Gilmore back from Banbridge as men’s seniors strengthen top-flight squad

Neil Gilmore - on duty for Banbridge - has returned to Portadown. Pic by Paul Byrne Photography.
Neil Gilmore - on duty for Banbridge - has returned to Portadown. Pic by Paul Byrne Photography.

Portadown Men’s Hockey Club have secured the signature of Neil Gilmore from Banbridge.

Gilmore left Portadown in the summer of 2014 along with Jamie Wright to sign for Banbridge.

The player’s return to Edenvilla Park will serve as a significant boost for the second half of Portadown’s debut Premier League campaign.

Portadown men’s teamsheets for the weekend are as follows:

Firsts v Kilkeel (Saturday, league, home, start 4 o’clock): J.Knipe, G.Titler, S.Bell, J.Brown, J.Rea, G.Morrison, G.Croft, Z.McClelland, S.Kirkland, G.Edgar, M.Winter, R.Scott, A.Stevenson, S.Johnson, N.Gilmore, N.Bennett.

Seconds v Queen’s (Friday, league, home, start 7 o’clock): Players to be confirmed.

Thirds v Mossley (Saturday, league, home, start 1 o’clock): Players to be confirmed.

GRASSROOTS

Portadown College will play host to Royal Belfast Academical Institution in the first round of hockey’s Burney Cup.

The competition has been sponsored by Scarva-based Sinton’s At The Bridge - with the College date against RBAI set for Wednesday, February 3 or Saturday, February 6.

The full draw is as follows: (preliminary round, January 27) - Ballyclare High School v Grosvenor Grammar School, Lurgan College v Kilkeel High School, Belfast Royal Academy v Antrim Grammar School. (first round, February 3/February 6) - Portadown College v Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Campbell College v Belfast Royal Academy/Antrim Grammar School, Ballyclare High School/Grosvenor Grammar School v Friends’ School Lisburn/Wallace High School v Banbridge Academy, Cookstown High School v Lurgan College/Kilkeel High School, Royal & Prior v Methodist College Belfast, Bangor Grammar School v Ballycastle High School, Regent House v Sullivan Upper.

Semi-final dates have been set for Wednesday March 9 and the final on March 16.