Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Suttonians and TRL draw home comforts

Weston will head back out on the road as they look to take a second Ulster scalp in the Irish Hockey Trophy quarter-finals. But in Antrim, finalists last season, they will face a sterner test than their trip to Armagh and home tie with Galway following the draw on Sunday night.

Suttonians, though, will enjoy home advantage once again against Ulster opposition in the form of either Queens or Portadown. Their tie last weekend was a wash-out and so will be replayed on December 5, pushing the quarter-final date back to January 16.

On the women's side of the competition, Three Rock Ladies are the only Leinster Branch side to enjoy home comforts but their entrance into the Trophy has been delayed yet further to accomodate Dromore and North Kildare's refix. TRL received a first round bye and second round walkover and so have yet to show their hand.

Clontarf face a tough trip to one of the tournament favourites, Catholic Institute (pictured in final action from last year), while Diocesan travel south to play Wexford. Our Lady's refix against Greenfields will be played on December 5 and have a possible tie with Omagh should they overcome last season's Connacht champions.

Men's Irish Hockey Trophy - Quarter-finals
December 5:
Antrim v Weston; NICS v Cliftonville
January 16: Suttonians v QUB/Portadown; Catholic Institute v Belfast Harlequins/UCC

Women's ESB Irish Hockey Trophy - Round 3:
December 5: Ashton v Greensiland; Galway v Bandon; Catholic Institute v Clontarf; Wexford v Diocesan; Carrickfergus v Portadown
January 16: Omagh v Greenfields/Our Ladys; QUB/ Waterford v Knock; Three Rock Ladies v Dromore/North Kildare


Anonymous said...

anybody think its a bit "off" that last years winners can't defend their title - in either competition?

Anonymous said...

They've earned their right to promotion to the top leagues so think it's a bit ridiculous to suggest they keep playing at a lower level.

Do they just stay in the Trophy winning it year on year whilst playing senior league hockey.

Say a side qualifies for the Champions league after winning the UEFA Cup, do you want them to keep playing in the lower competition just because they won it in the past?

North Down and the Elks are Ulster premier sides now

Anonymous said...

What happens to Leinster cup games due to be played on Dec 5th?

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