Sunday, September 14, 2008

Monkstown

Last Season: 4th

Record: Won 11 Drew 0 Lost 7 Pts 33 Goals For 48 Goals Against 33

Coach: Rory O’Donoghue

Captain: Gareth Watkins

Players In: Graham O’Neill (Trinity), Richie Beere

Players Out: Liam Walsh (USA), Ross Watkins (UCD), Alaistair Nolan (UCD), Dave Jenkins (Railway Union)

Summary: Not much transfer activity but the amount of youngsters coming through at the ’Town means Rory O’Donoghue has a slightly swelled squad to play with. Belief has been coursing through the club since the Irish Senior Cup run and they play some attractive stuff at times.

In some league matches, they struggled due to the lack of a genuine drag-flicker which cost them in encounters with Pembroke, though, they were totally outdone in the ISC final.

A good preseason has included a comfortable win over Kilkenny and a solid tour to Holland has them in fine fettle. They will expect two early wins to set them up nicely for the week three encounter with Fingal.

The pair were only separated by games won to make the top four and they could be in for an extended battle once again, though, neither look likely just yet to break the top three.

First three games: YMCA (a); UCD (h); Fingal (h)

Prediction: 4th
IHL Prediction: Will need a heroic effort to advance, fifth in group

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

You can expect big things from the town this year!

Anonymous said...

Fingal will never be a challenger with their crap pitch!

Anonymous said...

I think you will find that Fingal will have an advantage over their rivals at home.

Anonymous said...

Surely their "crap pitch" is an advantage to them. Town should make a serious splash though

fingal player said...

True that, we need a new pitch and we need it now. Having said that it does give a great home advantage because even after all the years of playing us on it teams still think that jinking is possible on it, and furthermore beneficial!

Anonymous said...

the pitch is the same for both teams in hockey

Anonymous said...

Obviously the pitch is the same for both teams but if you train on a pitch twice a week and play games on it every other weekend then you will have a distinct advantage over a team that plays on the pitch once a season.

Anonymous said...

The 'town are bigging themselves up alot this year.Hope they can match their own predictions

Anonymous said...

yeah because "anonymous" is definately someone from the town!!!! Get Real.........

Anonymous said...

well they've already lost to the Glens who were at half strength so hope this isn't a sign of what's to come