Saturday, February 28, 2009
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Friday, February 27, 2009
St Andrew's went a step closer to having representatives at both of the end of season All-Ireland school competitions as their senior girl's emulated their male counterparts to reach the senior final and be within a win of taking up a place in the Kate Russell Cup.
They left it late against Mount Anville at Grange Road today but Laura Pinder popped up in extra-time to grab the winner after good build-up play from Lauren Kingston and Courtney Watkins.
Their boy's reached their final earlier this week and thus qualified for the John Waring tournament and have already pocketed the All-Ireland schollboy's tournament.
In other schoolboy action, Wesley's juniors reached the semi-finals today as they got by High School, St Andrew's minors won 2-0 against Sutton Park while Wesley took another step along the way in the senior game with their win over John Scottus.
Under 13 semi-final: Wesley v Sutton Park, 2pm, Wesley
Junior semi-final: St Andrews v Mount Temple, 2.30pm, St Andrew's
Senior semi-final: Wesley v High School, TBC
* More of Lindie Naughton's pictures from today's semi-final can be found here
Posted by Stephen Findlater at 10:56 PM
Aptly coinciding with Three Rock Rovers and Glenanne's Irish Senior Cup, Grange Road will host a Lollipop Day on Saturday to raise funds for oesophageal cancer.
Eight years ago, Anthony 'Wishes' O'Neill died eight years from this cancer and was a much loved member of both clubs. He was a stalwart between the posts for Rovers - with a spell at YMCA in between - and gained one international cap in 1986 before moving into a coaching role at Glenanne after his retirement.
It is therefore fitting that the two clubs face off tomorrow while volunteers for the Lollipop Day charity will be present to raise money at the ground.
Former team-mate Liam Canning is part of the organisers of the event at the club and is hoping the hockey community will come along to support the event:
"The young people going around the ground with lollipops are raising money for a very worthy cause. In a more personal way, we all knew Wishes or of him, and some were very touched by the way his life was cut short so early and am sure we will do our very best to support the cause.
"Even if you did not intend to attend the match, this may provide the extra stimulus to come and lend your support to what should be a very exciting game. I look forward to seeing you all, even if it is just to call in and drop some money into a bucket."
For more information on the charity, click here
Posted by Stephen Findlater at 5:56 PM
Thursday, February 26, 2009
The majority of eyes in Leinster are likely to look toward Grange Road this Saturday for the tasty local derby between Three Rock and Glenanne. Rovers, going in search of their first ISC title in the open era after last claiming the title in 1974, face a Glenanne side bang in form and with the full services of Arul Anthoni on the touchline.
Second round: Cork Harlequins v Banbridge, 2pm, Harlequin Park
Quarter-finals: Mossley v Pembroke Wanderers, 2.30pm, The Glade; Annadale v Corinthian, 2.30, UUJ; Three Rock Rovers v Glenanne, 3pm, Grange Road
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Wesley seniors finally managed to overcome Kilkenny yesterday afternoon in Ballinteer in their first round replay, a match originally due to be completed on January 14. The initial tie went to extra-time and a replay before the cold snap saw pitches snowed under.
It means Wesley have to now cram in four games in a week to retain their title to complete the cup on time. The final is due to be played on March 4 in Grange Road.
Three goals inside 20 minutes sealed the tie. Striker Carl Eggert netted a drag-flick in the second minute and Kyle Good made it 2-0 just a few minutes later.
It was followed by a goal of real class with Eggert and Good combining in the circle – after a flowing team move up the pitch – to set up Jamie Tobin on the flick spot who finished well into the bottom corner.
Kilkenny did pull one back through Billy Campbell with ten minutes to go but Luke Chadwick restored the advantage in the closing stages.
Wesley now play John Scottus in the quarter-final. The winner of that tie faces High School – powered by Glenanne ace Shane O’Donoghue and classy midfielder Josh Purcell – who ousted Mount Temple in the quarters.
