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Aiming high: James Corry is keen to see Lisnagarvey earn promotion

Aiming high: James Corry is keen to see Lisnagarvey earn promotion

Aiming high: James Corry is keen to see Lisnagarvey earn promotion

Lisnagarvey have been drawn to face relatively unknown opposition in the EuroHockey Club Trophy II tournament which the Hillsborough club will be hosting at the end of May.

They will start their campaign against Welsh champions Whitchurch on May 29 and will then face TJ Plzen Litice of the Czech Republic and Danes Slagelse on successive days to conclude their group.

As they are competing in the second tier of what used to be known as the European Club Championship, Garvey will have high hopes of winning the event and certainly earning promotion by finishing in the top two overall.

They find themselves in this position through no fault of their own but because last year's Irish representatives, Glenanne, relegated Ireland after a disappointing campaign in Switzerland.

Garvey captain James Corry said: "We don't really know what to expect but we will just play our normal hockey and see what happens.

"Winning the tournament will be the aim and we are playing not only for ourselves but for Irish Hockey.

"It's always good to host a tournament like this and there should be a good buzz around the club."

Garvey's Euro committee have been doing a lot of hard work behind the scenes to make sure the showpiece is a success.

There will be a number of side shows for spectators, who will be housed in a temporary stand at the Comber Road venue, with a marquee providing food, refreshments and entertainment throughout the four-day event.

To mark the 50th anniversary of Garvey's first appearance in Europe, there will be a celebration dinner in the clubhouse on Friday, May 30.

There will also be plenty of hockey aside from the main event with a series of schools matches taking place throughout the Bank Holiday weekend at the tournament venue.

Garvey's immediate focus, though, will be on their bid to retain their place in Europe next season by lifting the EY Irish Hockey League crown, having won the regulation season title last time around.

They currently have a five-point advantage at the top of the standings after a crucial 2-1 win over second-placed Monkstown last Saturday.

They are unlikely to slip up against YMCA today after the Dublin side shipped eight goals against Banbridge last week.

Bann, whose big win saw them move back into the play-off zone, are also on the road as they face Glenanne, while bottom side Annadale host Monkstown in the late slot at Strathearn.

Meanwhile, Cookstown are now slight favourites to lift the Ulster Premier League title after ending Kilkeel's 100% record and maintaining their own with a 5-4 win at the Co Down venue in midweek.

The Tyrone side are currently four points behind leaders and defending champions Instonians but have three games in hand.

Cookstown are away to Mossley this afternoon, while Inst will start favourites to defeat Queen's at the Dub and Kilkeel should keep in touch by seeing off Bangor.

Today's fixtures: EY IHL: Annadale v Monkstown (4pm); Glenanne v Banbridge (2.45pm); YMCA v Lisnagarvey (4pm); UCD v Corinthian; Pembroke v Three Rock Rovers. Ulster Premier: Kilkeel v Bangor (2.30pm); Mossley v Cookstown (2.30pm); North Down v Newry (2.30pm); Portadown v South Antrim (1pm); Queen;s v Instonians (1pm); Raphoe v Ballynahinch (2.30pm).

Belfast Telegraph