Team of the Week R9

Midweek action for our W1s as they travelled to Mount Temple to take on Clontarf and their excellent form and run of three wins was brought to a sudden halt as their opponents pinched a narrow 1-0 win. Having conceded early on in 1st quarter, our W1s stepped it up after that and piled on the pressure for the next 3 quarters but struggled to get the final finishing touch. Avoca certainly had their chances as the side dominated play for the majority of the game and even had an effort off the post. As time ticked on and the short corner count soared; it seemed it was not to be Avoca’s day and finished off as a very frustrating 1-0 loss.

A fantastic 3-0 win for our W4s against Corinthian now gives them breathing space at the top of Division 7 as they have now opened up a 4-point gap; Lauren Doyle Shaw, Suzanne Cullen and Orlaith Duffy were all on target.

The W5s had a double weekend and draw with Bray in the cup on Saturday before winning in another shoot-out. It was 1-1 at normal time after Emma Meir had converted a short corner. Then in the shoot-out, Tiggy Hudson Fowler stopped 4 including a stroke while Emma Meir and Molly converted their 1v1s. Paul Cronin said, “Brilliant gritty performance against an evenly matched Bray side.” Ellie O’Brien claimed the Player of the Match accolade for a fine performance. On Sunday, Avoca’s Deadly 5s faced a Kilkenny 2s side that had scored 36 goals and conceded only 1 before meeting Avoca today. A few sore limbs following the previous day’s match, but great team led planning chat beforehand, and everyone knew their jobs. From the off it was clear that KK had a sophisticated attack force but after only 2 minutes a through ball to midfield was quickly fed to Emma Meir who spotted Alison Magee to the right of the goal; clever thinking by Alison led to an assured push past the goalie’s feet. KK were a bit shell shocked at the end of Q1 but came out then to do battle. Avoca’s second goal came from a beautifully lifted ball from Hilary Long to Keelin O’Brien who expertly slotted it home. KK put immense pressure on our back line who created a barrier that was only pierced once in normal play. Alas, 3 KK goals came from short corners to ensure they took home the spoils and continued their charge for the title. Player of the match for pure passion and leadership went to Emma Meir; the team would like to wish Emma all the very best as she now goes into surgery this week and the side will certainly miss her…

Elsewhere, the W3s picked up a very good point against North Kildare with Hilary Long and Ella Lawless both netting to secure a much-needed point and Hilary Lennon fired in a consolation goal for the W2s against the students as UCD remain undefeated and earned a 3-1 win.

W1 0-1 Clontarf
W2 1-3 UCD
W3 2-2 North Kildare
W4 3-0 Corinthian
W5 2-1 Bray Cup
W5 2-4 Kilkenny

The men’s 1s completed a convincing 6-1 win over Trinity in Santy Sports Grounds who prior to the match, were only three points behind the boot boys. Getting off to a good start, Avoca took the lead through an Oran O’Sullivan rebound from a short corner. The defender shortly followed up the goal with an excellent goal line clearance at the other end, to keep the momentum in Avoca’s favour. Two more short corner conversions in Q2 from Ziggy Agnew and Jonathan Elmes meant Avoca were in a comfortable position come half time, assisted by a good save from Ben Mayberry to repel a Trinity short corner of their own. Trinity pulled one back in Q3 but Andrew Ramsay swiftly cancelled out that effort, restoring the 3 goal cushion for Avoca. As the game opened up towards the end, which included Trinity pulling their keeper, Jonathan Codd chipped in with another corner rebound for Avoca, and Jonathan Elmes completed a brace to continue his rich vein of scoring form. All told, an undeniably comprehensive win from Avoca, who continue to top the table two points ahead of Railway, albeit giving up a game in hand.

The mighty 3s picked up another 3 points as Ian Keogh’s men earned a valuable 2-1 win on their travels into county Kilkenny and in doing so keep up with leaders Enniscorthy. The M2s led at Monkstown by a goal from Cian Funge and were holding on to a win only to concede in the final quarter to share a spoil of the points.

