Busy weekend for Three Rock Rovers

Rathfarnham club in mourning following the death of stalwart Dorothea Findlater

The Irish Senior Cup (ISC) takes centre stage on Saturday with eight matches in round two of the competition tipping off around the country and two All Ireland League matches scheduled for Sunday.

At Grange Road the club mood will be sombre before Three Rock Rovers begin their cup game against Ulster side Cookstown.

The sad passing of Dorothea Findlater (nee de Courcy Wheeler) on Monday brings to an end a distant era in the Rathfarnham-based club as well as a pavilion membership that lasted for over 50 years.

A former Irish international player and the oldest woman in Ireland at the time of her death at 107 years, her passing will touch many at the club, among them her grandson Stephen and son John, both very active members.


Three Rock’ are to face the Ulster side with an eye to reclaiming the trophy for the first time since 2014. Cookstown must go back to 2011 for their last win. Going on EY Irish Hockey League form and home advantage, Cookstown have a difficult challenge ahead of them.

Rovers, third in the league table with Cookstown second from the bottom, face a double header weekend with Cork C of I travelling to Dublin on Sunday afternoon for the Grange Road meeting. The Cork team will have played ISC in Kilkeel the previous day.

League leaders Glenanne travel to Queens University to meet the students with last year’s winners Banbridge no longer involved after losing to Lisnagarvey in the last round.


Irish Senior Cup: Round Two – Monkstown v UCD, MFA 2.15; Annadale v YMCA, Strathearn Grammar 2.30; Cork C of I v Kilkeel, Garryduff 2.30; Mossley v Belfast Harlequins TBC 2.30; QUB v Glenanne, Dub Lane 2.30; South Antrim v Pembroke, Friends School; Lisnagarvey v Railway Union, Comber Road 3.00; Three Rock Rovers v Cookstown Grange Road 3.00pm.


EY Irish Hockey League – Pembroke v Railway Union, Serpentine Avenue, 2.30; Three Rock Rovers v Cork C of I, Grange Road 3.30.

Johnny Watterson

Johnny Watterson

Johnny Watterson is a sports writer with The Irish Times