Creggan tournament gets under way this Saturday

Angela Callan, Bank of Ireland and Colm McLarnon, Creggan secretary with six of the captains from teams taking part in this year’s Bank of Ireland-Paddy McLarnon Cup which gets under way on Saturday in Creggan when Rossa meet Ghaoth Dobhair in a preliminary game at 12-30

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One of the great early season events on the GAA calendar gets under way this Saturday and the Saffron Gael will be there to cover all the games and bring you reports and photographs as the Ulster club U21 football championship unfolds.

The Ulster U21 tournament, ran by the Kickham’s Creggan club is one of the most eagerly awaited event on the local GAA calendar and attracts good crowds year after year. I had the pleasure of attending this year’s launch at Kickham’s Staffordstown Road clubrooms and despite very poor weather six of the nine clubs taking part were represented.

Present at the launch were this year’s Antrim champions, O’Donovan Rossa who are taking part for the first time and they will be first in action when they face Ghaoth Dobhair of Donegal in a preliminary round game this Saturday, 13th January 2018 at 12.30. Like Cavan, Fermanagh’s championship had not been completed at the time of the draw but their winners will come up against Carryduff, the Down champions the same day at 2.15 in the first of the quarter-finals.

The next day, Sunday 14th January Crossmaglen, last year’s beaten finalist take on the Cavan champions at 12.30 followed by the third quarter-final at 2.30 where Lavey from Derry will come face to face with Galbally of Tyrone, both sides making a first appearance at the tournament. A week later Donnaghmoyne from Monaghan face the winners of Rossa and Ghaoth Dobhair in the last of the quarter finals.

This will be Rossa’s first time at the tournament and they will face stiff opposition in Ghaoth Dobhair who defeated Antrim champions, Aghagallon in last year’s event and will be returning for a second time. Rossa have impressed in winning this year’s Antrim championship where they beat Lamh Dhearg in a good final and look well capable of going forward to a place in the quarter final.

Clockwise: Dominic McEnhill Rossa. Action from Ghaoth Dobhair and Aghahallon in last year’s tournament and Rian O’Neill from last year’s beaten finalists, Crossmaglen who should line out again against the Cavan champions on Sunday at the same venue.

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