St Andrew’s await the winners in the final. If Wesley were to negotiate the top half of the draw, it would confirm a third final showdown between the sides this year – with the All-Ireland’s already negotiated and a league final still to come.
In the Junior semis, the emerging Mount Temple play hot favourites St Andrew’s in the bottom half of the draw. The top half is less clear-cut with Wesley still to play High School in the quarter-finals. Sutton Park lie in wait. The small North Dublin school has reached three out of four schoolboy semis this year, testament to the development work put in by Colin Stewart.
The minor section sees Stewart’s Sutton play Andrew’s – the Booterstown school illuminated by the famous surnames of Cole and Loughrey at this level – on Friday. Wesley’s U-14s play St Killian’s in a quarter-final replay this afternoon with a rejuvenated Newpark – under Peter Murphy’s tutelage – the prize in the semi-finals.
In the U-13 cup, St Andrew’s beat Kilkenny 1-0 to reach the final and are hoping their unbeaten run in the league will carry through. Sutton Park plays Wesley next Monday in the other semi-final. The Ballinteer school holds the aces in this one, having taking the honours in league action.
In a further initiative by the Leinster School’s Committee, the two cup final days – March 4 and 11 – will see the developing schools of Skerries, St Mark’s, Drogheda Grammar and Sandford Park play in a blitz tournament.
The top two from these games will go forward to a final on the eleventh as the curtain-raiser to the junior and U-13 finals.
Finals Schedule (All at Grange Road):
12pm: Developing school's blitz
2pm: Minor final - Wesley College/Newpark vs St Andrew's (Umpires: Scott Crombie, Dean Maguire)
3.45pm: Senior final - St Andrew's vs Wesley/High School (Umpires: Kieran Bolger, Andrew Groves)
12pm: Developing School's final
1.45pm: U-13 final - St Andrew's vs Sutton Park/Wesley
3.30pm: Junior final - Wesley/High School/Sutton Park vs St Andrew's/Mount Temple
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009
“A free out was given for dangerous play. Now, I was of the impression that if a shot is clearly goalward bound it doesn't matter how high/hard/where it hits an opposing player, it's always a penalty stroke?”
- The rules are written for all levels of capability (good and bad).
- When a ball leaves the ground the first thing an umpire must think off is danger.
- The next thing to think of is skill… never penalise skill!
- Players go into the goal by choice.
- The goals are 2.14 metres in height.
- The defending players are allowed to lift their stick to any height to defend a shot at goal.
What do I do to help me through all the above and be fair to all?
I hope this is of some help to players and umpires alike, to help all to deal with danger and shots at goal.
Posted by Stephen Findlater at 10:41 AM
If Rovers win all their remaining games, they will retain the title but Pembroke's win extends the difference between the sides to eight points. Glenanne also lie in wait, currently in second, but need to beat Rovers and Pembroke to drop points in their games against Monkstown, Corinthian and Kilkenny.
Posted by Stephen Findlater at 10:25 AM
Monday, February 23, 2009
All three Leinster sides face trips up north, following the Irish Senior Cup draw this morning. Domestic pace-setters Railway face the longest trip as they travel up to Ballymoney, 4-0 conquerors of the last remaining Munster outfit, Cork C of I.
Lurgan v Pegasus; Ballymoney v Railway Union; Ulster Elks v Corinthian; Belfast Harlequins v UCD
ESB Women's Irish Hockey Challenge - Semi-Final draw (March 7)
Fermoy v Naas; YMCA v Clonmel
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Hermes took full advantage of their lack of ISC commitments to take six more points to maintain their, albeit slim, chance at retaining the division one title. More significantly, they virtually got rid of any lingering possibility of missing out on an IHL place.
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Sunday, February 22, 2009
In a match reminiscent of Corinthian's epic Mills Cup win in 2005, the reds survived a stunning quarter-final against Glenanne to advance to a semi-final date with YMCA.
Never ahead in the game, they eventually prevailed after a marathon penalty stroke competition with Rowland Rixon-Fuller potting the vital goal to complete an incredible 8-7 tally after nine rounds of flicks.
