Tom O’Donoghue has named a high quality Leinster U-18 squad, packed with division one talent for what promises to be a high quality tournament at Grange Road on October 3 and 4.
Ireland A pair Chloe Watkins and Gillian Pinder (as captain) are among five returnees from the 2008 panel. They are joined by Deirdre Duke, Patricia O’Dwyer and Sinead McGirr who all picked up division one experience in the 2008/09 season with Hermes, Railway and Loreto respectively.
They are joined in the panel by a quartet of Old Alex youngsters – Emily Beatty, Vera Taaffe, Nicola Gray and Leah Lenehan – who have been added to the club’s first team panel. Aisling Naughton and Lisa McCarthy step up from the Irish U-16s. Loreto, Beaufort is the school with the biggest representation with six players involved.
Connacht have named a similarly impressive squad with a large contingent from the Colaiste Iognaid side who won last year’s Kate Russell Cup inlcuding the trio of Tara Melvin, Katie Codyre, Michelle Carey and Lynsey Trainor and will be a force to reckoned with.
Ulster have yet to release their panel but have won the competition in eight of the last nine years.
Leinster U-18 panel: Rachel Barnett (GK, Holy Faith Clontarf/Railway Union), Ruth Murphy (GK, Loreto Beaufort/Loreto), Carly Baker (Loreto Beaufort/Loreto), Ailsing Burke (Alexandra College/Hermes), Laura Delany (Loreto Beaufort/Corinthian), Deirdre Duke (Alexandra College/Hermes), Nicola Gray (VC, Alexandra College/Old Alex), Juliette King Hall (Newpark School/Hermes), Leah Lenehan (Alexandra College/Old Alex), Lisa McCarthy (Mount Anville/Railway Union), Sinead McGirr (Loreto Beaufort/Loreto), Aisling Naughton (Alexandra College/Corinthian), Patricia O’Dwyer (Loreto Beaufort/Railway Union), Niamh O’Reilly (Loreto Beaufort/Loreto), Gillian Pinder (Capt, St Andrews College/Hermes), Vera Taaffe (St Andrews College/Old Alex), Chloe Watkins (St Andrews College/Hermes), Emily Beatty (Alexandra College/Old Alex)
Manager: Wendy Byrne
Coach: Tom O’Donoghue
Asst Coach: Eimear Campion
GK Coach: Jane Coyne