Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Alex and Andrew's showdown; Rovers and YM dice for IHL place

St Andrew’s and Alexandra College begin a hectic run of school’s cup finals this afternoon in the blue riband event in the Leinster girl’s hockey calendar.

The pair contest the Senior Cup final this afternoon (Grange Road, 2.30pm) with a place in the Kate Russell Cup on offer for the victor.

Andrew’s, as reigning champions, have the pedigree and with Ireland A internationals Chloe Watkins skippering the team and Gillian Pinder’s creative instincts, they have serious quality.

Niamh Atcheler, a current member of the Irish senior set-up, is a doubt to take up her regular role at the heart of the defence, though, after sustaining a leg injury in last Wednesday’s semi-final.

Alexandra College, league champions last year, arrive to the party after a hectic week for some of their main players.

Underage internationals Emily Beatty and Deirdre Duke were both part of the school’s soccer team who claimed the Leinster crown with a 4-1 win over Eureka, Kells last Friday – a fixture sandwiched in between the hockey semi-finals and club IHL commitments.

The side is built around the staunch defensive work of Nicola Gray – also a formidable corner option – and Lenehan’s Kate and Leah.

The first ever boy’s Senior Trophy final will be played on Wednesday with High School taking on Kilkenny in Rathfarnham.

Ireland U-18 star Shane O’Donoghue guides High School from the sweeper role, using his long-distance overheads to great effect in the semi-final win over Sutton Park and is backed up by fellow Glens’ man Gareth Carragher in nets.

Kilkenny, meanwhile, will hope to bring their Senior A status to bear with Howard McDonnell, Evan Matthews and Eoin Finnegan smart campaigners.

On the division one scene, this week sees a series of key fixtures in the race for the fourth automatic IHL place with Three Rock facing YMCA tonight at Grange Road before Monkstown continue their bid on Thursday night against UCD.

Three Rock showed their attitude for the fight against Lisnagarvey last weekend with Pierre de Voux and Patrick Shanahan truly stepping up to the mark.

A continuation of that form will make it a tough night for the YM defence though they have kept sharp-shooters of Alan Sothern and Stephen Butler’s calibre at bay in the past week.

Nonetheless, they are still awaiting a victory against any of the four sides ahead of them in the standings. While a draw would not be disastrous, all three points will certainly swing the pendulum very definitely one way or the other between these two side's aspirations.

School’s Cup final dates:
Tuesday, March 2: Girl’s Senior Cup final, 2.30pm
Wednesday, March 3: Boy’s Senior Trophy final; U-13 final, Junior final
Thursday, March 4: Girl’s Senior Plate final (also Senior 1 and Junior D final)
Friday, March 5: Boy’s Senior Cup, semi-finals - St Andrew's vs High School; Kilkenny vs Wesley
Wednesday, March 10: Boy’s Senior Cup final; Minor Cup final
Thursday, March 11: Girl’s Premier League final, Minor A Cup
Monday, March 15: Girl’s 1st year, Minor B and D finals
Tuesday, March 16: Girl’s Minor C, 1st year B, Senior 3 finals

Leinster Men’s Division One fixtures:
Tuesday: TRR vs YMCA, 8pm, Grange Road
Thursday: UCD vs Monkstown, 7.45pm, Belfield
Saturday: Railway Union vs Fingal, 2pm, Park Avenue
Tuesday, March 9: Monkstown vs Railway Union, 8pm, Rathdown


Anonymous said...

anyone know when the Glennanne v corinthians game is fixed for and also the TRR v Glennane.
Nothing on these fixtures on leinster branch web

Queso said...

The TRR v Glenanne fixture is actually reversed from earlier in the season and will be held in Glenanne Park... No proposed dates received yet though!!

Anonymous said...

CMON YM!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Do you think the branch should come out and extend the season and make it interesting instead of making teams play 2 games a week till the end of the season, It's stupid, Leinster league finishes on 20th of march and IHL finals are 15th of May 2 months later? Bit harsh of teams like Glenanne & Pembroke

Anonymous said...

go on kilkenny...in particular though matty moore..what a legend!!

Anonymous said...

What was the result of the girls final today? Cmon Alex!!

Anonymous said...

Suttonians 2-2 Avoca

Alan Good said...

2-0 to Andrew's, Gillian Pinder and Sarah Woodroofe got the goals

Anonymous said...

8.09 Pembroke have no back matches to play.There are only 2 fixtures outstanding !! See Queso comment

Alan Good said...

8.44am - I think the point being made by 8.09pm was that it would make more sense to spread the season out a bit more in general, so that teams involved in latter stages of IHL wouldn't have 6-8 weeks of inactivity in build-up to the semi-finals of IHL. Open to correction there though!