The Glens, in the antithesis of their game with Pembroke last week, will rue not being able to hold onto a lead as Stephen Butler's corner and Graham Shaw's controlled reverse after a nice move had them 2-0 up.
Rixon-Fuller picked off a mistake in the Tallaght-side's defence to give his side a chance but it was not until the 67th minute that player-coach John McInroy (pictured) bagged the equaliser - created and finished by the South African, he cracked the ball right into the top corner, forcing extra-time.
Johnny Kane rebounded after Graham Shaw's shot was well saved by Ross Murray to once again give Glenanne the advantage in the extra period but Darren Kimfley struck a peach a mere minute later to ensure strokes.
The first series of five ended 4-4 and three rounds of sudden-death still could not spilt the teams before Alan Browne was denied by Murray and Rixon-Fuller took the chance.
On the other side of the draw, Pembroke, resting a number of their international stars from the past and present, completed the semi-final line-up with a comfortable 9-0 win over Clontarf.
Alan Sothern did play and netted a hat-trick while Maurice Elliott continued his good form with a brace.
Saturday afternoon, meanwhile, saw Monkstown solidify their place in the top four with a comfortable 3-0 win over UCD. Gareth Watkins got a pair with Ian Allen on target, too.
Mills Cup (quarter-final): Glenanne 3 (Stephen Butler, Graham Shaw, Jonathon Kane) Corinthian 3 (Rowland Rixon-Fuller, John McInroy, Darren Kimfley) Corinthian win 8-7 on strokes; Clontarf 0 Pembroke 9 (Alan Sothern 3, Maurice Elliott 2, Paddy Conlon, Florian Richter, Conor Harte, AN Other)
Divison One: UCD 0 Monkstown 3 (Gareth Watkins 2, Ian Allen)
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Given the paucity of women's indoor hockey in Ireland, Galway's fourth place finish in the Euro Hockey Indoor Club Champion's Challenge can be viewed as a success of sorts, recovering from two opening day defeats to pick up a win and a draw.
1. Slagelse 15pts (+23), 2. AD Lousada 12pts (+7), 3. Cankaya Bld SC 5pts (-6), 4. Galway 4pts (-5) 5. Howardian LHC 4pts (-7) 6. HK Bask 3pts (-15)
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Saturday, February 21, 2009
No major surprises but the manner in which each of the favoured sides got through added to the excitement of the day with a glut of games decided by a single goal when large margins might have been predicted.
Three Rock had a tough one up in Bangor, scraping a 3-2 while Glenanne managed 3-1 against second-tier side North Down - Johnny Kane to the fore with a brace. The two winners there will now play each other in the quarters.
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Julie Getty's smart hat-trick was their undoing, scoring for 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2. In between, Louisa Moore's strike and Mount Sackville student Noelle Farrell's excellently placed shot - in the wake of being denied a certain stroke - had them on terms at different points in the game.
Corinthian were the other Leinster side to progress, causing a slight upset against Glenanne with a 2-1 win, vanquishing memories of January's 5-0 loss. Susie Geoffroy and Jemima Bartlett got the goals.
* More of John Keogh's pictures from Loreto vs UCD can be seen here, Railway Union vs Old Alex are here, while Pembroke vs Belfast Harlequins will be posted tomorrow.
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Clontarf 3 (Rob Abbott, Luke Hayden, Richie Forrest) Avoca 1 (Stephen Brownlow)
Two constants exist in division two. The first is that Clontarf will win, the second is the unpredictability of everything below them. The two dovetailed perfectly this afternoon for the Dublin 3 side to move 11 games clear of the pack with a maximum of 18 points left to play for.
Three corner goals - a drag from Rob Abbott (pictured celebrating with Tom Noonan), one from Luke Hayden and a second phase strike from Richie Forrest - did the damage with Stephen Brownlow getting one in return but he could not prevent the Blackrock side's winning run from ending.
Skerries 1 (Ali McMahon) Dublin University 5 (Ben Hewitt 2, Craig Moore, Andy Gray, Daire Coady)
Dublin Uni moved into a share of third spot - the highest they have been all season - after another good win, this time having too much for an understrength Skerries.
