CIVIL SERVICE North begin their pursuit of the Women’s Challenge Cup on Sunday and they are just four games away from a league and cup double.

Victory over Waringstown in their next league game, on August 1, will confirm them as league champions while a win against Muckamore II at Stormont (11.00) will book their place in the Cup semi-final.

Rachel Thomas has taken over the captaincy at CSN from Abi Leckey who is still at university, but Ali Cowan has again been CSN’s star player this season, although she has been well supported by Sophie Thomas and Aoife Fisher, who have both played for the NCU inter-pro side this year.

The match of the day on Sunday should be at The Lawn (10.30am) where Waringstown and Lurgan, the 2017 and ’18 winners, meet in their latest local derby while 2019 beaten finalists Muckamore are at Carrick (3.30pm). I
n the other-quarter-final, at Seapark, Holywood will hope to record their first win the competition, against North Down (10am).

It could be a trophy-laden week for CSN because on Monday, the Under 15 boys meet CIYMS in the Graham Cup final at Stormont (5.30pm) and the following night, their Under 13 side face Instonians in the Banoge Cup final at Derriaghy (5.45pm).

Also, on Sunday there is are two Under 15 boys T20 inter-pro games between NCU and Leinster at Laurelvale, the first starts at 11am.