The Conor McGurk invitational pre University Championship / County National League tournament at Queen’s University begins the competitive fare in Ulster for 2016.
The competition, which is supported by Comhairle Uladh, will feature this year feature eight teams who will compete in a round robin league section during the first four weekends in January. This represents a doubling of the number of teams catered for after a very successful inaugural competition in 2015.
The top two teams will feature in the final on the Arena Pitch at Queen’s on Friday 23rd January.
The competition is named to honour the memory of Hurling Club Past Member Conor McGurk, who died last year a young man. Conor read sciences at Queens 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.
Queen’s Hurling chairman Peter Shannon commented:
“We are delighted to be in a position to host the Conor McGurk Tournament again in January 2016. After a very successful first competition last year the interest beyond those who competed was extensive and we have doubled the number of teams we have been able to accommodate. The spirit of Conor McGurk was very much present in the games at the Dub last year and we are delighted to be able to remember such a great Queen’s man in this way.
Queen’s Hurling Club are indeed indebted to The Downey Group, Comharle Uladh and Queen’s Sport for their financial and resource support once again, without which the Conor McGurk Cup could not run.”
All fixtures will be played at Upper Malone:
2016 Conor McGurk Groups and fixtures
Group A Group B
Queen’s University Derry
Saturday 2nd January 12pm Queen’s Vs Antrim
Saturday 2nd January 1.30pm Donegal Vs Derry
Sunday 3rd January 12pm St Mary’s Vs Down
Sunday 3rd January 1.30pm Armagh Vs UUJ
Saturday 9th January 12pm Antrim Vs UUJ
Saturday 9th January 1.30pm Derry Vs St Mary’s
Sunday 10th January 12pm Queen’s Vs Armagh
Sunday 10th January 1.30pm Down Vs Donegal
Saturday 16th January 12pm Queen’s Vs UUJ
Saturday 16th January 1.30pm St Mary’s Vs Donegal
Sunday 17th January 12pm Antrim Vs Armagh
Sunday 17th January 1.30pm Derry Vs Down
Saturday 23rd January 7pm Group A winner Vs Group B winner