Belfast Telegraph

Boyles is happy to Czech in for Euro campaign

By John Flack

Pegasus captain Arlene Boyles last night welcomed news that she and her team-mates will be heading to the Czech Republic for their European Trophy campaign next year.

It will be a familiar journey for the former Ireland vice-captain and many of her players as the Czechs have hosted many competitions in recent years.

"We've been to Prague before and I'm told the place we're playing at isn't far from the capital." she explained.

"It's not hard to get to with direct Easyjet flights from Belfast so that's great as it allows us extra time to prepare for the tournament and less time spent travelling."

Pegasus have an even stronger looking line up this season and their success will be measured on the bigger stage as usual.

That means winning at All-Ireland level as well as domestically and doing well in Europe.

Tonight Pegs face their sternest test of the season when they take on Ards in a game which should go a long way in determining which of those teams book a semi-final slot in the Winemark Ulster Shield.

One would have to fancy the Belfast girls who have scored a whopping 12 goals in just two starts.

Ballymoney are also looking good for a place in the last four and a win over Ballyclare tonight at the Valley Leisure Centre will edge them closer to their aim.

In Section C, Victorians have also been in good form and they'll start favourites to beat Civil Service.

Holders, Randalstown, face North Down tonight and they continue their defence of the trophy on Saturday at home to Ballymena.

Town are neck and neck with Harlequins and the Section A race could go down to goal difference as 'Quins will be expected to beat Priorians also on Saturday.

Tonight: Winemark Ulster Shield: Section A: North Down v Randalstown (Comber LC, 8pm); Section B: Ballyclare v Ballymoney (Valley LC, 8pm), Lisnagarvey v Portadown (Hillsborough, 730pm); Section C: Armagh v Omagh (Ardmore, 7.30pm), Victorians v Civil Service (venue and time TBC); Section D: Pegasus v Ards (Queen's, 8.15pm)

Saturday: Section A: Harlequins v Priorians (venue and time TBC); Section B: Randalstown v Ballymena (Antrim Forum, 2.30pm), Portadown v Ballyclare (venue and time TBC); Section C: Greenisland v Omagh (Carrick LC, 2.30pm), Civil Service v Armagh (venue and time TBC); Section D: Ards v Lurgan (Ards LC, 2.30pm), Coleraine v Cookstown (venue and time TBC).

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