Cork Church of Ireland will be keen to show they’re more than a one-man team as they look to stay top of the EY Hockey League with victory over Annadale at Garryduff on Sunday (2pm).
Two John Jermyn hat-tricks in victories over Cookstown (4-1) and Glenanne (4-2) have led to rumbles of an international recall for Ireland’s top goalscorer of all time. He hasn’t featured in green since 2012.
The club have poked fun at any suggestions they may be over-reliant on their talisman, calling themselves “JJ United” in their tongue-in-cheek weekly bulletins on social media.
’Dale are at the other end of the table after a draw with Three Rock Rovers and defeat to Banbridge.
Elsewhere,Monkstown take on Pembroke Wanderers and northern rivals Banbridge and Lisnagarvey clash.
In the women’s league, UCC and Cork Harlequins will both need major jumps in performance with tough road assignments to avoid being cut adrift.
College visit Ulster Elks who won at Quins last week, with Limerick woman Rebecca Barry on target against her Munster brethren.
Injury-hit Quins have suffered two losses from their opening encounters and visit a Pembroke side buoyed by a surprise win at Pegasus last weekend.
Domestically, there’s a reduced women’s calendar, with Munster’s U18 players missing out on club action this weekend as they make their final preparations for the upcoming interpros.
It means Cork C of I will be without Aoife Collins as they look to bounce back from their shock defeat to Clonakilty with a home game against Waterford, while Clon head to Limerick.
Bandon’s visit to Cork Harlequins is the marquee tie of the men’s Division 1; Quins laboured to victory over Ashton last time out while Bandon were impressive in dispatching C of I B.
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