Merrion unveil new Aussie
Published 21/05/2016 | 02:30
Merrion's new Australian professional will make his debut in today's Leinster Senior Cup clash against Malahide.
However, Adam Lockhart-Krause, who replaces fellow Aussie Kerrod White, will sit out tomorrow's Irish Cup game against Coleraine with stand-in Matt Petrie selected as their overseas player for what is likely to be his last game for the club.
Club skipper Dom Joyce believes home advantage can prove significant for Merrion - the original game in the North West was rained off so the refix takes place on their opponents' ground - as the Ballsbridge side start their quest to reach a fifth Irish Cup final in seven years.
"With our strong batting line-up (strengthened by Lockhart-Krause), it always makes a difference to play at Anglesea Road and everyone wants to play in the Irish Cup so it will be a case of mixing and matching the sides over the two days," said Joyce.
"It's a while since we have won the league and we are looking for more consistency there, but there is never any motivation needed for an Irish Cup match."
Malahide also have a double-header this weekend, with Strabane their Irish Cup visitors tomorrow with the Villagers hoping to better their quarter-final exit last year.
Top Senior Cup match of the day is at Claremont Road where YMCA host North County - the only all-Division One clash.
The Balrothery side are handicapped by the absence of Conor Armstrong and Adam Coughlan which could help YM, last year's beaten finalists.
Cup holders Clontarf face a tricky opener, away to Rush, the National Cup holders, but the rest of the top-flight teams have home advantage.