Team of the week goes to the Fearsome 4s who notched an incredible victory against Trinity, although having checked their league progress, have suffered similar fate to other teams this season it appears. Conor Robinson bagged himself a hat-trick while Dan Bolger and Mo Ghia scored a brace each. Leo Sex, Niels O’Flanagan and Lucas Davenport were also on target as the side edge to the table summit.

M1 6-1 Trinity
M2 1-1 Monkstown
M3 2-1 Kilkenny
M4 10-0 Trinity

Team of the Week Leaderboard

1 M1 – 2
2 W1 W2 M3 W4 W5 M5 M4 – 1
3 W3 M2 – 0

***League Table Standings***

W1 D1 | W2 D2 | W3 D4 | W4 D7 | W5 D9
M1 D1A | M2 D1B | M3 D3 | M4 D5 | M5 D6

Team of the Week R8

A five-star performance for the women’s 1s earned them their first Team of the Week award this season beating Rathgar 5-0. Sisters Orla and Niamh O’Brien started off the scoring with a goal each early in the 2nd quarter. Marieke Van Rossem added another goal in Q3 when she deflected in a short corner – her first goal for the club since joining us! Niamh O’Brien got the fourth when she finished off a lovely team move and Isabelle Napier topped it all off as she deflected in a shot from Zoe Watterson late in Q4. A really strong performance and deserved 5-0 win from the team. The result leaves our women top of the chasing pack and hot on the heels of the breakaway trio of Corinthian, Trinity and Monkstown.

Another splendid victory for the women’s 2s as they beat front runners Railway Union 2-1 and now move up into a mid-table position. Hilary Lennon is on fire at the moment and scored both goals in a match that will be fondly remembered for a superb victory.

The Women’s 3s earned themselves a good three points against Navan adding breathing space above their opponents who lie in the relegation zone. Goals from Molly Rees x 2 and Aela Cronin x 2 secured the win. Coach Fowler Hudson said “The Woman’s 3rds have been unlucky so far but are starting to get going as they put 4 past Navan. They have some difficult fixtures coming up but are showing to be a hard side to beat. Hopefully the 3rds hard work at training will pay off in the new year.”

Another victory for the W4s as Angela Guillemet and Suzanne Cullen; who continues her fine scoring streak, both scored in Q4 to snatch a win against top toppers Portlaoise and now sit top of the league. Coach Nolan said “The side deserved the win and put in an excellent shift with two late goals to steal the points against a side that is going to be a title contender.”

W1 5-0 Rathgar
W2 2-1 Railway Union
W3 4-1 Navan
W4 2-1 Portlaoise

With only one men’s side playing this weekend it was up to the Fearsome Fives to fly the flag for the men… Avoca went into the match 3W 0L while challengers Weston were 2W 0L. Fielding a good balance between youth and experience, Avoca settled into the match and were good value for a well worked goal with a neat combination from Ian O’Keefe & Scott Rankin who fed Graham Codd for a clean finish to the keepers left. The second quarter continued in the same vein until two defensive lapses let Weston in for 2 quick goals. With the lead secured Weston sat back for most of the remainder of the match with some dangerous forays from their young and very skilful wide men. The M5s continued to press, recycling and probing, but to no avail and Weston’s keeper was not to be beaten again. A breakaway 3rd goal for Weston ended the game between two sides serving up good fare for Div6.

M5 1-3 Weston

Team of the Week Leaderboard

1 M1 – 2
2 W1 W2 M3 W4 W5 M5 – 1
3 W3 M2 M4 – 0

***League Table Standings***

W1 D1 | W2 D2 | W3 D4 | W4 D7 | W5 D9
M1 D1A | M2 D1B | M3 D3 | M4 D5 | M5 D6

Team of the Week R7

The women’s 1s secured an important 3 points away at Genesis in a match that often presents a stumbling block against our neighbours; youngster Isabelle Napier is certainly finding the step up to seniors a breeze as she scored both goals in the 2-1 win. The women’s 5s are adjusting well and earned themselves another win this time beating Bray 2-1. Mr Cronin had this to say about his young charges: “That was a really well earned win. Seriously tight game against a string defence and keeper. We did seem to have a creative edge though. Really good team goals finished by Ella Curtis and Riona McIlraith. Doesn’t it feel nice to go 1-0 down away and then dig in to get a 2-1 win. Really good discipline and team spirit today. Well done too to our Vets debutantes Naomi and Trish & to player of the match Molly Hogan.”

