Pegasus hone in on Euros

Published Tuesday, 03 April 2012
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Former international hockey players Claire McMahon and Arlene Boyles have travelled the world with Pegasus and Ireland.

Pegasus hone in on Euros
Pegasus captain Arlene Boyles is gearing up to face a Belgian side. (© UTV)

This weekend though they will be enjoying home comforts as Pegasus host the European Club Championships at Queen's.

Pegasus, who recently claimed the Ulster Premier League title for the 29th time, need to finish in the top two to earn Ireland promotion into the top flight of European competition next year.

They are up against tough opposition particularly on Friday when they face a Belgian side, who include two players who were on the winning team that beat Ireland to clinch a place at the London 2012 Olympics.

McMahon, now in her 21st year with Pegasus says her hunger for success remains undiminished.

"Hopefully there is still enough in the legs to keep going for a bit longer but really looking forward to it and it's fantastic that it's at home," she told UTV.

"We've played in most countries around the world that are associated with hockey so to bring it back to Belfast and bring it to Northern Ireland is fantastic for Pegasus," Boyles added.

"I think you go into most tournaments like this and you're hoping to get to a final.

"Playing the Belgians on Friday will be a huge game for us and will set us up for the weekend I think and obviously with the Russians and Lithuanians you just don't know what you're going to get."

The European Championships get under way at Queen's on Friday and run through until Monday.

Pool A
HC Victorya Smolevichi (BLR), Grove Menzieshill (SCO), MSC Sumchanka (UKR), HF Libertas San Saba (ITA)
Pool B
ARA La Gantoise (BEL), Pegasus (IRL), HC Metrostroy St Petersburg (RUS), Gintra Strekte Universitas (LTU)

Match Schedule
Friday: La Gantoise (Belgium) v Pegasus (2pm); Saturday: Pegasus v St. Petersburg (Russia) (4pm), Sunday: Pegasus v Sintra (Lithuania) (2pm); Monday: Classification games.

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Comments Comments
Karen Condon in Belfast wrote (1,026 days ago):
Great coverage of women's hockey and keep it up please. We need more of this for a sport that's followed by so many yet publicised so little. Well done Pegasus!!
Jodie Sneha in Narnia wrote (1,026 days ago):
WHOOP WHOOP GO McMahon!! She is our P.E. teacher!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!
rosemary mcwhinney in belfast wrote (1,026 days ago):
delighted to see female sport getting media coverage at last,lots more please
Michelle Bunting in Belfast wrote (1,027 days ago):
Great to see these girls getting the TV coverage they deserve..Best of Luck Pegasus!!!! Do Northern Ireland proud ;)
Natalie Pinkerton in Belfast wrote (1,027 days ago):
Great to see ladies hockey being publicised. Should be a fantastic weekend!
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