Antrim and Derry captains meet in Casement Park ahead of Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 Ulster Final.
Antrim captain, Cormac Donnelly, and Derry captain, Oisin McCloskey, came face to face in Casement Park today ahead of the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling Ulster Final clash which takes place there on Wednesday evening.
Reigning Ulster title holders Derry are looking to win their third provincial championship in as many years but are seen as the under-dogs going into the game. The Oak Leaf county beat Down in the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling Under-21 Ulster semi-final with seven points to spare but they will need to be firing on all cylinders when they come up against a strong Antrim side.
Antrim's CJ McGourty, Eddie McCloskey, Michael Armstrong and Darren Hamill are all in top scoring form and the Derry backs will have to be at full strength to limit scoring sprees from the Glensmen. Antrim are going for their 25th Ulster under-21 title which they last held in 2006.
Ger Cunningham, Sport Sponsorship Manager, Bord Gáis Energy, said: "This will certainly be an exciting game. Antrim had a big win over Armagh coming into it however Derry will be very hungry to make history for the county and win their third title in-a-row. Bord Gáis Energy is delighted to support such an important Championship which sees young players developing their skills and indeed some of the finest talent in the country."
Bord Gáis Energy also launched a brand new website to support the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 Championship, www.breakingthrough.ie, which will offer news, information and a host of interactive activity linked to the competition. A major feature of the online campaign will be the 'Pass it On' viral campaign which is set to take GAA fans by storm this summer. The video sees a sliotar being passed around the country and beyond, starting with Joe Canning in Portumna and on to various GAA stars, celebrities and members of the public in a variety of unusual venues.
Bord Gáis Energy have set up a starting fund of €10,000 for Crumlin Children's Hospital and Temple Street Children's Hospital and have pledged to donate an additional €2, to be split between the charities, for every video clip that is uploaded onto the site by the public. There will also be a number of competitions running with top class prizes to be won based on the creativity of the footage uploaded. Full details can be found on www.breakingthrough.ie.