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The only way is up for Elks, says Lee

The Ulster Elks are already targeting a place in next season's Irish Hockey League after securing promotion to the top flight on Saturday all but mathematically.

A point from a scoreless draw with Cookstown at Jordanstown has left the Tyrone girls with an impossible task.

They would need to win all their remaining matches and score on average at least six a game and rely on the students losing all theirs.

"We are taking it that we're up and we can now concentrate on the knock-out competitions." said coach Ricky Lee.

"As for next season we don't want to make survival our aim — if you target that that's what you tend to get.

"I would like to think we can give the likes of Ballymoney and Pegasus a good game.

"The university's aim is to make each of its sports teams the best of its kind in Ireland and we are no exception.

"The basketball team plays in the Superleague so we want to join them in hockey's equivalent.”

Sadly Saturday's celebrations were marred by a serious injury to French international Philippine Berly.

She will miss the rest of the season after dislocating her elbow after falling awkwardly.

"But it was very upsetting for all of us, including the Cookstown girls, to see her in such pain." Lee added.

"Fortunately though she was in good hands as there was an ambulance and a doctor on hand for a volleyball tournament near the pitch."

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