Friday, November 13, 2009

Reds and Rovers vye for top spot

With Ireland's men beginning their World Cup Qualifiers on Saturday, Leinster division one will have a shortened programme for the next two series of matches as Glenanne and Pembroke enjoy a mid-season month off.

It means the hughlight on Saturday is likely to be at Grange Road where Three Rock will face a Corinthian-side featuring the return of Lucas Piccioli. Charlie Henderson, though, is a player not likely to face his old club as he has taken semi-retirement with Stephen West stepping into the number one jersey for Three Rock.

Rovers will be hoping for Peter Blakeney to return after a rare leg injury kept him out of the trip to YMCA while Kyle Good - who underwent a scan on his back earlier in the week - and Ali Haughton are doubts.

In the corresponding fixture last time out, Rovers crept come amid a deluge which almost threatened an abandonment but, provided such an eventuality is avoided on Saturday, whoever wins will go top. Traditionally cagey affairs, expect a tight battle as Rovers' grind comes up against the flash and dash of the reds forward line.

The other pair of division one fixtures concern sides in the bottom half with UCD desperate for points at Park Avenue. Their tie with Railway Union already represents the midway point in their season with just one point accrued to date. As such, the late concession against Clontarf ups the ante and they will hope to find a route past former goalkeeper Stephen O'Keefe - a recent Intervarsity guest - to escape the bottom rung of the standings. Gavin O'Halloran is their biggest injury concern.

Clontarf, meanwhile, are in a similar predicament and will need to up their game to right a 5-0 defeat at the hands of YMCA in the Neville Cup in September. The Y are at full strength bar Todd Gill and could re-connect with the top five with three points.

Division Two returns after a three-week lay-off with top two Avoca and Suttonians meeting at Newpark. The latter will be bouyed by their midweek 5-3 friendly win over northside neighbours Clontarf with Richie Wormold in fine form while Simon Walsh fired a double. The winnner is guaranteed top spot.

Third and fourth clash in the form of Weston and Trinity in a repeat of the last series of fixtures when Alan Browne's side nicked the points and their IHT win in Armagh will have a galvanising effect.

Bray and the Navan Badgers, fifth and sixth in the division, face off in the garden county looking to escape the bottom rung of the ladder.

Division 1
Railway Union vs UCD, 3pm, Park Avenue; Clontarf vs YMCA, 2pm, Mount Temple; TRR vs
Corinthian, 3pm, Grange Road

Division 2
Weston v Trinity, 2pm, Griffeen Valley; Bray v Navan, 1pm, Loreto Bray; Avoca v Suttonians, 1.45pm, Newpark

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Avoca to take Sutts to the cleaners in div 2, Navan looking much stronger and should take points at Bray!Weston too strong for Trinity!

Anonymous said...

You can never write off Suttonians. They are top of the league and have ground out some excellent results. They seem to have ha d a great mid week win over Clontarf mid week too so I think Avoca Suttonians will be a close game and could go either way.

Ru Clarke said...

Hmm. As long as Avoca keep solid at the back I reckon they've enough for Sutton. Badgers to take their tally to 4?

Anonymous said...

reds and rovers draw please....

Richie W said...

People have been writing us(sutts) off all season, let's just see what happens!!!

Anonymous said...

Predictions:

Corinthians 3 TRR 2
Clontarf 1 YMCA 6
UCD 3 Railway 2

Bobo148 said...

Is the 'incident' between UCD and Clontarf still sub judice?

Stephen Findlater said...

Yes

Anonymous said...

a) what was the incident? Nobody knows??

b) great to see UCD beat Railway. even though I gave out yards about UCD last time, it will keep Railway down where they belong

c) Rovers and Reds to tight to call on this one...I will say reds just because the results last year were so tight (Rovers won) but this year, the reds have that extra edge..either way it will be a cracking game..

Anonymous said...

strange how everyone is writing off railway. last year UCD got pumped when they visited park avenue, and with peter english firing in corners at will UCD will have to work very hard to get anything out of the game.

Anonymous said...

Corinthians 4 TRR 2
Clontarf 1 YMCA 4
UCD 2 Railway 2

Anonymous said...

Clontarf hammered avoca last week from what I heard and sutts beat tarf comfortably. Sutts to win at the weekend and win div 2

Anonymous said...

A VERY understrength Clontarf lined out against Suttonians mid week. Wouldnt judge anything on that result. Suttonians played some nice hockey in patches but a full strength Clontarf would walk on them.

Anonymous said...

yeh i agree with first comment, Weston are way way too strong for trinity . think its gonna be an easy 4 or 5 nil

Anonymous said...

Looks like close games across the divisons this weekend, should be good viewing and interesting results..

Anonymous said...

i heard clontarf had a strong team against suttonians could someone from colntarf confrim?

Anonymous said...

1.23 Put your name to your "constructive" comments and don't hide so we can all see from whom these works of wisdom are coming

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Anonymous said...

Railway 4-1 UCD.. Railway are very strong at home!