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Sullivan ready for difficult All-Ireland mission

 

By Graham Hamilton

Sullivan Upper are hoping to break their duck in the All-Ireland Schoolboy Championships in Munster this week.

But the draw hasn't been kind to the Holywood school who have been pooled with last season's champions St Andrew's from Dublin, as well as Waterford school Newtown and near neighbours Campbell College.

That won't deter Sullivan, who are bidding for their third trophy in two years having won the McCullough Cup in 2015 and the Burney Cup earlier this year.

They have a handful of players who have already gained experience at senior club level with Annadale, but also at the UK Schools Games and the U18 Inter-provincials, including Fergus Gibson, Tom Robson, Callum Carson and the Morris twins, Harry and Matthew.

Pool games are today and tomorrow at Bandon, Ashton, Midleton and Garryduff, while Friday sees the semi-finals at Bandon and Midleton (9.30am) and the final at Garryduff (2.30pm).

Pool A: Banbridge Academy, Wesley College, King's Hospital, Bangor Grammar. Pool B: Sullivan Upper, Newtown, St Andrew's, Campbell College. Pool C: Wallace High, High School Dublin, Kilkenny College, Royal & Prior. Pool D: Friends, RBAI, Ashton, Villiers.

Meanwhile, the Ulster Hockey fraternity, still numbed by the recent tragic death of Philip Duke, were further saddened this week to learn of the passing of Mrs Betty McCullough, the mother of ex-president Nigel and the wife of the late Sam, the donor of the McCullough Cup boys trophy which takes place post-Christmas each year since 1961.

The funeral will take place at St Mary's Parish Church on Hill Street, Newry, on Friday afternoon (1pm) followed by a cremation at Roselawn (4.30pm).

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