Thursday, October 15, 2009

Quartet looking for upward mobility

With the women's IHL taking centre-stage this weekend, last season's bottom four are the only side's in women's Leinster division one action this Saturday. All four have realistic ambitions on narrowing the gap to the top six and have shown a fairly competitive edge.

Bray have pushed both Pembroke and Loreto to the limit thus far, notably last weekend only to be denied by Nikki Symmons' stroke 15 seconds from time. Grania Howe's midfield workings have dovetailed well with former internationals Catherine Murray and Linda O'Neill though they will be concerned with their non-performance against closer rivals in the standings, Trinity.

Likewise, Glenanne lost their opening league game to Corinthian and then defied the odds to outdo an immensely talented Ulster Elks in the Irish Senior Cup. Both sides will hope to show their true colours at Loreto on Saturday.

Corinthian and Trinity, meanwhile, find themselves in the unfamiliar surrounds of the top five at this early stage in the season with the possibility for one to tie for first place. For the reds, a settled squad has borne immediate fruit with their win from their only league outing to date while a respectable ISC showing against Pegasus augurs well.

David Bane, meanwhile, is fairly pleased with his panel for whom Katie Grehan, Kylie Deverall and Eanna Horan are more than handy additions.

Leinster Ladies Division 1
Saturday: Bray v Glenanne, 1pm, Loreto Bray; Corinthian v Trinity, 1pm, Whitechurch

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