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Lisnagarvey are set to challenge domestic cup exclusion

Lisnagarvey are to launch an attempt to reverse Ulster Hockey's rule that would exclude clubs who have opted to take part in the new Irish Hockey League from competing in the domestic cup competitions next season.

As it stands, only clubs who are in the Ulster Premier League will be eligible to play in the likes of the men's Kirk Cup and Anderson Cup and the women's Ulster Shield.

Garvey, Banbridge, Cookstown and Annadale along with Ards Ladies, Pegasus and the Ulster Elks have all taken up their invitations to enter the new fully-fledged IHL and therefore will not be competing in the local Premier Leagues.

However, the Hillsborough outfit will be joining forces with another as yet unnamed club to propose a motion at next month's Ulster Hockey AGM to amend the rules.

"I am sure all the clubs who have entered the IHL would be keen to enter the Kirk Cup, Anderson Cup and Ulster Shield," explains Garvey's incoming chairman Mark Murray.

"Those competitions would obviously be devalued if the top clubs aren't allowed to enter them.

"If we get the motion passed by the members at the Ulster AGM, then that would be great, but if not then we will, of course, accept the outcome of the meeting and take it from there and perhaps explore other options to fill the void."

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