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Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Classy hopefuls driving towards our team prize

By Ali Gordon

Lurgan College 1st XI struck gold for the second time in three years in the Young Team of the Year category at our 2013 Sports Awards.

The girls walked away with the top honour after beating Victoria College 1-0 to lift the Belfast Telegraph Senior Schools' Cup last year and have emulated their success by winning the Cup again in 2014 thanks to a 1-0 extra-time winner over Rainey Endowed.

The victory made it Lurgan College's 12th Schools' Cup final and their fifth win but they will have to beat stiff competition from other young teams if they are to win the Belfast Telegraph's coveted Young Team of the Year again in 2014.

The St Patrick's Day finals proved to be another year of exciting clashes.

It may have been a new stadium at Ravenhill but it was the same old story for Methodist College Belfast who won the Rugby Schools' Cup for the 35th time. A spectacular 27-12 win over Sullivan Upper saw Methody triumph for the third consecutive year.

In GAA, St Patrick's Maghera won the MacRory Cup in their third consecutive final with an impressive 1-12 to 1-8 victory over Omagh CBS at Armagh.

On the football pitch, De La Salle claimed their first Belfast Senior Cup success since 2010 with a thrilling 3-2 comeback win over local rivals St Mary's Grammar School at New Grosvenor on March 17. The triumph made it a record of eight trophy wins for De La Salle.

In Gaelic football, Ulster schoolgirls put in a magnificent performance to beat 2013 champions Munster to lift the Ladies Inter-Pro Shield.

Ulster under-18 girls' hockey team also became 2014 inter-provincial champions after four wins from four in the tournament.

They then followed this up by winning silver medals in the UK School Games, narrowly losing 4-3 to Scotland in the final.

The under-18 boys also had a good tournament, securing bronze medals in the UK School Games, and are expected to be in contention for inter-provincial honours in next week's competition in Leinster.

These are just some contenders we have suggested but you may have some suggestions of your own. If so, please send them in to us via our website ahead of the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards which are due to take place on January 26, 2015 at the Ramada Hotel in Belfast.

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