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Holders Bann to face Garvey as Cup draw throws up derby clash


By Graham Hamilton

Irish Senior Cup holders Banbridge have landed a tough opener in the defence of their title - a showdown with derby rivals Lisnagarvey.

And the draw made yesterday also threw up a second all-Ulster tie with Instonians and Cookstown being paired.

Bann and Garvey were originally down to face each other in the Irish Hockey League next weekend but it has been postponed due to Bann's EuroHockey League campaign in Barcelona.

They will meet a week later on Sunday October 15 at Havelock Park in what is the tie of the round, and with Ireland's most capped player Eugene Magee expected to be fit for Bann after a 15-week injury lay-off.

There are just two cross-border ties, with Annadale heading off to Dublin University and Kilkeel off to Avoca, while nine teams received byes to the second round.

The byes included Ulster Premier League sides Belfast Harlequins, Mossley, Queen's and South Antrim.

There are just six first round ties in the women's Irish Senior Cup, with six Ulster teams involved including Pegasus who will host Corinthian in one of four cross-border ties.

Men's Irish Senior Cup 1st round (October 15): Banbridge v Lisnagarvey, Instonians v Cookstown, Avoca v Kilkeel, Dublin University v Annadale, Rathgar v Pembroke Wanderers, Clontarf v Railway Union, Monkstown v Corinthian. Byes: Mossley, Queen's, Belfast Harlequins, South Antrim, Three Rock Rovers, Cork C of I, Glenanne, UCD, Dublin YMCA

Women's Irish Senor Cup (October 15): Pegasus v Corinthian, Lurgan v Dublin University, Queen's v Belfast Harlequins, Banbridge v Old Alex, Dungannon v Cork Harlequins, UCD v UCC. Byes: Ballymoney, Ulster Elks, Ards, Genesis, Railway Union, Pembroke, Loreto, Muckross, Monkstown, Glenanne

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