THIS weekend teams from across Great Britain and Ireland travel to Cookstown to take part in the annual Nigel Cheever’s Memorial Tournament which kicks off tonight.
The opening game of the tournament see the hosts take on Ulster rivals Annadale with an 8pm start at Coolnafranky.
Top quality opposition have assembled in Cookstown for the weekend. Ulster duo Cookstown and Annadale are joined by Inverleith from Scotland, Fingal from Dublin and Cannock from England.
Annadale are no strangers to the tournament and competed last year. They finished 4th in the Ulster Premier League and reached the Irish Senior Cup semi final where they were defeated by Cookstown.
Fingal from Dublin, also faced the Reds last season in the Irish Senior Cup. They play in the Leinster Premier League and with a new coaching team they will be looking for another successful season.
Inverleith from Scotland are continuing the fine tradition of Scottish sides supporting the tournament. They have promised to bring over their strongest panel of players and they see the tournament as ideal preparation for the Scottish Premier League which starts in a few weeks time.
Cannock from England, are one of the most historic clubs in England. They are a regular in the English Premier League and have also competed in the Euro Hockey League on a number of occasions. Cookstown are delighted to welcome Cannock to Coolnafranky as they normally play their pre season in Holland or Germany. The side currently has a number of youth internationals and will bring over an extremely strong squad with a number of top quality players.
Michael Haycock, co-coach of the Reds was delighted to have the opportunity to test his side against some of the best sides in Great Britain and Ireland.
“This is the type of opposition we need to test ourselves against and gauge what standard we are at prior to the EHL. We will certainly try and win the tournament and see it as ideal preparation for the up and coming season.”
Tournament director Les Allen stated that a lot of hard work had gone on behind in the scenes to ensure that Cookstown face top quality opposition over the weekend.
“I am sure that the teams here for the first time will enjoy their time in the area. Cookstown Hockey Club are renowned for our hospitality and we encourage the public to come and watch some top class hockey and support their local team.”
In addition to the male competition taking place, there will also be a female competition taking place at Cookstown Hockey Club.
The Cookstown ladies are taking on Dungannon, Omagh and Rainey. This tournament will provide the local ladies with ideal preparation for the up and coming season.
Thursday 1 September- Cookstown v Annadale @ 8pm
Friday 2nd September- Cannock v Inverleith @ 6pm
Cookstown v Fingal @ 8pm
Saturday 3rd September- Cannock v Fingal @ 10am
Annadale v Inverleith @ 12pm
Cookstown v Cannock @ 4pm
Annadale v Fingal @ 6pm
Sunday 4th September- Fingal v Inverleith @ 10am
Annadale v Cannock @ 12pm
Cookstown v Inverleith @ 2pm
Thursday 1st September- Cookstown v Dungannon @ 6.30pm Water pitch
Friday 2nd September- Omagh v Rainey @ 8pm Sand pitch
Saturday 3rd September- Omagh v Dungannon @ 12pm Sand pitch
Cookstown v Rainey @ 2pm water pitch
Sunday 4th September- Dungannon v Rainey @12pm Sand pitch
Cookstown v Omagh @ 2pm Sand pitch