On Saturday past (30th May) in sundrenched Owenbeg (Derry GAA, Centre of Excellence), Dungiven it was the Ulster County U14 Hurlers who where in action.
For some of these players it was the first time (and hopefully the first of many) they got to pull on their county jersey to represent their county.
There were 10 county teams in action with two groups of 5 teams.
Section 1: North Antrim; South Antrim; Down; Armagh, St Patrick’s; Derry A
Section 2: Donegal; Derry B; Tyrone; Monaghan; Armagh, St Malachy’s
All matches were only complemented by the weather and all teams played 80mins of county standard hurling.
From all the matches it was very obvious of the work that is going into at underage hurling level across Ulster and some of the scores, tackling and stick work of the young players was matching that of their senior counterparts in the Ulster Senior Hurling Championship quarter-finals.
Special mention must go to a young lad from St Endas GAA in Antrim. Comac Ross who played in many positions for the North Antrim side but whose hurling skills are second to none.
The Next Development Squad Blitz is an U15 affair, split over two venues – Down and Fermanagh on Saturday 13th June.