Due to the Irish Intervarsities tournament being played early next week Saturday’s Premier League game between Queen’s and the Ulster Elks has been brought forward to tonight at Upper Malone (8.15pm).
It is a vital clash for both student teams who, in relative terms, have not had the best of starts to the season.
Queen’s picked up their first points of the campaign on Saturday when they defeated Lisnagarvey 2-1 at Comber Road while the Elks made it four draws out of five matches when they were held scoreless by Belfast Harlequins.
Few people would have thought that, at this stage of the season, the Jordanstown side would have been level on points with ‘Quins.
The Deramore girls were, of course, promoted last time around and they have already exceeded the combined points total of both of last season’s newcomers who went on to be relegated.
In contrast many people would have expected the Elks to be mounting a serious title challenge although it is early days yet and that could still happen.
They drew their opening game with champions Pegasus and shared the spoils with Lurgan before beating Armagh and then drawing with the two newly promoted sides Lisnagarvey and Harlequins.
So Ricky Lee’s side will be anxious to secure their second league win of the season tonight and the Elks coach is in no doubt where the problem lies.
“We scored our corners in the Pegasus and Lurgan games but didn’t convert any in our last two games and that is something we need to address.” said Lee.
The Elks supremo realises the threat posed by Queen’s.
“Although Queen’s have lost a lot of players from last season Hannah McMillan is always capable of scoring so we are expecting a difficult game against them.” Lee added.