Former skipper Ben Hewitt bagged two early with Midleton-man Craig Moore making it 3-0 by half-time. Andy Gray added the fourth before Skerries got one back but Daire Coady ensured a fourth successive win. Skerries play-off hopes, however, take a major hit.
Weston 4 (Paul Kennedy, Shane O'Hare, Simon Pearson, Mark Benzies) Suttonians 1 (Vikram Singh)
Weston pulled off a minor surprise to end Suttonians recent good run, ultimately handing Clontarf even more points to play with at the top of the table - points they scarcely need.
Player-coach Paul Kennedy's corner strike was cancelled out by Vikram Singh's reverse five minutes into the second half but from then on the Lucan side picked off their scores.
Shane O'Hare got a deflection from a free-hit near the edge of the circle for 2-1 before Mark Benzies was credited with a bizarre goal. His effort hit the post before rebounding onto a defender's head and back into the net.
Simon Pearson added the fourth to, once again, make the play-off spot anyone's guess.
Bray 5 (Jamie Crawford 2, Rob Pearson, Simon Cox, Phil Davis) Navan o -
Bray move back into second place, thanks to their comfortable win over Navan. Former Three Rock colt Jamie Crawford banged in a pair while Rob Pearson - back with the club after half a season with YMCA - was also on the scoresheet. They take the hot potato of the play-off place for the next week and should prevail for an extra seven days after a trip to Naas.
At least one of Suttonians and Skerries will drop points next week while Trinity face Clontarf and Avoca have a bye, meaning Bray could have a chance to make the place their own in round twelve.
* For more pictures from the Clontarf vs Avoca game by Deryck Vincent, click here
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Leinster duo Naas and YMCA entered their names into the hat for the IHC semi-final draw today, joining Clonmel who qualified last week with a 4-0 win over Athlone.
YM ousted division 14-side Monkstown 4-1, though both sides showed ability well above their current league status in an open free-flowing contest in Sandymount. Sarah Bradshaw opened the scoring for Y but Katie Hutch's penalty corner brought the game level.
Helen Keane restored the advantage before Fiona McCormick made it 3-1 by half-time. Monkstown - in their return year to women's hockey - pressed on after the break but could not force their way back into the game and Emily Bradshaw settled matters for YM.
Naas, meanwhile, won by the odd goal in seven in a thriller at Caragh Road, beating Greenfields - Orla Brennan, Bebhin Carey, Amy Young and Reacy Dunlop got the scores.
They will be joined in the last four by either Fermoy or Wexford II who play on Sunday.
Results: Naas 4 (Orla Brennan, Bebhin Carey, Amy Young and Reacy Dunlop) Greenfields 3 (Alma Whelan, Mary Healy, Ali Ryan); YMCA 4 (Sarah Bradshaw, Helen Keane, Fiona McCormick, Emily Bradshaw) Monkstown 1 (Katie Hutch)Fixture (Sunday): Fermoy v Wexford II
Posted by Stephen Findlater at 8:49 PM
Galway endured a tough opening day at the EuroHockey Indoor Club Champion's Challenge as they fell to two defeats - the first in heartbreaking circumstances to Serbia's HK Bask.
The Tribeswomen were within just two minutes of picking up a draw in their first ever European outing but Javanna Prodanovic popped up to nick the 2-1 win. Earlier, Elaine Newell had tied the game up at 1-1 just after half-time to raise hopes of a famous result.
The afternoon game saw Galway face tournament favourites, Denmark's Slagelse, and took a first minute lead courtesy of Lynsey Trainor. The Danes, however, and steamed clear to win 5-1, thanks to Nielsen sisters Janne and Marianne who netted all the goals between them.
