Watt a way for Under 18s to start season in Manchester
Ulster's High Performance Manager Stephen Watt is convinced the province has a bright future even though it was a blow to lose four top teams to the all-Ireland league set-up.
Watt was delighted with the performance of the Under 18 boys and girls squads which returned from the Sainsburys UK School Games in Manchester over the weekend with gold and bronze medals respectively.
"We have a very talented group at U18 level, and there are clearly a number of potential senior internationals among them," he said.
"Coach Shirley McKay has brought a different tactical angle to how we play with the ball and the boys have embraced the challenge and the gold medal was rich reward for their efforts and commitment.
"The girls have been progressing under coach Steven Arbuthnot, and they were the best conditioned squad at the Games, thanks to work put in by them and James Knox over his 10-week programme."
"Both groups are aware how we want them to play, and our focus is on how we perform individually and collectively. And by delivering on the detail, the rewards come with the medals."