Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana, make their third appearance in a row in the Ulster U16 Vocational Schools hurling final when they play St Colm’s Draperstown today, Thursday, in Dungiven.
The defending champions come into the final in good form having followed up earlier wins over St Columb’s College Derry and St Pat’s Dungiven with a convincing win over a strong St Paul’s Kilrea side.
The Inishowen school which draws players from just Buncrana and Burt is managed by PE teacher Aiden McAleer and whilst he takes his squad into the final with a degree of confidence he is wary of the opposition.
“Games between ourselves and St Colm’s have been tight affairs over the past few years” said the Killyclogher native.
“They beat us convincingly in the corresponding U14 final a couple of years ago, but our boys have really developed since then.”
The Buncrana club team has dominated Donegal underage hurling in the past few years, while most of our squad play on the county U16 and U18 teams where Tom Clare, a Cork native, is in charge of both the county and Buncrana club teams. Clare assists McAleer with the Scoil Mhuire team.
Although the Buncrana outfit have experienced the highs and lows of finals in the last few years they will be looking to players Dylan Duffy, Paul Tourish, Kevin Vaughan, Ben Doherty, Macauley Carr, Patrick Wilson and Darren Fitzpatrick to get them over the line.
Today’s Ulster Vocational Schools final throws in at 1pm Thursday at Kevin Lynch’s pitch in Dungiven.