Sister act as striker Lucy McKee joins Katie at Pegasus
Pegasus have signed talented striker Lucy McKee, who will link up with her younger sister Katie for the first time in the new EY Irish Hockey League campaign.
Last season, the Newry siblings were on opposing sides when Lucy (22) played for Ards and Katie (18) joined Pegasus from Armagh.
However, when the pair will line out together remains undecided due to the ongoing impasse between the Irish Hockey Umpires' Association and the sport's national governing body.
Pegasus are supposed to play Pembroke in Dublin this Saturday but that clash, along with the other four scheduled IHL games, is still up in the air.
However, setting that issue aside, Lucy says she can't wait for the chance to play alongside her sister, having spent a season with Ards following her return home after completing her law degree at Bristol University.
"I'm looking forward to the season and playing on the same team as Katie. Pegasus have a very strong squad so hopefully we can do well," she said.
Pegasus captain Alex Speers is excited about the prospect of having both McKees in her team, having already signed Ireland's most-capped player Shirley McCay from Ulster Elks.
Lucy was second only to Irish international Chloe Brown in the Ards scoring charts last season after playing for English Premiership side Clifton briefly before switching to her university team in England.
Katie helped Banbridge Academy to a Belfast Telegraph Senior Cup and All-Ireland double last season, scoring a superb hat-trick in the 4-0 domestic final win over Wallace High.
"Lucy is a natural and proven goalscorer in the Irish Hockey League and that's an area we need to improve on," said Speers. "Shirley's international record speaks for itself.
"As for the umpiring situation, it's a tough one and we were disappointed not to have played last Saturday. It's out of our hands."
While the IHL fixture list may not be played out, there is no shortage of action at domestic level.
The Denman Ulster Shield and Senior Cup competitions continue with a full programme on Saturday and three Shield games tonight.