Ulster College’s 1st Year Hurling Blitz
All Saints Ballymena was once again the venue for the Ulster College’s Shane Mulholland Cup (1st Year hurling blitz) and despite intermittent rain throughout the day, the tournament was a great success and ran like clockwork.
Nine colleges took part in the tournament with teams from Antrim, Derry, Armagh and Down represented and at the end of a splendid day’s hurling it was St. Mary’s CBS Belfast who emerged convincing winners over Our Lady & St. Patrick’s Knock in the final.
The tournament was divided into two groups with Cross & Passion, St. Mary’s CBS Belfast, St. Louis, St. Mary’s Magherafelt and St. Malachy’s in Group 1 and St. Killian’s Garron Tower, St. Patrick’s Maghera, St. Patrick’s Keady and Our Lady & St. Patrick’s Knock, St. Killian’s, St. Patrick’s Keady and st. Patrick’s Maghera in the other group.
After two well contested groups it was St. Mary’s Belfast and Cross & Passion Ballycastle who advanced to the semi-finals from Group 1 while Our Lady & St. Patrick’s Knock and St. Patrick’s Maghera who emerged from Group 2.
St. Mary’s CBS defeated St. Patrick’s Maghera in the first semi-final with Knock emerging as winners of the second semi-final over Cross & Passion Ballycastle.
Our Lady & St. Patrick’s Knock were impressive in their win over the Ballycastle College but appeared to have left it on the semi-final field as they had no answer to a sharp and focused St. Mary’s in the final with the Glen Road school running out convincing 3-7 to 0-1 winners in the final.
After the final Maria Mulholland, mother of Shane Mulholland R.I.P., a former St. Louis pupil and hurler who the tournament is named after, presented the cup to the St. Mary’s captain while tournament organiser Mr. Gillan presented the player of the tournament award to St. Mary’s player, Shea McGarry.