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U17s stickmen hint at bright future

Dublin'S U17 hurlers travelled to Mallow in Cork last Saturday to take part in the Eugene Carey Memorial tournament.

The young Dubs were short of their minor contingent who are involved in this Sunday's All-Ireland final but showed enough promise to make one believe that the future is bright.

They won their first game over Waterford 2-10 to 1-5. The victory was built on a solid defensive unite where the full-back line of Ken Wigglesworth, Eoin Whelan and John Bellew were outstanding while centre-back Mark Kavanagh showed his immense talent.

Up front, Colly O'Neill was their main danger throughout. Unfortunately for Dublin, the long journey coupled with the fact they were not at full strength hindered them for the remainder of the day as they went down to defeats to Cork and Limerick.

Team mentor Nollaig Ryan, however, was happy with how the day turned out.

"It was a great day out and a great experience," he said.

"Certainly there is a lot to build on for next year. With the 16s, 17s and current minors all together you'd have very high hopes for next year's minor side."