It is ten years since the Irish Shamrocks played in an inter-provincial tournament but this weekend, Ireland’s Under 18s will line up against Ulster, Munster and Leinster in the Under 21 inter pros at Lisnagarvey.
The Irish young guns include five Ulster players, all of them already establishing themselves in premiership clubs.
RBAI schoolboy, James Lorimer switched allegiance from Mossley to Instonians and already has slotted into the back four superbly for his new club.
Ross Kelly is one of the promising starlets at Lisnagarvey and Johnny McKee, the son of renowned former Irish International John McKee, has been included in the Banbridge squad several times.
Sullivan’s Michael Robson, is one of the most promising players around and the Annadale player has the potential of a very successful international career.
Belfast Harlequins, Gavin Adams, is superb between the sticks and it looks like only a matter of time before he establishes himself in the Irish number one jersey.
Irish coach Graham Shaw will be using the weekend as part of his build up to the Euro Hockey Youth tournament in Gasawa, Poland in July.
Stephen Dowds will lead one of the strongest Ulster U21 sides for several seasons, but how Dowds has missed out in not being named in the recently announced Irish Team, is mind boggling.
His omission is Ulster’s gain and he will be joined by five Bann teammates, Josh Moffet, Peter Brown, Matthew Bell, Owen Magee, and Hugh McShane.
Annadale twin brothers John and William Edgar have the potential to turn any game on its head and along with their Dale colleagues Conor Roberts, Andy Williamson and Matthew Allister, they make up quite a formidable Dale contingent.
Meanwhile, there is only one premiership game on between Kilkeel and Belfast Harlequins.