Cup disaster for the other three sides as all came crashing out of their respective cup competitions. The women’s 2s played in the Irish Junior Cup and having done so well against Church of Ireland, didn’t get the rub of the green against Quins losing 0-2. Bray got the better of our W3s in the D3/4 Cup competition winning 2-0 while the W4s lost out to Botanic in the D7/8 cup losing 1-2 with Suzanne Cullen the goal scorer.

W1 2-1 Genesis
W2 0-2 Cork Harlequins – IJC
W3 0-2 Bray – D3/4 Cup
W4 1-2 Botanic – D7/8 Cup
W5 2-1 Bray

Following on from their narrow defeat the previous weekend away in Kilkenny, the men’s 1s turned it on big time against a hapless Dublin North winning 7-2 with goals from Jonathan Elmes (4), Harry Dagg and a brace from Finn McAnna and this result not only pushes them to the top of the league it also earns them Team of the Week! The M5s picked up another valuable 3 points at home to Naas who certainly made life difficult for us as we struggled to score and as the versatile Conor Robinson had donned the pads we certainly missed his eye for goal at the other end. A goal in Q2 by Peter Urwin set us on our way and as Avoca looked for more goals it was perhaps only a matter of time… alas, some fine defending by Naas and some athletic saves from Naas’s keeper kept us at bay and those watching on their feet applauding.

M1 7-2 Dublin North
M5 1-0 Naas

Leaderboard

1 M1 – 2
2 W2 M3 W4 W5 M5 – 1
3 W1 W3 M2 M4 – 0

Team of the Week R6

For the first time this season and for as long as we can remember; we might not have the best memory, but ten senior sides took to the pitch on Saturday as all five men’s and women’s teams competed [enter emojis for applause and fireworks].

We love a cup run and success for the women’s 1s who dispatched of North Kildare by a single goal, Niamh O’Brien on target. The W1s now progress into the Quarter Finals at the end of the month and we await confirmation of our opponents. The W5s were also in cup action and knocked out Our Lady’s in a shoot-out. Keelin O’Brien and Jess Lynch had scored in Q3 and Q4. Coach Cronin said “It was a really good game against tough experienced defenders and a really good keeper. Very difficult to get through them but some clever player led planning during the breaks worked a treat”. Emma Meir scored from her 1v1 and Jess Lynch and Leah Keogh followed suit also converting. Tiggy Hudson in goal was in spectacular form as she made 3 saves in a row ensuring Avoca progressed to meet Bray in the quarter finals on 27th November.

Elsewhere, a fine result for the women’s 4s who beat UCD 2-1 thanks to goals from Lauren Doyle Shaw and Sorcha Walsh. Defeat for women’s 2s against a very strong PWHC side but coach Mark Meir was happy with a strong performance against the side that sits comfortably at the top of the table while the W3s suffered defeat at the hands of Loreto.

W1 1-0 North Kildare – IHT
W2 0-3 Pembroke Wanderers
W3 0-2 Loreto
W4 2-1 UCD
W5 3-2 Our Lady’s – Div 9/10 Cup

The men’s 1s travelled down to Kilkenny without a few key players and unfortunately this proved to be key as the side returned with nothing for their efforts losing 0-1 and ending their perfect start to the season. The men’s 3s took on YMCA at Wesley and although they picked up 3 points, the match was brought into controversy with a harsh yellow card which disrupted the 3s usual flowing form. Ezra Handleman scored in Q3 to ease nerves and in the end it proved to be the only goal of the game; this result could be key as the season progresses.

The M4s picked up a fine 3-1 win against Wicklow at Sion Hill having gone a goal behind in the first half. Manager Martin said it was a great 3 points. “We had to fight back against a good Wicklow side today and we came back extremely well after going 1 nil down in the first quarter. Man of the match today went to Ian O’Keefe with a solid performance in centre midfield. Peter Urwin, Dan Bolger and Ian O’Keeffe were all on target. The men’s 2s played the league leaders Pembroke Wanderers at Serpentine Avenue and did really well despite losing 0-3.

