Thursday, January 8, 2009

Pembroke at full-strength for Inst clash

Shawsbridge - or indeed Queens - could be in for a cracker this Sunday as Pembroke and Instonians name strong squads for they attempt to get their second IHL match played at the third attempt.

Justin Sherriff will be much closer to full fitness after making his long-awaited comeback from injury in the weeks before Christmas while Colin Kelly has greater availability after a busy work schedule kept him away from hockey before Christmas.

Instonians, meanwhile, have hit form in recent weeks with international duo Mark Gleghorne and Steven Redpath back after long lay-offs, following Patrick Brown back into the team. Their return has freed up Mark Irwin to move further up the pitch and he prospered last week with a hat-trick against Bangor in a 5-1 win, adding to two goals against Mossley. Mark Wainwright, however, is out of David Scott's selection.

In an effort to guarantee the game is played, Queen's University have reserved a pitch for Sunday should Shawsbridge be frozen. The three-day forecast currently sees six to eight degree temperatures in Belfast, though, so hopes are high the game will be completed.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If shaws bridge is frozen, why would queens be playable? Queens is more exposed and at a higher altitude (albeit about 20m)