali Haughton.

Pembroke also have high-profile players missing. Conor Harte will be in Cork; Justin Sheriff is away snow-boarding

For coach Turloch O’Siochain, he has been using the cup in a development manner, a la Arsenal in the Carling Cup, all season but is under no illusions, though as to his player’s motivations. “You get to finals to win them, no matter who you are playing. Its silverware and you want to claim it, no matter what the competition or the opposition.”

The lack of such high profile players, though, is disappointing for the competition which is free to attend and run to raise money for charity. Pembroke and Rovers have been the form sides in the first half of the season and their encounter in late October was probably the highest quality game thus far in the league, Pembroke winning 4-1.

Tip off: 3pm Serpentine Avenue

Who do you think will win? Have your say...

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Muller announces squad for South Africa tour

On Tuesday, Gene Muller announced his twenty two for the tour to South Africa in January.

Muller’s squad includes three uncapped players, Loreto’s Niamh Small, Hermes’ Keeper Emma Gray and Louisa Moore who has been training with Pembroke in the last weeks. Commenting after his selection and impending tour “This tour has both a training and competition focus.

“It is a very demanding schedule that will test the players physically. We are taking 22 players on the tour so it does give us a chance to rotate and compare players.”

Muller finalised his selection after a two day training camp last weekend in Dublin . The squad will spend ten days in South Africa from the 10th – 20th January and will play six matches during the tour as they continue preparations for their Olympic Qualifying Tournament next April.

Squad (club/caps): Emma Clarke (Randalstown, 33), Aine Connery (UCC, 12), Eimear Cregan (Cork Harlequins, 118), Roisin Flinn (UCD, 27), Emer Harte (Pembroke Wanderers, 29), Louisa Healy (GK) (Loreto, 23), Mary Goode(GK) (Pembroke Wanderers, 29), Emma Gray(GK) (Hermes, 0), Lisa Jacob (UCD, 12), Shirley McCay (Randalstown, 27), Jenny McDonough (Belfast Harlequins, 90), Cathy McKean (Loreto, 83), Bridget McKeever (Ballymoney, 95), Louisa Moore (unattached, 0), Ciara O’Brien (Chelmsford, 131), Julia O’Halloran (UCC, 19), Clare Parkhill (Randalstown, 49), Stephanie Quinn (Armagh, 2), Cliodhna Sargent (Cork Harlequins, 16), Niamh Small (Loreto, 0), Emma Stewart (Armagh,36), Nikki Symmons (Loreto, 81)

Schedule: Jan 12 v South Africa, 3pm Stellenbosch; Jan 13 v Holland U21, 3pm Stellenbosch; Jan 15 v South Africa, 7pm, Capetown; Jan 16 v Holland U21, 7pm Stellenbosch; Jan 18 v South Africa, 7pm Stellenbosch; Jan 19 v South Africa, 3pm Capetown

FIH names Team of the year

The FIH announced the 2007 Men’s WorldHockey All Star Team. This team is composed of 18 players and two coaches. Captain of the team is 2007 WorldHockey Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer from Australia.

In the men’s All Star Team Germany, World Champion and Samsung Champions Trophy Winner in Kuala Lumpur (MAS), is represented by four players: Player of the Year 2007 nominee Matthias Witthaus, Tibor Weissenborn, Young Player of the Year 2007 nominee Moritz Fuerste, and goal keeper Ulrich Bubolz.

Also Australia , second placed at the 2006 BDO World Cup as well as in Kuala Lumpur , is present with four stars: Jamie Dwyer, Brent Livermore, Bevan George and WorldHockey Young Player of the Year 2007 Mark Knowles.

Dutch goalkeeper Guus Vogels, defender Taeke Taekema, Teun de Nooijer and Robert van der Horst represent the 2007 Samsung Champions Trophy Bronze Medalists. Other stars on the list are Sergi Enrique and Eduard Tubau from Spain, India’s Dilip Tirkey, New Zealand’s Ryan Archibald, Jong Ho Seo from Korea and Dilawar Hussain from Pakistan.

Spain’s coach Maurits Hendriks and Dutch Roelant Oltmans are the coaches of this world class formation.

EHL Internet show - Wednesday night

Today, at 6pm CET, EHL brings the first ever interactive, multimedia show in hockey to computer screens around the world.

Combining never-before-seen hockey movie clips with special studio guests, Dutch national team players three times WorldHockey Player of the Year Teun de Nooijer and 2005 WorldHockey Young Player of the Year Robert van der Horst, live participation of representatives of 16 hockey clubs from 9 different nations and viewer interaction through a chat module, Euro Hockey League's Round 2 draw is an exciting event for all and provides a platform where teams, fans, and media come together and actively take part in a unique hockey event.

For fans, the 45 minute KO16 show contains a number of hockey video clips, relaying the best of the action of the first two tournaments, shining a light on umpires and coaches, and taking three of Round 1's influential players to center stage. Viewers can also participate in the show, asking questions to Teun, Robert, or the EHL crew, or giving their comments through a custom-designed chat box on the draw site, with the most interesting questions and comments selected and integrated into the program by the presenter.

The draw itself happens in an innovative format, with the seeded teams shaping their fate by choosing their opponents - even if blindfolded - and all participants' reactions available live and direct. The list of club representatives participating in the draw includes illustrious names, such as players Carlos Nevado for Uhlenhorster HC and Rhys Joyce for Reading HC, coaches Paul van Ass for HGC or David Ralph for Loughborough Students, and former FIH president Juan Angel Calzado for Real Club de Polo de Barcelona. Already, the Euro Hockey League website shows videos of all Round 1 goals in a fantastic highlights round-up and offers the possibility of submitting questions and comments for the draw. Be sure you don't miss this all-new, superb hockey show - we look forward to seeing you join in on Wednesday on!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Mills Cup

Three Rock 2 (Good 2) Corinthian 2 (TRR win 4-2 on strokes)
Rovers won out on strokes on Sunday after a nervy encounter. The first half was wide open and saw all the goals with Kyle Good getting both for Rovers. Corinthians, though, weren't for shaking and got back on terms. Charlie Henderson was the key man in the strokes, using all the tricks in the book to psyche out his former team-mates and seal the win. They will now play Weston in the next round - who overcame Bray - in the final eight.

Glenanne 3 (Tucker, Kane, Kehoe) Clontarf 0

Kilkenny 6 YMCA 2

Navan 1 Avoca 4

Weston 3 Bray 2 (aet)

Pembroke vs Trinity - postponed
Fingal vs Monkstown - postponed
UCD vs Naas - postponed

More details when I get them, email me if you know anything more...

Saturday, December 15, 2007

IJC Results - Holders out of women's cup

Holders Old Alex crashed out of the IJC as they were beaten at St Andrews in a 5 goal thriller. There was better news, though, for Leinster sides Hermes, Railway, Our Lady's, Suttonians, Bray, Pembroke, Loreto and Clontarf who have all made it through to the last 16.

In the men's draw, holders Pembroke kicked off their campaign with a 3-1 win over Lisnagarvey.

ESB Irish Junior Cup – Round 2
Waterford 5-0 Yeats County (Newtown School); Hermes 2 1-0 (GG) Lurgan 2 (St. Andrews); Old Alex 2 2-3 Randalstown 2 (St Andrews); Bandon 2 1-2 Belfast Harlequins 2 (Bandon GS); Armagh 2 4-0 Catholic Institute (Ardmore); Railway Union 2 6-0 NUIG (Park Ave); Moyne Thurles 2-5 Our Lady’s Terenure (Ursuline Complex); Suttonians 5-4 (GG) Genesis 2 (Sutton); Pegasus 2 V Portadown 2 (UUJ); Belvedere 2 0-3 Pembroke W 2 (Ballincollig); Bray 6-0 Victorians 2 (Loreto Bray); Loreto 2 2-0 Naas ; Clontarf 2-2 (Clontarf win 4-1 penalties) Cork C of I 2 (Mount Temple); Ashton 2 1-1 (Wexford win 5-1 on penalties) Wexford (Ashton School); Galway V Knock (Walkover to Galway)

Men’s Irish Junior Cup – Round 2
Queen’s University 2 0-6 Galway (Queens); North Down 2 5-3 Kilkeel 2; Bangor 2 0-1 Cork C of I 2 (Bangor); Pembroke W 2 3-1 Lisnagarvey 2 (Serpentine Avenue); Cork Harlequins 2 0-4 Cookstown 2 (Harlequin Park); Three Rock Rovers 2 4-1 Bandon 2 (Grange Road); Parkview 2-5 Instonians 2 (Ballyclare); UCC 4-6 Monkstown 2 (Mardyke Arena); Armagh (Walkover to ARMAGH) Avoca 2 (Ardmore); Banbridge 2 (Walkover to BANBRIDGE) Midleton (Havelock Park); Clontarf 2 4-2 Portadown 2 (Mt Temple); Glenanne 2 9-2 NICS 2 (Glenanne Park); Fingal 2nd 1-6 Annadale 2nd (ALSAA); Mullingar 1-5 Railway Union 2 (Tullamore); Campbellians 3-2 (GG)South Antrim 2 (Campbell College); UCD 2nd 2-4 Belfast Harlequins 2nd (already played due to exams)

Saturday Round-up

Kilkenny 0 YMCA 2 (Fry, Whelan)
YM cut the bottom pair adrift with a goal in each half that sees them up to seven points. Mikey Fry and sixteen year old Rob Whelan got the goals that see the Sandymount side move level with Kilkenny in seventh place. Both sides, though, felt they could have scored more on the day with Graham Woods deputising excellently in the stead of international Ian Walker between the posts while Stephen Walker was outstanding at centre-back.

