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Pegasus face make or break weekend in two competitions

By John Flack

Pegasus face a hugely important weekend with two fixtures in two different all-Ireland competitions which could define their season.

First up it's a crucial Irish Hockey League game with leaders Monkstown on Saturday, followed by an Irish Senior Cup semi-final with Cork Harlequins 24 hours later, both at the Dub.

The winners of the Irish Senior Cup, if they don't qualify for the end-of-season play-offs via the IHL, can do so by winning the famous trophy.

The league fixtures have fallen kindly for the Belfast side, as Harlequins must make the long journey north after they play Pembroke in the IHL in Cork on Saturday, while Pegasus are at home for both weekend games.

Pegasus defender Michelle Harvey has scored twice in the last two games and she insists her team can still make the play-offs at the first attempt.

"We haven't given up on the league, but at this stage the Cork game is a more immediate way of qualifying," she said.

Ards are also aiming to reach the play-offs, and they face Loreto on Saturday at Londonderry Park in the IHL, when they will welcome back Emma Reid and Tamara Macleod, who missed the weekend defeat by Hermes.

The other two Ulster sides in the IHL clash head-on, as Belfast Harlequins face Ulster Elks at Deramore, with both teams desperate to add to their tally of four points which has left them sharing bottom place in the table.

In the Ulster Premier League on Saturday, champions and current leaders, Lurgan face Ballymoney in a top-of-the table encounter at the Co Armagh venue.

Meanwhile, nine Ulster girls have been included in a 27-strong Ireland U16 training panel ahead of the Six Nations tournament to be held in Spain in July.

Cara McEwen, Laura Chestnutt, Ellen Reid, Nadia Benallal, Jessica Hood, Olivia Berry, Harriet Dougan, Niamh McIvor and Olivia Savage are included and Erin Anderson could join them when she is assessed.

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