Lisnagarvey missing firepower for clash against Civil Service

GETTING MARRIED: Lisnagarvey's Timmy Cockram
GETTING MARRIED: Lisnagarvey's Timmy Cockram

Lisnagarvey will be missing two of Ulster hockey’s top sharp-shooters this weekend for their important league game against Civil Service.

Timmy Cockram is tying the knot this weekend and will be missing for the next two weeks as he will be off on honeymoon.

Losing a player of Cockram’s quality would be a major blow for any club.

But Garvey have been used to him not being available due to his international duties. And with Cockram away, Andy Forrest has been proving that he is more than up to the mark, as he has been notching up his tally of goals.

However, with both players unavailable, Garvey will be looking to Greg Thompson, who on his day can match the best strikers in the country and Stuart McNeice, who is always good for a goal or two.

Service will be without their player coach Gareth Grundie who is off to Lisbon with Ards Ladies for the European indoor championships, as he coaches the county Down side.

Garvey must win to stay in touch with Bann, any slips ups, could see Bann stretch their lead at the top.

Bann will have an unchanged squad for the visit of Kilkeel.

Bann coach, Mark Tumilty will be looking for a much improved performance as they edge closer to their first Premiership crown.

Instonians are heading a couple of miles down the Malone Road to Deramore Park, where they are the visitors at Belfast Harlequins. Inst coach Mark Irwin is still hoping that he can take a top three slot if not top two.

Mossley are hosting Annadale on Friday and another defeat will leave Mossley teetering on the drop to Senior One hockey next season

Raphoe only need four points from four games to clinch promotion to the premiership. And even without Lee Coll and possibly Rodney Bates, they look certain for three points against Armagh, who are destined for Senior Two hockey next season.

North Down must keep notching up the points if they want to take second place and promotion play-off position.

This week they welcome Portadown in a home and away double header and any slip up could see their promotion chances disappear.

Bangor are also hoping to clinch the second place and they can not afford to throw away points against Ballynahinch this week.

It is quarter final weekend in the Irish Junior Cup, and all three Ulster teams, Cookstown, Banbridge and Annadale are all travelling south for tough games against Dublin YM, Cork Church of Ireland and Pembroke respectively.

All three will find it tough against their southern rivals, butb they will all be looking to get something out of the match.

In the first mid-week game of the season, Cookstown notched up a 14-1 win over Antrim, who at one stage led 1-0.

Greg Allen and Stephen Sloan did most of the damage grabbing four goals a-piece.