TRR 5 (Sier 4, P McConnell) Monkstown 2 (Allen, Lee)
Rovers produced a stunning comeback after trailing 2-0 within seven minutes. They still trailed at half-time after a scrappy encounter saw Monkstown thoroughly on top. A more controlled possession game in the second gave Maarten Sier the chance to shine from short corners. H nabbed two drag-flicks and two from play. Peter McConnell was also on target at the set-piece.

Corinthian 1 (Doherty) Glenanne 4 (Gary Shaw 2, Kane, Fitzpatrick pen)
Glenanne shrugged off their recent worries to pick up their first win in four games. They dominated the first half but had only a Gary Shaw goal to show for their efforts. Corinthians came back in the second to level but the Glens produced their best hockey in the final quarter to blow away their challenge. Alan Browne dominated midfield as Graham Shaw was moved into the front line. Stephen Butler, however, was injured just two minutes in and was subsequently unavailable for Sunday's 4-0 cup win over Clontarf.

Pembroke 3 (Sothern 3) Fingal 1 (D Bane)
Fingal took the lead early on through Dave Bane's drag-flick in a competitive battle. Pembroke, though - missing their internationals and with six players doubling up from the 2nds IJC win earlier against Lisnagarvey - finished stronger, with Alan Sothern bagging a hat-trick.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Railway move into second at half-way stage

The ladies division one broke for their Christmas break last night after Railway beat UCD to leapfrog Loreto into second place behind Pembroke. It completes each team's ninth league match.

Two short corner rebounds from Sinead Walsh were enough to seal the win, as they snuck by the students 2-1. UCD pressed hard early on but found Jane Coyne in good form and Railway's fitness soon began to tell as they ended the half the stronger.

Pembroke go into the break on top, having beaten Railway last week, while both Loreto and Hermes are waiting in the wings after unbeaten starts to the season. The league could well be decided on how the various squads deal with their unavailable internationals as players are withdrawn for the Olympic qualifiers.

Loreto, Hermes and Pembroke all have a keeper in Gene Muller's latest squad while Loreto and Pembroke both have outfield players involved. Hermes, however, do not after the retirement of Linda Caulfield. Railway are the least affected by international concerns but will lose the Joyce twins briefly for cricket reasons while Emma Smith and Kate Dillon embark on their travels.

All in all, the tight nature of the league will make for fascinating viewing in the New Year.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Around the grounds...

The big news this weekend is that Corinthian’s will have to prepare for definitely Graham Shaw and possibly Stephen Butler this weekend after they were cleared to play. Both withdrew from the Irish squad due to work reasons but need to stay in match practice with the Olympic qualifiers around the corner.

The decision by the Irish management, though, may rankle some Leinster clubs who do without their stars this weekend. The young Corinthian sides, then, double-up with their Mills Cup match against Rovers on Sunday. Pembroke will look to go into Christmas with a perfect record if they beat Fingal.

Three Rock also have a big weekend as they play the side that ultimately cost them a place in last season’s All-Irelands, Monkstown. Without McConnell and Maguire, this could be a key fixture. The bottom of the table clash between Bray and UCD has been mutually cancelled due to exam pressures.

In division 2, Suttonians have their newly arrived Pakistani players available for the first time against Trinity after arriving last Monday. In Cork, Harlequins take on rivals Cork C of I in the Peard Cup semi final while up north the men’s premier league takes a break until March.

This weekend sees the start of the Podium Anderson cup, with the top eight being divided into two pools. Group A consists of Annadale, Banbridge, Kilkeel and Lisnagarvey. Group B has Bangor, Cookstown, Mossley and Instonians. Annadale play Lisnagarvey in a dress rehearsal for the St. Stephen’s day Kirk Cup Final while Banbridge will have a point to prove against Kilkeel who recently knocked them out of the Irish Senior Cup.

Irish Junior Cup previews...

The Irish Junior Cup reaches round 2 this weekend with 30 matches to be decided. Last year’s ESB IJC winners Old Alex welcome Randalstown to St Andrews as they are still without a ‘home’ ground while Hermes will be on the other pitch there against Lurgan. Runners-up Bray play Victorians. The Wicklow side are currently riding high in division 2 after promotion last season. Railway Union 2 will be hoping to emulate their 1sts performance in the ISC.

In the men’s, the highlight is definitely Pembroke against Lisnagarvey. Pembroke won 4-o en route to the title last year and have won every game they have played since.

ESB Irish Junior Cup – Round 2: Waterford v Yeats County (Newtown School, 1pm); Hermes 2 V Lurgan 2 (St. Andrews, 1pm); Old Alex 2 v Randalstown 2 (St Andrews, 12.30); Bandon 2 v Belfast Harlequins 2 (Bandon GS, 1pm); Armagh 2 V Catholic Institute (Ardmore, 2.30pm); Banbridge v Glenanne (Havelock Pk, 4pm); Railway Union 2 V NUIG (Park Ave, 3pm); Moyne Thurles V Our Lady’s Terenure (Ursuline Complex, 2pm); Suttonians V Genesis 2 (Sutton, 1pm); Pegasus 2 V Portadown 2 (UUJ, 4pm); Belvedere 2 V Pembroke 2 (Ballincollig, 2pm); Bray v Victorians 2 (Loreto Bray, 1pm); Clontarf V Cork C of I 2 (Mount Temple, 1pm); Ashton 2 v Wexford (Ashton School, 1pm); Galway V Knock (Walkover to Galway)

Men’s Irish Junior Cup – Round 2: Queen’s University 2 v Galway (Queens, 2.30pm); Northdown 2 v Kilkeel 2 (2.30pm); Bangor 2 v Cork C of I 2 (Bangor, 1pm); Pembroke W 2 v Lisnagarvey 2 (Serpentine Avenue, 2.30pm); Cork Harlequins 2 v Cookstown 2 (Harlequin Park, 2.30pm); Three Rock Rovers 2 v Bandon 2 (Grange Road, 2.30pm); Parkview v Instonians 2 (Ballyclare, 1pm); UCC v Monkstown 2 (Mardyke Arena, 2.30pm); Armagh V Avoca 2 (Ardmore, 1pm); Banbridge 2 v Midleton (Havelock Park, 2.30pm); Clontarf 2 V Portadown 2 (Mt Temple, 3pm); Glenanne 2 V NICS 2 (Glenanne Park, 3pm); Fingal 2 V Annadale 2 (ALSAA, 1.30pm); Mullingar V Railway Union 2 (Tullamore, 3pm); Campbellians v South Antrim 2 (Campbell College, 1pm); UCD 2 2-4 Belfast Harlequins 2 (already played due to exams)

Four players honoured by IT Tallaght

At a special awards ceremony this week in the Institute of Technology, Tallaght four Leinster hockey players were presented with ITT Dublin Sports, Arts & Culture Scholarships for the academic year 2007/2008. They were Aoife Dalton (TRL), Cathal Donohoe (Glenanne), Clive Kennedy (Glenanne) and Louise O'Dwyer (Railway Union).

The scholarships are designed to support full time students of high sporting, artistic and cultural potential who in the opinion of Student Services have reached or have the potential to reach a high level of performance.

Youtube Blog 2

There’s a ton of ways to kill a day at work: take up smoking, take up working, play Stick Cricket, read the Guardian’s blog (which, let’s face it is directly where I ripped this off from). YouTube trumps them all. So here, to save you searching, are my favourite hockey clips. (To see part one, click here...) Add your own in the comments section, and everyone passes the day happily. And having done no work!

1) Christopher Zeller's season with Bloemendaal in Holland was one of the most spectacular ever seen. It has been reported that they offered him a quarter of a million euro to stay with the club but he chose to join a German second division club along with his brother and the Wess boys. In tribute to his year in Holland, as they say in Big Bro, here are his best bits... and here's a peach from their match against 2nd placed Rotterdam.

2) You all know about the All Blacks’ haka? Well, here’s the Black Sticks version: the hockey haka

3) Want to get an idea of the expertise of Ric Charlesworth ahead of the Hooked conference in January? Here's an interview with him at the 2006 World Cup. And here's the Indian side a year later smashing Korea in the Asia Cup final.

