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Ulster four Down Under as Great Britain get ready for Rio Olympics

By Graham Hamilton

Published 09/05/2016

In the frame: Ian Sloan is one of four Ulstermen in the GB squad
In the frame: Ian Sloan is one of four Ulstermen in the GB squad

Four Ulstermen - Iain Lewers, Mark Gleghorne, David Ames and Ian Sloan - have touched down in Australia with the Great Britain squad as they continue their build-up to the Olympic Games in August.

The quartet are very much in coach Bobby Crutchley's plans and it was crucial that they made the cut for the trip Down Under where they will take in a training camp and three internationals against the world champions.

Crutchley has been working with a 25-strong panel, but that was cut to 22 for the Australian adventure which will run through to May 30, and will be further cut for the Champions Trophy which will be staged in London next month.

GB played Olympic champions Germany in three games recently, winning 5-1, 3-1 and 2-0 and each of the four Ulstermen - who all started their international careers with Ireland before switching allegiance to England and GB - featured twice.

Meanwhile yesterday's Anderson Cup final between Kilkeel and Belfast Harlequins, which was postponed late on Friday, is to be rearranged.

In Ulster Hockey's Finals weekend at Stormont, Newry II came from two goals down to beat Annadale II 3-2 in the McClements Cup final with the silver goal winner from schoolboy Mark McCullough.

Instonians III landed the Junior Cup with a 4-0 win over Mossley III, and Civil Service III beat Ballymena 1-0 in the Minor Cup final.

Ulster Juniors, coached by Colin Holmes and Andrew Johnston, won their inter-provincial title after beating Leinster on penalty strokes in what was the deciding game yesterday.

McClements Cup final: Annadale II 2 (C Thompson, J Woodrow) Newry II 3 (D Andrews, D England, M McCullough)

Junior Cup final: Instonians III 4 (T Welshman 2, N Allen, B Lancaster) Mossley III 0

Junior inter-provincials: Saturday: Leinster 2 Ulster 3; Munster 3 Ulster 3; Munster 1 Leinster 4. Sunday: Ulster 3 Munster 0; Ulster beat Leinster on penalty strokes in deciding game

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