Anna O’Flanagan’s incredible nine-goal haul served notice of both hers and Hermes-Monkstown’s intent as the new entity swept aside Belfast Harlequins and Ards on the opening weekend of the EY Hockey League.
O’Flanagan run up six against Quins in a 10-1 success. She settled for a mere hat trick a day later in a 5-3 win over Ards, sweeping into a 5-1 lead before taking the foot off the gas.
It provided a memorable start for the Glenageary-based club since the amalgamation of the reigning national champions Hermes and Monkstown. Tougher tests will come but 15 goals in two games is an ominous sign for the rest of the division.
Cork Harlequins, meanwhile, suggested they could emerge from the pack to make a big impression after back-to-back wins and clean sheets. One of six debutantes Naomi Carroll got the only goal of a 1-0 win over Loreto in Dublin on Saturday. They backed it up with a 3-0 success on the road at Ulster Elks. UCD had beaten Ards 4-0 on Saturday and so occupy fifth place in the table .