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Quins start searching for new coach as work forces Frazer to step down

Top acquisition: Zoe Wilson
Top acquisition: Zoe Wilson

By John Flack

Belfast Harlequins are on the look out for a new head coach following the resignation of Davy Frazer after four seasons in charge.

Frazer is no longer able to give the commitment the post requires due to a change in work circumstances which means he has to undertake shifts, including nights and weekends.

The south Belfast outfit have been ever-present in the EY Irish Hockey League since beating UCC in a promotion play-off in Frazer's first term with the club.

He can reflect on more highs than lows, although Quins were unable to make the play-offs in their three seasons in the national league, despite signing three Irish internationals, including World Cup stars Zoe Wilson and Lizzie Colvin.

Frazer said: "Among the highs was getting promoted to the EY IHL in my first year and subsequently staying in the league ever since.

"Reaching the semi-final of the Irish Senior Cup last year was also a special memory after we went to Cork in the quarter-finals with just 13 players and pulled off a big shock winning on penalty runs.

"In the semi-final we lost 1-0 to Pegasus and played in front of what was probably one of the biggest ever crowds at Deramore.

"Then in the Denman Ulster Shield final against Pegasus, I was very proud of the comeback in the second half, after being 2-0 down at the break only to lose out on penalties.

"The only low is not having won anything. We finished second in the Premier league, before our promotion and while coming close in the Shield and Irish Cup were good achievements, it is still disappointing not to have a trophy in the cabinet.

"Whilst we have brought in players who can make a big difference, at Harlequins we give our youth a chance.

"In our squad at the Shield final, for example, there were eight under 18s and huge credit must go to youth coach Roisin Walsh and all the under-age coaches for the work they do."

He added: "I would like to thank all the players for their dedication throughout my time at the club and I wish them all the best for the future.

"I hadn't planned on stepping down but due to work I cannot give my full commitment that the position requires."

Meanwhile, Cork Harlequins lifted the Irish Senior Cup for the first time in 19 years on Saturday when they defeated Loreto 2-1 on penalties following a 2-2 draw in the final at Three Rock's Grange Road.

The Dubliners were 2-0 up at half-time but Cork staged a memorable comeback to force the shoot-out, having missed out in the IHL playoff semi-finals last week when they lost to the eventual winners, Pegasus.

Irish Senior Cup final: Cork Harlequins 2 (M Barry, O Roycroft) Loreto 2 (S Evans, A Taffe). Harlequins won shoo-tout 2-1

Qualifying Plate final: Lurgan II 1 Owls 0

Intermediate Plate final: Omagh II 3 PSNI 0

Junior Plate final: Lisnagarvey IV 4 Saintfield II 5

Minor Plate final: Ulster Elks IV 3 Mossley IV 0

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