Lisnagarvey have been dealt a blow just before their crucial Irish Hockey League round two game against Dublin side Railway Union.
They have lost the services of Wallace High schoolboy Sean Murray, one of the most promising prospects in Ulster if not Irish hockey.
Murray picked up a severe hand injury in the final of the Irish Schools in Cork last week, and looks likely to miss Garvey’s next two games. He could also miss out on the Under 18 interprovincials, which will be a loss for Ulster.
It was not the news Garvey coach, Erroll Lutton wanted to hear. He said: “Sean is an exceptional player and he would be a major loss for any team as he has been playing very well this season.
“He will not just be a loss for us but for his school also, and with the interpros coming up he may be doubtful for them.”
Lutton is also coach of Wallace and explained what happened: “It was late in the game when the ball was drilled into the circle and hit Sean square on the hand. He just couldn’t react in time to avoid it hitting him.
“Hopefully he will recover quickly but when he comes back he could be wearing a glove for a while.
“We are drafting Mark McNellis into the squad. He has been playing exceptionally well for the school and the club and it is good to have these young players in the squad.”
Ulster premiership leaders,Banbridge, are still missing the services of the Magee brothers, Eugene and Owen for Bann’s trip to Dublin, where they play Leinster side UCD. They will be looking to Peter Brown for some info on the UCD team, as Brown was playing for them until returning to Havelock Park this season.
Cookstown have a full strength side for the visit of Pembroke Wanderers. Pembroke will be looking to bounce back from the shock defeat by Glenanne last week.
Annadale have a couple of injury worries in Callum Robson and Peter McKibben and Chris Jackson is unavailable for the trip to UCC in Cork. But they welcome back Matty Allister and Peter McKibben.
James Corry is returning from Bath for Inst’s trip to Dublin against Leinster premiership leaders Monkstown. Inst coach, Mark Irwin, will be hoping that his side can build on their 9-1 walloping of Belfast Harlequins last week.
Ulster duo Mark Gleghorne and Iain Lewers have been named in the England squad for for the 2014 Hero Champions Trophy.