Ireland out in strength for Trevor Lorimer tribute
Ireland coach Craig Fulton has named virtually his strongest squad for Saturday's game against a Mossley President's XI as part of the Trevor Lorimer Memorial Festival.
Fulton has selected 16 of the 18-strong squad which clinched fifth place in the World League 3 and an almost certain place at the Rio Olympics, with defender John Jackson given permission to play for Mossley as he began his career at The Glade.
Fulton is bringing along 24 players including Eugene Magee's younger brother Owen, his Banbridge team mate Bruce McCandless, who missed the World League series due to injury, and Lisnagarvey's Timmy Cockram, taking the number of Ulster players up to 10.
The President's selection includes former Mossley players James Lorimer, Jonny Quigley and Neal Glassey (all Lisnagarvey), Simon Todd (Cookstown), Fraser Mills (Banbridge) and Andrew Coulter (Instonians) as well as current club players Philip Hamill and Joel Cathcart.
Others in the Mossley squad are Banbridge's Matthew Bell, Peter Brown, Jamie Wright and Gareth Lennox, Annadale's Michael Robson and Dubliners Stuart and Mark Loughrey and Stephen and Lee Cole.
The Memorial game begins at 4pm and is preceded by Mossley and Antrim Under 18s (10.45am), Mossley and Ulster Juniors women (12.15pm) and Mossley and Parkview Selects (1.45pm).
A big crowd is anticipated, not only to pay tribute to one of Ulster hockey's gentlemen, but also to see the Irish team in what is their first game since their success in the World League series.
Entrance is free but all donations will be forwarded to the Clic Sargent charity.