Big game in Ballycastle as Portrush hockey team bids to reach Irish Final

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PORTRUSH Hockey Club, who play at the Quay Road in Ballycastle, are one game away from reaching the final of the Irish Challenge Cup.

Portrush take on Bray Hockey Club in the Semi-final of the Irish Challenge Cup this Saturday (2.30pm) and the Seasiders are in the best form they have been in for years.

The Portrush squad.

The Portrush squad.

Having already won the Sussex Regiment Cup on New Years Day and at the top of the Senior 2 table with 3 games remaining, it looks like a potential treble season for Portrush!

The team has a real balance of young and experienced players with Graeme Christie, Philip Linton and Andy Christie all under the age of 18 and a good stem of players in their early 20’s being well mentored by the more senior players.

The leadership of Captain Aaron Kerr and Vice-captain Neil McMaster has been a massive influence on the pitch this year for all the players.

This current team has a close-knit community outside of the pitch and there is a real spirit within the team to do well for their eam-mates.

With Coach David Price, providing the discipline and strong organisation to the team, that has proved so effective throughout the season, all the players are firmly trusting in him and want to better themselves to prove to him that they deserve a starting spot in the team.

This match on Saturday in Ballycastle is one of the biggest of the season for Portrush and with the prospect of a treble, the team would love a big support down in the Quay Road Playing Fields, Ballycastle. If anyone has a free afternoon.