Results: Galway 1 (Elaine Newell) HK Bask 2; Galway 1 (Lynsey Trainor) Slagelse 5
Standings after two games (points/goal diff):
1. Slagelse (6pts/+10) 2. Howardian (4pts/+2) 3. HK Bask (3pts/-1) 4. AD Lousada (3pts/-3) 5. Cankaya Bld Sc (1pt/-3) 6. Galway (0pts/-5)
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Friday, February 20, 2009
His brother, Johnny, meanwhile will be hoping to mastermind a Fingal win over Cookstown, the Ulster champions in waiting as they need a single point for their domestic title. Harte does so without the services of Andy Marshall while Mick McGuinness' shoulder injury is a concern.
Brian Gray missed out last week against Kilkenny too due to work reasons but could be back in time. Ian Hutchinson returns for Cookstown after missing last week's game with Raphoe.
Corinthian and Railway finally get their ISC involvement underway at Whitechurch Park. The reds have the form thanks to a 6-0 win last month while Mark English still has an internal club ban for his recent red card to see out.
Up north, there are three local derbies, the most eye-catching of which pits Lisnagarvey against Annadale. NICS will hope for a Premier scalp at the Glade against Mossley while in the remaining round one fixture, Cork Harlequins will be looking out for the result of Raphoe against Banbridge in Donegal.
Posted by Stephen Findlater at 2:01 AM
Loreto v UCD, 2.45pm, Beaufort; Railway Union v Old Alex, 2.30pm, Park Avenue; Corinthian v Glenanne, 3pm, Whitechurch; Lurgan v Armagh, 2.30pm, Brownlow; Ballymoney v Cork C of I, 2.30pm, Joey Dunlop; Pembroke v Belfast HQ, 3.30pm, Serpentine Ave
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Division 1: UCD vs Monkstown 1pm, Belfield
Division 2: Bray v Navan, 1pm, Loreto Bray; Clontarf vs Avoca, 3.15pm, Mount Temple; Skerries vs Dublin University, 1pm, Skerries; Weston vs Suttonians, 1pm, Esker
Mills Cup Quarter Finals: Glenanne v Corinthian, 1.30pm, Glenanne Park; Clontarf v Pembroke Wanderers, 4pm, Mount Temple
Division 1: Pembroke Wanderers vs Railway Union, 7.15pm, Serpentine Avenue
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Thursday, February 19, 2009
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Indeed, they have played just one league match in that time - a draw with Old Alex - and, along with visitors Glenanne, have been without a competitive game in three weeks.
Railway did sweep aside Glenanne with an early four-goal blitz in the first meeting of the sides this season but Victor Shaw's team pushed the Sandymoutn-side much harder in a Jacqui Potter cup fixture and have shown they can push the top teams since returning to the top flight.
They do so with the core 14 players that Colin Stewart's side have used this term all fit and ready to go.
Posted by Stephen Findlater at 11:01 AM
With the upcoming merger of the three Leinster Branches of the IHA into one body, the Joint Merger Committee of the LLHU, LBIHA and the South East will next week present how they propose to do so and create "Leinster Hockey".
All club members from across the province are welcome to attend these presentations - followed by a questions and answers session. Indeed, it is especially important your club is well briefed as later in the year your club will be asked to vote on the creation of this new Branch.
Issues that will be of interest are the continuity of hockey administration, finance and the new body's organisational structure.
The times and dates of the presentations are as follows:
Wednesday, February 25, 8pm, Talbot Hotel, Carlow
Thursday, February 26, 8pm, Montrose Hotel, Dublin
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Galway’s ladies travel to Lousada, Portugal for this weekend’s European Indoor Club Champion’s Challenge with a squad which coach Richard Malone describes as “the ideal blend of youth and experience”.
His squad will be led by former outdoor international Tara Browne – adding another chapter to an incredible career which saw her previously take on Europe with Hermes in the outdoor game.
Speaking of her inclusion Malone said " I'm delighted Tara has decided to take on this challenge, its another unique achievement for her in her career and its great us the other players in the club who can draw on her previous European experience."
Browne was one of the key members of the squad that won the ladies Indoor Cup in 2008 with a 3-2 win over Railway in the final.
