Reds hook Leinster title

by Alen McMahon

CORINTHIAN Hockey Club boss Trevor Dagg says “the job is only half done as he looks to lead the Whitechurch club from Leinster league success into the national EY Hockey League in the next few weeks.
The reds won the provincial crown last weekend with a 2-1 win over Avoca – Dagg’s former club – and now face a five-week build-up to the EY promotion playoffs where they will take on the champions from Ulster and Munster for a place in the elite top tier.
“Delighted to win the league again but everyone knows it’s only a job half done,” Dagg said of the league title. “Our goal is EYHL promotion and we’re just focused on that.
“All the hard work over the last eight months given by everyone at the club guarantees us a semi-final spot in the play offs but we’re learned from last year not to get carried away with that success.
Corinthian were Leinster champions a year ago, too, but bowed out of the playoffs in the group stages.
This time around, the system has been rejigged to allow provincial champions skip past that phase and his side would be seen as one of the main contenders to take the automatic promotion place.
It adds to what will be a busy spell for the club with their Under-16s taking on local rivals Three Rock Rovers in the Leinster final on St Patrick’s Day at Grange Road at 12pm. Their women’s first team is also in action that day in the Jacqui Potter Shield final against Trinity at 1pm at the same venue.
“We’ve made significant progress over the last three years right across at the club and it is great to see our ladies and Under-16 boys in the finals on St Patricks Day.
“Our goal is EYHL promotion and to lay a new water-based pitch next year is the target as well as developing talent at the club.
“We’ve applied for the sports capital grant so we are optimistic about that as we have a lot of good people working on the application.”
Asked about his key elements during the season, Dagg added: “Obviously getting [Irish international] Jonny Bruton onboard at the start of the year gave us a big boost but also getting Robbie Clarke back.
“Both those lads have been great and it shows in our stats. We’ve conceded less than 15 goals and scored 50 in the league which is what you have to do to win it.
“David Howard has also been outstanding with nearly 30 goals alone this year across all competitions.
“We have received such amazing support and, hopefully, everyone will get out again for the play offs and really enjoy the finals weekend. We’re really looking forward to it.”

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