Armagh searching for winning formula

ARMAGH men will enter the Inter-Zone Championships final this weekend with a reshuffled pack.

The Orchard County players take on highly-rated Oriel in Loughbrickland aiming to complete a rebuilding campaign on the main roll of honour.

Selectors have spent much of the season switching players to maximise the potential within the squad - with the aim of settling on a winning formula tomorrow (Saturday).

“A few years back Armagh won the men’s inter-zone title, in the same season as the ladies also finished with success,” said George Crothers, the Armagh Zone chairman. “That was our most recent success but Armagh’s track record is pretty strong overall.

“Oriel may not have the history but would certainly be considered very strong and one of the sport’s up-and-coming groups.

“They also have quite a vocal fanbase, although we should be able to count on plenty of Armagh backing on the day.

“Basically everyone available for selection has won a competition at some level in the past so they should not feel intimidated by the occasion.

“We have spent time this season trying to come up with the strongest combination of players across the rinks.

“With a lack of competitive games outside the Inter-Zone Championships, it has been a case of learning about our options and what works within fixtures.

“Games provide us with opportunities to analyse and weigh up our options.

“Practice games have helped strengthen the team spirit around the group but this weekend will mark the players’ first proper match since the semi-final win.

“We can take confidence from the semi-final performance and this weekend will prove if the changes click in the way we hope.”

Play will start tomorrow (Saturday) at 2 o’clock in Loughbrickland Parish Hall.