Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Elks set sights on first of three trophies

The Ulster Elks are in contention for three trophies this season ... and they can clinch the first of them on Saturday when they face Cookstown in Senior One at the University of Ulster.

Victory would leave them with an unassailable lead at the top of the table and earn them top spot and promotion to the top flight.

The game is a dress rehearsal for the following weekend's Irish Trophy semi-final at the same venue.

Then on March 21 the Elks host Dublin side Corinthian in the quarter-finals of the ESB Irish Senior Cup.

First things first though, and Jordanstown coach Ricky Lee admits Saturday’s game will be a huge test for a variety of reasons.

"We are without our two Irish internationals Emma Clarke and Shirley McCay and Frances Kreft is back home in New Zealand for a friend's wedding," he explained.

"So we will be throwing a few younger players in at the deep end in the Cookstown game. They are also the only team to have taken a point off us in the league, so it's going to be very difficult for us."

In the Premier League there are three games down for decision tonight, with champions elect Pegasus facing Armagh at Ardmore.

Belfast Harlequins are up against Lisnagarvey at Deramore while Randalstown take on Knock at Antrim Forum.

Victory for the two home teams would further enhance their claims for a place in next season’s Irish Hocky League.

On Saturday most of the action is in the Senior Plate along with that important Senior One clash at Jordanstown.

Tonight: Premier League: Armagh v Pegasus (Ardmore, 7.40pm), Harlequins v Lisnagarvey (Deramore, 6.45pm), Randalstown v Knock (Antrim Forum, 8pm).

Saturday: Senior Plate: Armagh v Greenisland (Ardmore, 1pm), Victorians v Harlequins, Ballymena v Knock (Ballymena, 2.30pm), Lisnagarvey v Lurgan (Hillsborough, 2.30pm)

Senior One: Omagh v Civil Service (Omagh, 2.30pm), Priorians v Ballyclare (Londonderry, 2.30pm), North Down v Queen's (Comber LC, 1pm), Ulster Elks v Cookstown (UUJ, 1pm).

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