Newry hosted its second ever National Hurling Blitz recently. The competition grew from the year before to take on board the C level of competition too. Venues used on the day were The Abbey Grammar School, St Colmans College & the county ground itself, Park Esler. In all there were 37 teams in competition on the day representing 3 of the provinces.

Down Under 16 Hurlers
Down Under 16 Hurlers

The C section of the blitz was held in Park Esler with the U14 & 16 sections played together. In all there was 12 teams operating out of the venue & with the 2 age groups alternating everything ran smoothly. At the end of proceedings Louth were victorious in the U14’s beating Longford in the final 2-6 v 1-0. In the U16 section Longford again reached the final where unfortunately they were again beat only this time by Donegal on a scoreline of 1-5 v 0-2

Abbey Grammar was the setting for the All Ireland U14 B on Saturday with 13 teams, that included Derry, Down, Tyrone and South Ulster, Connaughts Roscommon, Mayo and Sligo and from Leinster Carlow, Kildare, Westmeath, Meath and Wicklow all travelled to Newry to compete in Plate, Shield and Cup competitions.

All teams had at least 2 round matches and this led to the teams being graded into the various competitions at semi final stage. In the plate Carlow met Wicklow with Carlow winning on a scoreline of 1-8 to 1-3 as did Roscommon who defeated Donegal 1-6 to 1-2. Carlow went on to win the Plate in a tight game against Roscommon by 5 points on a scoreline of 2-8 to 2-3.

In the Shield semi finals Kildare met South Ulster (an amalgamation of Cavan, Monaghan and Fermanagh) and they caused an upset beating Kildare on a scoreline of 1-6 to 1-2. In the other semi final Tyrone were comprehensively beaten by a rampant Westmeath team by 8-2 to 0-4. Westmeath then went on to defeat South Ulster by 6 points to lift the All Ireland U14B Shield on a scoreline of 2-7 to 1-4.

In the Cup semi finals Derry impressively beat Mayo by 4-8 to 1-5 and in a close encounter Meath defeated Down to set up the final pairing. In another close encounter Meath were victorious winning the game by a three point margin on a scoreline of 0-9 to 0-6

The whole day from start to finish was a great spectacle of hurling with all the u14 teams participating within the full spirit of sportsmanship and with some future senior stars on show.

The U16B competition was played in the famous Violet hill complex belonging to St Colmans. This was a very keenly contested competition with many teams of equal standard battling it out for places in their respective semi finals. Ultimately after 3 rounds of group games in 4 groups we came up with our semi final pairings.

In the plate section Sligo won a pulsating semi final with Donegal on a scoreline of 3-8 v 4-4, while Wicklow had 4 points to spare over Roscommon in the other semi 2-6 v 1-5. Setting up a Sligo v Wicklow final that Sligo controlled from start to finish running out 10 point winners on a 2-10 v 0-6 scoreline.

The shield section saw an all Leinster semi final between Laois & Kildare. Laois were in Newry with their B team as their A team has made that step up to A level in recent years and unfortunately ended up on the losing side to a very talented Kildare team this time however  3-8 v 0-3. In the other semi Meath were to strong for Mayo, running out double scores winners 4-10 v 2-5. The final, played on Park Esler was a very tight affair for the first half with both defences on top, but as the game wore on in the second half Meath were able to pull away to record a 7 point win 3-9 v 2-5

The Cup competition which was the biggest trophy up for grabs on the day had real cut & thrust about it. Both semi finals were keenly contested & both were played at ferocious pace. Derry overcame Westmeath by a single point 2-6 v 1-8 in a game that looked to be heading to extra time & Down defeated Carlow in a bad tempered affair 0-11 v 0-2 setting up an all Ulster final. The final of the 2 neighbours was a real spectacle for the supporters as it turned into a real goal fest with Down eventually coming out on top in the 9 goal thriller 6-9 v 3-5 meaning the Adrian Murray cup resided in the Mourne county for another year.

Special thanks must go to; 

All the staff from Down that helped out on the day Linesmen, pitch coordinators etc

To the Ulster council staff, Jimmy Darragh, Micky Glover, Aisling Groogan & recently retired Ronan McWilliams, their ability to run & coordinate was essential in the running of everything.

