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Star lose ace Davis with silverware in sight

Belfast Star's Mike Davis
Belfast Star's Mike Davis
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Belfast Star have suffered a major blow to their hopes of All Ireland Champions Trophy glory as their number one player Mike Davis has been forced to return to the States.

Davis arrived in Dublin after a short trip home but an issue with his visa meant he was turned back and is consequently unable to be part of Star's clash with Templeogue at DCU tomorrow afternoon (4.00pm) - their chance to win major silverware for the first time in 20 years.

Star chairman Bill McCotter admitted the whole club was "gutted" that Davis - named this week as a 2018-19 All Star - will be missing from their line-up for the final game of the campaign.

Davis has been at the centre of Star's revival, bringing scoring power and a winning mentality that has helped the Belfast side return to the top of the Irish game - having led the All Ireland Superleague until Christmas as well as making the semi-finals of the National Cup.

Chairman McCotter said: "It's just so very disappointing for everyone. Mike, as you can imagine, is just devastated. He has been so good for us all year and for him to miss out on our biggest game for years is just hard to take in.

"The issue with the visa came as a huge shock because there hadn't been a problem at Christmas when he was back in the States.

"We know it will be sorted but we just didn't have the time to turn it around so he could get back in for the game. The lads just have to go and give it their best and I know they'll do the club proud."

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