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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Awesome Andrew's leading the way

ST ANDREWS look to be the team to beat at all age levels as the Leinster schoolboys' hockey season reaches fever pitch, as they have topped their respective pools in each of the four 'A' leagues.

Indeed, their seniors still have three titles in their sights having picked off a 4-0 victory over Wesley in the South of Ireland league to go with wins over Cork sides Bandon and Ashton.

The Wesley win came at a cost, though, as David Cole (pictured) sustained a broken shoulder which looks likely to rule him out of the rest of the season.

One of the best players of his generation, he was playing just a day after lining out for the Irish senior international side in Alicante where they faced world number three side the Netherlands.

In addition to disrupting his school's progress, his outside chance of making the Irish panel for March's Olympic qualifier is almost certainly up in smoke.

Team-mate Fiachra Maher is also a doubt with a groin strain picked up in club action recently. Nonetheless, their school side reached the semi-final of the league with a perfect record and are also in the Senior Cup semis.

They are followed through by Sutton Park while St Columba's will play off against Newpark for second place behind Wesley in Pool 2.

In the juniors, eight wins from eight outings see Andrews through with either Sutton or High School joining them. In Pool 2, St Columba's topped their group with a perfect record ahead of Wesley, courtesy of their 2-1 win in the group stages.

Again, Andrew's bossed their minor pool while King's Hosptial need two wins to prevent either Sutton from making it into this set of 'A' semi-finals. Wesley will be joined probably by Mount Temple from the other side of the draw with Columba's and Dundalk outsiders.

In the U13 competition, St Andrew's will be joined by either St Killian's or KH while Wesley and Andrews B or Newpark have their eyes still on the prize. All the semi-finals will be played in the week after half term with the finals season beginning a week later.

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