Garvey without wily Waring
Lisnagarvey are coming to terms with having to line up without Brian Waring at the heart of their defence.
Waring has been a pillar of strength along the Blues' defensive line for more years than he cares to remember, and also one of the most consistent performers in Ulster hockey, hardly missing a game through injury or otherwise.
But after 21 years pulling on the Garvey Blue, the RBAI teacher reckons it's time to step aside and let some of the club's promising youngsters take centre stage.
"Maybe I could keep playing on, but I recall when I was a young teenager top players like Ivan Morris (now assistant coach to Errol Lutton) and Brian McQueen stepped down to give youth its chance, and currently Garvey have enough young players for me to step aside and give them their opportunity," he said. "I'll take a year out and perhaps I'll begin playing again down the club next year."
Apart from winning 31 international caps, Waring won four Irish Senior Cups, four All-Ireland Club Championships, one Irish Hockey League, eight Ulster Leagues, eight Kirk Cups and six Anderson Cups.
Meanwhile, Garvey have welcomed back Irish international Jason Lynch to their ranks, following his stint abroad, and Annadale's Andy Williamson and Civil Service's Stuart Chisholm have added depth to the squad.