South Antrim v Pembroke Wanderers
South take a break from the Premier League to continue their Irish Senior Cup exploits. Having gone further than the likes of NICS, Quins, UCD or Raphoe in this competition, the draw was not kind, an away tie against Prembroke Wanderers. Nevertheless the boys travel south with hopes of a huge upset.
South Antrim 2nds v Mossley 2nds
These clubs are tied on points in Junior 1 so this is a proverbial 6 pointer to climb the table. Neil Wilson hasn’t scored in 5 games, now would be a good time to find that golden touch he showed at the start of the season. The team’s key player is Darren Hutchinson who has attracted rave review in the past couple of games, lighting up games with his signature twirls and spins.
South Antrim 3rds v Cliftonville 2nds
Their final game without captain and goalkeeper Ashley Sloan. He will expect nothing less that the boys to be sitting right where he left them, in 1st place. Cliftonville are at the bottom end of table so the odds are good. With George Glass on point in front of goal, the lads will fancy their chances in netting short corners.
South Antrim 4ths v Mossley 5ths
Every week I seem to be writing the same thing about this team: Can Junior score again? Given that he has scored 9/20 of the team’s league goals so far, I’d reckon he stands a strong chance. So, once again, we wish Junior all the best in scoring for the 9th game in a row. They play Mossley, a team that the 5ths beat 3-0 in the cup 2 months ago.
South Antrim 5ths v Lisnagarey 6ths
The 5ths have the second worst defensive record in the league, this is an area the boys must improve upon. The 4ths somehow managed to lose to these boys, despite being at opposite ends of the table so they are no pushovers. Trevor will need and organised defence and lethal attack to win this, no pressure.
South Antrim Ladies v PSNI Ladies
The ladies beat this tea 4-0 in the reverse fixture in Belfast and will look to replicate that performance here. PSNI sit 2 points behind our girls having played an extra game. Vicky Donaldson is the team’s top scorer with 5. Having last weekend off the girls will be raring to go.
South Antrim Ladies 2nds v Ulster Elks Ladies 4ths
The 2s lost the reverse fixture 3-2 so will be looking to make amends and win this time about. The Elks are tied in 2nd place on 15 points with the Lisburn Lasses so this is a verryy important game. Captain Nicole Bell has be drafting her big pre-game speech all week.
South Antrim Ladies 3rds v Ards Ladies 5ths
The 3rds prop up the table in Junior 7, with Ards 5ths just above them. The 3rds are 1 point behind Ards, with 5 games in hand. The girls are hoping to get their first point or points in their history. Many of the girls are playing their 1st season of Senior hockey to every game is a learn experience, and with Carol Redpath as their leader, they’ll learn plenty!
A reminder that fees are due for both the Mens’ and Ladies’ Club’s Christmas dinners! Money needs to be paid to book your place!