By Niall McCoy
DERRY’S defence of the Conor McGurk tournament starts this Saturday when they face Donegal at Queen’s (1.30pm).
The Oakleaf hurlers won the inaugural event 12 months ago, and will fancy coming out of a group that also contains Down and St Mary’s.
The other group features Armagh, Ulster University, Queen’s and Antrim. The two group winners will play off in the final on Saturday 23 January at 7pm.
Derry won last year’s event following a 2-16 to 1-15 victory over Armagh – Liam Hinphey and Alan Grant with their goals.
The tournament is named to honour the memory of Queen’s Hurling Club Past Member Conor McGurk. Conor read sciences at Queen’s and was an active member of the university hurling club. He played in two Fitzgibbon finals and was twice picked as goalkeeper on Combined University teams, the highest accolade in Higher Education hurling.
Queens University Conor McGurk Tournament
Saturday 2nd January 12pm (Group A) Queen’s Vs Antrim
Saturday 2nd January 1.30pm (Group B) Donegal Vs Derry
Sunday 3rd January 12pm (Group B) St Mary’s Vs Down
Sunday 3rd January 1.30pm (Group A) Armagh Vs UUJ
Saturday 9th January 12pm (Group A) Antrim Vs UUJ
Saturday 9th January 1.30pm (Group B) Derry Vs St Mary’s
Sunday 10th January 12pm (Group A) Queen’s Vs Armagh
Sunday 10th January 1.30pm (Group B) Down Vs Donegal
Saturday 16th January 12pm (Group A) Queen’s Vs UUJ
Saturday 16th January 1.30pm (Group B) St Mary’s Vs Donegal
Sunday 17th January 12pm (Group A) Antrim Vs Armagh
Sunday 17th January 1.30pm (Group B) Derry Vs Down
Saturday 23rd January 7pm Group A winner Vs Group B winner
In the event of equal points, final standings will be decided on the head to head results in the group in the first instance and by scores accumulated overall in the three games should the first criteria not separate teams.