That day Evan Murphy netted twice early on with Grainne Black making it 3-0 in jig time. Emer Lucey pulled two back but Browne (pictured, below left) was instrumental at halting the onslaught to claim the title at the very first attempt.
Her presence is augmented by the experienced former Pembroke player Emma Glanville while the club’s impressive youth structure is also well represented in Malone’s initial 18-player panel.
Irish underage players Freddie Timmins, Tara Melvin, Lynsey Trainor, Emily Molloy and Jessica McNickan have been named.
Belgium-based Ciara Murphy could yet link up with the side but probably the most surprising inclusions are the two youngest members of the squad Michelle and Elaine Carey, Michelle who was part of the team that claimed the national championship last year is now joined by her younger sibling Elaine who will just turn 14 prior to the tournament.
They begin their six-team group, looking for a top two placing, with a double-header on Friday, facing Serbia’s HK Bask and Denmark’s Slagelse. Saturday sees games against Wales’ Howardian LHC and the hosts AD Lousada. The final group, early on Sunday, is against the Turksih side, Cankaya Bld SC.
You can follow the club’s progress and send on your best wishes during the tournament at Galway club’s excellent microsite, click here
Galway Squad: Tara Browne, Michelle Carey, Grainne Black, Emma Glanville, Freddie Timmins, Grace Melvin, Tara Melvin, Lynsey Trainor, Jessica Mc Nickan, Eavan Murphy, Ciara Murphy, Deirdre Joyce, Emiliy Molloy, Maeve Faherty, Claire Heskin, Alison Hynes, Elaine Newell, Elaine Carey
Manager: Kathleen Melvin
Stand-in manager: Gillian Trainor
Coach: Richard Malone
Assistant Coach: Maeve Faherty
Friday, February 20
12pm: HK Bask vs Galway,
4pm: Slagelse vs Galway
Saturday, Febraury 21
1pm Howardian LHC vs Galway
4pm AD Lousada vs Galway
Sunday, February 22
11am: Galway vs Cankaya Bld SC
Posted by Stephen Findlater at 11:37 PM
Monday, February 16, 2009
As regular readers and commenters may know, The Hook barely entertains comments complaining about umpires and their decisions. However, in an effort to aid players and spectators to get a better understanding of the game, The Hook has enlisted the help of one of the world's great hockey umpires, Ray O'Connor, to answer your queries.
The idea for this feature comes from Skerries man Alan Early and, as a result, he gets the first shot will, hopefully, become a regular on the blog... this time, the murky area of overheads dropping out of the sky:
“We queried a decision on a high ball that was played from our midfield into our forward line our striker clearly called for the ball and was given at least five yards by the Navan defender but the referee blew for a free to Navan as according to the ref the striker must give way to the defender in high ball situation.
"As I am sure you are aware this is incorrect and who ever calls for ball first must be given the space to get ball under control."
"There are two issues here. First of all, there is no such thing as calling for the ball in the hockey rule book. Next up, "according to the ref the striker must give way to the defender in high ball situation." This is not the case.
The Umpire must try to get the ball down safely - this is the most important point. This can only be done if there is no competition for the ball.
So the umpire must decide very quickly who is in the dropping area first. That player should be allowed to have the ball and the other team must stay five metres away.
If the case arises that the umpire can't decide who was there first, the umpire will give the free against the team that put the ball up in the air. The free should be taken from where the dangerous situation would occur - in this case at the dropping point of the ball.
Posted by Stephen Findlater at 9:58 PM
Clubs going into this weekend's refixed ISC second-round matches will have a vague idea of what lies in store for them in the quarter-finals the following week February 28, should they win after the draw was announced this morning.
Quarter Finals – Men’s Irish Senior Cup (Saturday, February 28)
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Sunday, February 15, 2009
Avoca 6 (Karl Chapple 2, Dave Fanning, Will Aylmer, Peter Haughton, Scott Wilkie) Naas 0
Avoca picked up their second win of the weekend and tighten up the playoff battle still further. Their win means there is now just three points covering second to sixth in the division two table with most sides still with seven league games to play.
