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Beaney's ready to strike out her old pals

Women's Hockey

By John Flack

Published 28/11/2007

Suzanne Beaney can't wait until Saturday when she will be hoping to continue her goalscoring exploits against her former club Harlequins in an Irish Senior Cup third round enounter at Deramore.

Last weekend the Irish international increased her remarkable tally to 26 in just nine games with yet another hat-trick this time against lowly Lurgan.

However, national coach Gene Muller hasn't been on the 'phone and Beaney herself admits she's probably 10 years too old for the current set-up.

The original game was well into the second half when torrential rain forced an abandonment but Beaney saw enough to take nothing for granted in the rematch at Deramore.

"They had a good chance to score and so did we, so the outcome was about right." Beaney reflected.

" Harlequins have been playing well though this season and we have to be wary of them.

"But I'm really looking forward to the game and it would be nice to score against them as I've done before."

Beaney's return to her former club isn't the only subplot, Lynsey Feeny also played for 'Quins and their current striker Sarah Wilkinson is ex-Pegasus.

"I know Lynsey's really looking forward to the game and I would guess Sarah would like to put one over Pegasus as well." Beaney added.

'Quins meanwhile have a chance to get in some match practice tonight when they take on Knock in a rearranged Premier League game.

In fact that is just one of four midweek matches with three more down for decision on Friday night.

Knock have two games in 48 hours as they also face Armagh on Friday, with Victorians meeting Ballymena and Cookstown playing Greenisland also under lights.

The big game on Saturday is the clash between Ballymoney and Randalstown at the Joey Dunlop Centre.

Pegasus will have other things on their minds then with the Cup showdown but a draw there would help their cause as they bid to make it 11 titles in a row.

FIXTURES: Premier League: Tonight: Harlequins v Knock (Deramore, 6.45pm): Friday: Knock v Armagh (Comber LC, 8pm), Victorians v Ballymena (Queen's, 8.15pm)

Saturday: Lurgan v Ards (Craigavon LC, 2.30pm), Ballymoney v Randalstown (Joey Dunlop Centre, 2.30pm), Irish Senior Cup third round: Harlequins v Pegasus (Deramore, 1pm).

Senior One: Friday: Cookstown v Greenisland (Cookstown HS, 8pm).

Saturday: Lisnagarvey v Coleraine (Hillsborough, 2.30pm), Civil Service v Ballyclare (Stormont, 1pm), Portadown v Omagh (Edenvilla, 2.30pm), Priorians v North Down (Londonderry, 2pm).

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