Friday, October 3, 2008

Women's weekend preview

The universities enter the fray this weekend following a week of grace, both sporting large overhauls to their squads.

Trinity - once again under David Bane's tutelage - will hope that the introduction of Irish U-18 Irene Gorman from Galway, Rachel Scott from Pembroke and Nadia Douglas will outwiegh the losses of Rebecca Murphy, Ciara Murphy and Lynsey Watson.

A poor end of season for Trinity saw them fall reasonably close to the drop-zone despite more positive results than recent seasons. They play Hermes at Santry at 1pm, who will be looking to bounce back from their 1-0 loss to Railway Union.

UCD encounter Loreto, starting Mary Logue's rebuilding process of replacing Christine Quinlan, goalkeeper Pamela Smithwick and the Flinn twins. Liz McInerney, Julie Garvey and Irish U-18 Laura Wilson from Belfast Harlequins come in.

The only two sides with a 100pc record thus far meet at the new pitch in Alexandra College, as Old Alex host Railway, in a match that will measure how far the former have developed since last year at 2.30pm.

Corinthian host Glenanne at Whitechurch Park (1.30pm) while a fascinating tie is set for 3.30pm in Serpentine Avenue as Pembroke welcome some familiar faces in Bray. Their match-up will give a good idea of each sides capabilities this year.

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