Former Leinster U-18 Karl Chapple bagged a brace while there were single strikes for Dave Fanning, Will Aylmer, Peter Haughton and Scott Wilkie.
Posted by Stephen Findlater at 7:27 PM
Three Rock Rovers produced a stirring 8-1 win over Swansea Bay this morning at EuroHockey Indoor Club Champions Challenge in Cambrai to avoid relegation without having to rely on a further result going their way.
Three Rock Rovers - SK Senkvice Indoor 14.2.2008 from Backcast Live on Vimeo.
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They now face Swansea at 9.30am Irish time hoping for victory and a big scoreline to put the pressure on Senkvice.
* For more pictures from La Salle Jean Marie Vanpoulle, click here and for live streaming of Three Rock's games, click go to the top right corner of this webpage
Posted by Stephen Findlater at 12:14 AM
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Glenanne 3 (Stephen Butler 2, Joe Brennan) Pembroke 3 (Alan Sothern 2, Alan Giles)
An absolute cracker in Glenanne Park, the Glens produced a famous comeback to add to the incredible recent history between these two clubs.
Pembroke went 3-0 up inside ten minutes, Alan Sothern bagging a short corner in the first minute and getting his second from another drag-flick. Skipper Alan Giles got the third and the Sandymount side looked to be cruising clear at the top of division one.
They dominated the first period, however, Glenanne changed their tactics to play a much higher press and got a foothold in the game when Joe Brennan slid in to deflect home a corner with ten minutes to go to the break.
Stephen Butler reduced the deficit in the second half with a drag-flick of his own as they game flowed from end to end while Alan Browne saw yellow before Justin Sherriff followed him into the sin-bin.
Butler's personal match-up with David Harte was a big feature of the game with the goalkeeper producing some excellent saves. The midfielder though had the last laugh with the leveller from another corner in a half that Glenanne enjoyed the best of.
Fingal 4 (Dave Bane, Adrian Sweeney, Keith Crawford, Glen Shekleton) Kilkenny 2 (Gary Sharman, Tom Manning)
Fingal kept pace with Monkstown and Corinthian in the IHL race with a vital win over Kilkenny despite trailing until 14 minutes from time. They opened up strongly, Dave Bane dragging in a corner in the seventh minute and creating numerous other chances.
However, the Cats sporadic attacks saw them hit the front with Gary Sharman banging in a reverse and Tom Manning get the go-ahead goal from an improvised corner after the first phase broke down.
And try as Fingal might, they were held at bay until Adrian Sweeney got a crucial goal inside the last quarter. Keith Crawford's rising reverse saw the greens hit the front before Glen Shekleton got a late stroke.
Railway Union 1 (Eoin MacArthur) Monkstown 3 (Alec Barrett, Brian Groves, Gareth Watkins)
Like Fingal, Monkstown keep their IHL hopes intact but were made to work at Park Avenue, coming from a goal down while Railway came away with nothing to show for a good performance.
Eoin MacArthur took one of a series of chances in the first half for the lead but Alec Barrett made it 1-1 by the break from a corner second phase. Davd Holmes and Paul O'Brien spurned decent chances with David Fitzgerald keeping the Town on terms.
And they took advantage in the second period. Brian Groves volleyed home after a cross-cum-shot broke his way and Gareth Watkins roofed a corner for 3-1. O'Brien had a further one-on-one chance but could not pull one back.
* For 50 more pictures of the Glenanne and Pembroke game from Adrian Boehm and Emer Keogh, click here
Posted by Stephen Findlater at 8:40 PM
Despite tying 1-1 at half-time, a half-dozen of second half goals put paid to their outside chances of advancing from the group stages.
It means they will play off this afternoon at 3pm (GMT) against the third place side from group A before completing their tournament tomorrow at 9.30am (GMT) against their rival fourth place side. Those opponents will be confirmed in the coming hours.
Posted by Stephen Findlater at 10:28 AM
Friday, February 13, 2009
St Andrew's junior girls retained their league crown this afternoon at Belfield with an impressive win over Alexandra College, denying the Milltown school a senior/junior double.
