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Harlequins' star Gemma faces ban ahead of crucial game

By John Flack

Gemma Frazer looks set to miss Belfast Harlequins' crucial EY Irish Hockey League clash with UCD next Saturday after picking up a third yellow card at the weekend.

The Irish international midfielder was sin-binned for a stick tackle during the 2-2 draw with Pegasus and normally three yellows in the same season incurs a one-match ban.

Harlequins' fellow strugglers Pembroke defeated Ards 1-0 on Saturday, meaning the battle to avoid a relegation play-off will almost certainly go to the wire.

Quins won't be expected to secure even the point they need against league leaders UCD to guarantee their survival and Pembroke are also likely to go home empty-handed after their encounter with defending champions Hermes-Monkstown.

Everything would then depend on the last game of the season and Pembroke have the easier game against Ulster Elks whereas Harlequins host Loreto.

At the moment, Quins are three points ahead of Pembroke but trail by goal difference.

Therefore, it would be a major blow for Quins if Frazer has to sit out the UCD game which could turn into a damage limitation exercise.

Meanwhile, at domestic level, Queen's will join Lurgan and Ballymoney in the qualifiers for next season's EYHL after defeating North Down 4-1 in the Ulster Premier League on Monday.

Champions Lurgan have a chance to go back to the top of the table tonight when they travel to basement side Raphoe.

Earlier in the day, Ireland face Great Britain in the second of three warm-up games at Bisham Abbey which are part of the preparation for World League 3.

Ireland lost 5-3 to the Olympic gold medallists on Monday with Nicci Daly, Sinead Loughran and Anna O'Flanagan on target.



TODAY: International: Great Britain v Ireland (Bisham Abbey, 2.30pm)

Ulster Premier League: Raphoe v Lurgan (Royal & Prior, 8pm)

Senior One: Rainey v CI Ladies (Steelweld Park, 8pm)

THURSDAY: International: Great Britain v Ireland (Bisham Abbey, 12.30pm)

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