HOCKEY: Queen’s looking to see off Lurgan test

Queens Tori Hastings

Queens Tori Hastings

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Queen’s will have revenge on their minds when they host Lurgan in Saturday’s top women’s Ulster Premier League clash at the Dub.

The students will be glad to get back in action after last week’s game with Dungannon fell victim to frost as they bid to overturn the result of the Denman Ulster Shield final.

Lurgan won the corresponding game 3-1 on Boxing Day so Queen’s will be anxious to turn the tables and keep in the hunt for a place in the EYHL play-offs via a top-three finish.

Also on Saturday, Ballymoney travel to North Down while Portadown will be aiming to get back on track after conceding 15 times in their last two games as they take on Dungannon.

Banbridge have a tough one at home to Randalstown, who inflicted a 9-1 defeat on the Ports last week while, on Friday night, there’s a crucial battle between the bottom two as Lisnagarvey host Raphoe.

There is also an important encounter in the EY Irish Hockey League on Saturdayw as Belfast Harlequins travel to Dublin to tackle Pembroke Wanderers in Dublin.

Quins are two points better off than the Leinster side after their 3-2 win over basement team Ulster Elks at Deramore on Saturday.

Pegasus have an immediate opportunity to put Sunday’s Irish Senior Cup defeat by Cork Harlequins to bed in the rematch at Upper Malone while the Ulster Elks host leaders UCD.

On the men’s side of things, Ulster Premier League leaders Cookstown host Mossley while their main challengers, Kilkeel and Annadale, will also be expected to win away to Raphoe and home to Newry respectively.

Banbridge men will be expected to reach the Irish Cup final at the expense of Leinster League side, Corinthian on Sunday.

And before that they travel to Dublin to face Monkstown in the EYHL on Saturday.

Instonians, who put up a magnificent battle against Monkstown in the Irish Cup on Sunday before bowing out on penalties, entertain UCD and Garvey are on the road against Three Rock Rovers in what should be a good test for the Garvey side.