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Sunday rule to see Northern Ireland hockey club miss out on promotion

By Graham Hamilton

A champion hockey team from Co Down have passed up the chance for promotion - partly because the club won't play on a Sunday.

New Ulster Premier League champions Kilkeel have turned down the chance to win a place in next season's all-Ireland EY Irish Hockey League.

The play-offs involve Sunday games, and the club constitution forbids that.

In addition, one player is getting married and will still be on honeymoon for the play-offs, while others are heading off on holiday, and one is injured and needing surgery.

"Add that to the three or four who decline to play on Sundays, and we are left with insufficient players to do ourselves or Ulster Hockey justice," the club said in a statement.

It added: "We can't do it this season. We would be missing seven players from our squad and that would make it impossible.

"But we plan to move forward in the future, whatever that entails."

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