Former UCC team-mates Olivia Roycroft and Miriam Crowley linked up with Quins for their national league adventure this year, and they shared three goals, with Rachel Hobbs adding the crowning fourth to ensure Pegs are still without a win after four rounds.
Another former College player, Amy-Kate Trevor, returned to haunt her old club with the winner for Pembroke in their 3-2 success over UCC at the Mardyke.
Hermes sit atop the standings on their own for the first time this year after nearest rivals Railway Union and Ulster Elks were held to 1-1 draws by Ards and UCD respectively. Hermes cruised to an 8-1 success over basement side Greenfields.
On the men’s side, both the remaining 100% records fell, with Lisnagarvey raiding Cork C of I while Monkstown were surprisingly held to a 0-0 draw by Three Rock Rovers.
Garvey were three goals up inside the first quarter as the Garryduff men failed to get going early on. Phil Brownlow and Simon Wolfe got C of I right back in it but new Irish cap Sean Murray’s breathtaking solo goal sealed a 4-2 win.
Stevie Dowds’ pair of late drag-flicks turned Banbridge’s tie with Pembroke on its head, earning the Ulster men a 3-2 success as the Dubliners’ frustrating start to the season continued. James Dick’s four first-half goals propelled Railway Union to a 7-3 success at Cookstown while Glenanne moved off the bottom of the table, swapping places with Annadale after defeating them 3-1.
In women’s Munster Division 1, Catholic Institute had enough in the tank to win 3-0 at Clonakilty, with both sides missing key players.
Katie Desmond’s hat-trick propelled Bandon to a 4-0 win over C of I to go second while Ashton’s challenge faltered as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Waterford. Limerick notched their first win of the season as braces from Jenni Lyttle and Lucy Shuker earned them a 5-4 success at basement side Cashel/New Inn.
On the men’s side, Cork Harlequins’ woes continued as they blew a 3-1 final quarter to lose 4-3 to Cork C of I seconds, Brian Stockil netting the last-gap winner, meaning Quins miss out on a top-four spot when the Division 1 league splits after Christmas.
Bandon continue to cruise through the league – they hit Ashton for eight in midweek and haven’t conceded a goal in five games.