4) Perhaps this ad explains why we don't take America (or their hockey seriously)

5) Check out this old-school Pakistani video, complete with long corners the like of which youngsters would never recognise. The goal from 4.55 in is amazing! And now to a more modern day Pakistani icon...
Seen anything on Youtube you think should be here... Have your say

EHL Last 16 draw to be broadcast live online...

While Irish interest in the EHL has been reduced, next week you can find out the fate of the Irish trios playing at both HGC and Loughborough.

On December 19 at 6pm (CET) the draw for the last 16 and 8, knock-out phase, of Euro Hockey League will take place via a new virtual, interactive format. The EHL website will be the platform for this new format where teams, fans and press will be invited to actively take part.

The draw works as follows; each of the16 teams participating will be represented at the online draw through a webcam connection. The draw itself will be coordinated from a studio in Hilversum, under observation of the president of the European Hockey Federation, Leandro Negre.

The programme will consist of an interactive part and a directed studio part. Viewers watching the draw can choose which webcam they wish to view. For example, if you are a fan of Uhlenhorster HC, you can choose to see the club’s reaction during the draw.

The host in the studio will be asking reactions from all clubs, which can be viewed in the main directed screen. Viewers can ask questions in a special chat-box which has been designed for this purpose. Some questions will then be integrated into the programme by the host asking those questions to clubs behind the webcams.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Early Wess goal enough to claim Champion's Trophy

Germany claimed the 2007 Samsung Champions Trophy, defeating Australia in the final in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. An early goal of captain Timo Wess was enough for the Germans to take the title for the ninth time. Defending champions, the Netherlands, took the bronze medal, while Korea finished fourth.

In the final Germany met Australia, the two teams having locked horns just a day before. Having blocked out Saturday’s humiliating 0-5 defeat, Germany scored in just the 5th minute when Timo Wess leisurely flicked a laid-off penalty corner ball into the top left corner.
Germany went on to dominate the initial phase of the match but could not score again. They had a few more opportunities in the first half, but grew increasingly wary of risking their lead, especially after the break. Australia kept attacking, pressuring for an elusive equalizer and managed to create scores of opportunities, but could not capitalize on them.

The Netherlands took the bronze medal by winning against Korea. The Dutch came out aggressively, opening the scoring in the 15th minute from a penalty corner by the ever reliable Taeke Taekema. It was his seventh of the event, joining Sohail Abbas at the top of the all-time Champions Trophy goalscorer list with 40 goals. Rob Reckers gave the Netherlands a deserved two goal half-time lead.
After the break, a Woon Kon Yeo goal reduced the deficit, evoking memories of the pool match between the teams, where Korea scored five goals in the second half to win 2-6. The Dutch became more cautious and did not give Korea as much space, until Jeroen Hertzberger re-established their two goal lead. Korea got close again with a late Byung Hoon Kim penalty corner, but they ran out of time before they could fashion an equalizer.

By beating Great Britain in the play-off for 5th/6th place, Spain also won the added benefit of an invitation to next year’s edition of the Champions Trophy: they join Germany, Australia, Korea, the Netherlands, and Argentina for the tournament in Rotterdam in June 2008.

Taeke Taekema and Korean Jong Hyun Jang finished the tournament as topscorers, Dutch Guus Vogels as the Best Goalkeeper, Eddie Ockenden from Australia as the Best Young Player, German captain Timo Wess as the Best Player of the Final, and Matthias Witthaus, also from Germany, as the Best Player of the tournament. The Fair Play Trophy went to Great Britain.

Final ranking:
1. Germany
2. Australia
3. Netherlands
4. Korea
5. Spain
6. Great Britain
7. Pakistan
8. Malaysia

New Irish kit available at Elvery's

Fancy getting someone you know an Irish hockey jersey for Chrimbo? Well, the IHA and their kit partner, Canterbury of New Zealand, have launched with Elvery’s the Official Irish Hockey Merchandise which will be stocked in their Suffolk street store, just in time for the Christmas Season.

TRR international’s Phelie Maguire and Andy McConnell along with Irish women’s squad members Nikki Symmons and Lisa Jacob were at the store earlier on Tuesday for the launch before the boys flew off to Chile for the four-nation tournament against Argentina, Chile and South Africa.

Elvery’s will now be stocking the Official Irish Home shirts along with supporter’s polo’s in both Men’s and Women’s and Get Hooked t-shirts for adults and children. These will all be available in Elvery’s on Suffolk Street from Friday December 14.

Leinster Under 21 squad announced

The provisional Leinster under 21 side has been named for the Interprovincials in January 18 to 20, 2008. The squad, though, could be adjusted if Ian Walker is selected as part of the Irish senior squad for the Olympic qualifiers in New Zealand.

Squad: Ian Walker (YMCA), Ross Murray (Corinthian), Ali Haughton (TRR), Richie Shaw (Glenanne), Stu Loughrey (Pembroke), Ronan Motyer (UCD), Geoff Walker (YMCA), David Robinson (YMCA), Chris Pelow (Corinthian), Karl Smith (Corinthian), Tim Hill (TRR), Mitch Darling (TRR), Richard Pedreschi (YMCA), Alan Sothern (Pembroke), Ross Wyse (UCD), Andrew Ward (Monkstown)

Coach: John McInroy
Asst Coaches: Steven Doran and Michael O’Connor

Saturday, December 8, 2007

ESB Irish Senior Cup ¼ Finals

Loreto and Railway eased into the ISC semi-finals with comprehensive 6-0 and 5-0 wins respectively. Reigning champions Pegasus, though, were made to work much harder against local rivals Randalstown as they slipped into the last four with the odd goal in five.

The final side will be decided later after the Ballymoney and Hermes match postponed.

Results: Ballymoney CANCELLED Hermes; Loreto 6 (C McKean 2, N Small, S Scott, Z Delaney, N Symmons) Victorians 0; Pegasus 3 (A Boyles, A Speers, S Beaney) Randalstown 2 (E Clarke, P Muir) ; Railway Union 5 (S Dooley 3, J McDonnell, C Kenefick) Cork C of I 0

The semi-final draw will take place on January 5th.

Men's ISC round-up

If the third round belonged to Leinster side's, this weekend was definitely one for Ulster to savour. Annadale snuck past Glenanne, inflicting a third tight defeat on the Glens in a week while Fingal went down 5-4 after extra time to Lisnagarvey.

Monkstown bucked the trend, gaining a modicum of revenge over Kilkeel with a comprehensive 4-0 win with Alan Lewis adding two more in his quest for 30 goals this season.

There was expected wins for Harlequins (8-2 over PSBPP), Pembroke (6-1 against Bray), Cookstown (7-0 over YM) and TRR (4-1 over Trinity) while Inst were made to work by Bandon.

Results: Monkstown 4 (I Allen 2; A Lewis 2) Kilkeel 0; Three Rock Rovers 4 (M Darling 2, P Maguire, M Sier) Dublin University 1 (B Glavey) ; PSBPP 2 (A Carroll, D Byrne) Cork Harlequins 8 (J Hobbs 2, D Hobbs 2, E Gash 2, R Gash, D Lombard) ; Bray 1 (B Hinge) Pembroke Wanderers 6 (I Symmons 3, A Giles, A Sothern, J McInroy) ; Glenanne 0 Annadale 1(I Hamilton); Fingal 4 (M McGuinness D Bane 2, C Neville) Lisnagarvey 5 (?) ; YMCA 0 Cookstown 7 (I Steen 3, A Barbour, K Black, I Hutchinson, S Cuddy) ; Instonians 2 (A Gill, M Martin) Bandon 0

The draw for the quarter-finals will be made on Januray 5th.

News in Brief

* Noel Keogh has been confirmed as the Men's Leinster senior coach for this season. Keogh was previously the Junior coach for two years. the under 21 coach for two seasons and the senior coach for 9 seasons.

*Argentine Luciana Aymar and Australian Jamie Dwyer were awarded as World Hockey Players of the Year in Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia on Saturday. Both hockey stars received their awards during a special ceremony on the occasion of the Samsung Champions Trophy. German Maike Stockel and Australian Mark Knowles received the WorldHockey Young Player of the Year awards.

Friday, December 7, 2007

South African based player named in Irish squad

There is one unfamiliar name in Gene Muller’s squad for their next training camp prior to their warm-weather camp in South Africa in the build up to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament next April.

Louisa Moore - an Irish national who is relocating to Leinster in January - currently plays her hockey with Northerns in South Africa. It is an interesting inclusion given that last week she was initially part of the South African squad named to play Ireland next month but was subsequently replaced on December 5 due to an ankle injury.

Muller said of Moore that“She is a 23 year old striker and the national camp will afford her the opportunity to compete for a place on the national team.” The camp will give Moore a chance to train with the Irish team and give her a fair crack at becoming part of the Irish set-up should the possibility arise.

Otherwise, former Trinity keeper Emma Grey and Loreto's Niamh Small are among the uncapped players in the squad along with UCD’s Christine Quinlan

The squad will visit Muller’s homeland, South Africa from the 10th – 20th January and the forthcoming training camp will serve as preparation for this tour. The trip to South Africa will provide the Irish women with valuable match time when they play the Dutch U21’s twice and South Africa four times.