Captain of the M5s Declan Goulding had this to say about his side’s performance: “Winning on a Saturday afternoon is great but doing it as we did is always better. M5 a lovely blend of old & new, experience and youthful zeal. Newbies Lloyd and Graham a great addition to old stalwarts. Big congrats to young folk Aodhán, Lucas & Mo – the future is bright. Our defence and midfield combined well to almost shut out a Pembroke team that can surely play better if allowed and our goal scorers (Charlie Taylor, Pat Lehane, Peter Urwin and never a dull finish Conor Robinson) finished with panache (there’s an argument there to record such moments) to leave us all with a smile on our face and happy departing Sion Hill. Finally, I am not so sorry that Max had a far more boring day than his counterpart in the far goal.” Congratulations to the Fearsome Fives who claim their first Team of the Week!

M1 0-1 Kilkenny
M2 0-3 Pembroke Wanderers
M3 1-0 YMCA
M4 3-1 Wicklow
M5 4-1 Pembroke Wanderers

Leaderboard

1 W2 M3 W4 M1 W5 M5 – 1
2 W1 W3 M2 M4 – 0

Team of the Week R5

Team of the Week goes to none other than the women’s fabulous fives who crushed visiting side Malahide-Fingal 8-0 with Emma Meir scoring a hat-trick, Jess Lynch x2, Keelin O’Brien, Rachel o’Brien and Alison Magee one each. With newly appointed coach Paul Cronin at the reins, the side have pulled in a couple of experienced players from the vets and now with a little structure, the girls have renewed hopes of challenging this season. Elsewhere, the women’s 1s got off to an electric start as they raced into a two goal lead in the opening few minutes thanks to goals from Isabelle Napier and Niamh O’Brien, however, the visitors pulled back a goal in Q2 and applied pressure in the second half. A short corner goal was quickly followed by another goal that looped over the goalkeeper to put the visitors into a 3-2 lead and Corinthians battled on to claim the win and their fourth straight win from 4. The women’s 2s entertained visiting side Church of Ireland in the Irish Junior Cup. The W2s went ahead early in Q1 as Ava Paul reacted quickest to beat the GK and Helen Hudson added a second midway through the match. CoI pulled one back with a hard shot from the left of the D from Clara O’Sullivan but Avoca assured they would progress at Katie Halpin scored to seal a 3-1 win. The W4s notched a superb victory away at Serpentine Avenue beating Pembroke 2-1 with both goals from Suzanne Cullen while the W3s drew 1-1 with Rathgar at Sion Hill as Catherine Collins got the goal against a side that featured past members Cara Kelehan and Victoria Kelly.

W1 2-3 Corinthian
W2 3-1 Church of Ireland – IJC
W3 1-1 Rathgar
W4 2-1 Pembroke Wanderers
W5 8-0 Malahide-Fingal

Despite only two fixtures for the men on Saturday as the M2s went north to face North Down in the Irish Junior Cup with only a squad of 12 due to some unfortunate last minute drop-outs. Kudos to the lads that stepped up from the M3s last minute but it meant the sides were completely mismatched and a heavy 10-0 loss was the final outcome. The men’s 1s pulled off a superb victory away at Portrane with Herbie Fowler Hudson scoring from a short corner at the final hooter. Andrew Tutty and Jonathan Elmes had given Avoca the lead in the first half, but Portrane got back into the game in the final quarter to level the match to set up a nervy final few minutes; with Portrane in the ascendancy, it was looking like the home side would grab the win but Avoca snatched it at the death. On Sunday, the two sides met again in the Neville Cup at Newpark and on this occasion Portrane were more clinical and booked their spot in the next round winning 5-2. Andrew Tutty and Oran O’Sullivan scored in the first half as the sides were drawing at half-time, but two goals for the visitors in Q3 went unanswered and a final goal in Q4 meant Portrane got the last laugh this weekend.

