Wednesday, April 29, 2009

UCD hope to steal wildcard spot

Just three days after their momentous ESB Senior Cup triumph, UCD have yet another major battle on their hands as they look to secure a place in next weekend's IHL wildcard qualifiers.

They play Hermes at Belfield (7.30pm) knowing only a win will is the only possible result to left them into fifth place in the table after Pembroke beat Old Alex on Saturday afternoon 2-0, courtesy of Aoife O'Gorman and Shona Doyle's goals.

Hermes, as always, will be no pushover. While this league match does not affect their league position in any way, Colin Stewart's side will be aiming to peak for Saturday morning's IHL semi-final with Pegasus and so will not be holding back as the fight for places intensifies.

Should UCD fail to pick up the maximum points, Alex will go into that playoff series, beginning on Saturday at Grange Road at 2pm against Belfast Harlequins. Cork C of I will follow on Sunday before rounding off 
the tournament against Connacht champions Greenfields.

From that series of group matches, the top two will secure a place in the 2009/10 IHL season.

Meanwhile, ahead of the first IHL finals weekend, top players from each of the clubs involved have given their views on the inaugural season of the competition. You can read the men's thoughts now and the women's will be available in the near future.

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