Cookstown's Tobias misses out on second cup decider
Cookstown goalkeeper Tobias Depperman will be missing from their line-up when they take on Kilkeel in Tuesday's Anderson Cup final at Banbridge's Havelock Park.
The German Under-21 keeper, who has been a major part of the Tyrone club's success this season, is back home in Hamburg having completed his studies here.
Depperman helped them to land the Ulster Premier League crown, regain their place in the Irish Hockey League through the provincial play-offs, and into the Kirk Cup final - which he missed - and now the Anderson Cup final.
And club co-captain Greg Allen recognises they'll certainly miss their last line of defence for the big game.
"On behalf of the entire squad I would like to thank Tobias for his service to the club this season," he said.
"He has been a real hero, a great last line of defence, and we wish him all the best back home in Hamburg.
"The last game he missed for us was the Kirk Cup final, when he went home for Christmas, and we lost that 8-1, but hopefully the outcome will be better this time without him."
Allen knows that Kilkeel won't want to hand over the trophy which they won for the first time last season.
"There is no doubt it will be a very tough final against Kilkeel," he said. "They are the defending champions and we know how well they can play.
"They served us a heavy defeat early on in the year at their pitch (4-1) and we are expecting a really tough game to finish the season.
"But we have the incentive of a great end to a fantastic season and we know we will have to work hard to achieve that."
Cookstown have won the Anderson Cup four times in the past but were absent from last year's competition as they were in the Irish Hockey League.
Meanwhile, there is a play-off on Saturday between Queen's and Antrim to see who finishes runners-up in the Senior One division.
The game has been scheduled for Mossley at 2.45pm, and the winners will then take on the second bottom team from the Premier League - Campbellians - in a promotion/relegation play-off next Wednesday at Instonians (7.30pm).
Finally, it's finals day at Stormont Playball when the McClements Cup, Junior Shield and Minor Cup deciders all take place.