Harvey back in training with Pegasus

Pegasus could potentially welcome back Michelle Harvey to their match-day squad after a lengthy spell away as the Irish centurion made her return to training in the past few weeks with the Ulster club.

Harvey played the last few seasons with Dragons in Belgium before coming back to Ireland for work reasons in the summer. An ankle injury, however, kept her out of contention for the early months of the campaign but she is building up her pitch time on the training field and firmly on the comeback trail.

They face a tough test in Loreto, a side who have shown they will be a hugely competitive force in the division since their promotion.

Pegasus's Michelle Harvey could make a return to action. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Pegasus’s Michelle Harvey could make a return to action. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Elsewhere, Cork Harlequins will see their 100% record put to the test by their namesakes from Belfast while Hermes-Monkstown have a tough battle on their hands when they host Railway Union.

Railway’s young stars helped the club win the Genesis international invitational Under-18 tournament last weekend and will return to senior team action to try and take down the current pace-setters.

UCD cruised to the Chilean Cup last weekend in Belfast with a 6-1 win over Queen’s in the final. Unbeaten in the women’s EYHL, they will look to keep that momentum going when they take on bottom placed Pembroke on Saturday.

Ulster Elks face Ards in a key battle between two of three Ulster sides locked on three points toward the bottom of the table.

In Leinster’s Division One, Trinity and Muckross and Genesis versus Old Alex play out two hugely important ties in the race for promotion playoff places.

Just one points covers the four teams at this stage with Trinity showing a stern defence. Indeed, they have yet to concede in the league to date and were similarly miserly in defence in varsities, drawing 0-0 with UCC and 1-1 with UCD – Niamh Sweeney netting – before bowing out to Queens in the semi-finals.

They will hope to keep at bay Muckross who are the league’s top scorers. Genesis, meanwhile, face their toughest task of the season when they play Alex after narrow wins over North Kildare, Rathgar and Our Lady’s.

Glenanne will hope that results fall their way to close the gap on the sides above them. They travel to North Kildare who have yet to score this season but have only conceded twice in four games, suggesting a close-run battle.

Avoca face Our Lady’s and Rathgar welcome Corinthian with all looking to make a move away from the bottom rungs of the table.

Women’s EY Hockey League (Saturday): Cork Harlequins v Belfast Harlequins, 1pm, Farmer’s Cross; Pegasus v Loreto, 1pm, Queen’s; Railway Union v Hermes-Monkstown, 2.15pm, Park Avenue; Ulster Elks v Ards, 2.30pm, Jordanstown; Pembroke v UCD, 4pm, Serpentine Avenue

Leinster Division One (Saturday): Trinity v Muckross, 12pm, Santry Avenue; Avoca v Our Lady’s, 12.30pm, Newpark; Old Alex v Genesis, 1.30pm, Milltown; Rathgar v Corinthian, 2.15pm, High School; North Kildare v Glenanne, 3.30pm, The Maws

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