Co. Down boss hopes to build on success

COUNTY Down boss John Bailie is about to embark on his second campaign in charge of the Premier (under 17) team, hoping to follow on from the success that saw his charges win the Vase competition last year.

In his search for the top players in the county, Bailie is getting his preparations underway earlier than usual.

“I’m aiming to run a series of trials during the month of March, and by end of that same month, to have a preliminary squad of 30 players,” he said.

“The boys selected will then have a number of training sessions before coming together for a final trial game at the beginning of May, in advance of the naming of an initial squad of 23 players.”

If you are a coach or parent and you know of any under 17 player who has the ability to represent County Down at the world-renowned Milk Cup tournament, which takes place from 21st July - 26th July 2012, make sure to contact one of the trial co-ordinators with details of name, date of birth, contact number, position and club/school.

To be eligible for the County Down Premier Squad players must be born after 1st January 1995. Furthermore, parents or guardians of players must currently live at an address in County Down.

This area takes in Newry, Warrenpoint, Kilkeel, Banbridge, Rathfriland and Dromora.

Trial Co-ordinator is Peter Houston (07867767787).

The NI Milk Cup will mark its 30th anniversary in style in 2012. To celebrate, the competition will commence earlier with games at venues from Saturday, July 21st. Owing to the London Olympics, the tournament will conclude on Thursday, July 26th.