It's high fives for Ulster and skipper Timmy
Published 16/05/2011 | 11:26
Five of the eight all-Ireland prizes are now sitting in the Ulster trophy cabinet following the province's senior inter-provincial success in Dublin yesterday.
The superior firepower of Drew Campbell's team crushed Munster 7-2 on Saturday evening and a 3-3 draw against hosts Leinster was enough yesterday afternoon to complete a memorable year.
Garvey's Timmy Cockram played a captain's role by scoring twice in each game to bring home the trophy for the sixth time in the past eight years.
Ulster needed only a draw against Leinster after the trouncing of Munster, with Cockram, Chris Cargo and Mickey Watt each bagging a brace and Geoff McCabe scoring the other in the Saturday showdown.
Against Leinster yesterday, Ulster had to come from 2-1 down at the interval but Cockram's double plus one from Garvey colleague Greg Thompson earned the 3-3 draw.
There's no doubt the pendulum of power has swung back north of the border.
Banbridge bagged the Irish Hockey League title, Cookstown clinched the Irish Senior Cup, Lisnagarvey II landed the Irish Junior Cup, South Antrim secured the Irish Hockey Trophy, Banbridge Academy blazed their way to glory in the all-Ireland schools' championship, and the Under 18s won the first of the inter-provincial titles.
With the seniors taking their crown, the only national trophies to slip away were the Under 16 and Junior inter-provincials and the Irish Hockey Challenge.
Meanwhile, Ulstermen David Ames (ex-Cookstown) and Chris Gregg (ex-Lisnagarvey) both scored as English side Beeston beat Doncaster 6-2 on Saturday to clinch a cup and league double.
And Iain Lewers (ex-Annadale) earned a bronze medal in his first series with Great Britain who finished third in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia.