Old Alex 2 (Jan Ovington 2) UCD 1 (Lisa Jacob)
Old Alex enjoyed a double boost this afternoon as they jumped from seventh up to second with a 2-1 win over UCD. Jan Ovington (pictured, left) scored twice from corners with Lisa Jacob responding for UCD.
The club also saw the arrival of South African international Lesle-Ann George who joins for a three-month period, linking up with former coach Arul Anthoni after they worked together in her home country.
The 23-year-old, who already has 89 caps to her name, was part of the South African hockey academy where Anthoni coached before coming to Ireland and the Alex coach told the Hook he had been hoping to have George on board last term.
"I was thinking of bringing her over last year but she was only available for a couple of weeks because of Olympic international commitments. So we decided to bring her over this year.
George (pictured right) is currently on her summer vacation from university and "thought it would be nice for a change of environment". Her decision to come to Ireland was helped by her good friendship with Louisa Moore but says the enjoyment of playing under Anthoni was the main factor in arriving on these shores.
The new arrival made her international debut back in 2005 and has since played in Commonwealth, Olympic, Champion's Challenge and World Cup experience and has visited Ireland twice before for the 2007 and 2008 Setanta Trophies.