Andrew's were the stronger throughout, though Alex created the odd nervous moment from the skills of Emily Beatty and a zinging reverse from Erica Hinkson. Those chances were sporadic, though, as Laura Pinder and Sadhbh Hynes marshalled their defensive line brilliantly.
The Booterstown school's first chance came after barely 40 seconds with Hayley Sarratt found in space at the back post but her first-time effort cleared the bar. Julie Murphy's persistence down the right flank forced a pair of corners as her side camped in the Alex half but their defence held firm.
And they gradually grew into the game. Hanna McDermott led the first break-out. Her cross found a foot before deflecting into the net, winning a corner but agonisingly missed an attacker's stick. Andrew's continued to press but could not find a crucial opener.
Early in the second half, McDermott almost had a one-on-one chance but Siobhan Cummins came off her line quickly to clear the danger while Kate O'Malley needed to be alert in defence to nick in ahead of Hinkson.
But, as Alex confidence grew, they were stung by Pinder's penalty corner strike. The stop was intially missed but the ball was cleverly played back into the defender who found the left corner from 12 yards.
Hinkson flashed a brilliant reverse off the side netting within 30 seconds of the restart coming close to a leveller but Andrew's were in no mood for second chances. Murphy made the decisive run down the left side of the circle. There looked little on but an upright reverse cross was clipped goalward and Sarah Smith darted in to get the crucial touch and take the title with a 2-0 win.
* For more pictures from the game, click here while Lindie Naughton's pics can be seen here
Posted by Stephen Findlater at 6:11 PM
The cancelled interpros mean Glenanne can have full usage of Jonathon Kane and Leinster U-21 captain Richie Shaw for what could be a pivotal weekend in the race for domestic honours.
The pair are back in the squad with the match confirmed as a Saturday game after thoughts earlier this week of moving the game to Sunday to give the grounds an extra day to thaw.
Pembroke won last time out in spite of Craig Fulton's first half red card but the Glens have become a much tougher prospect in recent weeks. Pembroke are not in bad form either and are the only side in Leinster to stretch their legs outdoors last weekend with an impressive win in Garryduff.
Elsewhere, Kilkenny face a number of their alumni at ALSAA this weekend as they play Fingal. Derek O'Gorman, Nigel Grothier, Emmet Hughes and Brian Gray are among former Cats now plying their trade at the airport. The current crop need a win to clear themselves of bottom-placed UCD, who have the weekend off.
Fingal, along with Monkstown, have the chance to bounce back into the top five ahead of Corinthian. They have the weekend off due to their four players due to play for Leinster U-21s.
The final game up for decision is Railway's hosting of Monkstown. The Town are at full strength while Railway continue to be without Kevin O'Brien due to Irish cricket commitments.
In division two, the chasing pack have a chance to close the gap on Clontarf. Suttonians, though, will hope not to carry their midweek form into their game at Bray. Nasir Munir's side lost 4-0 to his former charges Trinity in the Neville Davin Cup - with Aengus Stanley scoring his first ever goal on the night (picture, left, by Jessica Pakenham-Money).
A win for Suttonians would continue their great response to losing Yasir Islam and Mukhtar Ahmed and have them right in contention for the playoff place. Skerries will maintain that position, though, should they beat Naas.
Trinity travel to play Navan to Sportlink - though their Santry home is just down the road means the students face probably the shorter trip to the game. Avoca, meanwhile, make their way to Griffeen to face Weston.
Fingal vs Kilkenny, 1pm, ALSAA; Glenanne vs Pembroke Wanderers, 1.30pm, Glenanne Park; Railway Union vs Monkstown, 2pm, Park Avenue
Weston v Avoca, 3pm, Esker; Skerries vs Naas, 2pm, Skerries; Navan vs Dublin University, 2.30pm, Sportslink; Bray vs Suttonians, 1.15pm, Loreto Bray
Posted by Stephen Findlater at 12:45 PM