Squad (Club, caps): Emma Clarke (Randalstown, 33), Aine Connery (UCC, 12), Eimear Cregan (Cork Harlequins, 118), Roisin Flinn (UCD, 27), Mary Goode (GK) (Pembroke Wanderers, 32), Emma Gray (GK)(Hermes, 0), Emer Harte (Pembroke Wanderers, 29), Louisa Healy (GK) (Loreto, 23), Lisa Jacob (UCD, 12), Shirley McCay (Randalstown, 27), Cathy McKean (Loreto, 83), Bridget McKeever (Ballymoney, 95), Holly Moffett (UCC, 0), Louisa Moore (unattached, 0), Ciara O’Brien (Chelmsford, 131), Julia O’Halloran (UCC, 19), Clare Parkhill (Randalstown, 49), Christine Quinlan (UCD, 0), Stephanie Quinn (Armagh, 2), Cliodhna Sargent (Cork Harlequins, 16), Niamh Small (Loreto, 0), Alex Speers (Pegasus, 33), Amy Stewart (Armagh, 5), Emma Stewart (Armagh, 36), Nikki Symmons (Loreto, 81), Grace Watters (Randalstown, 0)

Loreto and Muckross to contest schools final...

Reigning Loreto Beaufort will defend their Leinster league crown next Friday after beating St Andrew's 1-0 in yesterday's semi-finals. They will play Muckross Park, who beat Wesley 2-0.

Hermes' Irish under 18 international Anna O'Flanagan was central to everything Muckross put together. She opened the scoring after 10 minutes, getting on the end of a swift counterattack and set up the second seven minutes later. It came after her short corner strike was blocked, Ruth Dunne turned home the rebound.

The second semi-final was a tighter affair. It looked set for extra-time when Zara Delany, another under-18 international, deflected home a free from just outside the circle with five minutes to go.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

This weekend's ISC fixtures...

ESB Women’s ISC – Quarter Finals

In the women’s ISC on Saturday, it has reached the quarter final stage with plenty of appetising encounters. Railway will be hoping to bounce back after last week’s setback against Pembroke while Hermes make the long journey up north once again to face Ballymoney. Holders Pegasus should have too much for Randalstown as should Loreto on their home turf.

Ballymoney vs Hermes (Joey Dunlop Centre, 2.30);
Loreto vs Victorians (Beaufort, 1.15)
Pegasus vs Randalstown (Queens, 1.00)
Railway Union vs Cork C of I (Park Avenue, 2.00)

The Semi Final Draw will take place on the 5th January.

Men’s ISC Fourth Round

YM will have their work cut out for them this weekend as they face the new leaders in Ulster. Cookstown smashed the previous incumbents Banbridge 4-0, with the result bringing both Annadale and Lisnagarvey back into the fray. Glenanne and Annadale face off for their yearly encounter in the ISC – it is now four year’s running they’ve faced each other, with Glenanne 2-1 up in the series. Other tight ones to call include Monkstown and Kilkeel, Monkstown lost out 5-4 a few years back to the coastal side but will hopefully do the business on home turf while Fingal could equally use home advantage to overcome Garvey side that is coming into form.

Monkstown V Kilkeel (Rathdown, 1.30); Three Rock Rovers V Dublin University (Grange Road, 2.30); PSBPP V Cork Harlequins (RCSI, 1.00); Bray V Pembroke Wanderers (Loreto Bray, 1.30); Glenanne V Annadale (St Marks 2.15); Fingal V Lisnagarvey (ALSAA, 2.00); YMCA V Cookstown (Claremont Rd, 1.30); Instonians V Bandon (Shawsbridge, 1.00)

EHF Club awards

The EHF has launched a new programme to honour clubs that are doing great work to promote the “Hockey Family” in Europe. For me, though, there is quite a few points on the list of criteria below that clubs can take on board and develop upon.

Recently, the IHA has started running a number of volunteer workshops about how you can benefit your club. These kinds of things can really help boost the amount of kids that play hockey AND keep them in the clubs.

Take a look at the list below. Oh, and of course if you think your club is doing great work, nominate them!

The EHF is running a club award programme to find and honour some of the best club’s in Europe. The criteria that it will base this on are:
Good player membership growth in 2007
Quality training programmes for youth and senior training.
Regular training for club coaches/umpires to ensure knowledge is up to date
Regular competition for all levels of hockey
Strong links with schools/other organisations to encourage young players into clubs
How they value volunteers
Plans for the future – a 2/3 year development plan

Further, non-essential but beneficial criteria are:
The club stages festivals for youth/senior/veterans
The club has sustained/grown hockey despite poor facilities and resources
The club has done something “special” for hockey in the area.
The club has promoted itself to the wider community.

Clubs can put themselves forward to be nominated for these awards via the Application form on

Winners will be known in February/March.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Sunday's men's round-up

Pembroke 3 (Fulton, Sothern, Symons) Glenanne 2 (Parsons 2)
Pembroke overturned a half-time deficit to take a three-point lead over Glenanne and TRR, despite being reduced to eight men for the closing stages today. Two short corner rebounds from Brendan Parsons to one from Craig Fulton saw the Glens to a 2-1 half-time lead. Fulton also received a yellow for a foul on Alan Browne. Pembroke dominated the early parts of the second half and were rewarded with two goals in two minutes. Alan Sothern’s beautiful deflection from 10 yards out from John McInroy’s left wing cross equalised before Ian Symons drag gave them the lead. As usually happens when these sides meet, discipline flew out the window with Justin Sheriff, Sothern and McInroy all being sent to the side.

TRR 4 Bray 1
Rovers moved level with Glenanne with a game in hand, beating rock-bottom side Bray.

YMCA 1 Fingal 2

Fuller match reports to follow, if you saw anything or can provide more details please email me at

Women's League Round-up

Pembroke made it a double for their sides on Saturday when they won their top-of-table clash with Railway to move two points clear of Leinster division 1 - to join their men's side in the league race. It was Railway's first defeat of the season. Elsewhere, Hermes trounced Alex, UCD moved level with college rivals Trinity on nine points after a lively 8-3 win over Corinthian. Bottom two Genesis and TRL played out a 0-0 draw with both sides still searching for their first win.

Results: Trinity 1 (Murphy) Loreto 7 (Mckean 4, Delaney 2, Symmons); UCD 8 (R Flinn 3, C Quinlan 2, Jacob, McGlip, Jenkinson) Corinthian 3 (Meeke 2, Peters); Pembroke 2 (Collins, Fulton) Railway Union 1 (McDonnell); Genesis 0 TRL 0; Hermes 4 (Evans 2, Harte, Burke) Old Alex 0.

Connacht claim U16 title...

Connacht have won their first ever Inteprovincial title at underage level in Galway today. Connacht, Leinster and Ulster all finished on 9 points but Connacht with a better goal difference were crowned ESB U16 champions for the first time in their province’s history. The result denies Leinster a clean sweep of the schools interprovincial title.

Final placings

Connacht – 9 points (goal difference 8)
Ulster – 9 points (goal difference 6)
Leinster – 9 points (goal difference 4)
Munster – 1 point
South East - 1 point

Results – ESB U16 Girls Interprovincials
Sunday: South East 0-0 Munster ; Connacht 4 (Tara Melvin, Ciara Meagher, Lynsey Trainor, Katie Coydre) Leinster 1 (Patricia O’Dwyer); Munster 1 (Naomi Carroll) Ulster 4 (Vanessa Surgeoner 2, Joanne Orr, Natalie Barr); Leinster 5 (Chloe Watkins, Aisling Naughton 2 Genevieve Appelby, Gillian Pinder) South East 2 (Amy Rossiter, Steffi Bowe); Connacht 3 (Niamh Walsh , Katie Coydre, Eavan Murphy) Ulster 4 (Rebecca McAllister 2, Gabby McNally, Anna Mae Morton)

Saturday: Connacht 2 (Katie Codyre, Dora Gorman) South East 0; Leinster 5 (Sinead McGirr, Patricia O’Dwyer 2, Aisling Naughton,Gillian Pinder) Munster 3 (Naomi Carroll 2, Katie Campbell; Ulster 4 (Leah Ewart, Rachel Calvin. Gabby McNally Vanessa Surgenor) South East 0; Connacht 4 (Freddie Timmins Katie Coydre, Eavan Murphy 2) Munster 0: Leinster 4 (Aisling Burke 2, Deirdre Duke, Nicola Gray) Ulster 2 (Vanessa Surgenor, Hannah Clarke)

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Men's Saturday Round-up

Pembroke were the big winners on Saturday as third beat second to give the Ballsbridge the first bit of daylight at the top of the league over their nearest rivals. Here's how the action went down:

Glenanne 1 (Fitzpatrick) TRR 2 (M Maguire, Hill)
Rovers inflicted Glenanne's first home defeat for well over a season, when Timmy Hill's late tap-in sealed the points for the Rathfarnam outfit. The Glen's will definitely rue Stephen Butler's penalty miss in the first half - Charlie Henderson saving low to his right - and had numeorus penalty corners they didn't capitalise on. Michael Maguire opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time, tackling the ball home after it was saved on the line. And it was his brother Phelie's ingenuity that created the winner with three minutes remaining for Hill. In between, the Paul Fitzpatrick equalised from a short corner rebound at a rain-soaked St Mark's.

