Leinster boys ready for interpro series

Leinster Under-18 coach Michael Styles can draw on the services of seven of the St Andrew’s team that helped their school win the All-Ireland Schoolboys Championships before the mid-term break.

They are entering the final stretch in preparations for their interprovincial championships which get under way on November 18 at the Queen’s University grounds in Belfast.

Herald Sports Star of the week Ben Walker will be one of the ones to watch in midfield while Andrew’s skipper Guy Sarratt is another who will control the tempo for the blues.

They are joined by central defender Matteo Romoli, Harry Craig, goalkeeper Nick Judge and Rian McDonald while David Shanahan was called into the squad in place of Wesley’s Rob McCollum.

David Shanahan has come into the panel for Rob McCollum in the Leinster Under-18 panel. Pic: Adrian Boehm

David Shanahan has come into the panel for Rob McCollum in the Leinster Under-18 panel. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Wesley and High School have the next best representation with both now represented by four players each with striker Peter Lynch recovering from a broken collar bone that has ruled out of most of the season to date.

He is one of eight Three Rock Rovers players in the squad, reduced from nine.

Newpark’s Luke Adams and Ewan Ramsay and Mount Temple keeper David Lawless complete the squad. They start off with a potentially key tie against Ulster in game one of the campaign before facing Munster on November 19.

In a tough schedule, they close out their tournament on Sunday, November 20 with the return legs against both Ulster and Munster with four hours between the two start times.

Leinster Under-18s: David Lawless (Clontarf/Mount Temple), Nick Judge (Three Rock Rovers/St Andrews), Alex Flynn (Three Rock Rovers/High School), Guy Sarratt (Monkstown/St Andrews), Matthew Walker (Three Rock Rovers/Wesley), Hugo Burns (Corinthian/Wesley), Luke Adams (Three Rock Rovers/Newpark), Ben Walker (Three Rock Rovers/St Andrews), David Shanahan (Monkstown/St Andrews), Matteo Romoli (Monkstown/St Andrews), Ewan Ramsay (Avoca/Newpark), Alex O’Regan (Three Rock Rovers/High School), Alistair Empey (Three Rock Rovers/High School), Harry Craig (Monkstown/St Andrews), Rian McDonald (Pembroke/St Andrews), Ben O’Grady (YMCA/Wesley), Jack O’Grady (YMCA/Wesley), Peter Lynch (Three Rock Rovers/High School)

Coach: Michael Styles
Assistant coaches: Nick Dee/Simon Lowry
Manager: Emer Keogh
Physio: Andrew Brooks

Fixture schedule
Friday, November 18: Ulster vs Leinster, 3pm; Ulster vs Munster, 7pm
Saturday, November 19: Munster vs Ulster, 12pm; Munster vs Leinster, 4pm
Sunday, November 20: Leinster vs Munster, 12pm; Leinster vs Ulster 4pm

Leinster Under-16 head coach Ronan Hickey said his coaching team “had an extremely difficult task” to select his final panel of 18 players after an intense training series.

“We would like to thank all the 26 players for the superb commitment and attitude shown during the training Panel phase. We look forward to seeing the squad continue to develop.”

The side features many new faces but can draw on a number of players with strong experience under their belt with St Andrew’s Cian Murphy already having played in the Pembroke first team while the towering Harry Lynch was part of the Irish Under-16 panel last summer. He brings a devilish drag-flick and could be a key feature for the side.

Leinster Under-16s: David Murphy (Newpark/Avoca), Roan Kennedy (St Andrews College/Monkstown), Mark Duggan (Mount Temple/Clontarf), Henry Ellis (Wesley/Corinthian), Ross Howard (The High School/Corinthian), Calum Adair (The High School/Three Rock Rovers), James Maginnis (Kings Hospital/Pembroke), Harry Lynch (The High School/Three Rock Rovers), Josh Greaney (Wesley College/Corinthian), Matthew Sweetnam (Kings Hospital/Three Rock Rovers), Riley Marchant (St Andrews College/Monkstown) Craig Mackay (Wesley/Corinthian), Scott Ruttle (Wesley College/Three Rock Rovers), Samuel Staunton (St Kilians/Pembroke), Evan Rankin (Newpark/Avoca), Fionn Marriott (Wesley College/YMCA), Ben Hickmott (St Andrews College/Monkstown), Cian Murphy (St Andrews College/Pembroke)

Coach: Ronan Hickey
Assistant coaches: Ashley Harrison/Mark Cullen
Manager: Brian Cleary

Fixture schedule
Friday, November 18: Ulster vs Leinster, 1pm; Ulster vs Munster, 5pm
Saturday, November 19: Munster vs Ulster, 10am; Munster vs Leinster, 2pm
Sunday, November 20: Leinster vs Munster, 10am; Leinster vs Ulster 2pm

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