Instonians are on the verge of rolling back the years this weekend, as they have reached the semi-final of the Kirk Cup for the first time in 10 years.
And that was also the last time they won it, when it was sponsored by a well known local brew.
Having watched Ulster’s big four – Banbridge, Lisnagarvey, Annadale and Cookstown – dominate Ulster Hockey’s oldest competition for a decade.
Inst are enjoying a resurgence and reaching the semi-final is a strong indicator how things are improving at Shaw’s Bridge.
Ironically, it is down to their player/coach Mark Irwin, who is the last surviving player from that 2004 winning squad, who is moulding his side to compete against the top teams.
Sunday sees Instonians host the Kirk semis for the first time and with home advantage they will be hoping they can see off Garvey, who they defeated when they last won the trophy, to reach the Boxing Day Final.
Waiting for the winner in the final, will either be Annadale, who welcome back Chris Campbell, after a four week absence, or Banbridge, who are missing the injured Dane Ward.
But strangely, there is a full league programme on the Saturday, so all four sides will be hoping to be injury free before Sunday’s semis.
Premiership leaders Bann find themselves with some light between themselves and the chasing teams after only three games.
On Saturday, the champions welcome third placed Kilkeel to Havelock Park (1pm) and the hosts will be out to secure another three points.
Lisnagarvey who have Jason Lynch out, with a thigh injury, should see-off pointless, Civil Service, who are missing Gareth Grundie, Philip Grundie, Andrew Simpson and Patrick Towe.
Annadale, who find themselves in the bottom half of the table after four games, host Cookstown at Lough Moss. It’s a close call and share of the spoils is a likely outcome.
Raphoe’s Rodney Bates is having a late fitness test before the visit of Instonians. And in the Friday night game, Mossley will be hoping they can secure maximum points against Belfast Harelquins at the Glade (8.15pm)
In Senior One, high scoring North Down have a short trip down the road to Bangor, whilst game of the day sees second placed Portadown take on third placed Newry.
South Antrim will be hoping to get back to winning ways against Queen’s who are one of four teams who have yet to register a point.
Two of those teams are also Cliftonville and PSNI and that will change after this clash.
Linden Cup semi-finalists, Campbellians, make up the quartet of pointless clubs, and this week the Belmont side travel to Antrim, and a draw looks a possibility in this one.