Belgium prove too strong for Irish
Ireland's men endured a tough 4-1 defeat to Olympic silver medallists Belgium in Evere on Saturday in their second last World Cup warm-up tie.
Under torrential rain, they fell behind early on, with Felix Denayer making it 2-0 at half-time before Matthew Bell got one back for the green machine from a corner rebound.
Alex Hendrickx and Florent van Aubel, however, closed out the result. Ireland are next in action on November 19 against the Netherlands, before jetting out to India for their opening tie on November 30.
On home turf, Glenanne moved into a share of first position as they beat Annadale 3-1, with three set-piece goals, Shannon Boucher scoring twice from penalty corners either side of a Cedric Jakobi effort.
Pembroke won the only other game on the men's agenda due to the international absentees, coming from 2-0 down to see off Cookstown 3-2.
Michael Kerr and Greg Allen had the Co Tyrone side flying before Stephen Sweetnam gave Pembroke a lifeline, which they duly grasped, as Greg Chambers and Cian Murphy pounced.
In the women's EY Hockey League, Loreto ground out a 2-1 win over Old Alex, with two goals in the third quarter turning things their way.
Emma Russell had given Alex a surprise half-time lead, but World Cup heroines Ali Meeke and Hannah Matthews both scored in a four-minute spell to nick the result.
They stay top, level on points with Pegasus, who were 4-2 winners at Cork Harlequins.
UCD stay hot on their heels, thanks to a 3-1 win over Pembroke, with Michelle Carey, Nina Heisterkamp and a clincher from Leah McGuire doing the damage.
Railway Union gave themselves some breathing room from the relegation places, with a 2-0 win over Muckross. Hannah de Burgh Whyte and Katie Fearon gave them their first win since the opening day of the campaign.