Eight Ulster stars called up for Scots trip
Eight Ulster players have been named in the Ireland squad which begins it's build-up to the Olympic Games Qualifier with three games in Scotland at the end of the month.
Cookstown striker Andrew Barbour and former Annadale defender Iain Lewers, now with Dutch club HGC, are among four rested but Banbridge goalkeeper Gareth Lennox is included.
Also in is Bann's Geoff McCabe who came in late to the European Nations Cup squad in Manchester in August, and also Cork's Jason Black and Pembroke's Tim Lewis who both missed out, while Andy McConnell comes in as the only uncapped player.
"These matches will provide an opportunity to gauge where our players are, and make selections for our upcoming trip to Chile," says head coach Dave Passmore.
"The players have been working especially hard for the past four weeks, so I am keen to see if we can play some of the high tempo hockey that will be required if we are to push hard in New Zealand."
Meanwhile, Lisnagarvey coach Mark Tumilty doesn't have his troubles to seek today when his team make the short trip to arch rivals Banbridge.
"Cameron Black and Johnny Gray are long-term injuries and we'll be leaving out Jamie Brown who has a damaged hamstring, which we don't want to exacerbate ahead of next week's Under 18 inter-provincials," explains Mark. "Mark Robinson will also miss out due to a previous engagement, and Johnny Bell has a university field trip which he must go to."
IRELAND SQUAD TO FACE SCOTLAND: Jason Black (Cork Harlequins), Mark Black (Cork Harlequins), Patrick Brown (Instonians), Karl Burns (Cork C of I), Stephen Butler (Glenanne), Timothy Cockram (Lisnagarvey 56), Mark Gleghorne (Instonians), Ronan Gormley (Pembroke Wanderers), David Hobbs (Cork C of I), Mark Irwin (Instonians), John Jermyn (HGC), Gareth Lennox (Banbridge), Tim Lewis (Pembroke Wanderers), Eugene Magee (Banbridge/HGC), Phelie Maguire (Three Rock Rovers), Geoff McCabe (Banbridge), Andy McConnell (Three Rock Rovers), Graham Shaw (Glenanne), Iain Walker (YMCA), Michael Watt (Grange), Conor Harte (Pembroke Wanderers).
Vi-Sport Premier League: Banbridge v Lisnagarvey, Havelock Park, 2.30pm; Annadale v Cookstown, Jordanstown, 2.30pm; Mossley v Kilkeel, The Glade, 2.30pm; Bangor v Instonians, Ballykillaire, 2.30pm.
Irish Senior Cup 2nd round: Cliftonville v Down, CIYMS, 2.30pm; Civil Service v Queen's, Stormont, 2.30pm; PSBPP v South Antrim, RCSI, Dublin, 1pm; Ballynahinch v Skerries, Newcastle, 1pm; Raphoe v Belfast Harlequins, Royal & Prior, 2.30pm; Clontarf v Antrim, Mount Temple, 1.45pm; North Down v Railway Union, Comber LC, 1pm; Dublin Univ. v Portadown, Santry, 3pm; Navan v Suttonians; Avoca v Catholic Inst., Newpark, Dublin, 2pm.