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Defender Pamela Glass happy to be back in the fold at Pegasus

By John Flack

Defender Pamela Glass is wearing the famous red shirt of Pegasus again after having second thoughts about retiring from first-team hockey.

The former Ireland player, who featured at the 2002 World Cup in Australia, is back from maternity leave and has lined out for the IHL champions in their opening two matches.

Glass is the first to admit she is surprised to still be in the first-team squad as she had expected to be playing most of her hockey further down the club.

"I knew I would always come back to the club but I didn't know it would be with the firsts," explained the 35-year-old.

"I'm maybe having to train harder than the rest of the girls but I feel fit and strong and that has given me the confidence to put myself up for selection."

Pegasus, though, have had an inauspicious start and find themselves with just one point from their opening two IHL matches.

Last weekend, the champions lost 2-1 to Pembroke after throwing away a three-goal lead in an opening draw with Ards.

They have a difficult task on their hands on Saturday as they travel to Dublin to face Hermes, who have recruited the Irish international trio of Anna O'Flanagan, Nikki Evans and Chloe Watkins from UCD.

"Every single week is going to be tough and it's going to be a learning curve for us, I am sure," Glass added.

"In the first game we played extremely well but in fairness to Ards they came back strong and worked really hard.

"Then against Pembroke we should have won but there were a few questionable decisions.

"Every week we're going to have to bring our 'A' game as the matches will all be difficult, but as long as we come away knowing we've given everything, that's all we can ask."

Ards are also in search of their first win but will be hopeful of doing just that when they face Greenfields, who have lost both their matches to date.

The Ulster Elks, with Ireland captain Megan Frazer in fine form, should be capable of making it three wins in a row when they host UCC at Jordanstown.

At domestic level, there is a full programme of fixtures in the Ulster Premier League and Senior One.

THE Ireland women's hockey team are to play three matches against Scotland in Glasgow at the start of next month after plans for a trip to Spain fell through due to financial reasons.

It will the team's first outings since they were crowned EuroHockey second-tier champions in Prague in August.

The Scots will be expected to give Ireland a tough challenge in the three games, scheduled for November 1-3.

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