Friday, January 29, 2010

Hermes bid to end Railway record

After a season waiting in the shadows of the form of Loreto and Railway Union, Hermes have the chance to transform their season this weekend with a double-bill at Park Avenue in the league and the Jacqui Potter Cup.

Eric Fintelman has a full squad available to them – dependent on how Niamh Atcheler got through the intense Irish training camp this week – and a win on Sunday in the cup would make the Booterstown club outright favourites with Loreto and UCD already out of the competition. Emma Gray is available after exams.

In the league, Hermes have snuck back into contention with six successive wins following a sticky start to the campaign but Railway have held sway in recent times and their 100pc record in all competitions is a huge boon to confidence.

They also will hope neither of their stars, Helen Stevenson and Emma Smyth, are too worn out from their Spanish exertions. Railway took the laurels in the Irish Senior in an incredibly tight tie, with Cecelia Joyce's equaliser (courtesy of TAZVideoSport) causing much debate.

In a similar vein, Loreto welcome back Nicci Daly, Lizzie Colvin, Louisa Healy and Niamh Small. Nikki Symmons picked up a stick for the first time since her operation this week but may not yet be ready for the rough tumble of a league tie with Pembroke.

Old Alex face UCD in a key tie for a guaranteed IHL place – the winner will move into fourth place – while Trinity will hope to keep the pressure on when they host Corinthian.

They are at the zenith of their powers since Dave Bane took over after a couple of years of steady improvement though the reds are a sturdy opposition this term, making this another well-matched pairing this weekend, Kylie Deverall's goal the only difference between the sides last time out.

Bray, meanwhile, travel to Glenanne attempting to reel in the deficit on the Tallaght club as both sides look to avoid what looks increasingly like a promotion/relegation tie with either Genesis or Three Rock Ladies.

The Glens have home advantage on Sunday in the cup when Corinthian come visiting while Milltown hosts a busy day of action with Old Alex I and II playing Loreto II and Pembroke, respectively.

Women’s Leinster Division One (Saturday):
Glenanne v Bray, 11.15am, Tallaght; Trinity v Corinthian, 11.30am, Santry; Loreto v Pembroke Wanderers 12.15pm, Beaufort; Railway Union v Hermes, 2pm, Park Avenue; Old Alexandra v UCD, 3.15pm, Milltown

Jacqui Potter Cup, quarter-finals (Sunday): Old Alexandra v Loreto II, 2.30pm, Milltown; Railway Union v Hermes, 2.30pm, Park Avenue; Glenanne v Corinthian, 3pm; Old Alexandra II v Pembroke,4pm, Milltown

Irish Junior Cup (Saturday): Catholic Institute II v Railway II, 12.30pm, Rosbrien; Galway II v Univ of Limerick II, 12pm, Dangan; Old Alex II v Glenanne II, 1.30pm, Milltown; Belfast Harlequins II v Loreto II, 2.30pm, Deramore Park; Bandon II v Randalstown II, 1.30pm, Bandon Grammar; Clontarf II v Greenisland II, 3.30pm, Mount Temple


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Anonymous said...

Great footage of the hermes/railway goals. Can someone clarify whether the equaliser should have stood, she looked to play the ball well over shoulder height. very clear. Did Hermes not protest?

Stephen Findlater said...

12.29 - here is the aftermath of the goal:

Anonymous said...

Perhaps easy to see in video replay after a couple of viewings but live it nay have been difficult to pick out as the stick was almost horizontal.

Anonymous said...

That's a good photo of the captain protesting alright. Rightly so, it was clearly well over the Railway girl's head. That's sport though. Look at the protest Given made at Henry's handball and look how far that got the country!

Hopefully there won't be such contraversy this weekend.

Anonymous said...

The poacher at the back post again. Great goal.