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Captain Scarlett eager for Garvey knockout joy

 

By John Flack

Scarlett Holdsworth has played club hockey at the highest level, but now she is back where it all started and looking forward to captaining Lisnagarvey in tomorrow's Senior Cup final against Ballymena at Mossley (2.30pm).

The 29-year-old played for Ards in the Irish Hockey League two seasons ago but found the commute to training unsustainable and, after a previous spell with Armagh, she is now hoping to lead the Hillsborough club to a league and cup double.

Garvey are hot favourites not only to bounce straight back into the Ulster Premier League after being relegated last season but to prevent Ballymena from lifting the cup for the third time.

Holdsworth said: "We've been focusing a lot on performance over results this season and we believe that if we carry out our processes well, results should take care of themselves.

"Winning the cup would be a bonus for us as the league is our main aim, but we're very much focused on delivering now that we've got to the final.

"We beat Ballymena 3-1 in the league but they're a very good team and anything can happen in a cup decider."

Ballymena, who captured the cup in 2013 and 2015, are hoping the two-year winning sequence continues.

Team captain Clare Gillespie said: "We have a proud history in this competition but it will be tested to the full against Lisnagarvey.

"They will be overwhelming favourites to win but we relish the underdog title. We have prepared well for a tough game and believe we are more than capable of pulling off a victory."

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