Bears discover their fate in Anderson Cup

THE groups for the new look Anderson Cup have been revealled.

In an exciting new format created by the Ulster Branch the Anderson Cup Super Nines makes it debut in April.

The Banbridge Bears have been drawn in Group A with the Mossley Bulls and Kilkeel Sharks to be held at the Glade on April 10.

Banbridge are the current holders of the cup, but that was under the old format of the competition when the 10 Premier League clubs and the 10 Section One club played each other for the honour.

The trophy has a local link as it was donated to the Ulster Hockey Union of the Irish Hockey Association by Mr T N Anderson as a memorial for his brother Captain J G Anderson MC.

Captain Anderson was a prominent member of the Banbridge Hockey Club and Irish International player who was killed whilst serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps in World War I.

One of the conditions requested by the donor was that the Final should be played at the ground of Banbridge Hockey Club. The Ulster Hockey Union agreed to this condition except for when Banbridge was one of the finalists.