Glens centrepiece of senior Leinster panel

Recently-crowned Leinster champions Glenanne make up the mainstays of the province’s side for this weekend’s Interprovincial tournament retention bid, set to be held in Serpentine Avenue.

Seven of their number make up the panel as David Keogh and Shane O’Donoghue are set for their first senior tournament.

Graham Shaw and Joe Brennan take on the captain and vice-captaincy duties while Stephen Doran comes in for Dave Fitzgerald in one of the goalkeeping berths with recently capped Gary Shaw retaining his place and Richie Shaw also included, , the latter having skippered the U-21 side a couple of seasons ago.

Elsewhere, there are plenty of other changes as the European-based contingent of Stephen Butler, Alan Sothern, Ronan Gormley and Andy McConnell not available from last season’s line-up while Chris Pelow is now in Australia.

Alan Giles is away for the weekend as well while Gareth Watkins is also not involved, leading to a number of changes in personnel.

David Robinson – after a fine tournament was cut short in the 2008/09 season – is available after missing the latter part of the season through injury while Mark English’s reward for a fine season is a step up from last year’s U-21 selection, joining Railway’s Kenny Carroll.

New international Davy Carson, likewise, moves up a level while Corinthian club mate Andrew Sutton brings their contingent to two players.

Three Rock internationals Peter Blakeney and Mick Maguire have been augmented by Ali Haughton who returns after a couple of years away from the panel while Pembroke’s Mick O’Connor gets a call, too.

Munster’s line-up features a smattering of Leinster-based talent with YM sharp-shooter Johnny Bruton returning to the fray while Karl Lynch (Pembroke), Stephen O’Keeffe (Railway) and Ben Dobson (UCD) all included in a side loaded with Cork C of I talent.

Ulster’s men enter the competition with a formidable line-up with ten internationals in tow including Santander-based pair Mikey Watt and Geoff McCabe along with Reading’s Chris Cargo while Cork native Jason Lynch lines out for a third year with his adopted province.

Senior Interprovincial panels:
Leinster: Iain Walker (GK, YMCA), Steven Doran (GK, Glenanne), Graham Shaw (capt, Glenanne), Joe Brennan (vice capt, Glenanne), Richie Shaw (Glenanne), David Robinson (YMCA), Andrew Sutton (Corinthian), Kenny Carroll (Railway Union), Gary Shaw (Glenanne), Mick Maguire (Three Rock Rovers), Andrew Walker (YMCA), Mick O’Connor (Pembroke), Davy Carson (Corinthian), Mark English (Railway Union), Peter Blakeney (Three Rock Rovers), Shane O’Donoghue (Glenanne), David Keogh (Glenanne), Ali Haughton (Three Rock Rovers)
Coach: Ger Butler
Assistant Coach: Stephen Barry
Manager: Tom Hipwell
Physio: Ali Keogh

Munster: Billy Lynch (GK, Capt, Cork C of I), John Hobbs (Cork Harlequins), Phil Smith (Cork C of I), Ben Dobson (UCD), Karl Lynch (Pembroke Wanderers), Andy Gray (UCC), David Harvey (Cork C of I), Andrew Daunt (Cork C of I), Dave Hobbs (Cork C of I), Clinton Sweetnam (Cork C of I), John Jermyn (Cork C of I), Alec Moffett (Cork C of I), Allister Smith (vice-capt, Bandon), Aaron Beamish (Bandon), Fionn O’Leary (UCC), Jonny Bruton (YMCA), Darren Farrell (Cork Harlequins), Stephen O’Keeffe (Railway Union)
Coach: Alan Dobson
Manager: Ivan Coombes
Asst Coach: Neil Welch

Ulster: Ian Hughes (GK, Cookstown), Richard Johnston (GK, Mossley), John Jackson (vice-capt, Mossley), Jonathon Bell (Lisnagarvey), Ewan Butler (Cookstown), Peter Caruth (Annadale), Jason Lynch (Lisnagarvey), Philip Brown (Banbridge), Geoffrey McCabe (Santander, Spain), Steven Redpath (Instonians), Christopher Cargo (Reading), Timothy Cockram (capt, Lisnagarvey), Paul Gleghorne (Instonians), Drew Carlisle (Banbridge), Bruce McCandless (Banbridge), Michael Watt (Santander, Spain), Dane Ward (Banbridge), Greg Thompson (Lisnagarvey)
Coach: Drew Campbell
Manager: Peter Jackson
Physio: Mark McDonald

Match schedule: Friday – Munster vs Leinster, 8pm; Saturday – Munster vs Ulster, 5pm; Sunday – Leinster vs Ulster, 4pm

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