Pembroke teams looking for repeat results this weekend
Another weekend of top action kicks off in Pembroke with the Men beginning their All Ireland title defence of the IHL League on Saturday @3pm. Last weekend every Pembroke home game was won on Saturday, all in all the Ladies picked up 6 wins from 7, the Men 5 wins from 6 – both sections will be hoping for repeat results come Saturday evening.
In the group stages of the IHL Pembroke Men will play Cork Harlequins, YMCA, Monkstown, Instonians and Banbridge, the top two going through to the final four next May. In last year’s competition Alan Giles lifted the trophy following wins over Glenanne (in a stunning semi final) and Lisnagarvey in the Final. It was Pembroke’s second consecutive win in the tournament, and put them through to EHL competition this season.
Under Brendon Carolan this season the lads will face new challenges with many new faces in the squad. Tomorrow’s game against Cork Harlequins at home should be a cracker, with plenty of names making their IHL debut – get down to Pembroke good and early to enjoy the action.
Elsewhere the Ladies 1sts will be hoping to build on last week’s 3-0 win over Bray, they face Glenanne at home @1pm, with Shona Doyle back in the ranks fully fit. The Ladies 2nds also enjoyed a good win over North Kildare last weekend but travel to Milltown for what should be a tougher affair in an early test of Mick O’ Connor’s side. The Ladies 3rds play at home following last weekend’s impressive 2-1 win away to Clontarf, schoolgirl Joanna McDonald scoring on her debut, while the Ladies 4ths have the most unenviable trip of all – facing Navan on the grit at midday. Barbara Treacy’s 5ths will be hoping for home win against Suttonians following last Saturdays tough draw in the rain away to Hermes, while the 6ths travel to Loreto at 2.30pm having taken the 3 points away to Phoenix Pk last weekend. The Ladies 7ths had the biggest win of all last weekend – putting 5 away against Corinthians – Sarah Large, Roisin Watson and new girls Karina Cotter, Lynn Boucher and Olwen Scally all getting on the score sheet.
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