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Holders Ulster Elks get home cup draw but Lisagarvey men are on the road

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By Graham Hamilton

Published 27/09/2016

Ulster Elks start their defence of the women's Irish Senior Cup against Railway Union on October 15
Ulster Elks start their defence of the women's Irish Senior Cup against Railway Union on October 15

Ulster Elks, bidding to win the women's Irish Senior Cup for a third time in a row, will start their title defence against Railway Union on October 15.

And a week later Lisagarvey men - who were beaten finalists last season - start their campaign with a trip to Dublin where they face Pembroke Wanderers.

Four Ulster women's teams received byes, including Pegasus and Ulster champions Lurgan, while Ulster duo Banbridge and Annadale were among the men's teams to get byes, as did holders Monkstown.

Belfast Harlequins women face the longest journey - they head off to Limerick - whereas their men host Cork C of I.

Women's Irish Senior Cup 1st round (October 15): Limerick v Belfast Harlequins, Cork Harlequins v UCC, Dungannon v Loreto, Ards v Muckross, Lisnagarvey v Trinity, Ulster Elks v Railway Union, UCD v Old Alex, Hermes/Monkstown v Corinthian. Byes: Pegasus, Pembroke, Genesis, Glenanne, Ballymoney, Banbridge, Lurgan and Queen's.

Men's Irish Senior Cup 1st round (October 22): Pembroke v Lisnagarvey, Mossley v Avoca, Rathgar v UCD, Kilkeel v Cookstown, Portadown v Instonians, Clontarf v YMCA, Corinthian v Raphoe, Civil Service v Three Rock Rovers, Belfast Harlequins v Cork C of I. Byes: Railway Union, Monkstown, Glenanne, Kilkenny, Dublin University, Annadale and Banbridge.

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