Banbridge Academy reached their fourth Ulster Senior schoolgirls’ Cup final in a row last Wednesday when they defeated Strathearn 1-0 to earn a date with Ballyclare High in the final at Lisnagarvey on March 6.
Ireland’s women continue their preparations for the first phase of the Tokyo Olympic qualifying process over the next two weeks with eight Ulster players included in the squad that travelled to Chile on Thursday for a warm weather training camp.
The women’s Irish Senior Cup second round is the highlight of the weekend action back home while Ireland’s men reflect on their battling display in going down 2-1 to tournament favourites Australia at the World Cup in India.
Two of Ulster and Irish hockey’s budding stars will be in direct opposition in Wednesday’s McCullough Cup semi-finals as Lisnagarvey strikers Troy Chambers and Oliver Kidd set their club allegiances aside and go head-to-head in Lisburn.
Local Banbridge hockey stars Eugene Magee and Matthew Bell have been selected to represent Ireland at the upcoming hockey World Cup being staged in Bhubaneswar India from November 28 until December 16.