M1 3-2 Portrane
M2 0-10 North Down – IJC
M1 2-5 Portrane – NC

Leaderboard

1 W2 M3 W4 M1 W5 – 1
2 W1 W3 M2 M4 M5 – 0

Team of the Week R4

The women’s 2s recovered superbly from last weekend’s league defeat as they played Loreto midweek and pulled off a superb 1-0 victory thanks to a Kate Rushe thunderbolt from a short corner late in the game to snatch a valuable three points; Inter goalie Cathy Greene had kept out the visitors in superb fashion called into action numerous times to protect her net and it was just reward for a fantastic team effort as the girls scalped their EY fringe opponents. The M1s were also in action midweek and picked off a comfortable 3-0 win away at seaside neighbours Bray with Jonathan Elmes scoring twice and Ziggy Agnew the other. Both results set the standard for the weekend ahead…

The only women’s team playing at the weekend was the W1s and they beat Glenanne 1-0 in a tight encounter at Newpark which now sees them climb to 4th in the league – Zoe Watterson scorer of the only goal in the game. The M1s earned another victory this time against Rathgar winning 2-0 making it 3 wins from 3 and lead Division 1A with Railway Union; Cian Funge and Andrew Tutty scored and for their efforts claim Team of the Week for Round 4. The M3s pulled off a fine win against North Kildare as Sol McDonagh scored early before Ezra Handlemann slotted home from a stroke as the young Kian Gosling’s effort was stopped illegally on the line. North Kildare pulled a goal back from an impressive drag flick before Sol added his second and the side’s third as the youngster continues to bamboozle the league’s defenders. Avoca’s Kian Gosling scored a lovely move as the ball was shelled out from the back by Carl Breaden, a sweet 1-2 and Kian made it 4 diving in at the far post. North Kildare scored a late goal as Avoca lost a little concentration but another 3 points for Ian Keogh’s Mighty M3s. The M4s secured a point at home to a strong Corinthians side with Pat Lehane equalising after the visitors had gone ahead; manager James Martin said it was a great team effort from the guys who worked really hard to get back into that game and could have even won if the side had taken their chances. Youngster Mo Ghia was voted as man of the match as the youth of the club continue to step up their game!

Lastly, in the late game on the day, the M2s took on one of the league favourites in YMCA and knew they were going to be up against it from the off. 5 goals conceded but a consolation goal by Ben Marnell for Avoca was something to take away and will be fondly discussed in the Marnell household for some time to come…

1 W2 M3 W4 M1 – 1

2 W1 W3 W5 M2 M4 M5 – 0

Team of the Week R3

A worthy nomination for TotW goes to the men’s 4s who pulled off a very impressive 1-0 win away to Mullingar as the lethal Conor Robinson scored the only goal of the game; however, our panel has awarded Team of the week to the fabulous Women’s 4s who notched up back-to-back victories and this time it was an impressive 5-1 victory against neighbours Monkstown; Tanya Massey, Leah Keogh, Megan Rankin, Suzanne Cullen and Lauren Doyle Shaw all on target. Elsewhere, the M2s picked up a hard earned victory away at UCD pipping the students to a narrow 2-1 victory; the competitive hard fought match had everything from floodlight failure to dissent and thankfully Rudi Wortmann was on hand to cool things down as matters got heated; Cormac McCooley and Hamish Scott bagged the goals to claim all the points.

The men’s 1s had Irish Hockey Trophy action and unknown quantity of South Antrim left the lads a little stunned as two breakaway goals in the first half for the visitors put them in the driving seat early on. Despite chances for our M1s, they were unable to penetrate and the visitors then scored a stroke in Q3. Goalkeeper Ben Mayberry was brought off in Q4 in an attempt to get back in the game but it wasn’t to be and in the end the visitors scored into an un-minded net. A sweet short corner routine at the death saw Avoca finally rewarded with a consolation goal by Andrew Tutty. Final score 1-4. The women’s 1s drew 1-1 with Trinity while the M3s match against Corinthian ended with the same scoreline. While the women’s 5s and 2s suffered tough defeats at the hands of old Alex and Muckross – head up girls!

No game for the M5s this week.

