Gareth Borland and Niall Denham announced their respective finalised Leinster schoolboys Under-18 and 16 panels earlier today for the upcoming interprovincial series that will take place in Grange Road in a fortnight’s time.
The Leinster Under-18s are going for a fourth successive title and have a side with a decent amount of experience to hand. Midfielder Daragh Walsh was part of the Irish U-21 European championships panel while Freddie Morris, David Nolan, Keith O’Hare, Ziggy de Boe Agnew and John Mullins all played some part in the national U-18 training panels last summer.
They all bring a smattering of first team experience while Mateusz Nowakowski has been lining out for Railway Union since arriving in Ireland. It is a side that draws heavily from the St Andrew’s All-Ireland schools winning side with nine players from the school included.
Three players move up straight from the Under-16s to Under-18s – Ben Bradley, Conor Empey and John Guilfoyle.
A quartet of players are back for a second year with Denham’s Under-16s, Wesley’s Jack O’Grady and St Andrew’s trio Josh Little, Mateo Romoli and Ben Walker. Captain Guy Sarratt missed last year’s competition due to a late injury but returns and is a big boon for the panel. He was one of the Irish Under-16s top performers during the summer.
The panel has eight players from Three Rock Rovers – making their total across the two teams 13 – while Monkstown tally 14 players in the two panels.
Leinster Under-18 squad for interprovincials, November 21-23, Grange Road: Leo Micklem (GK, Wesley College/YMCA), Ben Bradley (GK, St Andrews/Monkstown), Mateusz Nowakowski (Mount Temple/Railway Union), Conor Empey (High School/Three Rock Rovers), Robert Browne (St Andrews/Monkstown), John Guilfoyle (St Andrews/Monkstown), Rory Nichols (St Andrews/Monkstown), Patrick Temperley (St Andrews/Monkstown), David Nolan (St Andrews/Monkstown), Andrew Fogarty (St Anderws/Monkstown), Ziggy De Boe Agnew (St Andrews/Avoca), James Walker (St Andrews/Three Rock Rovers), John Mullins (Mount Temple/Clontarf), Keith O’Hare (Sutton Park/Pembroke Wanderers), Daragh Walsh (Wesley/Three Rock Rovers), Geoff Cole (St Andrews/Monkstown), Sam Grace (Kilkenny College/Three Rock Rovers), Freddie Morris (St Columba’s/Three Rock Rovers)
Coach: Gareth Borland
Assistant Coach: Scott Beattie
Manager/GK Coach: Ronan Walsh
Physio: Clare Cooke
Leinster U-16 squad for interprovincials, November 21-23, Grange Road: Nicholas Judge (St Andrews/Three Rock Rovers); Alex Henry (goalkeeper, St Kilians/Corinthian); Harry Craig (St Andrews/Monkstown); Alex Flynn (High School/Three Rock Rovers); Josh Little (St Andrews/Monkstown); Peter Lynch (High School/Three Rock Rovers); Robert McCollum (Wesley/Three Rock Rovers); Tom McLoughlin (Wesley/Three Rock Rovers); Daniel Ellison Wesley/YMCA); Ben O’Grady (Wesley/YMCA); Jack O’Grady (Wesley/YMCA); Alex O’Regan (High School/Three Rock Rovers); Ewan Ramsay Newpark/Monkstown); Matteo Romoli (St Andrews/Monkstown); Guy Sarratt (captain, St Andrews/Monkstown); David Shanahan (St Andrews/Monkstown); Ben Walker (St Andrews/Three Rock Rovers); Mathew Walker (Wesley/Three Rock Rovers)
Coach: Niall Denham
Manager: Brian Cleary
Assistant Coaches: Ronan Hickey, Michael Styles
Physio: Clare Cooke