Olympics concern for Ireland as Magee limps out
Eugene Magee has emerged as an injury doubt for the Irish men's Olympic qualifiers after he picked up a hamstring injury during Banbridge's 5-2 defeat to Three Rock Rovers in the EY League.
Magee - who is closing in on 300 caps for Ireland - is ruled out of this week's series with France and faces a race against time for the qualifiers in West Vancouver on October 26 and 27.
It compounded a tough day for Banbridge who were well beaten by a Rovers side who bounced back from their shock defeat to UCD.
They trailed twice in the opening quarter but a double from Ben Walker helped build a 3-2 half-time lead with strikes from Jody Hosking and Sam Grace helping them to pull clear.
Both UCD and Lisnagarvey have perfect records to date, the former defeated YMCA 6-4 while Garvey hammered Annadale 10-1. In total, there were 37 goals in five games over the weekend with Pembroke back on form after beating Glenanne 6-1 while Corinthian and Monkstown drew 1-1.
In the women's Irish Senior Cup, reigning champions Cork Harlequins bowed out in the first round when going down 5-1 to Pembroke as they continue to struggle with a major squad overhaul.
Meanwhile, UCD produced an incredible last 20 minutes to turn a two-goal deficit into a 7-4 win over Catholic Institute at Rosbrien. Naomi Carroll returned to Institute after a 14-month injury and got on the scoresheet. Christine O'Shea's corner goal had the Limerick side in great shape before Hannah McLoughlin's hat-trick set up an excellent fightback.
Old Alex were the other side to advance from the preliminary round, beating Glenanne 6-2 in Niall Denham's first game in charge of the Milltown outfit.