2016-17 League Round Up #1

Friday October 28th.

Headlines

  • Dublin City Men record back to back victories
  • Dublin City Ladies not as lucky, 2 matches, 2 defeats.
  • Defending Champions Dublin International Men or Ladies yet to play due to involvement in Edinburgh tournament.
  • Astra Men face road trip to Cork to play UCC in both teams opening match of the league.

The UCD Sports hall was the venue on October 16th for the opening action of the Men’s and Women’s IOHA Senior leagues in the 2016-17 season. First up were the ladies as the students took on the ladies from Dublin City. This is the first season for Dublin City in the ladies league and the players are still getting to know each other so they could have done without coming up against the more settled UCD. Both teams battled hard but after 60 minutes the ladies of UCD emerged victorious on a scoreline of 31 to 5.

After the ladies, it was the Men’s turn, UCD went into the new season confident that maybe this season could be the one that they make the leap from silver to gold and the bring the league title back to Belfield. However those hopes were dented slightly as the unknown quantity of the DC Men rolled in to town and came away with a 4 goal victory 25-29.

1 week later, October 23rd, both Dublin City teams were in action again, with handball making its return to Dublin City University playing host. Again it was ladies first as the DC ladies played host to Astra HC and again the Dublin City ladies lost out to a more experienced team (3-20). The scoreline didn’t tell the full story and Dublin City Ladies will have better days before the season finishes. The fact there is an additional team in the league is welcomed by all. In the Men’s competition, Lughnasa HC were the visitors to Glasnevin and in their ranks were some young but experienced players. However even  10 goals from Irish International player, Patrick MacAuley could not prevent the Tallaght men going down on a scoreline of  36-26.

Action from UCD vs. Dublin City HC. Photo courtesy of UCD.

Action from UCD vs. Dublin City HC. Photo courtesy of UCD.