It’s often said that there’s no substitute for playing and Vanessa Beattie (formerly Surgeoner) is living proof of the old adage, having been forced to take a year out as she bids to recover from injury and line out for Pegasus once again.
Ulster’s Iain Henderson suffered concussion in the Guinness PRO14 game against Munster and had to follow the return to play protocols. Here he shares the process with sports editor, Richard Mulligan, on those protocols and getting the all clear to face Connacht on Friday night.
Hot on the heels of Ireland’s World Cup silver medal success, the EY Hockey League hits the turf in the coming weeks with the women’s competition set to tip off on September 29 with the men’s league starting a week earlier.
It started with January laps around a school sports hall and ended with a 137-run win over Donacloney Mill eight months later, but it was all worth it for Lisburn who can call themselves a Premier League club once again.