Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Cookstown pitch in for promotion

Cookstown hope to have a new water-based pitch ready for the new season and they want to christen it in style.

The Tyrone girls earned themselves a place in the promotion-relegation play-off earlier this week when they drew 2-2 with Priorians.

It's likely they'll meet Victorians and if they can win that they'll be promoted to the top flight next season.

"I am not sure if we would be capable of staying up but it would be nice for the girls to spend a season at least in the top flight," enthused Cookstown stalwart Linda Black.

"And especially as we are hoping to have the new pitch ready in time as that would be a good way to celebrate it's arrival.

"There are still a few things to be sorted out but it's been substantially funded by Sport Northern Ireland.

"It will be on the same site at the High School where there are rugby pitches at present."

Things have been going well for Cookstown clearly this season and Linda says it's been a team effort in more than one sense.

"The men have been great to us on the coaching front and the girls who were at school last year are now mainly students," she explained.

"They are a bit more mature in a hockey sense now and they are delighted to be in the play-off.

"We lost a few players to other clubs in the close season, so it makes the achievement even better."

No date has been set for the game and it won't be known until Knock face Armagh next week.

The action this weekend concentrates on the Junior and Under 21 inter-provincials which continue tomorrow at University of Ulster Jordanstown and in Dublin respectively.

Under 21 inter-provincials (Grange Road, Dublin): Today: South East v Ulster (1pm), Leinster v Ulster (4.45pm); Tomorrow: Munster v Ulster (9am), Connacht v Ulster (3.30pm).

Junior inter-provincials (University of Ulster Jordanstown): Today: Ulster v Connacht (9. 30am), Ulster v South East (4pm);Tomorrow: Munster v Ulster (12 noon).

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