COOKSTOWN will have to show their mettle when they take on one of the biggest teams in Ireland on Saturday at the newly named Steelweld Park.
Pembroke Wanderers are the visitors in the last group game of the Ireland’s premier hockey tournament - the IHL - as the Tyrone club unveil their newly rebranded home facilities, named after local business, Steelweld Fabrications Ltd.
The Reds require only a point to progress to the semi-finals of the competition, but with Pembroke still in with a shout themselves, no slip up can be afforded in such an important weekend of hockey.
“To be able to partner one of the most successful businesses in the Mid Ulster area is excellent news for our club,” said Cookstown Vice-Chairman, Stephen Cuddy.
“When we conceived of the ambitious idea of installing Ireland’s only fully accredited water based hockey pitch we always wanted to partner its name with a local business.
“The time is right for our million-pound facility to have a new name! I look forward to kids of the future asking their parents to take them up to Steelweld Park.
“This will be the identity of the pitch and it won’t take long for it to be well known throughout Ireland. Having our IHL home fixture against one of the country’s best teams is a fitting opener at the newly named ground.
“As a club we are so fortunate at how much we are backed by local business, we are so thankful to AH Fuels and Solo Petroleum who are our major club sponsors and now to Steelweld Fabrications who become our ground sponsors. This money will be invested back into the club to help further the sport in the area.”
Dominic Crilly from Steelweld said, “We are very proud of this association with a sporting organisation with the standing of Cookstown Hockey Club and hope that this is the beginning of a very special and successful relationship.”