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Garvey snap up two international stars

By Graham Hamilton

Lisnagarvey have recruited two Irish internationals as they prepare for next season's fully-fledged Irish Hockey League.

Coach Errol Lutton will have 117-times capped Paul Gleghorne in his ranks next term as well as newly crowned Ulster Player of the Year Neal Glassey who recently made his Irish debut.

This adds considerable strength in depth to the Hillsborough Blues as they launch their IHL challenge, although it gives some fodder to those critics who predicted the new IHL format would see super-clubs in existence at the expense of others.

Gleghorne makes the switch from Instonians after the Belfast club failed to qualify for the IHL while Glassey moves across from Newtownabbey where he joins former Mossley men James Lorimer and Jonny Quigley.

Garvey, meanwhile, are still smarting at Ulster Hockey's AGM rejection of their proposal to be included in the Kirk Cup and Anderson Cup despite having plumped to go down the IHL route.

And Banbridge's proposal regarding the number of registered 1st XI players being available for 2nd XIs was also rejected.

David Larmour (Instonians) is the new Ulster president with Liz Lamont (Ballymoney) vice-president and Cath Hodgett (Grosvenor) treasurer. Barry Feeney is Management Board chair with Alison Watt vice-chair.

The reshuffled format for next season follows the exit of four men's teams and three women's teams to the new Irish Hockey League.

Men's Premier: Instonians, Kilkeel, Mossley, Newry and Harlequins, South Antrim, Portadown, North Down and Raphoe.

Senior League: Queen's, Bangor, Campbellians, Antrim, Portrush, PSNI plus Senior Two teams.

Women's Premier: Randalstown, Queen's Lurgan, Ballymoney, Harlequins, Lisnagarvey, Portadown, Armagh, North Down and Dungannon.

Senior One: Ballymena, Banbridge, Victorians, Cookstown, Knock, Ballyclare and Larne plus promoted Rainey, Raphoe and Omagh.

Senior Two: Grosvenor, Dromore, Civil Service, Carrickfergus, Priorians, Derg Valley, Greenisland, Mossley, Owls and Limavady.

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