Team of the Week Leaderboard

1 W2 M3 W4 – 1 
2 W1 W3 W5 M1 M2 M4 M5 – 0

Team of the Week R2

Second round of matches complete and it’s a clean sweep for the men with 5 wins from 5. The M1s got proceedings off to a great start with a solid 3-0 win over Clontarf at Newpark; Cian Funge, Finn MacAnna and Ruiari Nolan all on target. Kieran Bolger’s charges notched their first win of the season with a narrow 1-0 win over Glenanne as Cam McBain scored the only goal of the game. The Fierce 5s played their first match against UCD and a goal from Charlie Taylor in Q1 got the lads off to the perfect start. However Q2 and the students rallied to score two goals to reverse the lead before the break. Reinforcements arrived which meant Ian Wilkie was relieved from umpiring duties and so our evergreen life member got kitted up and soon turned provider in Q3 as he set up Peter Urwin to equalise. Gavin Jones scored the winner in Q4 before a late rally by the students but thankfully stand-in goalie Conor Robinson held firm between the pipes to secure a 3-2 win.

Team of the week goes to the M3s who following defeat last weekend, travelled north side to face Clontarf – 3 goals in the opening quarter set the tone and a goal in each of the following quarters earned themselves a 6-0 thumping. Youngster Michael O’Leary pulled off some great saves to keep the clean sheet and Sol McDonagh Cunningham scored his first goal of the season with a bullet that crashed against the backboard. No game for M4s as TRR were unable to field a team.

On the women’s side, despite going ahead 1-0 with a goal from Sophie Meir and a second by Isabelle Napier, the women’s 1s were undone by a Chloe Watkins hat-trick as Monkstown won 3-2. The W2 also played Monkstown and were unfortunate to lose 1-3 at Newpark. A great result for the W3s who beat TRR 3-1 with goals from Aela Cronin x 2 and Laura McCann while the W4s pulled off a superb victory away against Skerries winning 3-0; Alex Reid, Sarah Kelly and Suzanne Cullen with the goals. No game for the W5s as Genesis were unable to field a team.

On Sunday, the M1s played their second match of the weekend as they took on Trinity in the Neville Cup 2nd Round. The crowd were well and truly entertained as six Avoca goals were scored in Q1 alone; which included a spectacular goal by Cian Funge and Herbie Fowler Hudson. Trinity didn’t give up and clawed two goals back before Avoca added a final goal to book their place in the Quarter Finals. If you have not seen any live hockey of late – check out the fixtures for this weekend!

Team of the Week Leaderboard

1 W2 M3 – 1
2 W1 W3 W4 W5 M1 M2 M4 M5 – 0

Team of the Week R1

Not a great day at the office in our opening round of matches with one win from 7 matches. Having said that, the M1s narrowly lost out in the cup midweek while the W1s started their season a week early and secured a vital 1-0 win. The M5s start this weekend coming.

The only win last weekend was for the W2s as Aisling Cullen broke the deadlock as she scored the only goal of the game in a narrow 1-0 win away at Trinity ensuring their are crowned team of the week for Round 1! The W4s came undone against visiting side Gorey who went ahead in the first half before doubling their lead in the second – despite pulling a goal back, time was against the W4s as they battled for an equaliser and in the end lost by the odd goal. Elsewhere, the W3s and W5s came up against very stiff opposition on their travels and returned back to base frustrated losing 0-5 and 0-6.

The M2s were losing by the odd goal going into the final quarter but as they pushed to get back into the game ultimately left gaps at the back and eventually lost 0-3 to TRR. The M4s took on PWHC at Sion Hill and despite chances were unable to convert and in the end lost out to a solitary goal. The M3s got off to a slow start as visiting side Enniscorthy took off at an electric pace which included former team mate Harry Merton; two goals in the first half but all to play for. A stiff talking to by M3s coach Ian Keogh got the troops going in the second half and the chances came; Emmet Lande pulled a goal back for the hosts and a succession of short corners ensued; however, it was not to be as the chances were not converted.

Team of the Week Leaderboard
1
 W2 1
2 W1 W3 W4 W5 M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 0