Annadale to unleash new Aussie hotshot on Three Rock
Hockey's new national league has triggered an Australian invasion, with Annadale in Belfast the latest to join the trend.
Ulster clubs have traditionally relied on homegrown talent but the Carryduff club have broken new ground with the signing of Robbie McGuire from Down Under.
The 21-year-old striker from Sydney is all set to make his debut in the EY Hockey League today at The Dub against Dublin visitors Three Rock Rovers.
The latest recruit comes to the North fresh from a prolific season in New South Wales.
He is joined on the team sheet by veterans David Smyth and Chris Jackson, two former Ireland internationals returning to the fray at the top club level in their mid-30s.
Meanwhile, in Dublin, Railway Union will have Aussies Matt Bretherton and Dave Richardson in action against Banbridge at Park Avenue.
They will be joined in the Railway squad shortly by Nick Tate and established local favourite James Dick once they have concluded their commitments in their home country.
Reigning national champions Monkstown have also been recruiting in Australia, bringing John Gregory and Robbie Campbell to Rathdown.
The imports have joined a team already bristling with talent since the return of Kyle Good from a season in Belgium and the defection of Jonathan Bruton from Three Rock Rovers.
Monkstown head up the M1 to Hillsborough today for a game against a Lisnagarvey side fresh from their 3-2 victory over Pembroke Wanderers on the open day of the league season.