Ulster remain in the ascendancy in both of the boys interprovincial tournaments but Leinster’s wins over Munster means they remain in contention at both levels.
Ulster are in the box seat after day one of the schoolboys interprovincial championships at Grange Road following opening day wins over Leinster at both U-18 and U-16 level.
Leinster’s U-18 boys are going for a fourth successive interprovincial crown but know that Ulster, in particular, provide a formidable road-block and probably hold the pre-competition’s favourite’s tag.
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.
Leinster’s Under-16 girls retained the interprovincial title as they got the draw they needed to get over the line in Lisnagarvey against rivals Munster; Ulster won back the Under-18 crown with their 2-0 win over Leinster getting them the title
The Leinster U-16 are in great shape to retain the girls interprovincial title after two strong wins on middle Saturday in Lisnagarvey while their U-18 counterparts face a title showdown with their Ulster hosts on Sunday.
Leinster’s U-18s began their intepro title defence with a win and a draw to head up their section overnight, seeing off Connacht before being pegged back by Munster late on in game two; the U-16 side won out 2-1 against Connacht
Six Leinster U-18s will be aiming to make it two schoolgirl interprovincial titles in a row as Colm Blennerhassett has named a panel with plenty of know-how for this weekend’s competition in Lisnagarvey.
Congratulations to the following players who have selected for the Leinster U-18 Camp this Thursday and Friday and trial games on Saturday morning in Park Avevnue
Despite a condensed schedule, the Leinster U-18 boys managed to retain the interprovincial title in Mossley with two wins, a draw and a loss from their four games in two days; the U-16 title was won by Ulster with four straight wins
In a condensed interprovincial campaign, Leinster’s U-18s picked up a win and a score draw to lead the standings with a game in hand on Ulster and Munster; Ulster, though, look well set to win the U-16 title
A busy weekend lies in wait for the Leinster U-18 and U-16 boys as they have been scheduled to play four games in two days following sub-zero conditions in north Belfast
The boys underage interprovincials take place in Newtownabbey this weekend with the U-16s forced into making a change in the run up to the tournament
Following the launch to the “Save South East Hockey” online campaign, the IHA will meet with the LHA to discuss, among other issues, the permanent retention of the region’s U-18 and U-16 interpro sides
The Leinster U-18 boys side is hoping to retain the inteprovincial title with the bulk of the panel that claimed success at U-16 level two years ago
Unbeaten interpros girls record first U-18/U-16 double since 1996 with superb performances in Garryduff to break the Ulster stranglehold
Leinster enjoyed a good first day at the U-16 and U-18 inteprovincials in Garryduff, getting the better of Connacht 5-1 and 1-0 respectively
After a five-year hiatus, the Leinster Under-18 girls will hope they can end Ulster’s dominance this weekend in Garryduff; along with the Under-16s, they are in Cork for the junior interpros
Both Leinster and the South East’s U-18s have international experience to call upon as both provinces have named players from last summer’s European championship line-up in their panels for the upcoming interpros which take place in Garryduff from October 18-20.
The girls U16 and U18 interpros were last night switched from Connacht to Munster following the western province’s decision to withdraw from hosting the tournaments.