Two of Ireland ’s wandering stars return to their homeland this weekend as the hockey season kicks back into gear with the Tempest Cup in Grange Road .
Peter Blakeney makes his return to his home club after nine months abroad; Three Rock Rovers for the high-level preseason tournament which sees Ireland ’s club champions take on Scottish side Azzurri Kelburne , Munster double-winners Cork C of I and Dublin ’s YMCA.
John Jermyn, meanwhile, makes a welcome return to the Cork C of I line-up after a year playing with Dutch side HGC. The Irish international reached the final of the inaugural Euro Hockey League – hockey’s equivalent to the Champion’s League – last season but returns to Ireland to bolster an already formidable club side.
For Three Rock, the Tempest Cup begins their preparations for their EHL campaign with visitors Kelburne also involved at the highest level of European hockey.
The competition itself takes the form of a four-team, round-robin group and has a prize fund of €2,500. The women’s tournament starts on Saturday morning and features Three Rock, Old Alex and Ards.
Friday 22nd (18.30) YMCA vs. Kelburne, (20.30) TRR vs. Cork C of I
Saturday 23rd (14.00) Kelburne vs. Cork C of I, (16.00) TRR vs. YMCA
Sunday 24th (12.30) YMCA vs. Cork C of I, (14.30) Kelburne vs. TRR HC
Saturday 23rd (10.00) TRL vs Old Alex (13.00) TRL vs Ards (15.30) Ards vs Old Alex
Sunday 24th (10.30) TRL vs Ards, (12.30) TRL vs Alex, (14.30) Ards vs Old Alex