Hockey: Weekend Action Round Up

There is plenty of Irish action taking place this weekend. We have two outstanding ESB Electric Ireland Irish Hockey League matches taking place as well as round 2 of the Men’s & ESB Electric Ireland Irish Hockey Trophy.

In the IHL a top of Pool A clash between the only two unbeaten sides in Hermes and UCD is the eye catching fixture of the two IHL games to be played this weekend. The original date scheduled was deferred to November 26th as the college side were playing Inter Varsities on October 29th. Hermes have home advantage at St Andrews and have taken maximum points in their two IHL fixtures to date defeating both Armagh and Old Alex with bonus point victories. UCD on the other hand took a bonus from their defeat of Armagh and then had a very impressive away win to last years champions Pegasus. The teams met for the first time this season in a league fixture last week with UCD continuing their fine form with a 2-0 victory but Hermes have shown their best form to date in their IHL fixtures. With 5 former Hermes players now playing with the college side it will be a fascinating contest and hard to call. Both sides should have fully fit squads to select from.

In the other IHL match Railway welcome UCC to Park Avenue for their first ever meeting in the IHL. Their most recent meeting was in the ESB Electric Ireland Irish Senior Cup in January 2009 at the Mardyke when Railway won 3-0. The stand out player for UCC that day was Julia O’Halloran who is now playing her hockey at Railway. While Railway are missing the Joyces – Isobel and Cecelia – (on international cricket duty in Bangladesh) and Holly Jenkinson (injured) their international contingent of Emma Smyth, Alex Speers and Nikki Evans are available for this weekend’s encounter. Railway currently lie third in Pool B and will be seeking a result to spring into 2nd place above Ballymoney, who they beat 3-2 three weeks ago.

ESB Electric Ireland Irish Hockey League Round 3
Saturday 26th November
Hermes v UCD 15.00 (St. Andrews)
Railway U v UCC 17.00 (Park Ave)

Men’s Irish Hockey Trophy
Saturday 26th November
Raphoe v Suttonians 14.30 (Royal & Prior)
Cliftonville v Armagh 14.30 (CIYMS)
Portadown v Weston 13.00 (Edenvilla)
South Antrim v Campbellians 14.30 (Laurelhill)
Bangor v Avoca 14.30 (Bangor)
Rathgar Chief v Queens 14.00 (High School)
UCC v Antrim 13.00 (Mardyke)
Catholic Ins v Portrane 15.00 (Rosbrien)

ESB Electric Ireland Irish Hockey Trophy
Saturday 26th November
Weston v Dromore 15.00 (Griffeen Pk)
Portadown v Genesis 14.30 (Edenvilla Pk)
Waterford v Naas 14.30 (Newtown School)
Our Ladys v Greenfields 14.00 (Our Ladys)
North Kildare v Kilkeel 14.30 (North Kildare)
Bandon v Cork C of I 12.00 (Bandon Grammar)
Suttonians v Wexford 14.00 (Sutton Pk)
Cookstown v Galway 13.00 (Coolnafranky)
Ashton v Knock (Knock withdrawn – Ashton receive w/o)
North Down v NICS 14.30 (Comber LC)
Victorians v Greenisland 16.00 (Queens)
Bray v Clontarf 13.15 (Loreto Bray)
YMCA v UL 14.30 (Claremont Rd)
Ballymena v Newbridge 14.30 (Ballymena)
Omagh v Muckross 16.00 (Campsie)
Fermoy v Larne 12.30 (Loreto Fermoy)

Leinster Action
Following on from the fantastic wins last weekend in the Boys Interprovincials, there is a full Men’s Division One schedule this Saturday in the Leinster Men’s League. Second from bottom Fingal host second from top YMCA in Alsaa, while Monkstown travel to Corinthians. For the third time this month, Glenanne play UCD. So far it’s honours even between the two sides with Glenanne taking the honours in the Irish Senior Cup game (3-1) while the students beat Glens 4-2 in the recent Neville Cup game. Three Rock who are currently on four points travel northside to Mount Temple to play Clontarf who, along with Fingal, have only managed to bank a single point so far in the campaign. The last league game sees table toppers Pembroke Wanderers host Railway Union.

In the Women’s Division One, there are three games scheduled for this weekend as there are two IHL back matches being played. Old Alexandra host Loreto and a win for the hosts would see them on level points with league leaders UCD. Immediately following that game, Trinity play Corinthians. Both teams are currently on 4 points so there is all to play for. In the days latest start, Pembroke Wanderers host neighbours Railway Union.

Men’s Division One
Saturday November 26th
Fingal v YMCA 1:30pm (ALSAA)
Corinthians v Monkstown 2.00pm (Whitechurch)
Glenanne v UCD 2.45pm (Glenanne Park)
Clontarf v Three Rock Rovers 1.00pm (Mount Temple)
Pembroke W v Railway Union 2.00pm (Serpentine Ave)

Women’s Division One
Saturday November 26th
Old Alexandra v Loreto 3pm (Milltown)
Trinity v Corinthian 4.30pm (Milltown)
Pembroke W v Glenanne 5pm (Serpentine Avenue)

November 27 (Men)
Railway Cup: Pembroke Wanderers v Naas 4.00pm Serpentine Ave

Ulster Action
Ulster Elks have narrowly been nudged to second in the Ulster Premier league table by Ards. Elks play away to Lisnagarvey who have not collected any points in the season so far. Ards will travel to Lurgan and Ballymoney travel to Belfast to face Queens. Battle of the Belfast teams, Belfast Harlequins play host to Pegasus in a match to prove challenging. Randalstown will play Armagh who are currently on a high with reaching the Ulster Shield Final on Sunday.

Women’s Premier League
Saturday November 26th
Belfast Harlequins vs. Pegasus
Lisnagarvey vs. Ulster Elks
Lurgan vs. Ards
Queens vs. Ballymoney
Randalstown vs. Armagh

Mens Premier League:
Saturday November 26th
Cookstown are playing catch up within the Ulster Premier League as they have only played one league game. Mossley play away as Cookstown face their 3 point bid to climb the league positions. Current league leaders, NICS play Annadale this weekend as Kilkeel travel to Banbridge. Lisnagarvey play host to Belfast Harlequins, as Harlequins try to narrow the 6 point gap between them.

Cookstown vs. Mossley
Lisnagarvey vs. Belfast Harlequins
North Down vs. Instonians
Banbridge vs. Kilkeel
NICS vs. Annadale


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