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Ladies start build-up for Olympic campaign

Ireland's women's hockey players signed off from club hockey at the weekend as the attention switches to a busy week at international level.

Megan Frazer's senior squad round off the competitive element of their build up for the forthcoming Olympic qualifying campaign with three tests against Great Britain at Bisham Abbey near London starting with today's opener (5pm).

The Ulster Elks player is expecting a tough series of games against a team based around the English side that finished runners up at the Commonwealth Games last year.

"They didn't do particularly well at the World Cup but to be so close to beating Australia in Glasgow proves how difficult it will be for us," said Frazer.

After the visit to England, the Ireland squad, with five Ulster players on board, head to Dublin to continue their preparations for the World League 2 tournament at UCD from March 14-22.

There's also plenty of action at home this week with the Ulster U21 squad facing Scotland in two internationals at Shaw's Bridge over the next two days starting with tonight's clash (8pm).

On Saturday the line up for the Irish Hockey League semi finals was determined with Pegasus, 6-0 winners over UCC, facing holders UCD and Hermes taking on Loreto in Dublin on April 11.

Results: Irish Hockey League: Pool A: Hermes 3 Lurgan 0; Pegasus 6 (S Thompson 2 , V Surgeoner, A Jones, A Speers, R Maguire) UCC 0; Railway Union 4 Ballymoney 3 (D McNeill, K Minihan, K Gawn); Pool B: Greenfields 0 Cork Harlequins 7; Loreto 3 Ards 1 (N Elliott); Ulster Elks 2 (S McCay, J McMaster) UCD 4 .

Ulster Premier League: Harlequins 2 (A Geddes, J MacAuley) Queen's 3 (H McMillan, J Allison, J Orr); Lisnagarvey 4 (A Mockford, S Colgan, J McQueen, L Johnston) Portadown 2 (L Cassells 2).

Senior One: Victorians 0 Ballyclare 2 (S Dickey, J Hanley); Cookstown 3 (R Stewart, P Black, J Richardson) Larne 3 (L Robinson, L Snoddy, Z Purdy); Dungannon 2 (S Lee, S Kelly) Ballymena 0.

Belfast Telegraph