Eight top Ulster teams head south today for the Irish schoolboy’s hockey championships in Dublin.
Since its inception back in 1982 Ulster schools dominated the early years with the first fourteen winners coming from Ulster.
Ulster’s last win was three years ago, when Banbridge Academy saw off their adversaries Cookstown 2-1.
Bann have been drawn in a group that they should qualify from, their real threat coming from RBAI, who include Irish International James Lorimer.
In Group A Sullivan face a tough test as they have been drawn against last season’s finalists Wesley College. However, Sullivan are looking very strong this season and with Callum Robson and Adam McCallister on form they could reach the semi-finals.
Friends and Campbell are in the toughest group as they have been drawn against last season’s winners St Andrews. And with home advantage the Dublin school look favourites to win the group.
The action gets underway with the semi-finals and finals on Friday.
Group 1 - Wesley College, Sullivan, Methody, Bandon GS Group 2 - St. Andrew’s, Friends, Campbell, Newpark Group 3 - Mount Temple, Wallace, Cookstown, Villiers Group 4 - St. Columbas, Banbridge Academy, RBAI, Ashton