Monkstown 1 (A Lewis) Pembroke (Sheriff 2, Good 2)
The wet conditions had an effect at Rathdown too, with players slipping all over the place. Town had the better of the first period but went in scoreless. Wanderers, however, took the lead in the second when Paddy Good got on the end of a penalty corner rebound. Two from Justin Sheriff against his old club gave the 'broke a comfortable lead before Monkstwon got a scrappy goal for their efforts. Good finished off the scoring as Town pushed forward searching for more.

Fingal 3 (G Shekleton, Neville, D Bane) Kilkenny 3 (Manning, Thompson, Sharman)
Kilkenny picked up a first away point but will be disappointed to let a three goal lead slip.

UCD 1 (O'Connor) YMCA 1 (Fry)
UCD picked up their first point of the season with a hard-fought draw but the point does little to help the sides move clear of the relegation zone.

Bray 1 (Crawford) Corinthian 7 (Warren 2, Doherty, Williams, Pelow, Kirwan, Sutton)
Bray remain rock-bottom with another big defeat. Corinthian's, though, move ahead of Fingal and Monkstown and into fourth spot with this comprehensive win. The goals were spread around with Leinster under 18s Brian Doherty and Jack Kirwan once again on the scoresheet.

Fuller match reports to follow, if you saw anything or can provide more details please email me at

Friday, November 30, 2007

Weekend preview...

So, where to start this weekend? In both men’s and women’s leagues there are absolutely massive encounters. Glenanne against Pembroke on Sunday is the obvious fixture that stands out on the men’s side. Both have 100 percent record so far and whilst Pembroke’s results have been more clear-cut, the Glens have an uncanny knack of winning in their head to heads.

The Neville Cup match last week proved that Wanderers need to kill off the game better as they almost conceded a final minute equalizer. Both also have big matches on Saturday playing TRR and Monkstown. Neither opponent will be a pushover and dropped points will raise the importance of Sunday's face-off. All internationals will be playing this weekend, their last domestic action for some time.

On the women’s side, Pembroke’s ladies face an enticing fixture against Railway. They have been the two outstanding sides so far this season and show definite signs of breaking the stranglehold Loreto and Hermes have on the title. Whilst I’ve said it before, a win over a rival at the top of this league is becoming increasingly more important. With the teams at the top so closely matched, it has led to a glut of draws and four unbeaten sides going into the Christmas period. Pembroke’s draw with Hermes on Monday shows they have the appetite for the battle.

Elsewhere, the Railway Cup gets under way, with Pembroke seconds looking to retain one part of their quadruple, starting off with Corinthians 3rds.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Irish Women Secure Two Wins Over Scotland

The Irish women picked up two 1-0 wins over Scotland last weekend at a freezing cold Stirling last weekend. Jenny McDonogh scored the winner in the second match while in the first game Lisa Jacob got the decisive score. Armagh’s Stephanie Quinn made her debut in that first game.

Commenting on the weekend Coach Gene Muller said “Overall, I was very happy with the way in which we played over the two games. The goal we scored today was a very well taken goal. I thought that we played very well in the first half but in the second half Scotland came back into it, it was a big learning experience for us as we were winning the ball but not holding onto it that well something to work on”.

“Preparation will begin now for the South African tour, we have worked quite hard for the last few weeks, so it will be more of the same, I am happy with how our preparation is going but we will continue to work hard.”

News in Brief...

* The IHA has done a nice little job on previewing club action all round the country. Click here to have a look...

* Whilst not exactly news as such, a lot of people complain that there is very little hockey in the newspapers. A quick suggestion on this would be to look up some of your local papers - the Tallaght Echo had reports from the Glenanne men and Loreto women. The Dundrum Gazette had stuff on TRL, Loreto and Andy McConnell while its Lucan counterpart had a page long spread about Weston. Finally, of those I've seen this week, the Southside People. had a feature on the ISC draws for southside clubs. If you've seen others, leave a comment...

* The Champions trophy has tipped off in Malaysia with some pretty entertaining stuff. Click here to watch live match trackers while you are at work or go to to see extended highlights.

Seen anything you want to tell me about? Leave a comment...

FIH announce Women's All Star team

The second Women’s WorldHockey All Star Teams was announced by the FIH yesterday, with those selected voted for by hockey fans the world over. The vote produced this final list of world class Hockey players and is composed of 18 players and two coaches.

The voting for the men’s All Star Team starts on Wednesday 28 November and the result will be published after the end of the Samsung Champions Trophy in Kuala Lumpur.

GK: Amy TRAN ( USA ), Maria Jesús ROSA DURAN (ESP)

DEF: Minke BOOIJ (NED), Tina BACHMANN (GER), Janneke SCHOPMAN (NED), Magdalena AICEGA (ARG), Crista CULLEN (ENG), MA Yibo (CHN)

MID: Luciana AYMAR (ARG) Capt, Fanny RINNE (GER), Maartje GODERIE (NED), Marsha MARESCIA (RSA), Madonna BLYTH (AUS)


Coaches:Marc LAMMERS (NED); Michael BEHRMANN (GER); Coach

Leinster looking for clean sweep...

Leinster have the chance this weekend to complete a clean sweep of the school’s Interprovincial titles. This weekend in Galway they take on Ulster, Munster, Connacht and South East to battle it out for the ESB U16 Interpros Titles.

Ulster has won the title for the last two years and before that Leinster held the title. Ulster will no doubt be out to claim this title having lost to Leinster in the ESB U18 Girls; U16 & U18 boys Interpros in the last month.

The competition takes place at Dangan Sports Centre, Galway, Connacht . To see the squad lists, click here…

Match Schedule
Saturday 1st December: 9.00 Connacht V South East; 11.00 Leinster V Munster ; 14.00 Ulster V South East; 15.30 Connacht V Munster ; 17.00 Leinster V Ulster
Sunday 2nd December: 9.00 South East V Munster ; 10.30 Connacht V Leinster; 12.00 Munster V Ulster ; 13.30 Leinster V South East; 15.00 Connacht V Ulster

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Squad for Chile and match times...

With just nine weeks until the Irish Men compete at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in New Zealand , Dave Passmore has named a squad of twenty for their tour to Chile following last weekend’s match’s in Scotland.

Andrew McConnell retains his place after impressing in his first cap last weekend while Irish stalwarts Butler , Shaw and Barbour have all been left at home due to work commitments.
This tour will give the Irish experience and acclimatisation against the fast pace of the South American countries in a climate the management say is akin to New Zealand.

One of the most positive parts of the trip is that funding has been received from both the Irish Institute of Sport and Irish Sports Council, giving our boys a chance to achieve the best pssoible preparation.

Passmore said of the support received: 'This trip has been possible due to the support and additional funding of the Irish Institute of Sport and Irish Sports Council. It is disappointing that we have three players unavailable due to work commitments. But these athletes will be working hard physically and technically over the period we are away to ensure they are fully prepared for the final period of preparation and selection for New Zealand.”

The players depart for Chile on 11th December returning just in time to spend a few days at home for Christmas on December 23rd. During this time Ireland will play South Africa, Chile and Argentina .

"Chile will provide the perfect climate, training and competitive environment to develop towards the qualifier. It is ideal that we have a variety of opposition playing styles and an opportunity to develop some of the areas we fell short on in Manchester . We showed signs of progress in Scotland last weekend but there is a long way to go given the difficult opposition we face in Auckland" continued Passmore.

Squad: Andy McConnell, David Hobbs, Eugene Magee, Gareth Lennox, Iain Lewers, Jason Black, Karl Burns, Mark Black, Mark Gleghorne, Mark Irwin, Paddy Brown, Phelie Maguire, Ronan Gormley, Michael Watt, Tim Lewis, David Harte, Timmy Cockram, Mark Ruddle, Geoff McCabe, John Jermyn

Schedule: Warm up Game:14/12 Ireland V Chile
Four Nations Tournament, Santiago Chile (Irish Time)
17/12 (8pm) Ireland V South Africa; 18/12 (10pm) Ireland V Chile; 20/12 Ireland V Argentina

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Senior League Round-ups

Men: Corinthian 6 (Lucas Piccioli 2, Chris Pelow 2, David Carson, Jack Kirwan) UCD 3 (Robbie McFarlane, Glenn Holmes, David Storey): A five-star second half performance from Corinthians saw them overcome a half-time deficit and deny the students their first points of the season. The sides went in at half-time at 2-1. But a big turnaround at Whitechurch Park saw Coritnthians home. Youngsters Jack Kirwan and Davy Carson both got on the scoresheet. The win sees them into sixth place but a win in their game in hand against Rovers would move the side up to third. As it happens, losses for Rovers at Glenanne and Monkstown at home to Pembroke and they should take the spot with a win in Bray.

