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Saturday 25 March 2017

Hockey: Browne facing tough times

A fresh force in top-flight hockey will take the field on Saturday when Weston of Lucan entertain Fingal in the Neville Cup, writes David Medcalf.

The newly promoted outfit have retained the services of former Glenanne midfielder Alan Browne as player-coach.

His first problem is to find a regular goalkeeper, as long-serving netman Vinny Byrne has indicated a desire to retire. And his squad is also short a striker, though Enda Tucker and Philip Barron are capable of snapping up the odd goal.

Despite the additions of Davitt Nenagh (Naas) and Hugh Butler (UCD) over the summer, the squad is very short of experience at the highest level.

YMCA still have Trevor Dagg in command, while Gerry Wheeler remains on the case at Fingal, where he again teams up with John McInerney in the dugout at the ALSSA Complex.

It takes two men to replace Rory O'Donoghue (now with UCD) at Monkstown, where Richard Mason returns, this time in cahoots with David Cole.

Arul Anthoni is settling in at Three Rock Rovers after his successful stint with Irish Senior Cup-winners Glenanne, who now have home-produced Graham Shaw calling the shots on and off the field.

Pembroke Wanderers have recruited highly rated coach Brendon Carolan from South Africa, while former Wanderers player Ian O'Keeffe is the new man at Railway Union and Venezuelan Lucas Piccioli takes over at Corinthians.

Irish Independent

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