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Weekend Preview

Queen's University ladies will be hoping to maintain their 100 per cent record in domestic hockey on Friday night when they travel to Edenvilla Park to tackle Portadown, who have yet to win a game this season.

The students will be hot favourites to secure maximum points provided they have recovered from their Irish Inter-varsties exertions during the week at Grange Road. Irish international Jessica McMaster was in fine form after winning her fourth senior cap against Scotland last week as her four goals helped Simon Bell's team reach the Chilean Cup final.

However, a 6-1 defeat by UCD wasn't the ideal end to their tournament as they lost to the EYHL champions for the second year in a row in the decider, Emily McStea scoring the consolation goal. There is one other game on Friday night as Mossley attempt to make it three wins on the bounce when they travel to Jordanstown for a local derby against Ulster Elks.

On Saturday, champions Lurgan are away to Randalstown while Rainey host in-form Dungannon and North Down entertain Banbridge at Comber Leisure Centre. In Senior One, leaders Priorians are up against fellow newcomers Omagh while title favourites Lisnagarvey are at home to Ballymena.

On Sunday, the attention will be focussed on two EYHL games in the province as Belfast Harlequins face Ards at Deramore and Pegasus take on Loreto at Upper Malone. Quins will be hoping to bounce back from a 6-1 loss to UCD in their last outing against the north Down side, who are unbeaten to date after three home games.

Pegasus boast a similar record but they will have their work cut out against Loreto, who defeated last season's runners up Monkstown 4-0 last time around.

In the men's Premier League, there is one game on Friday night as Kilkeel are up against Co Down rivals Newry. On Saturday, early pace-setters Bangor, with three wins from three so far, square up to North Down in a top-of-the-table clash while Instonians will start favourites to see off Raphoe at Shaw's Bridge. South Antrim will be fancied to beat Antrim at the Forum while Mossley and NICS will be expected to pile more misery on win-less Queen's and Cliftonville respectively 

Lisnagarvey will be out to extend their winning sequence in the only men's EYHL game on Saturday as they play host to Cork C of I at Comber Road. On Sunday, Cookstown will be out to turn things around after four defeats in a row when they host Railway Union while Banbridge and Annadale travel to Dublin to face Pembroke and Glenanne respectively.

Finally, Ulster Hockey would like to wish all the local teams, men and women, who are representing the province in the Irish Junior Cup on Saturday, the best of luck.

FIXTURES
WOMEN

Premier
Friday

Portadown v Queen’s 8.15pm @ Edenvilla
Ulster Elks v Mossley 8.00pm @ UUJ

Senior One
Knock v Victorians 8.20pm @ Shaw’s Bridge

Saturday
Irish Junior Cup

Lisnagarvey 2 v UCC 2
Muckross 2 v Banbridge 2
Old Alex 2 v Queen’s 2
Trinity 2 v Belfast HQ 2

Premier

North Down v Banbridge 2.30pm @ Comber LC
Rainey v Dungannon 2.30pm @ Meadowbank Sports Arena
Randalstown v Lurgan 2.30pm @ Antrim Forum

Senior One

Lisnagarvey v Ballymena 2.30pm @ Comber Road
Priorians v Omagh 2.30pm @ St Columbs Park
Raphoe v CI Ladies 1.00pm @ Royal & Prior

Sunday
EYHL

Pegasus v Loreto 1.30pm @ Upper Malone
Belfast HQ v Ards 2.30pm @ Deramore


MEN
Friday

Premier

Kilkeel v Newry  8.00pm @ Kilkeel HS

Saturday
EYHL

Lisnagarvey v Cork C of I 2.30pm @ Comber Road

Premier
Antrim v South Antrim 1.00pm @ Antrim Forum
Bangor v North Down 2.30pm @ Bangor Aurora
Instonians v Raphoe 1.00pm @ Shaw’s Bridge
Mossley v Queen’s 2.15pm @ The Glade
NICS v Cliftonville 2.30pm @ Stormont

Irish Junior Cup
Cookstown 2 v Monkstown 2
Kilkeel 2 v Bandon 2
Mossley 2 v Annadale 2
NICS 2 v North Down 2
Railway 2 v Portadown 2
S Antrim 2 v Pembroke 2

Sunday 
EYHL

Cookstown v Railway Union 2.30pm @ Cookstown
Glenanne v Annadale 3.00pm @ St. Andrew’s College
Pembroke v Banbridge 2.00pm @ Serpentine Avenue



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