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Morris minors targeting glory with Ireland

By Graham Hamilton

Twins Harry and Matthew Morris are off to Scotland this weekend with the Irish Under-16s as they begin following in their father's footsteps.

The Sullivan Upper schoolboys are among seven Ulster lads chosen in coach Niall Denham's 18-strong squad for the series being staged in Glasgow from Friday through to Sunday, the others being Sullivan colleagues Fergus Gibson and Tom Robson, Wallace High's Patrick Hunter, Bangor Grammar's Harry Dow and Cookstown High's Jack Haycock.

The Morris twins have a fine hockey pedigree, with dad Ivan the former Lisnagarvey, Ulster and Ireland defender who won many trophies during his career.

In fact, he has NINE Irish Senior Cup medals in his collection - seven with Lisnagarvey and one each with Queen's and Belfast YMCA - let alone others won at both domestic cup and league level.

Ivan conceded: "They're probably better than I was at that age. And the games against Scotland will be great experience for them."

Sullivan, of course, reached the Burney Cup final but oddly the team that beat them in last week's decider - Banbridge Academy - have none in the Irish squad, though Mark Barlow and Scott Dale are among six named non-travelling reserves.

The Irish Under-18s are also playing their Scottish counterparts this weekend, but this time the games will be played here, at the University of Ulster Jordanstown campus.

There are just five Ulster schoolboys in coach Gareth Boreland's 18-strong squad, although injury or unavailability has ruled out Banbridge Academy duo Luke Roleston and Kyle Marshall and Sullivan Upper pair Callum Robson and Matthew Crookshanks.

These four will rejoin the training panel after the Easter break in the training squad towards the European Under-18 championships, which are being staged in Cork in July.

The Under-18 games against Scotland at Jordanstown are at 2pm on Friday and Saturday and at 9.15am on Sunday while the Under-16 games in Glasgow are at 2pm on Friday, 1pm on Saturday and 10am on Sunday.

Meanwhile, there is no domestic programme this weekend due to the Easter Holidays.

But the senior programme resumes next weekend before the Anderson Cup series kicks in by mid-April.

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