Northern Ireland roll out the welcome mat over the weekend for the Invitational ‘Friendship’ Rinks Challenge, staged at the Ballybrakes Community Stadium, Ballymoney.
The home team will be unchanged, but will be hoping to go one better than last season when they finished runners- to Wales at Mid Lothian, in Scotland.
It was the Welsh team’s first title win in this two day event since their breakthrough success back in 2008.
“We just lost out last year, which was a great improvement on our previous appearance in Jersey when we finished in bottom position,” said Irish boss Jim Barr.
“Perhaps, we can go one better on our home carpets this time. We were due to host the Series last season, but due to the takeover at Ballymoney Stadium, it was shelved for 12 months.
“Mid Lothian came in with an offer to stage the event at Dalkeith -- and it was a another great success.
“We now have the chance of putting our hosting skills to the test . . . and we are looking forward to it.
“Great friendships are formed, but it will be fiercely competitive on the green.”
Matt Reid made his Northern Ireland debut last time out and he again takes his place in the side, playing third to Harry Elliott, with Basil Kennedy and Ivan Lynn at the front to the rink.
Northern Ireland A: B Hughes, M Smyth, T Smith, W McCaw. B: B Kennedy, I Lynn, M Reid, H Elliott.
Scotland A: G Woods, B Wales, T McWhirter, J McIssac. B: A Douglas, G Steele, J Shepherd, C Flower.
Wales A: J Hague, J Jenkins, A Jones, A Phillips: B: G Clements, D James, S Rees, C Taylor.
Jersey A: D Boyer, R Clive, J Douglas, A McKinnon. B: T Thomas, R McDonald, D Atkinson, B Boswell.