THE draw for the EuroHockey league was made over the weekend and local side Cookstown Hockey Club find themselves in one of the toughest groups.
The Tyrone side will face Dutch champions Amsterdam H&BC and will also face bronze medallists from last years tournament, Reading Hockey Club from England. Two out of the three sides will qualify for the KO16 which takes place in Easter. The fixtures will take place in Antwerp from October 21-23. It is certainly a tough ask for the Reds to progress against two superb outfits. However, it will be a superb experience for the local side and one which they will certainly look forward to.
Cookstown have continued their preparations ahead of the up and coming season with a tournament victory held by the Civil Service last weekend. The Reds faced a tough schedule of five games over the duration of the weekend but the youthful side played some marvellous hockey and came away as champions.
Cookstown started the tournament with a comprehensive victory over North Down as they romped home as 7-0 winners.
However, on Saturday morning the Reds were narrowly defeated by Lisnagarvey in an extremely competitive and well matched fixture. Garvey ran out 3-1 winners. Shortly after the defeat to Lisnagarvey, Cookstown picked themselves up again and produced a superb display as they easily defeated Mossley by five goals to one.
On the final day of competition, Cookstown played some great hockey to defeat the hosts 4-1.
Other results in the tournament had been kind to the Reds and they went into the final game of the tournament knowing that a victory over Pembroke Wanderers from Dublin would see them crowned tournament winners.
Cookstown saved their best performance for last as they comprehensively defeated their Dublin rivals by 6-0.
The tournament provided the Cookstown coaches with plenty of opportunities to look at some of the younger players coming through the ranks. These youngsters certainly did not let the side down and can only benefit from the experience.
The pre-season build up continues when Scottish side Glasgow Western are visitors to Coolnafranky for two friendly fixtures. The first fixture starts at 12.30 on Saturday and the second game is on Sunday with a 10.30am start