2016 National U-16 Inter-County Preview

A look ahead to Sunday on Royal Meath

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SEVEN counties will compete for the Tommy Murphy Cup in Royal Meath on Sunday. Communications & Press Officer Jason O’Connor takes a closer look at the sides competing in the 36 hole event.


ONE change for this year’s event is the fact that Scotch Foursomes has replaced Foursomes as the doubles format for the first 18 holes. Considering Scotch is what was played in the provincials this should give all teams a better degree of familiarity with the format as Dublin look to defend the title that they won in Tipperary Hills last year. Lennon Blake and Craig Hennessy are the only survivors from last year’s winning side as Darragh Cullen, Luke Devlin, Darragh McGibney and Alan Power make up the other four players this year. They will be hoping to make amends for a disappointing performance at the Leinsters in The Acres where they failed to medal.


            The winners from The Acres, Offaly, enter with some new found confidence after that success as Coleby Clear, Alex Egan, Daniel and Michael Fox, Dominic Scully and Diarmuid Woods look to push on from their Leinster success. Cork and Kerry are the only Munster counties involved this weekend, like they were at their own provincial last weekend in Tramore with Eoin Keating and Glenn Towler the only players returning for the Rebel County from the side that lost out to Dublin by four shots last year in Tipp Hills. Iain Aherne, Conor Bowdren, Kieran Mills and Cian Murphy make up the Cork line-up this year as Kerry there are two changes from the Kerry team that took part in Tramore last Sunday.


            Lorcan Martin and Gerard Cronin come into the Kerry line-up this Sunday alongside Cillian Courtney, Colm Cagney, Padraic Looney and Jack McCarthy as the Kingdom look for their first medals in the event since a runners-up finish in Raffeen Creek in 2013. Last year’s bronze medallists Meath will hope for a good performance on home turf as Seanie Bellew, Evan Carry, Sean Clerkin, Keneisha Green Scully, Chris Matthews and Jack O’Brien represent the Royal County. Westmeath will hope for another good showing as well after getting the bronze medal at the Leinsters with Jack Buckley, Dylan and Padraig Carton, Aaron Kennedy, Nathan Malone and Conor Mullins lining out for the Lake County on Sunday.


            While Leinster Runners-Up Longford  are not taking part this Sunday, Louth have entered a team for Sunday having not featured in The Acres giving us our seven teams for the weekend.


We wish all U-16’s taking part over both days in Royal Meath this weekend the very best of luck. Updates will be available on the PPUI website throughout the course of both days.