Girls interpros take centre stage at Stormont

Leinster Under-18 girls head coach Sarah Scott is hoping she can continue to work the oracle with the schoolgirls selection as she bids to lead the blues to another interprovincial crown under her tenure.

She previously coached the Under-16s to three titles and already has a couple of Under-18 gongs to her credit, including last year’s win which ended Ulster’s two-year reign.

Leinster Under-18s are looking to retain the interpro title. Pic: Adrian Boehm

To this end, she has named a squad for this weekeend’s competition jam-packed with representative laurels already under their belt for the interpros which will be held at the Civil Service grounds in Belfast on October 20th to 22nd.

Caitlin Sherin, Siofra O’Brien and Christina Hamill all played in the Six Nations Under-18 international tournament during the summer where Ireland managed to beat England and Belgium and draw with Germany in a hugely impressive showing.

The squad has a healthy Muckross Park contingent from the side the shook the Senior Cup last season when they came from nowhere to win the title at Grange Road. The Muckross club is also prevailent with five players involved

It’s a squad which draws from a small cluster of schools with Mount Anville, St Andrew’s and Loreto Foxrock having three players a piece and Holy Child Killiney having two.

Of the Killiney crew, the multi-talented schoolmate Sarah Healy offers pace to burn. A serious athlete, she won European Youth Olympic 1,500m gold in Hungary in July.

She is among a series of players to have come through the Avoca system that delivered a Leinster Under-16 league success with captain Caitlin Sherin and Siofra O’Brien recently moving to Loreto.

A half dozen move straight up from the Irish Under-16 panel, rising quickly through the teams to play in this elevated level of competition.

Leinster Under-16 coach Gavin Groves has selected an almost completely new look Leinster Under-16 side with only goalkeeper Holly Micklem back for a second season with the provincial set-up.

It is a diverse squad, selected from 11 different schools and 10 different clubs, notably with two players from Newbridge College – goalkeeper Aoife Glennon and Caoimhe Byrne – and Jesus & Mary College’s Orna Bools, two schools who can celebrate rare call-ups to the provincial sides.

There are a number of famous Irish sporting surnames in the panel with Zoe Watterson – daughter of former international and Irish Times writer Johnny – from Newpark Comprehensive alongside schoolmate Milly Lynch.

Indeed, continuing the famous family theme, former cricket international Angus Dunlop has a daughter involved. Isabella Dunlop, whose older sister Georgia was on the team last year, will make her provincial debut.

The tournament plays out in Stormont with the tournament with Hockey Ireland hoping that plenty of fans will stick around to see the Irish senior team in action on Sunday evening at 5pm.

The side face Scotland on Sunday evening in Stormont in the first international since their ticket was stamped with the focus for the three-game series very much on offering chances to new faces.

It is a quiet weekend for Leinster club fixtures with Genesis’s midweek 1-0 win over Clontarf, courtesy of Ailbhe Tobin’s single goal, the only tie on the agenda.

The result lifted the St Raphaela’s into a surprise first place in Division One with 10 points out of 12 so far and yet to concede a goal in four outings.

Leinster Under-18 squad: Iseult Cambay (GK, Pembroke/St Andrews College), Sophia Cole (Railway Union/St Columbas College), Amy Elliott (Railway Union/St Andrews College), Clodagh Ferry (Muckross/Muckross Park), Christina Hamill (Loreto/Loreto Foxrock), Sarah Healy (Avoca/Holy Child Killiney), Grace Keane (Muckross/Mount Anville), Sarah McAuley (Muckross/Muckross Park), Ellie McLoughlin (Naas/Kilkenny College), Sophie Maleady (Corinthian/Muckross Park), Katie Jane Marshall (Pembroke/St Andrews College), Caroline Mathews (Muckross/Holy Child Killiney), Lisa Mulcahy (Muckross/Mount Anville), Siofra O’Brien (Loreto/Loreto Foxrock), Lelia O’Byrne (Railway Union/Muckross Park), Lynne Pomeroy (Corinthian/Wesley College), Caitlin Sherin (Loreto/Loreto Foxrock), Natasha Twomey (Muckross/Mount Anville)

Head Coach: Sarah Scott
Manager: Freda Canavan

Leinster Under-16 girls: Anna Costello (Muckross/Mount Anville), Aoife Glennon (GK, Newbridge College), Aisling Murray (Loreto/Loreto Beaufort), Caoimhe Byrne (Newbridge/Newbridge College), Emma Paul (Bray/Wesley College), Eva Lavelle (Railway Union/Alexandra College), Holly Micklem (YMCA/Wesley College), India Cotter (Muckross/Mount Anville), Isabella Dunlop (Old Alexandra/The Kings Hospital), Isabelle Maleady (Corinthian/Muckross Park), Lucy Crowe (Railway Union/Muckross Park), Martha McCeady (Railway Union/St Andrews College), Milly Lynch (Corinthian/Newpark School), Nicola Torans (Corinthian/Loreto on the Green), Orna Bools (Three Rock Rovers/Jesus & Mary School), Robin McLoughlin (Loreto/Loreto Beaufort), Sarah O’Leary (Avoca/Loreto Foxrock), Zoe Watterson (Avoca/Newpark School)

Head Coach: Gavin Groves
Manager: Claire Byrne
Assistant Coach: Noelle Farrell

Weekend’s fixtures
Friday
Girls Under-18 interprovincials (all at Stormont): Leinster v South East, 2pm; Connacht v Ulster, 4pm; Munster v Leinster, 6pm
Under-16 interprovincials (all at Stormont): Ulster v South East, 1pm; Connacht v Leinster, 3pm; Munster v Ulster 5pm

Saturday
Girls Under-18 interprovincials (all at Stormont): Connacht v South East, 10am; Ulster v Munster, 12pm; Connacht v Leinster, 2pm; Ulster v South East, 4pm
Under-16 interprovincials (all at Stormont): Leinster v South East, 9am; Connacht v Munster, 11am; Ulster v Leinster, 1pm; Connacht v South East, 3pm

Sunday
Women’s senior international test match: Ireland v Scotland, 5pm, Stormont
Girls Under-18 interprovincials (all at Stormont): Connacht v Munster, 10am; Leinster v Ulster, 12pm; Munster v South East, 2pm
Under-16 interprovincials (all at Stormont): South East v Munster, 9am; Connacht v Ulster, 11am; Leinster v Munster, 1pm

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