The referees without whom no game could take place. We  may berate them & its something that needs to end because the minute these men say no, we will have no more games.

Courtneys caterers who fed in excess of 1,100 people in one venue over one day.

The venues were top class. Facilities to host an event that size id be amazed if they could be matched 

Downs PRO Paul Rooney for the constant updates on twitter & facebook throughout the day.

Downs GDM Conor O Toole that ensured staff & venues etc were sorted particularly during a very busy time with Cul Camps

Diarmuid Cahill the countys IT officer & chairman of the National Feile committee showed exactly why he is held in such high esteem throughout the country. His ability to manipulate fixtures so that everything fitted neatly into the day is something I still can’t understand how he did. To the printed envelopes for the food tickets, everything was done with that little bit of class.

Finally the county Secretary, Sean Og McAteer. Without him this competition, its size & its structure simply would not be possible. From organising first aid, to collecting medals, to running pitches, to getting gaffer tape to cordon off pitches no job is to small. Any advice or help that was ever needed he was always on hand & its easy to see why with a secretary like that pushing hurling in the county that the sport is improving so dramatically.


U14C Results

Group 1

South Ulster 1-3 v Leitrim 1-8

South Ulster 0-0 v Longford 5-4

Leitrim 0-3 v Longford 5-6

Group 2

Derry 1-2 v Meath 3-2

Derry 0-0 v Louth 4-12

Meath 0-4 v Louth 4-8

Plate Final

South Ulster 2-1 v Derry 3-2


Shield Final

Meath 0-7 v Leitrim 3-2


Cup Final

Longford 1-0 v Louth 2-6











U14B Results

U14B Group 1
Derry 2-5 Weatmeath 0-3
Derry 4-6 Donegal 2-4
Westmeath 3-4 Donegal 0-6

U14B Group 2 
Kildare 3-4 Carlow 0-6, 
Kildare 0-2 Down 3-9
Down 8-6 Carlow 1-6

U14B Group 3
Meath 2-11 Wicklow 0-6, 
Meath 2-9 South Ulster 1-2
Wicklow 0-5 South Ulster 2-6

U14B Group 4
Tyrone 4-5 Sligo 4-3
Tyrone  0-3  Mayo 5-10
Tyrone 4-5 Roscommon 2-8
Mayo 2-14 Sligo 1-2

U14 B Semi Finals 

Carlow 1-8 Wicklow 1-3
Roscommon 1-6 Donagal 1-2

Kildare 1-2 South Ulster 1-6, 
Tyrone 0-4 Westmeath 8-2

Down 3-3 Meath 4-8
Derry 4-8 Mayo 1-5


Carlow 2-8 Roscommon 2-3

Westmeath 2-5  South Ulster 1-4

Derry 0-6 Meath 0-9

U16C Results

Group 1

South Ulster 0-4 v Donegal 0-4

South Ulster 5-9 v Sligo 1-0

Donegal 4-6 v Sligo 0-1


Group 2

Longford 2-6 v Leitrim 1-5

Longford 2-8 v Louth 0-0

Leitrim 1-2 v Louth 3-6


Plate Final

Louth 0-2 v South Ulster 6-7


Shield Final

Leitrim 1-6 v Sligo 0-0


Cup Final

Longford 0-2 v Donegal 1-5











U16B Results

Group 1: 
Meath 1.5, Westmeath 2.7
Meath 1.4, Roscommon 0.4
Westmeath 3.8, Roscommon 0.6

Group 2: 
Laois 2.1, Carlow 1.7
Laois 2.6, Sligo 0.2
Carlow 2.9, Sligo 1.3

Group 3: 
Down 1.13, Kildare 2.2
Down 2.14, Donegal 1.1
Kildare 0.8, Donegal 0.5

Group 4: 
Derry 2.7, Mayo 2.2
Derry 0.13, Wicklow 0.3
Mayo 2.10, Wicklow 1,8


Sligo 3.8, Donegal 4.4
Roscommon 1.5, Wicklow 2.6

Kildare 3.8, Laois 0.3
Meath 4.10, Mayo 2.5

Derry 2.6, Westmeath 1.8
Down 0.11, Carlow 0.2


Sligo 2.10, Wicklow 0.6

Kildare 2.5, Meath 3.9

Derry 3.5, Down 6.9

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