Irish Under 18 international, Johnny McKee has been drafted in to the Banbridge side for their crucial premiership clash with Annadale tomorrow.
The Banbridge Academy pupil has been moving up the international ranks, having starred in the Irish Under 16 side and now the Under 18’s and it looks only a matter of time before he will soon be stepping on to the senior international stage.
It is a crucial game for Bann, as they push for their first premiership title but coach Mark Tumilty, has been hit hard with injuries.
Coupled with the absence of Peter Brown and Bruce McCandless who are away on Irish duty in India at the World Hockey League 2, he will be hoping that his side can produce the same performance they did last week against Cookstown.
However, Josh Moffet returns to the Bann squad, after recovering from injury.
Annadale will be buoyed by their win last week against Instonians and as they push to secure an IHL place, they will be out to take all three points against Bann.
Lisnagarvey, who are only four points behind Bann, will be missing defender Brian Waring for the visit of Belfast Harlequins. But, apart from that, they have an otherwise full strength side and Garvey look poised to secure all three points.
With the forthcoming IHL, coach Stephen Cuddy will be using the rest of their league campaign as preparation for the April competition.
Gregg Allen looks likely to miss the trip to Kilkeel, as he picked up an injury at Bann last week.
Kilkeel are still missing Colin Holmes but Keith Bingham returns to the squad.
It looks likely that Instonians player/coach Mark Irwin’s playing days are over for the rest of the season, as he has ruptured his knee ligaments.
This week Inst will be hoping they can get back to their winning ways and that is highly likely against bottom of the table Mossley.
The Glade side are missing Matthew Anderson who has suffered a hamstring injury and with Ricky Lee, Michael Dorman and Clarke Stockman all missing the game, Mossley could be on the receiving end of another goal fest.
Antrim entertain Civil Service in the Friday night game. Service will be without Alan Hay and Will Cooper.
In Senior One, leaders Raphoe will have a full strength side for the visit of Newry. Second placed Bangor will be hoping to bounce back from their defeat by Raphoe last week, when they travel to Campbellians.
Bangor have lost the services of Stephen McLean, who has undergone an operation and is likely to miss the rest of the season. Campbellians will be missing John Rea, otherwise they have a full strength side.