Wednesday 21 February 2018

Quins' old guard on glory trail

David Medcalf

Hockey's answer to the Rolling Stones rumble into Belfield today seeking Irish Senior Cup glory.

Cork Harlequins did not lack maturity when they last took the trophy back in 2006. Yet, six years on, seven of the same side are back in action for today's semi-final against Belfast Instonians -- and one of the newcomers, David Eakins, is no spring chicken at the age of 32.

Instonians also have a ration of experience in their ranks, headed by former Irish captain Paddy Brown, a sprightly 36-year-old.

But Instonians supporters are quick to point out that their squad also features four schooolboys. The Quins' 30-somethings include Brown's former Ireland colleagues Paul Lombard, Jason Black and Mark Black.

At least they have a sprinkling of teenagers -- Shane Ross, John Sweetnam and Sam Thompson -- to do some of the hard running.

The Leesiders have already chalked up one victory this term over their last-four cup opponents, winning 2-1 at home in the National League.

In the other half of the draw, Dublin's Railway Union play Lisnagarvey, who are gunning for the league and cup double. The final will be played tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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