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Erin Hunter signing boosts Ulster Elks' hopes of IHL glory

By John Flack

The Ulster Elks' chances of winning the inaugural EY Irish Hockey League have been boosted by the capture of South African international Erin Hunter.

The 23-year-old, from Western Province, played for her country against Ireland in the World League 2 tournament in Valencia in June after making her senior international debut against the Netherlands last year.

Hunter, who has also represented South Africa at Under-21 level, can play either in defence or midfield and will be a welcome addition to the Elks squad which won the Irish Senior Cup for the first time last season.

The Jordanstown side are currently in second place in the IHL and Hunter will have plenty of top-class company around her, including Ireland internationals Megan Frazer, Shirley McCay and Gemma Frazer along with Canadian star Anna Kuzniuk.

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"It's an exciting capture for us; Erin contacted us to see if we'd be interested in signing her and we are delighted to have her on board," said Elks captain Gemma Frazer.

Hunter is finishing off her studies at Stellenbosch University so, unfortunately, she will not be available for the top-of the-table IHL clash with leaders Hermes on Sunday week.

However, she is due to arrive in the province a few days later and is likely to make her debut in the Irish Senior Cup game against Corinthian in Dublin on November 28.

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