Wednesday 13 December 2017

Hockey: Bos revved-up over Rovers' pivotal role in destiny of title

David Medcalf

Three Rock Rovers are cast as kingmakers rather than monarchs in their own right as the Leinster League bubbles up to a climax.

The Grange Road club aspire to finishing no higher than fourth this term, but they will surely have a say in the destiny of the crown.

Tonight, they go to Tallaght for a game against Glenanne (8.15), whose title hopes are very much alive after sustaining just one loss in the competition to date.

Then Rovers hit the road again on Saturday, this time for the short spin to the Whitechurch lair of table-topping Corinthians.

"It will be a very interesting week for Three Rock Rovers," agrees coach Maarten Bos, pointing out that there is a forthcoming midweek fixture against UCD also to be considered.


"Finishing top four in the league is going to be a real challenge for us now, though at least we are in the semi-final of the Irish Senior Cup."

The Dutchman, who used to play with top club Bloemendaal, has been cast as childminder in his role at Grange Road as the club has lost 14 senior players since last season.

Despite the inexperience in the squad, Bos is generally happy that his youngsters have the potential to play great hockey: "We have made some very poor starts -- we are like a diesel engine. But when we go, we really go."

Glenanne too face a hectic sequence of games, tonight's match with Three Rock due to be followed by a joust with Fingal on Saturday and then Sunday's make-or-break tie against Pembroke Wanderers, who along with Corinthians, are still battling for league honours.

Irish Independent

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