Ulster Elks coach Ricky Lee has welcomed the fact his team will have a relatively short and inexpensive trip to Prague for the club’s European debut.
Following their Irish Senior Cup triumph over Hermes, the Jordanstown side will travel to the Czech capital in May for the Club Champions’ Challenge tournament.
The Elks will face Swansea City, hosts Slavia Prague and student rivals University of Edinburgh in the competition scheduled for May 13-16.
It’s a third tier event but, such is the strength of hockey now, it will be a big challenge for the Elks but it is one Lee is looking forward to.
“We are glad to have avoided a trip to the likes of other countries in eastern Europe and, at least there are direct flights from Belfast to Prague.” said the Elks coach.
“We will be putting the logistics in charge of a travel agent but we could have been faced with a much more difficult trip in that respect.
“The opposition looks tough even though it’s the third-tier and the teams we are up against have played at a higher level in Europe in the past.
We are looking forward to the challenge,” he added.
Edinburgh are likely to pose the biggest threat having won a Scottish league and cup double in the last two years but with Ireland captain Megan Frazer on board, the Elks will fancy their chances of doing something at the tournament.