Caruth back but set to head south
Irish international Peter Caruth has returned home after spending a year with Belgian club Braxgata – but the talented midfielder has opted to go south and join reigning Irish Hockey League champions and Irish Cup winners Monkstown.
It was expected Caruth would rejoin the Annadale club which has groomed him from under-age hockey through to the international stage, but the lure of trying to make a career of the sport while time is on his side, and the option of playing at EuroHockey League level, helped him reach the decision.
However, the Leinster kingpins might not be able to avail of their new signing for a couple of months yet – Caruth is currently recovering from the ankle injury which troubled him during Ireland's recent EuroHockey championships campaign.
Annadale understand the reasoning behind Caruth's decision to go to Dublin and can assure him of a warm welcome when the teams meet later in the season in the Irish Hockey League.
The Dale begin their Kirk Cup campaign on Saturday against Civil Service, although most others began their programmes this midweek.
But coach Andrew Smyth finds himself rebuilding again after the departure of Peter Purcell to UCD where he is continuing his studies, David Nicholl who is off to the States and Andy Williamson who joined Lisnagarvey.
Coming in, though, are four from Civil Service, two of whom are returning to the club, and two teens from North Down.
Meanwhile Kirk Cup holders Cookstown are aiming to qualify from Section A, probably alongside old rivals Banbridge, although a stronger looking Instonians – with newcomers Andrew Coulter (Mossley), Ross Anderson (Civil Service) and Stuart McNeice (Lisnagarvey) adding depth to Mark Irwin's squad – will be doing their best to upset the applecart.
Cookstown's skipper last season, Greg Allen, is still out in Australia playing hockey but is expected back in time for the start of the league programme next month and also the Kirk Cup semi-finals if Cookstown qualify.