Four of Ulster hockey’s big guns head south on Saturday on a mission to bring the Irish Senior Cup back north.
Ulster have only won the ISC once in the last eight years and that was three seasons ago when Cookstown won the coveted trophy.
Last year Banbridge lost to Monkstown in the final and the Dubliners went on to record a remarkable Irish Trophy double as they also landed the Irish Hockey League title.
This season Bann are riding high in the league with a 100 per cent record. This weekend Bann have a long trip to Cork where they will play Harlequins in the opening round.
Fraser Mills will undergo a late fitness test before he makes the trip.
Instonians face a tough journey to University College Dublin who now include former Bann star Peter Brown in their squad.
Last week UCD caused an upset when they defeated Pembroke Wanderers in the Leinster league.
Earlier this week UCD lifted the Irish Intervarsities title, and Inst will be hoping the exploits of that tournament may have taken its toll on the players.
Lisnagarvey are taking a full strength side to Dublin for their game against YMCA. YM are not the force they were a couple of seasons back, and this season languish two places off the bottom of the Leinster League with one win in seven outings.
Cookstown have the easier tie of the four travelling Ulster teams as they play Rathgar who are firmly at the foot of the Leinster table with no points.
But Cookstown can’t afford to be complacent, after all isn’t that the beauty of cup games, the underdog!
Annadale will be without William Edgar for the all Ulster tie against Kilkeel. Edgar sustained a severe injury to his finger last week and will be out for a few weeks.
Raphoe will have Keith Meehan missing for the visit of Fingal, the southern side are having a poor season with only one win under their belt.
There is also a crucial Premiership game between Civil Service and Mossley. Service need a win to close the gap at the foot of the table.