Just three fixtures take place in Senior One this weekend and it’s the race for the last Kirk Cup place which takes centre stage.
Down are facing up to the prospect of Senior Two hockey again next season but they will travel to Edenvilla determined to prove a point. Their hosts Portadown had been on something of a good run until they slipped up against QUB last time out so this game could go either way. A win for Portadown will keep them in contention for that coveted Kirk cup place but nothing will be taken for granted.
QUB will fancy their chances of bagging another three points as they host Cliftonville at The Dub. Home advantage is always a bonus for the students so Ville will be hoping for a master-class from player-coach Julian Stevenson to keep their Kirk Cup hopes alive.
Armagh have the toughest assignment as they travel to take on Antrim at The Forum. I’m not sure what the history books say about Armagh’s participation in the Kirk Cup but from my own memory it must be quite some time since they last took part in Ulster’s elite cup competition. As it stands they have a great chance of claiming the remaining qualification spot and this alone may serve as a key motivator going into a tricky game against the league runners up.
In Senior Two the only action takes place on Friday night as Larne host Parkview. Both sides suffered disappointing defeats last time out so this one could be an exciting affair.
Good luck to NICS who face Suttonians in the Trophy final! Hopefully they can add to their already impressive season by bringing this trophy to the North once again.
Sussex Regiment Cup
Foyle will be hoping to build on their good form against PSNI last weekend as they host Ballymena while Omagh have the unenviable task of travelling to face league leaders Campbellians. In the remaining fixture Portrush host Ballynahinch who will see the cup as their best chance of glory this season now that promotion appears to be just out of reach.
(and as usual my Ports team will be tipped for a win!)
Ports 2 vs Down 1
QUB 4 vs Ville 2
Antrim 3 vs Armagh 1
Larne 2 vs Parkview 2
NICS 5 vs Suttonians 0
Sussex Regiment Cup
Foyle 1 vs Ballymena 2
Campbellians 5 vs Omagh 2
Portrush 1 vs Hinch 3
JUST A NOTE TO ASK IF SOMEONE FROM EACH CLUB COULD TEXT ME SCORE, SCORERS AND BRIEF MATCH DETAILS (INCLUDING CARDS!) EACH SATURDAY EVENING? THANKS. (ONE PERSON FROM EACH CLUB HAS ALREADY BEEN SENT MY MOBILE NUMBER)