Kilkenny 1 (Lloyd Pearson) Monkstown 4 (Brian Groves 2, Simon Groves, Alan Lewis) A solid away win in the Cats den has seen Monkstown continue their current, quiet form as they have stealthily moved into a tie for third place. The Groves' brothers did the damage at Kilkenny College and they will also be anxious viewers when Rovers play Corinthians - that match will have an increasingly important bearing on the destination of the All-Ireland league spots.

Women: Pembroke 1 Hermes 1
As with all encounters between the top four this season, it ended in stalemate between two of the title chasers but this was hardly a dull affair. Hermes took a deserved lead after 20 minutes with Pembroke on the back foot in an intense, physical encounter. Hermes, indeed, had chances to double their lead before the break. Pembroke fought back in the second half, equalising from a Siobhan Kane pile-driver from the left. Pembroke could have snatched the win, too, when Shona Doyle's cut-back just narrowly missed the on-rushing forward. On balance, a fair result to a fantastic game - the value of a win against a rival at the top becomes increasingly valuable.

The point gives Pembroke the lead at the top but they are in the bizarre situation of having three unbeaten sides below them in the league. They face another biggie this Saturday when they host Railway who trail by one point.
Trinity 3 (D Costigan, M Horan, C Hearnden) Corinthian 0
Trinity continued their strong run this season and have now already won more games than last season after just eight outings. Former club captain Danielle Costigan opened the scoring in a match that probably confirms their safety this season already with wins at a premium throughout the league.

Alex 3 (S Markey, B Fitzgerald, Z Dahl) Genesis 1 (L Barrie)
Alex stay in touch with the leading pack with a win against bottom of the table Genesis. Genesis, though, unlike a number of the sides at the bottom are probably cursed by their endeavour. Their attempts under Maarten Sier to play attractive hockey has seen them caught short at the back where rivals have striven to have greater numbers in defence.

Loreto 3 (Z Delaney, C Greally, N Keegan) TRL 1 (L Lehane)
Loreto move to within a point of Railway in third, albeit with an extra game played with a routine victory over ninth place TRL.

Irish Junior Cups round-up...

TRR needed a golden goal from Christian Judd to get past local rivals Corinthians. The game was level at the end of normal time after short corners from Ross Harris and Chris Pelow. Both Fingal and Clontarf had to go a stage further, needing penalties to dispatch YMCA and Weston respectively. Other Leinster winners were Glenanne (0ver Bray 6-1) and Monkstown (against Dvision 8's RCSI).

In the women's competition, four goals from Hazel Agar saw Alex home against Newbridge, Hermes fired seven past Fingal while Our Lady's had the best of Corinthian 5-2. Loreto, Pembroke, Suttonians, Railway Union, Clontarf, Bray and Genesis all made it into the hat for the second round.

ESB Irish Junior Cup Results (women) ROUND ONE
Belfast Harlequins 2-0 UUJ ; Lisnagarvey 2XI 1-4 Randalstown 2XI; Ards 2XI 0-6 Pegasus 2XI; Newry 1-2 Portadown 2XI; Omagh 2XI 0-6 Banbridge ; Priorians 2XI 0-3 Knock 2XI; Annadale 1-2 Armagh 2XI; Lurgan 2XI 2-2 (3-2 strokes) Parkview ; Old Alex 2XI 7-1 Newbridge ; Our Lady’s Terenure 5-2 Corinthian 2XI; Hermes 2XI 7-0 Fingal ; Naas 5-3 Three Rock 2XI; North Kildare 0-0 (1-3 Strokes) Loreto 2XI; Weston 1-2 Clontarf ; Glenanne 2-0 Diocesan ; Muckross 0-3 Genesis 2XI; Skerries 0-3 Pembroke Wanderers 2XI; Avoca 2-3 (GG) Suttonians ; UCD 2XI 1-2 Railway Union 2XI; Bray 6-2 Dublin University 2XI; NUIG (SUNDAY) Fermoy ; Galway 1-0 (GG) Cork Harlequins 2XI; Waterford 2-1 Kilkenny ; UCC 2XI 0-1 Wexford ; Greenfields 1-2 Catholic Institute

Byes to round 2 (December 15th)
Victorians 2XI; Ashton 2XI; Bandon 2XI; Belvedere 2XI; Cork C of I 2XI; Moyne Thurles ; Yeats Co.

Men’s Irish Junior Cup Results ROUND ONE
Down 2XI 1-2 South Antrim 2XI; Instonians 2XI 5-1 Newry 2XI; Lisnagarvey 2XI 6-0 Portrush ; Raphoe 2XI 1-7 Cookstown 2XI; Cliftonville 2XI 1-10 Belfast Harlequins 2XI; Larne (Postponed) Portadown 2XI; Saintfield 2-4 Campbellians ; N.I.C.S. 2XI 4-1 Mossley 2XI; Armagh 12-0 East Antrim ; Antrim 2XI 1-5 North Down 2XI; Banbridge 2XI 7-1 Omagh ; Ballymena 2-3 Parkview ; Kilkeel 2XI (walkover to Kilkeel ) PSNI 2XI; Corinthian 2XI 1-2(GG) Three Rock Rovers 2XI; Glenanne 2XI 6-1 Bray 2XI; Monkstown 2XI 13-0 R.C.S.I. ; Clontarf 2XI 2-2 (4-1 strokes) Weston 2XI; YMCA 2XI 3-3 (3-4) Fingal 2XI

Byes to round 2 (December 15th)
Annadale 2XI; Bangor 2XI; Queens University 2XI; Avoca 2XI; Mullingar ; Pembroke Wanderers 2XI; Railway Union 2XI; UCD 2XI; Bandon 2XI; Cork C of I 2XI; Cork Harlequins 2XI; Galway ; Midleton ; UCC .

How did your club do? Have your say...

Friday, November 23, 2007

Weekend preview - Irish in Scotland, IJC and Ulster...

Another massive weekend of action with the Irish team heading off to Scotland, the Irish Junior Cup and Ulster's top two men's sides taking each other on.

You can read previews about the women and men's matches in Scotland on this site and also in today's Irish Times. Three Rock's Andy McConnell could amke his debut while David Hobbs could be the youngest player to reach 100 caps if he plays over the weekend. To see a full biography of Hobbs' career to date, check out the IHA site.

the Irish Junior Cup kicks off with 18 matches in the Men’s Irish Junior Cup and 25 in the ESB Irish Junior Cup (women) this Saturday. Last year’s champions Old Alex 2XI take on Newbridge in the unusual venue of Mount Anville as Alex are currently rebuilding their pitch. Last year’s runners up Bray expect to do well, they are currently sitting top of the Leinster Division Two table. Up North Pegasus 2XI take on Ards 2XI, Pegasus were knocked out at the quarters last year by eventual winners Alex.

On the Men’s side of the Irish Junior Cup, both finalists from last year Pembroke 2XI (who are currently on a 100pc run after last year’s quadruple season) and Cork Harlequins 2XI have received byes to round two. Ulster’s two top teams from the Junior 1 leaguer will be in round one while Banbridge 2XI take on Omagh and Instonians 2XI take on Newry who are at the bottom end of Junior 1. Elsewhere Rathfranam rivals Corinthians and Three Rock Rovers go head to head - both are currentrly locked on 12 points in division 3.

Up North, there is two titanic battles between the men's biggest rivals. Top two Cookstown face Banbridge in Coolnafranky while perennial rivals Instonians host Lisnagarvey.

There is also three women's matches in Leinster while Kilkenny host Monkstown in the men's section along with Corinthian 1sts taking on UCD.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

About the site...

Two things -

1) The site has just gone beyond 10,000 hits which is pretty cool. It means that a couple of you are reading and so there is a definite reason for the site to exist.

2) Basically, you may notice some comments have been deleted and some now appear with "
This post has been edited slightly from the original " written at the bottom of them. In hindsight, it was a bit naive to give carte blanche.

Planet Field hockey, a predecessor in a way, basically turned into a slagging match before it closed and I'd hate for that to happen here. The basic premise is, no personal attacks and only reasoned out comments. I really hate doing it but for all concerned its for the best. Listen to Leona Lewis to get the full picture...

TRR 5 - 1 Fingal - Neville Cup Semi

A fluid second half performance saw Three Rock rack up a comprehensive 5-1 win but it was Fingal who made the brighter opening. Enjoying much of the possession, David Bane got a deserved opener with a low drag-flick in the sixth minute.

Rovers fought back straight away, Colin Huet scoring gracefully two minutes later. The game meandered around the midfield for much of the half until Mitch Darling - a constant thorn all night - took the initiative; whacking in a quick free hit on the edge that Kyle Good slid onto with a beautiful deflection.

