It's that time of year when cup matches, re-fixes and all sorts of other things come into play, and first up a shout-out to our fixtures secretary Luca Dunne for somehow managing all the changes, requests and cancellations!
First up last week was the ladies 4ths, who played Botanic in Templecarrig under the lights on Thursday night. A strong outing for the Ladies and a solid 3-0 win for them. Sisters Lara and Alison Dawson both scored, with Louise Pert also scoring her first senior hockey goal for the club. Louise is actually a goalkeeper and was just selected to travel with Leinster Hockey to Holland this Easter. Read more about that here. What a talent! The Ladies 4ths now sit in second place in Division 11.
On Saturday , both the Ladies 1sts and 2nds were on the road for early starts. The 1sts travelled to Sandymount to play Division 2 league toppers, Pembroke 2nds. A fast-paced fixture was had, and whilst Bray could not get the conversions they sought, the 0-4 result against them says little about the match played. They currently sit second from the bottom in Division 2 and host Railway Union 2nds this Thursday night in Templecarrig at 8.30pm. The Ladies 2nds were on the other side of the city/country against Skerries for a 10.30am pushback. A feisty affair we have heard and sadly a 0-2 loss for the Bray side who are sitting tight in 2nd place in Division 4.
Sadly again for the Ladies 5ths, their fixture against Old Alex was cancelled due to a lack of players being available, therefore stretching out their soon to be completed first season in Division 12. The newly formed 5ths side a re comfortable in mid-table of the division and set to be competing again next season. The Ladies 4ths had the weekend off after their mid-week fixture but will be back in action this coming Saturday.
The Ladies 3rds continued their goalscoring form away to Our Lady's 3rds on Saturday with a thumping 10-1 win over their hosts. Sitting 6-0 up at half time, coach Ruth begged for double digits and they did what she asked. You can read the match report here. Both the Bray 3rds and Naas 2nds are in tight competition for the Division 9 title and will meet away in Naas this coming Saturday, for what is sure to be an exciting affair.
On the Mens side, just the 2nds were in action over the weekend and had a comprehensive 5-2 win away to YMCA. The M2s now sit top of Division 7 and are looking set for promotion at least this season. The Mens 1sts are back in action tomorrow night (Wednesday 14th) as they travel to Donabate to play Portrane. They are also out on Sunday against Pembroke in Templecarrig. The M1s are currently third from the bottom in Division 2.
The final fixture of the weekend was the Ladies 1sts again. This time back home in Loreto Bray they hosted EYHL side Monkstown 1sts in the Quarter Finals of the Jacqui Potter Cup. It was afast-paced match with both sides having some solid chances in both halves. Monkstown took the lead in the first, but Megan Shelley equalised early into the second half. Goalkeeper Laura McCarthy had an exceptional game but was unable to keep out a penalty stroke which gave Monkstown the win in the end. A superb game which demonstrated the quality that the Bray Ladies have to offer. Great to see so many members out to support the teams over the weekend.
Another busy week of fixtures ahead, all details below: