CITY OF Derry Head Coach, Bevan Lynch believes Ulster Selectors could unearth much more potential talent should they cast their eye over his promotion-chasing players at Judges Road.
SIMON COLLINS reports
Both scrum half, Andrew Semple and second row, David Houston played key roles in the Ulster Ravens’ 17-7 victory over Connacht A during Wednesday’s Interprovincial clash at Deramore Park as Ravens boss, Gary Longwell named an inexperienced side.
And Lynch, although delighted at the inclusion of two of his squad members, insists there are several other players that could easily make the grade at provincial level.
Derry’s leading try scorer last season, Peter Henderson has made a significant impact at club level over the past few years and he’s one of the players Lynch believes is ready for the step-up.
“It’s great to get those two guys recognised at that level,” said the Kiwi. “Davy has made a number of appearances for the Ravens, on and off, over this last number of years. He’s a quality line-out forward and probably the best in Ulster
“And Andrew Semple has been one of our outstanding players for the last three seasons. He’s strong and plucky and on Wednesday he was able to show his worth.
“We just hope the selectors can have a bit more of a look at what we’re doing in the North West,” he added. “There’s plenty of guys up here who are good enough. Peter Henderson, for example, has been nominated for ‘senior player of the year’ and has yet to get a Ravens’ cap and we have a number of other players like him.”
Chance to impress
Lynch is expected to rest both Semple and Houston for tomorrow’s visit of Rainey Old Boys at Judges Road in the Ulster Senior League (Kick-off 2 p.m.), and he will use the fixture as an opportunity for those on the fringes to push for a starting place in the club’s crucial final three All-Ireland League games.
“We’ve got a lot of guys that are keen for a bit of game time, so this is an opportunity to give some of these guys that have been pushing for a place some match time ahead of the final three AIL games.
“Players like Gareth Beattie up front has been outstanding for us this season, whenever he comes on he makes a big impact so he’ll start. He can be played at tight-head prop or in the second row.
“There are a number of other players who have played 15-20 minutes in games and I will be starting with those guys tomorrow.
“Last weekend we had David Funston and William McCleery missing through injury and I would like to play them against Rainey.
“I am also looking to bring in Richard Peoples and with all this competition for places, it should improve our chances of climbing up the 2A league,” he concluded.