While the first half was hardly a thing of beauty, the style was turned on in the second. Bane broke clear but could not get his reverse shot past Richie Irivine and from the resulting free out, Rovers sealed the win. A sweeping move saw Darling win the decisive corner which Tim Hill scrambled home. Maarten Sier fired in two corners to embellish the scoreline in the closing stages.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Pembroke 3-1 Glenanne – Neville Cup Semi-Final

Pembroke edged the first official encounter of top two this year but were almost dragged into extra time despite dominating for large periods. In a scrappy first half, Ian Symons drag-flick on 10 minutes separated the sides.
Sheer brilliance from Stephen Doran though, meant that’s how it stayed at the break. His double save on the hooter came after Alan Sothern robbed Devin Kehoe and fed John McInroy. His rocketing shot was plucked out of the air. The rebound fell to Justin Sheriff who played in Sothern but from three yards, Doran scrambled to save a point-bank effort.

Pembroke’s second goal a minute after the break, though, was unstoppable. McInroy produced an outrageous one-handed drag back from the end line to Ronan Flannery who selflessly passed up an open goal to lay off for Alan Giles. The broke drew further heroics out of Doran as Paddy Good’s pull back pulled the keeper out of position. He managed to recover in time to first save Sothern’s shot with his knee at the top D before scurrying to his near post to block Gordy Eliott’s chance.

And with ten minutes left, the Glens got back a lifeline – David Shaw blasting home a knee breaker off Stephen O’Keefe’s boot from a short corner. Pembroke protested in vein to umpire Geoff Conn about its height. In the final throes, they almost forced extra time – a booming hit from left-back Paul Fitzpatrick found Brendan Parsons on the back line and his deflection almost snuck in. Parsons forced home at the second attempt but Conn’s whistle had just blown for a prior infringement.

From the ensuing free out, Wanderers broke quickly, finding themselves in a 4 on 1 with only Richie Shaw covering. Sheriff found McInroy for the simplest of tap-ins and the 3-1 win.

Were you at the game? Did you see it differently ? Have you say...

Monday, November 19, 2007

Men's qualifiers schedule known...

The Irish men’s match schedule for the Olympic qualifiers in Auckland, New Zealand, from the 2nd to 10th of February, was made known today by the FIH.

The tournament is a six team round-robin event which will be decided by a final between the top two teams from the preliminary round on Sunday 10 February 2008. The winner of this final will earn a place in the hockey tournament of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Ireland open the tournament against their nemesis, France, before facing host side New Zealand, Trinidad, the US and Argentina. Ireland go into the competition as the third highest ranked team.
Match schedule:2nd Feb (12pm) vs France; 3rd Feb (115pm) vs New Zealand; 5th Feb (2pm) vs Trinidad and Tobago; 6th Feb (6pm) vs USA; 9th Feb (1215pm) vs Argentina
How do you think we will do? Have your say...

Sunday, November 18, 2007

ESB Women's Irish Cup round-up

Loreto and Railway both made it through on penalty strokes to the quarter finals of the ISC. Railway's win, though, came at a cost with Isobel Joyce breaking fingers in a tough clash.

Indeed, it will be interesting to see how the young Railway side perform in latter rounds - their rise this season will be tested in the new year when both Joyce twins join up with the Irish cricket squad and Emma Smyth and Kate Dillon go on their travels. Yesterday, Sinead Walsh scored the decisive stroke.

In the quarters draw, Hermes must travel again up north to Ballymoney after they were relieved to overcome Ards after the four hour drive while Loreto will face Old Alex's conquerors Victorians.

Results Round 3: Railway Union 1 (Dooley) Armagh 1 (Patterson) (Railway Win 3-2 on Stokes); Randalstown 6 (Orr 2, Parkhill, Elkin, Clarke, Doyle) Ashton 0; Cork Harlequins 1 (Bateman) Ballymoney 2 (McVicker, Stewart-Moore) (aet); Lisnagarvey 1 Cork C of I 3; Victorians 2 (Hamilton, Patton) Old Alex 0; Pembroke Wanderers 0 Loreto 0 (Loreto win 3-2 on strokes); Ards 0 Hermes 5 (O'Flanagan 2, Harte, Evans, Burke); Belfast Harlequins POSTPONED Pegasus

Draw – ESB Irish Senior Cup Quarter Finals: Ballymoney V Hermes ; Loreto V Victorians ; Pegasus / Belfast Harlequins V Randalstown ; Railway Union V Cork C of I.

ISC Men's Round up

Leinster has nine of the last 16 in the Irish Senior Cup - including two division 2 sides - after yesterday's 3rd round matches. As a result, seven of the eight 4th round matches will take place in and around the Dublin area.

There were shocks galore, with Ulster table-toppers Banbridge beaten by bottom of the table and pointless Kilkeel 3-1 while Trinity overcame higher division opposition when they beat Kilkenny. PSBPP overcame Catholic Institute on a day where no Leinster side lost when facing opposition from another province. Cookstown were the biggest winners, they fired 17 past hapless Cliftonville.

The draw pits last season's finalists Glenanne against Annadale while Fingal continue their history with Lisnagarvey who will visit ALSAA.

Results – Men’s Irish Senior Cup (Round Three): Bangor 0 Cork Harlequins 1; Belfast Harlequins 2 (Hamill, Anderson) Bray 3 (Cox 2, Hinge); Antrim 2 (McIlroy, Criton) Bandon 3 (Smith, Kingston, Sweetnam); Kilkeel 3 (Annett, Cunningham, Niblock) Banbridge 1 (Magowan); Cookstown 17 Cliftonville 2; PSBPP 3 (de Nortichoke 2, Borne) Catholic Institute 1; Lisnagarvey 3 (Cockram 2, Black) Cork C of I 1 (Smith); Suttonians 0 Pembroke Wanderers 9 (Giles 2, Fulton, Conlon, Sheriff, Sothern, Wilson, Gormley, C Harte); Mossley 0 Annadale 5 (Mills 2, N Hamilton, McKeown, Persil); Belvedere 0 Fingal 5 (Sweeney, Gahan, D Bane, McGuinness, Neville) ; Ballynahinch 0 Instonians 8 (Barnes 5, Watson, Irwin, og); Three Rock Rovers 5 (P Maguire 2, Darling, Ringwood, Blakeney) UCD 0; Glenanne 2 (Butler 2) Corinthian 1 (Warren); YMCA 2 (A Walker, Whelan) NICS 1 (Posnet) ; Dublin University 4 (Orr, Coady, Gorman, Moore) Kilkenny 3 (Pearson, Sharman, Gray); Monkstown 3 (Allen, Lewis, Lee Railway Union 1 (Lynch)

Draw – Men’s Irish Senior Cup Round Four (8th December): Monkstown V Kilkeel ; Three Rock Rovers V Dublin University ; PSBPP V Cork Harlequins ; Bray V Pembroke Wanderers ; Glenanne V Annadale ; Fingal V Lisnagarvey ; YMCA V Cookstown ; Instonians V Bandon

Friday, November 16, 2007

25 Leinster players in underage squads...

Twenty five Leinster players have been named in the Irish under 18 and 16 training panels announced this week, following last week’s Interpros.

In the under 18 squad announced by Arul Anthoni are: David Carson (Corinthian, St Andrews), Stephen Cole (Monkstown, St Andrews), James Dalrymple (TRR, Wesley), Brian Doherty (Corinthian, Wesley), Kyle Good (TRR, Wesley), Stuart Loughrey (Pembroke, St Andrews), Eoin MacArthur (Railway Union, Oatlands), Josh Purcell (YMCA, High School), Cian Speers (Monkstown, St Andrews), Andrew Ward (Monkstown, St Andrews), Stephen West (TRR, St Andrews)

This is a non European Year for the Under 18s and so player development is the main priority. They will play a friendly series of matches against England 13th-15th February (Dublin), against Belgium (Dublin)) 25th-27th March 2008 and against Scotland at home with dates and venue to be confirmed.

Under 16 Coach Andy Smyth announced 14 Leinster players in his 39 player panel for trials.

They are: Cian Booth (Monkstown, St Andrews), Luke Chadwick (YMCA, Wesley), George Dockrell (TRR, Gonzaga), Robert Fitzgerald (YMCA, Wesley), Simon Lowry (Monkstown, Newpark), Shane Madeley (TRR, Wesley), Scott Margetson (YMCA, Wesley), Neal Megarity (TRR, Wesley), Shane O’Donoghue (Glenanne, Templeogue), Mark Ryan (Suttonians, Sutton Park), Tom Samuel (TRR, Wesley), Andrew Shekleton (Fingal, Dundalk Grammar) Conor Stephens (St Andrews), Richard Sykes (Monkstown, St Andrews)

The Irish U16 Boys team will play in the European Youth Championships in Den Haag, Netherlands from the 6th -13th July 2008. In preparation they will play against England from 13th-15th February (Dublin), against Belgium (Brussels) 26th-28th March 2008 and against Scotland 20th-22nd June 2008.

