Hockey fans are in for a treat on Boxing Day when, for the first time, the women’s Ulster Shield final will be staged as part of a double-header along side the men’s Kirk Cup decider.
And there’s every chance - provided the elements don’t intervene - that a record crowd will turn up at Lisnagarvey’s Comber Road Headquarters for what should be a superb occasion.
More than 500 spectators attended the Kirk cup semi-final double-header at Shaw’s Bridge at the weekend in what lived up to it’s ‘Super Sunday’ billing.
And who was it that said hockey wasn’t a spectator sport? Sunday’s crowd proved that there is certainly an appetite for the game and the whole package was a credit to all who made it happen.
Instonians officials laid out the red carpet with an outstanding PA system, musical interludes and a scoreboard and countdown clock that actually worked.
Food and refreshments were on sale and we can expect more of the same come Boxing Day for what will be a unique occasion.
“We want to make it a fun day for all the family and let’s hope the weather is kind.” said Ulster Hockey’s Executive manager Angela Platt.
“At this stage we aren’t sure in what order the two games will be played and we’ll wait until after the women’s semi finals.”