first_imgThe Donegal U16 hurlers have their first competitive tournament of the season at this Saturday’s Peter O’Keefe inter county blitz, 19th July. The tournament has traditionally being run by and held in CLG Aodh Ruadh, Ballyshannon to much success and acclaim since it’s inception.After the disappointment of 2013 (when for the first time Aodh Ruadh did not organise the tournament) that saw only Donegal and Sligo compete, it is being rejuvenated in 2014 by Ulster GAA. In all seven teams from both Connaught and Ulster will take part in what will be an exciting days hurling. The action starts with Donegal taking on a South Ulster selection team at 11 a.m. This one will be very much a step into the unknown and will prove an interesting task for the lads. Their next game is at 12.30 against Roscommon, a county that at senior level at least has seen many a great tussle.Last on the cards for Donegal before the A, B and C finals is last years winners Sligo. The Donegal outfit will be hoping to avenge defeat to the same team that beat them at last year’s final, in what was then an U15 tournament. Hence, both teams are quite familiar with each other and could be the match to see who tops the group.The players have being training hard with both club and county over previous weeks with touch and speed improving. They had a huge learning experience against a highly rated and cohesive Dungiven Kevin Lynchs team only last weekend. Hopefully they will take that experience with them into the tournament and put in some great performances. The team will look to the likes of Oisin Rooney, Kevin Vaughan and Macauley Carr for some inspirational performances.The other side of the draw sees Mayo, Derry and Tyrone contest with 1st, 2nd and 3rd of each group meeting in their respective finals. In an interesting move this year’s panel consists of U16 players only as the U15s are not being made available to U16 management at any stage in 2014. Very much a Donegal football policy it will be interesting to see if it can apply to hurling and if Donegal Hurling has the numbers and depth of talent to compete against the best hurlers from other counties. The team still however fancy their chances and this Saturday will answer that.All support to cheer on the boys is most very welcome in what will be a rare chance to see so many talented hurlers from counties across two provinces compete in our very own back garden in Ballyshannon. All the best to players and management.The panel is:Anthony Horgan St. EunansBrendan Gillespie Aodh Ruadh Cathal Doherty CarndonaghChris Gallagher MacCoolsCiaran Daly Aodh RuadhConor Kelly St. Eunans Daniel Deery BuncranaDarren Fitzpatrick BuncranaDavid Doherty BuncranaDeclan McCarron BuncranaDes Kenny St. EunansJames Doherty BuncranaJames Monagle CarndonaghJamie De Ward MacCoolsKevin Kealy St. EunansKevin Vaughan BuncranaMacaulay Carr BuncranaMatthew Doherty MacCoolsMatty Porter BuncranaMichael Doherty CarndonaghOisin Rooney Aodh RuadhPatrick Wilson BuncranaPaul Doherty MacCoolsRory Quinn Letterkenny GaelsSean Harkin BurtSean Tourish St. EunansMAnagement Team: Gerry Vaughan, Buncrana, John Joe Doherty Carndonagh, Lorcan O’ Toole, Four MastersGAA: DONEGAL U16 HURLERS IN ACTION THIS WEEKEND was last modified: July 18th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalTournamentU16 hurlerslast_img

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