Congratualtions to all...

Thursday, November 15, 2007

World news...

In the past week, there has been loads of announcements on the world hockey scene. Fancy taking a holiday with some high quality hockey involved, read on:

* The 2010 World Cup will take place in New Delhi in India, it was announced last week.

* The FIH said they hope to be back to Pakistan for a major event as soon as the political situation allows them to. Due to ongoing unrest, the FIH took the decision to move this month’s 2007 Samsung Champions Trophy from Lahore, Pakistan to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

* The US will host the 2009 Women’s Junior World Cup at Harvard University in Boston. Malaysia and Singapore will co-host the 2009 Men’s Junior World Cup. In order to directly qualify both organizers for the event, the tournament will exceptionally be played with 20 instead of 16 teams.

* A new World Level event will take place in Dubai, UAE early 2009. The best eight men’s and best eight women’s teams of the world will participate in this new event.

* The FIH will assist in the construction of a pitch at a newly constructed national sports centre in Zambia as part of the ‘Sports for Hope’ project. The pitch will be used for the 2011 All African Games.

* Finally, the Pablo Negre Trophy was awarded to England Hockey. The Trophy is awarded to the National Association which best served the course of hockey and made it more popular during the previous two years. England Hockey received the award for excellent work during the 2006 FIH Congress in London and the revival of the organization structure in England Hockey.
Gonna go any of these events? Think we should have more tournaments in Ireland? Have your say...

ISC Previews and fixtures

The most action-packed weekend of the hockey calendar - both Irish Senior Cups begin the business end of the competition this weekend with all the main players being introduced to the fray.

On the men’s side, an intriguing tie pits C of I against Lisnagarvey to take on one of their own. Former Munster-man, Jason Lynch now plies his trade in Hillsborough for Garvey who currently lie fifth in Ulster’s Senior League – trailing table toppers Banbridge by a massive 9 points after just five games.

C of I for their part have already overcome Harlequins locally and are averaging six goals a game, thus far. How much you should read into their local form, though, is hard to tell. Garvey, the most decorated ISC side of recent times will certainly be no pushover for whom Mark Robinson, Johnny Bell and Cameron Black all return.

Mark Tumilty, the Garvey coach is also glad to see John Jermyn is off his opposing team-sheet: “C of I are one of the top Irish teams, and we probably go in as underdogs admits but they are not as strong this season, now that John Jermyn is in Holland and Jason is with us. Jermyn's influence was immense, not only in attack but from penalty corners, so we have as good a chance as ever of beating them."

Locally, holders Glenanne against Corinthians should prove the toughest contest but the Glens still hold the mantle, for the moment, as the best team in Ireland in cup competition.

In the women’s draw, two young up and comers meet at Park Avenue, with Railway taking on Armagh. Mick McKinnon coached Armagh for seven years before moving to Railway last September and under his guidance the Northern club – which only emerged in the mid 90s - produced a number of current international names including Amy Stewart, Rachel Mulligan, Emma Stewart and Stephanie Quinn.

Pembroke Wanderers take on Loreto in a test of their new found credentials as a top-table side while Cork C of I ladies follow their men to Garvey.

ESB Irish Senior Cup 17th November
15.00 Railway Union V Armagh (Park Ave); 13.00 Randalstown V Ashton ( Antrim Forum); 14.00 Cork Harlequins V Ballymoney (Harlequin Park); 14.30 Lisnagarvey V Cork C of I (Hillsborough); 14.30 Victorians V Old Alex (UU Jordanstown); 14.30 Pembroke Wanderers V Loreto (Serpentine Ave); 14.45 Ards V Hermes ( Ards Leisure Centre); 15.00 Belfast Harlequins V Pegasus (Deramore)

Men’s Irish Senior Cup 17th November
14.30 Bangor V Cork Harlequins (Ballykillaire Sports Ground); 13.00 Belfast Harlequins V Bray (Deramore); 14.30 Antrim V Bandon ( Antrim Forum); 14.30 Kilkeel V Banbridge (McCauley Park); 14.30 Cookstown V Cliftonville (Coolnafranky); 13.30 PSBPP V Catholic Institute (Dardistown); 14.30 Lisnagarvey V Cork C of I (Hillsborough); 13.15 Suttonians V Pembroke Wanderers (Sutton Park); 14.30 Mossley V Annadale (The Glade); 14.00 Belvedere V Fingal (Ballincollig); 13.00 Ballynahinch V Instonians (Donard Park); 13.00 Three Rock Rovers V UCD (Grange Road); 14.45 Glenanne V Corinthian s ( Glenanne Park); 14.00 YMCA V NICS (Claremont Road); 14.00 Dublin University V Kilkenny (Santry); 13.30 Monkstown V Railway Union (Rathdown)

The Draw For the ESB Irish Senior Cup quarter finals will take place live in Pembroke Wanderers , Serpentine Avenue at 16.45. The Draw for the Fourth Round of the Men’s Irish Senior Cup will also be announced at this time.
Who's going through? who do you want to play in the next round? Have you say...

A comment about commenting

First up, its great to have so many comments rolling in and opening an extra channel of communication was one of my main aims in setting this little site up. My hope, though, was to never have to moderate messages. Unfortunately, I've started getting a load in which are just slagging other people off (mainly references to people's parental origins or the perceived lack of style in a chosen haircut... all followed up by the mandatory c**t) and have no place on this site.

Basically people, use the site for a place of debate. The ongoing Pembroke debate is lively and interesting, showing up some people's deep-seated concerns about the club and drawing an enviable show of pride from those involved at the club. Everyone has an opinion - but keep it as an opinion based on logic, facts etc rather than part of prejudice.

Yeah, I know it sounds all hippy dippy, but readers will get more out of that and be able to respond accordingly than just abusing someone. This type of comment is liable to spill over onto the pitch and as such would be a complete failure of what I, and I'm guessing most of Leinster hockey, hope to acheive.

Finally, a lot of people have asked me to encourage people to leave their names on their posts. There is a facility to put your names to your comments if you like. I understand people want to know the background where the comment came from. But to be honest, though, I'm not going to enforce it beacuse a perfectly good point can be made in an anonymous vein and it may never be aired if forced to be labelled. Use a pseudonym if you're really bothered...

Fair enough or a pile of new age rubbish? Have your say...

Monday, November 12, 2007

Women's Round-Up

Three Rock coach Tony Barry saw Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Old Alex “as a definite point gained” and part of the club’s ongoing plans to mould a squad able to push for higher honours in Leinster.

Aoife Dalton, one of the youngsters promoted from the 2nds, tapped in at the back post to take the lead before Zanya Dahl equalised with 15 minutes remaining. Railway moved into a share of top spot, overcoming Trinity 4-1, gaining three points they lost last season.

Pembroke and Loreto both maintained their unbeaten records with a 1-1 draw at Serpentine Avenue.

Results: Three Rock 1 (A Dalton) Old Alex 1 (Z Dahl); Pembroke 1 (S Clarke) Loreto 1 (S Scott); Genesis 1 (L Barry) UCD 4 (C Quinlan, R Flinn, C McGlip, R Bourke); Trinity 1 (D Costigan) Railway 4 (J McDonnell 2, S Walsh, S Dooley)

Men's Round-up

Once again the difference between the haves and have nots were ruthlessly exposed with Pembroke and Glenanne rattling home a heap of goals against Bray and Kilkenny. Elsewhere in division 1, though, whilst winners were as expected the results were much tighter.

UCD pushed Fingal all the way, succumbing to goals from the Bane brothers while YM, the subject of much debate on this site, almost pulled off a result against All-Ireland chasing Monkstown. Their 4-1 cup win over Railway probably shows they have enough in the tank to pull clear at the bottom.

Indeed, the Leinster Senior Cup served up more of the same, Pembroke thrashing Skerries and the Glens putting seven past their former coach Nasir Munir’s side, Suttonians.

Results: UCD 1 (R McFarlane) Fingal 2 (D Bane, E Bane); Monkstown 1 (B Groves) YMCA 0; Glenanne 7 (S Butler 3, E Tucker 2, Gary Shaw, A Goulding) Kilkenny 2 (G Sharman, T Manning); Bray 0 Pembroke 11 (A Giles 2, A Sothern 2, J McInroy 2, C Harte, I Symons, P Good, G Elliott, C Fulton)

Mills Cup Round 1: YMCA 4 (W Powderly 2, M Fry, D Robinson) Railway Union 1 (G O’Meara); Pembroke 8 (J Sheriff 5, C Wilson, J McInroy, P Good) Skerries 1 (B McMahon); Suttonians 1 (P Phillips) Glenanne 7 (J Brennan 2, A Browne, A Goulding, P Fitzpatrick, J Kane, E Tucker)

*Apologies for the brevity of the reports this week but I had a very busy weekend with my graduation and so on. If you were at any of the matches and want to tell me about it, email me at

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