UCC DEMONS open their U20 National League campaign at home to local rivals Fr Mathews at the Mardyke Arena on Sunday 15th September 2019. In this the inaugural year of this new format Under 20 National League UCC Demons have being grouped with local rivals Fr Mathews and a trio of Kerry clubs KCYMS Killorgan, Tralee Warriors and Gneeveguilla.
Sundays opening series of games will see the clash of Gneeveguilla V KCYMS Killorgan 1.15pm tip –off followed by UCC Demons V Fr Mathews at 3;15 pm at the Mardyke Arena . This new look UCC Demons Under 20 team will feature a host of familiar faces from Blue Demons juvenile ranks that have featured at Superleague most notably David Lehane, Blake Murphy, Cian Looney and Craig Sweeney coupled with a trio of international players UCC student Seamus Carney ( Hungary), Tala Fam ( Spain ) and Ladas Bite (Lithuania). Under the guidance this season of Coach Daniel O Mahony (returning from KUBS Dublin) and Assistant coach Stuart Rodgers.
Chairman Michael O Leary stated: “This is the beginning of a new era for us in a new competition and we hope that the members of the club will turn out to support this team, the new flagship team of the club. The preparation were going well with a few hick ups, Coach Daniel O Mahony was In a rather serious RTA and was hospitalized for a few day and hopefully he will make a speedy recovery. We also had 1 preseason game cancelled and 1 local league game cancelled at the last minute leaving us with only 2 competitive game so far, ahead of this clash with a completely new look team this is far from ideal. We know we have all the right ingredients to be successful with this team, this game might be coming a little bit early in the teams preparations be we will just have to see on Sunday