The Irish Under-18s may have won the tournament but Leinster, as the top placed province, retained the silverware from the Under-21 interpros as the best placed of the three competing regions.
Ellen Curran’s bolt from the blue saw Leinster claim the women’s Under-21 interprovincial championship as they took the laurels in Donabate with a 2-1 win over Ulster.
Jason Klinkradt has been forced into two late changes to the men’s Leinster Under-21 panel that will take on the interprovincial championships this weekend at Portrane’s Donabate Community Centre home.
Chris Tyrrell has selected a youthful Leinster Under-21 women’s side for this weekend’s Under-21 interprovincial championships which marks the first act in the 2016/17 season
Two goals from Ben Campbell saw Leinster win the men’s Under-21 interpros last Sunday in Santry as they claimed the laurels via a 2-0 success against Munster.
Leinster’s Under-21 women claimed the interprovincial title with an unbeaten run over the last two weekends to land the trophy at the Merrion Fleet Arena in Rathdown.
Chloe Brown’s corner double saw Ulster complete the women’s and men’s interprovincial double as they retained the title with a commanding performance, landing three wins with three clean sheets to boot at Grange Road.
Ulster’s controlled Under-21 interprovincial performance means they will justifiably provide the mainstay of Johnny Caren’s Irish set-up for this week’s Four Nations series in Mossley as Ireland host Germany, England and Scotland.
Keith Crawford and Chris Tyrrell lead the Leinster U-21 women’s panel for the third time this weekend and fourth inter pro campaign in total having previously worked with the junior interpros before.
Banbridge native Peter Brown is an eye-catching name in the Leinster Under-21 panel as the Ulster man swaps white for blue for the interprovincial series that takes place in Grange Road from February 7 to 9.
Shane O’Donoghue struck twice in the closing nine minutes to dramatically swing the U-21 men’s interprovincial title Leinster’s way in Hillsborough, snatching the title from Ulster; on the women’s side, Lucy McKee was the heroine with five goals against South East
Leinster’s twin U-21 retention hopes remain alive despite a frozen pair of pitches in Lisnagarvey causing havoc with the tournament’s fixture schedule.
Shane O’Donoghue’s hat trick underpinned Leinster’s easy start to the U-21 interpros, beating Munster 6-1 on the Comber road as showed his international class.
Leinster’s U-21s were given a huge boost ahead of this weekend’s interprovincial series when Shane O’Donoghue was cleared by the Irish senior men’s coach Andrew Meredith to play in the competition.
Ireland’s men and women completed the Junior Celtic Cup double with a day to spare as they added victories over Scotland to go with Friday’s 2-0 wins over Wales in Wrexham.
Following an impressive series win over England A over the weekend, Irish sights turn to the U-21s as Brendon Carolan has named a strong selection for the men’s Celtic Cup campaign in Wrexham.
Leinster retained both the men’s and women’s U-21 inteprovincial titles at Garryduff with victories over Ulster on day three of the competition.
Leinster remain in the hunt for both the U-21 titles as both the men and women picked up 2-1 wins over Munster on day two in Garryduff, keeping retention hopes alive.
Birthday girl Rebecca Barry gave a present to all of Munster as her pinpoint short corner strike helped the province to a 1-0 win over Ulster at the U21 Interpros in Garryduff, Cork on day one of the U-21 interprovincials
The U-21 interpros return this weekend after a season’s hiatus, serving as a primary selection competition for the Irish panel’s European campaign this summer as the IHA will field a national side for the first time since 2004.