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Caruth joins growing list of Irish absentees

By Graham Hamilton

Irish coach Craig Fulton has been hit by another blow just 10 days before the start of the World League 2 series in Belfast - Peter Caruth has become the 10th Rio Olympian to be ruled out.

The Annadale hitman had just returned from injury and Fulton was hopeful that Caruth would play a part in securing a top-three finish to reach the final round in World Cup qualifying.

But a visit to the specialist brought bad news and he'll join the nine other absentees who can't afford time off work.

"The specialist says my injured ankle isn't healed enough and the advice is that I'm sidelined for a little longer, and out of the Stormont series," said Caruth.

Meanwhile, Saturday's match of the day in the Ulster Premier League involves Campbell College and Mossley in a possible relegation battle.

Annadale go to Civil Service on Friday while Cookstown go to Portadown and Kilkeel go to North Down on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Banbridge Academy and Sullivan Upper are to meet in the Burney Cup semi-finals on Wednesday, March 8 at Lisnagarvey in what is a repeat of last season's decider.

The Academy won that game after penalty strokes and Mark Cordner's lads are keen to reach the showpiece again - particularly as the Academy girls are already in their Schools' Cup final this afternoon.

The second semi sees Wallace High take on Cookstown High.

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