Joel Cathcart: “The season couldn’t be going much better for us.”

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Ulster Elks Head Coach Joel Cathcart is hoping his side can continue their brilliant start to the season with a win against Ballymoney.

To date the UUJ side have won all thirteen of their league games this season, most recently beating North Down 9-0 on Wednesday night. The result leaves Elks three points clear at the top having played a game less than nearest challengers Lurgan.

Speaking on their dominant start to the season the 27-year-old said: “The season couldn’t be going much better for us if I’m honest.

It has been the perfect season so far. There are only a handful of games to go, but we still have the likes of Lurgan to play so there is a lot to play for and we are hopeful we can finish strong.”

Next up is a trip to the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre to face Ballymoney who currently sit sixth and are unbeaten in their last three.

Cathcart believes the know-how and cohesion of his opponents will make them a stern test: “They will provide a threat. Ballymoney are a team who have a lot of experienced women and girls who have played a lot of hockey down the years and know how to play together.

Going to the Joey Dunlop is never easy and I expect that to be the same again on Saturday.” He added.

For some teams being in such a strong position could lead to complacency however, the Elks coach insists his side still haven’t achieved their end goal which he hopes will keep them focused.

“It’s very important. We played North Down on Wednesday night; they are a good example because they went into the game with a different challenge.

For us we are looking at potentially going a full season unbeaten which not a lot of teams can say they have done at this level, so it acts as motivation.”

Elsewhere there are two other Women’s Premiership matches with Armagh set to host Coleraine and Queen’s travelling to Raphoe.

Armagh, Coleraine and Raphoe currently occupy three of the bottom four spots and will be hoping for wins to help their chances of staying in the division. Meanwhile a Queen’s victory could see them move into third.


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