Danske Bank Ulster College’s All-Stars

December 23, 2013

There were three local schools: St Paul’s, Bessbrook, Abbey CBS, Newry and St Colman’s, Newry represented when the 2013-14 Danske Bank Colleges’ All-Stars for football and hurling were announced. In all, a total of 4 players representing the three schools were selected 3 for football and one for hurling.

Abbey CBS picked up a double in the football through right-half back : Donagh McAleenan Club: Cumann Naomh Peadar, Warrenpoint During his time in Abbey CBS, Donagh has captained school teams at every level and collected a Martin O’Farrell medal and a runners-up medal in the Rannafast Cup 2012. With Warrenpoint he has won both the Down Minor and Under 21 championship and he has represented Down at minor level for the past two seasons and right-half forward : Conor Doyle Club: St Brónagh’s, Rostrevor.  Conor won a Martin O’Farrell Cup medal and with St Mark’s, Warrenpoint won 2 Down championship titles.  He has represented his county at minor level for the past two seasons.With St Brónagh’s he recently won a Down Minor medal to add to similar medals at under 14 and under 16 levels.

St Paul’s, Bessbrook are represented by Midfield : Jarlath óg Burns Club: Silverbridge Harps, Jarlath óg holds Colleges’ medals for the Danske Bank, Treanor, Herald and MacCormack Cups and was on the St Paul’s side that contested their first MacRory Cup final in 2013. With Silverbridge Harps he has won medals for the under 16 and Minor Shield, as well as an Armagh Minor title in 2013.

On the 2013-4 Danske Bank Ulster Colleges’ Football All-Stars there are 12 different schools represented in the selection, with St Patrick’s Maghera, Abbey CBS and St Michael’s, Enniskillen the only multiple winners with two each. Seven of the 9 counties are represented in the team with 3 players each from Tyrone and Derry, 2 each from Down, Armagh, Monaghan and Fermanagh, and goalie Shaun Patton from St Eunan’s, Letterkenny.

The 2013-4 Danske Bank Ulster Colleges’ Football All Stars are as follows:

1. Shaun Patton (St Eunan’s, Letterkenny)

2. Barry Kerr (Our Lady’s, Castleblayney)

3. Shea Heffron (St Michael’s, Lurgan)

4. Jason Rocks (Holy Trinity, Cookstown)

5. Donagh McAleenan (Abbey CBS)

6. Cian McManus (St Patrick’s, Cavan)

7. Cathal Mulholland (St Patrick’s, Maghera)

8. Cathal McShane (Holy Cross, Strabane)

9.  Jarlath Burns (St Paul’s, Bessbrook)

10.  Conor Doyle (Abbey CBS)

11.  Conor McKenna (St Patrick’s, Armagh)

12.  Ryan McAnespie (St Ciaran’s, Ballygawley)

13.  Lee Brennan (St Michael’s, Enniskillen)

14.  Eoin McManus (St Michael’s, Enniskillen)

15.  Danny Tallon (St Patrick’s, Maghera)

On the hurling front, selected at right-corner forward  was Pearse óg McCrickard from St Colman’s College, Newry. Pearse óg becomes the first player from his club, Liatroim Fontenoys to win a hurling All-star (Liam Doyle, football in 1999) and only the second (to Matthew Teague 5 years ago) for his college  A dual-player, Pearse óg holds Corn na nÓg and MacFarland Cup medals and was on the An Dún side that lost last season’s Mageean Cup final.  He also represented Ulster Colleges’ in last spring’s All-Ireland A competition. Pearse óg is a former All-Ireland Féile na nGael skills’ winner and holds the record for the highest score ever in the competition.With Down he has won 2 Ulster minor leagues and a minor championship in 2012 as well as an All-Ireland under 16B title.  He was also on the first ever team from his club, currently celebrating its 125 anniversary, to win a Down under 16 hurling title in 2012.

In all there are 9 different schools on the2013/14 Danske Bank Ulster Colleges’ Hurling All-Stars selection covering only 3 counties. Derry has one player – Cormac O’Doherty, Down has 3 (both the midfielders and Pearse óg McCrickard) and the other 11 are from Antrim.

2013/14 Danske Bank Ulster Colleges’ Hurling All -stars are as follows

1 Hayden, Coilin St Killian’s, GarronTower

2 Walsh, Gerard St Mary’s, Belfast

3 Burke, Paddy St Killian’s, Garron Tower

4 Hanna, Caoimhín St Mary’s, Belfast

5 Delargy, Ryan St Killian’s GarronTower

6 Nugent, Domhnall La Salle, Belfast

7 O’Connell, James St Louis, Ballymena

8 Byers, Brook St Patrick’s, Downpatrick

9 Egan, Chris Our Lady & St Patrick’s,   Knock

10 Johnston, Conor St Mary’s, Belfast

11 McClafferty, Cormac Cross & Passion, Ballycastle

12 Christie, Conor Cross & Passion, Ballycastle

13 McCrickard, Pearse óg, St Colman’s, Newry

14 McNaughton, Christy St Killian’s, Garron Tower

15 O’Doherty, Cormac St Patrick’s, Maghera.