St Patrick's hope to bounce back and go top of the class
St Patrick's College, Maghera may have come up short in this year's MacRory Cup competition but they can make amends when they meet Colaiste Choilm, Tullamore in today's Paddy Buggy Cup final (All-Ireland Colleges 'B' Hurling) at Inniskeen, Co Monaghan (2pm).
The south Derry side, with the well-known Paul Hughes as part of their management team, overcame the last two Ulster winners - St Mary's, Belfast and St Louis, Ballymena - en route to the provincial title.
Their side is composed of players from various south Derry clubs with skipper Fergal O'Caiside set to lead from the front against a Tullamore side that beat Portumna Community School in the All-Ireland semi-final.
The Tullamore side's backroom team includes popular hurling pundit Michael Duignan and boasts a fine sporting tradition.
St Patrick's, though, have shown that they are well capable of going the distance in the competition. In Tiarnan Walsh, Ruairi Rafferty, Richie McMullan and Tiarnan McHugh, they have fine players.
Their Offaly opponents include several players who have gained experience at county minor level.