It has been a long-time coming for Pegasus as the most recent EY Champions Trophy winners in Ireland, all the way back in 2019, marking their qualification path.
Pegasus are under the tutelage of head coach Craig McGrugan this season, hoping to emulate their success under Greg Thompson.
Last summer’s moves have seen a number of university-related switches with Katie McKee back after a spell in England with Beeston.
On the flip side, the hugely talented Charlotte Beggs went to Ulster Elks, Ellie Montgomery to Queen’s and Olivia Berry to Exeter University for their studies.
There is plenty of talent and experience to go around with Kerri Magee, Ruth Maguire, Taite Doherty and Shirley McCay – Ireland’s most capped sportsperson – providing lots of top-line know-how. Niamh McIvor is a big talent to watch out for. Ex-Ireland captain Alex Speers is the top scorer with 15 goals in their league campaign.
Pegasus finished the Irish EY Hockey League in third place, putting them into the quarter-finals of the playoffs, finishing behind first-time winners Pembroke and Catholic Institute.
They were not able to travel to the EHL Ranking Cup last October and so this will be their EHL debut. Overall, though, they have played in 20 previous Euro competitions, finishing eighth in the Euro Club Cup in 2016.
Their best ever performance was in 1982, a fourth place finish in the Club Champions Cup in Italy.