The Belfast Trojans return to IAFL action this weekend as they make the short journey to Carrickfergus to take on the Knights.
The Trojans defence of their third Shamrock Bowl title has started well with comfortable victories on the road over the South Dublin Panthers and North Kildare Reapers.
Two weekends ago the Trojans squad made the journey to Scotland for a friendly against the East Kilbride Pirates. An enthralling game went the way of the Pirates 24-14, but the Irish Champions gave a fantastic account of themselves, showing they can mix it with the big boys of the BAFA and on another day could well have came across the Irish Sea with the win.
That experience should stand them in good stead for the trip to Carrick, in what is always a physical encounter between the fierce rivals.
Carrickfergus made great strides in the offseason, both on and off the field and indeed got the season off to a perfect start with a 33-12 over fellow Northern outfit the Craigavon Cowboys.
In their second game however the Knights were shutout by a much-improved Panthers outfit, as the Dublin team went away with a 21-0 victory.
The Trojans picked up a couple of knocks after the bruising clash with the Pirates, but linebacker Neil Graham should shrug off a shoulder injury, though Neil Montgomery could be questionable.
James McKelvey and David Richardson currently lead the passing charts in the IAFL and they also did stellar work in Scotland, connecting 11 times including a touchdown. They will look to continue their impressive start to the season, as will the Trojan defence who haven’t conceded a point in the opening two league games.
Kick off from Carrickfergus Rugby Club is 2pm.