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Burren raring to go as St Paul's tournament gets under way

By Declan Bogue

The annual St Paul's minor tournament - the Ulster Club Championship for minor teams - gets under way tomorrow with Burren of Down out in action against St Eunan's of Donegal in the preliminary round.

There will be a 1pm throw-in at the St Paul's complex on Shaw's Road, with St Eunan's coming into this tournament boosted by their triumph in last year's Paul McGirr Ulster Under-16 Championship.

They have also shown good form coming into this competition, beating Kilcar in the county final 5-10 to 1-8.

Burren have ample management talent on the sidelines, with John 'Shorty' Treanor assisted by former Crossmaglen captain Anthony Cunningham and 1994 All-Ireland winner Miceál Magill.

The other game of the weekend sees local representatives O'Donovan Rossa come up against Killaney Gaels of Monaghan at the Woodlands facility, that clash throwing in at 2.45pm tomorrow.

Killaney are a club that won their first title at this grade a while back, and with the men's senior team back in senior football for the first time since the 1980s, the overall health of the club looks rosy.

O'Donovan Rossa are managed by Hugh McGettigan, who doubled up as the Antrim minor manager this year and pulled off a huge shock win over Donegal in the Ulster quarter-final before bowing out to eventual winners Derry.

Several of the team are also doubling up on the Under-21 team that won the Antrim Championship last weekend with a win over Lamh Dhearg.

Elsewhere, Monaghan's Corduff are in action in the All-Ireland Ladies' Junior Championship final when they face Aghada, something of an amalgamation team from Cork. The game is hosted in Crettyard in Laois this afternoon with a 2pm throw-in time.

Aghada can lean on the experience of Roisín Phelan, who won a number of All-Ireland titles with Eamonn Ryan's Cork senior team.

Finally, two novel cross-code matches take place this afternoon when Queen's University will be taking on a combined Scottish Universities team in shinty.

Both games are at The Dub on the Malone Road and the camogie-shinty begins at 12.30pm, while the hurling-shinty begins at 2pm.

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