All-Ireland Schoolboys finalists Wesley College contribute a massive eight players to the Leinster Under-18 representative panel for the interprovincials which get under way this afernoon.
It comes off the back of the Ballinteer school’s run in Belfast last month where they were agonisingly denied the title by Banbridge Academy.They provide players in a number of key positions with Harry MacMahon likely to play a role in defence, David Mawhinney and Sam Hyland further up and Gavin Gibney at the head of the attack while Mark Samuel’s driving runs should also be a feature.
Indeed, it’s an interesting call-up for Samuel who trained with the English Under-18 panel before returning to Ireland after a couple of years with Surbiton in London. Since coming back, he has been a fine performer for Three Rock’s first team.
Mount Temple’s Mateusz Nowakowski has played with Polish underage teams and represents the province for a second time, adding to the options up front.
St Andrew’s is another side with a large contingent with Ben Walker moving up from the Irish Under-16s while Guy Sarratt – who has already played in the EHL this season – could well be the man to make the blues tick. Ben Bradley is a fine keeper while Conor Empey is another who can have a big impact.
Despite Bann winning the schools competition, they provide just two players to the Ulster Under-18 panel with Kyle Marshall, captain, the key man along with goalkeeper Luke Roleston.
Lisnagarvey players abound with six from that club included by coach Shirley McCay.
At Under-16 level, there are five players back for a second year of interpro action. Rob McCollum – also a top Irish tennis player – was part of the Irish team last summer and can be a leader in midfield.
Nick Judge is back between the posts while Mateo Romoli, Ewan Ramsay and Ben O’Grady are also returnees. There is seven different schools represented.
Leinster Under-18 panel: Alex Barlow (Wesley/YMCA), Ben Bradley (St Andrew’s/Pembroke), Luke Campion (Wesley), Ivan Cooke (St Andrews/Pembroke), Conor Empey (High School/TRR), Gavin Gibney (Wesley/YMCA), Elliot Goode (St Andrews/Newpark), John Guilfoyle (St Andrews/Monkstown), Sam Hyland (Wesley/Monkstown), Josh Little (St Andrews/Monkstown), David Mawhinney (Wesley/YMCA), Harry MacMahon (Wesley/TRR), Mat Nowakowski (Mount Temple/Railway Union), Jack O’Grady (Wesley/YMCA), Mark Samuel (Wesley/TRR), Guy Sarratt (St Andrews/Monkstown), Ben Walker (St Andrews/TRR)
U-18 schedule (all at Garryduff)
Friday, November 20: Munster v Leinster, 3pm; Munster v Ulster, 7pm
Saturday, November 21: Leinster v Ulster, 12pm; Munster v Ulster, 4pm
Sunday, November 22: Ulster v Leinster, 11am; Munster v Leinster, 3pm
Leinster Under-16 panel: Nick Judge (St Andrews/TRR), David Lawless (Mount Temple/Clontarf), Jake Pillow (High School/Railway Union), Oran O’Donnell (Sutton Park/Clontarf), Luke Adams (Newpark/TRR), Matteo Romoli (St Andrews/Monkstown), Robert McCollum (Wesley/TRR), Riain McDonald (St Andrews/Pembroke), Ewan Ramsay (Newpark/Monkstown), Ben O’Grady (Wesley/YMCA), Alistair Empey (High School/TRR), Josh Greaney (Wesley/Corinthian), Matthew Jungman (Newpark/Avoca), Iain Patterson (Wesley/TRR), Sean Harper (Mount Temple/Clontarf), Harry Lynch (High School/TRR), Andrew Canning (High School/Corinthian), Hugo Burns (Wesley/Corinthian)
U-16 schedule (all at Garryduff)
Friday, November 20: Munster v Leinster, 1pm; Munster v Ulster, 5pm
Saturday, November 21: Leinster v Ulster, 10am; Munster v Ulster, 2pm
Sunday, November 22: Ulster v Leinster, 9am; Munster v Leinster, 1pm