Release Date: 30/08/2012
The Ulster Men's Deaf Football Team head to Athlone this weekend for the annual Irish Interprovincial Deaf Football Championships.
The Ulster team is backboned by the hugely successful Belfast Deaf Utd outfit which claimed back to back UK Deaf Football Club Championships in 2011 and 2012. However, the Irish tournament has proved extremely competitive in recent seasons, Ulster claiming repeat successes in 2008 and 2009 with Leinster winning the crown in 2010 and Munster becoming champions in 2011.
While Ulster will look to the experience of seasoned campaigners Roy Mckee, Barry Campbell, Eoghan Fee, Richard Dougherty, Noel O'Donnell and Richard Beattie, the tournament offers a great chance for emerging talent to shine. Danny Rea (17), Jaye Martin (16) and Chris Fisher (18) will all have an important role to play if Ulster are to emerge victorious. Other key figures for the Ulster team will be Stephen Millar, Mark Sinclair, Ruari Bradley and Graeme Browne.
Ulster Coach Reggie Dornan is looking forward to the event: “This tournament offers a great opportunity for competitive experience, particularly for younger players hoping to progress to British Deaf Cup/International Success." Ulster play Connaught at 11.15am at Athlone Town FC stadium this Saturday with winners facing Leinster or Munster in the final scheduled for 5.15pm. The Ulster team would like to thank the Irish Football Association for their continued terrific support for deaf/disability football.
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