Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Ladies hockey: Harvey twins clash

This weekend will mark a special occasion for twins Michelle and Kerry Harvey.



The sisters normally spend their Saturday's playing for Victorians but instead they will play against each other at the Irish Intervarsity competition being hosted by Queens.

Irish Under-18 International Michelle, who is a Mechanical Engineering student and has represented Ulster under age groups on many occasions as well as playing on both the Irish Under-16's and Under-18 squads, will be lining out for the University of Ulster.

Traditionally Queens University are UU's biggest rivals and that's who Kerry will be playing for, so it should be an interesting game when the two northern sides meet.

The University of Ulster squad consists of a mix of Coleraine and Jordanstown girls.

Many have played in Varsities tournaments before including captain Gemma McVeigh, Sarah Ralph, Natalie Pinkerton, Louise Wright, Helen McConnell, Shelley Geddis and Lynsday Neish.

New girls on the scene include, Rachel Patterson, Suzanne Bell, Kate Richardson, Emma Thompson, Laura Mawhinney, Lynsey Turner and goalkeeper Dawn Millar.

Also on the squad is UUJ's defender Lynn Handley who was picked for the Irish Universities squad following her outstanding performance in last year's tournament. She also represented an Irish Universities side in Paris in February this year.

"This will be my final year playing for the university and every year I have fond memories of Intervarsities," Lynn said.

"It is great that the competition is being hosted here and we will all relish the experience of playing at home.

"We have a great bunch of girls this year as always, and are preparations are well under way. I am confident that we can do very well in the tournament.

"Being chosen to represent the Irish Universities team was a massive achievement for me and I hope that some of our girls get to experience the same this year."

After being narrowly being defeated by Limerick in the final of the Chilean plate last year the UU girls have high hopes for this year's competition.

Paddy McKeown will coach the side along with their manager Sarah McKnight.

The girls have a tough group as they face Galway University in their first match on Saturday, before playing Dublin College University, University College Dublin, and Trinity College Dublin.



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