Ulster surrendered their interprovincial title to Munster last week but team captain Colm Murphy was far from despondent.
Murphy led a relatively inexperienced team into the event at The Island and feels that in the long run, Ulster will benefit from blooding some new faces.
“We had a few new players but they performed exceptionally well,” said Murphy.
“To be honest with you. If it wasn’t for a few putts towards the end we could have done it, but it is fine margins at that level.”
Ulster went into the competition without the likes of Reeve Whitson, who has turned professional, and Harry Diamond, who was injured.
Stephen Coulter (Warrenpoint), Colin Fairweather (Knock) and Matt McClean (Balmoral) came into the side and all made positive contributions.
“It gave those lads an idea of what it is all about and there is no reason why they can’t push on now and perform at that level,” added Murphy.
“From my perspective, I hope that lads will look at the Ulster team and think that there is an opportunity, that it isn’t going to be the same old faces.
“There are a few guys out there who should be thinking, ‘I can make that team’.”