Over the last number of weeks a series of trials have taken place to help the team of selectors identify the talent to deliver a successful week for the 18 person Junior and Premier squads.
After closing observing the skill sets on offer Junior Squad manager, Gary McAlister, was enthusiastic about his side’s chances noting
“The selectors and I have been very impressed with the talent on show. We had over 100 players to assess over the last 6 weeks and decisions to cut this to 18 have not been easy. We are confident that we have assembled a great squad to compete at this year’s tournament and look forward to Thursday’s draw too see what challenges lie ahead”
John Bailie, Premier Squad Manager, added
“I’ve been very impressed by the standard of player who have attended trials recently. This year there has been a really good blend of 2002 and 2003 age groups and it is very likely that this year’s squad will contain quite a few younger players”.
Moving forward Gary and John will be selecting their final squads, who will then embark in a programme of training sessions and matches to give them every chance of success, with the aim to bring trophies back to County Down.
This year’s tournament kicks off on Sunday 28th July with the Opening Parade & Ceremony and conclude with the Finals on Friday 2nd August, 2019.