Cup Finals Countdown
Tuesday, 31 December 2013
THE New Year brings with it fresh challenges, new aspirations along with hopes and dreams and Newry Olympic Hockey team and Camlough Rovers hope to clinch silverware in the next few days.
Newry Olympic face Portadown tomorrow (New Year's Day) in the Linden Cup Final where they hope to emulate the great Newry hockey team of the nineties.
The game gets underway at 3.30pm at Deramore Park in Belfast.
On Friday (January 3) at 7.45pm Camlough Rovers face Dollingstown in the Premiere League Final, where they hope to go one step better on last season as the south Armagh side lost 2-0 to Tandragee Rovers in last year's final.
Camlough, who compete in the Mid-Ulster Intermediate A League, go into the contest as underdogs but with Declan Monaghan leading the attack, Gary Quinn's men have a great chance of pulling off an upset.
The postponed Bessbrook Cup Final between Bessbrook United and Orchard City will not take place until the end of January at the earliest, the Democrat can reveal.
The Carnbane Final was due to take place on Boxing Day but was postponed due to a health and safety risk as a floodlight at Newry City's Showgrounds was damaged.
Carnbane League secretary Jimmy Davis told the Democrat that with Mid-Ulster and Junior Cup fixtures coming up, the final won't be fixed until after Saturday, January 18, but Davis didn't rule out playing the game on Saturday, January 25.
In GAA, the Dr McKenna Cup starts for Armagh and Down and both teams will expect to hit the ground running with opening games against Queen's and UUJ respectively.
Armagh manager Paul Grimley and Down boss James McCartan have released players to universities, which is in contrast to last year when Queen's had to withdraw from the competition. Games take place on Sunday (January 5) at 2pm, in Armagh's Athletic Grounds and Newry's Pairc Esler.
Last week the Democrat revealed that former All-Ireland winning captain Kieran McGeeney is in line for Grimley's job next season and as chief squad selector the players who feature in this year's Dr McKenna Cup should give an insight into the direction McGeeney wants to take the team.
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