Sunday 17 December 2017

Hockey: Loreto hoping it will be a walk in the 'Park

Newpark and Loreto on the Green do battle
Newpark and Loreto on the Green do battle

Loreto on the Green beat St Kilian’s 4-0 in the Senior One Leinster schoolgirls league semi-final last Monday to set up an enticing final date with Newpark today.

It will be the third meeting of the sides this season with Loreto winning both matches 3-2, notably getting the better of Newpark in the quarter-finals of the Senior Cup a month ago while they also prevailed in the group stages of this competition.

They will look to Irish underage international Sarah Torrans whose pace down the right flank and individual trickery will be a key factor.

Newpark, though, have some stars of their own with Anna Richardson and Lorena Halpin Doyle both already shining at adult level with Avoca Hockey Club’s first team, picking up experience with a team who impressed in the women’s Leinster Division 2.

The final takes place at 1.30pm and acts as the curtain-raiser for the Leinster Senior Cup final between Alexandra College and first-time finalists St Gerard’s.

The latter are aiming for some silverware after they dramatically missed out on the league title on penalties to High School.

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