Railway Union Ladies Prepare to Compete Again in Europe!

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Current Irish Hockey League and Irish Senior Cup Champions Railway Union comprehensively beat local rival Pembroke Wanderers in the Dublin 4 Derby on November 16th.

Railway scored first from an Emer Lucey corner strike, with Kate Lloyd getting the second off her reverse following a good team move. Railway went 3-up when Kate Dillon scored a penalty stroke before Pembroke got a late consolation goal.

Railway currently lie second in the Leinster League table behind a strong UCD team, with whom they saw out a 2 – 2 draw the previous week. Railway also drew 2 – 2 against Loretto but have had comprehensive victories over North Kildare, Corinthians, Old Alex and Glenanne.

Following last season’s success Railway will compete in the top-tier Women’s Eurohockey Club Champions Cup in Den Bosch, Holland over Easter 2014 (18th – 21st April), being the first Irish women’s club team to compete at this elite level.

They will face opposition from Holland, Germany, England, Spain and Azerbaijan. Current internationals Emma Smyth, Alex Speers, and Grace O’Flanagan along with Irish Development Players Zara Delany, Kate Lloyd and Kate Dillon will be influential team players in this competition.

Left: Emma Smyth in action.
Above: Railway Union Ladies celebrate a goal.
Photos courtesy of Adrian Boehm / Irish Hockey Photographers.

By David Carroll