Lisnagarvey's Jason Lynch is bracing himself for a visit to his old stomping ground - Cork C of I’s Garryduff complex - for the second successive week.
Last Sunday the Garvey midfielder lined out against his old club in the Irish Hockey League game which Cork won 3-2, and this weekend he pulls on the Ulster shirt to face Munster in the senior inter-provincials at the same venue.
Lynch, who joined the Hillsborough side when he came north to continue his studies, felt a little intimidated when he faced his former colleagues last week, but eventually settled down to underline again why he remains in Ireland coach Paul Revington’s radar.
But he’s wondering just what type of atmosphere he’ll face tomorrow when he wears the white shirt of Ulster rather than the red of Munster for what is down as the the deciding match in the three-day series.
Jason, of course, lined out for Munster last season but a busy college programme, and the considerable travelling to Cork and back, persuaded him to turn down the chance to turn out for his home province this time, and instead make himself available for his adopted province.
“It was a difficult decision, but at the end of the day the travelling would have been too much considering my studies,” he said.
“I’m sure I’ll take plenty banter from my old mates, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Ulster coach David Scott’s gain is Munster coach Stephen Jackson’s loss, but Ulster exile Jacko knows he has a promising squad available, despite the absence of the Black brothers Jason and Mark, and also Paul Lombard.
Ulster’s opening game is against holders and favourites Leinster this afternoon, and they really need to get a positive result to make the Munster game tomorrow meaningful.
Cookstown’s David Ames had to withdraw from the Ulster squad following the nasty elbow injury received in the Ulster Bank Burney Cup final and that has earned former Bangor midfielder Chris Cargo - currently playing with leading English club Reading while studying cross channel - a late call-up.
Senior inter-provincials, Garryduff, Cork: Today: Leinster v Ulster (2pm); Tomorrow: Munster v Ulster (12pm).