Unbeaten interpros girls record first U-18/U-16 double since 1996 with superb performances in Garryduff to break the Ulster stranglehold
Leinster enjoyed a good first day at the U-16 and U-18 inteprovincials in Garryduff, getting the better of Connacht 5-1 and 1-0 respectively
After a five-year hiatus, the Leinster Under-18 girls will hope they can end Ulster’s dominance this weekend in Garryduff; along with the Under-16s, they are in Cork for the junior interpros
Both Leinster and the South East’s U-18s have international experience to call upon as both provinces have named players from last summer’s European championship line-up in their panels for the upcoming interpros which take place in Garryduff from October 18-20.
The girls U16 and U18 interpros were last night switched from Connacht to Munster following the western province’s decision to withdraw from hosting the tournaments.
Leinster’s U-18s retained their interprovincial crown in style as they recorded a rare clean sweep at this level, winning four from four in Garryduff; at U-16 level, Ulster won back their title with an unbeaten run
The underage interprovincials has trimmed men’s Leinster division one to just four games but, after a pivotal double weekend, plenty more swings of fortune could yet be played out.
Leinster’s U-18s will look to mainly to the All-Ireland Schoolboy’s winning St Andrew’s side at this year’s interprovincials as eight of that team make up Gareth Borland’s panel.
Ulster once again dominated the girls interpros at Grange Road as they edged out Leinster at both U-18 and U-16 level.
Ulster and Leinster look set to contest the major laurels on day two of the shcoolgirl’s interprovincials as both provinces picked up a pair of wins each at both U-18 and U-16 level; all men’s division one and two and women’s div one results included
Hermes look set to be the central protagonists in a trimmed down Leinster women’s league division one weekend as they feature in two of the three games to go ahead while the schoolgirls interpros are also in full flow
Alexandra College pushed their early claims as one of the major contenders for the Senior Schoolgirl’s Premier League as they opened up with a 2-0 victory over Wesley College; Leinster U-18 girls panel named
Germany’s U-18 girls proved too strong for their Irish counterparts this week, sweeping their four-game series in Belfield.
Jeremy Duncan alluded to the fact in post-tournament acceptance speech but Leinster pulled off one of the unlikeliest U-18 and U-16 Interprovincial doubles at St Andrew’s.
Ulster’s U-18s and Leinster’s U-16s took the early initiative in the schoolboy’s interpro as they ended day one with perfect records at St Andrew’s
Men’s weekend preview: Leinster’s U-18s bid to end Ulster’s three year reign as interpro champions has taken on a slightly more manageable hue as Banbridge pair Josh Moffett and Peter Brown have not been included
Six returnees are in Rory O’Donoghue’s Leinster U-18 panel who will hope to end Ulster’s three year winning streak and bring back the interprovincial title for the first time since 2008.
Ailbhe Marsh’s goal proved the vital moment for Leinster’s U-16s as they won back the title for the first time since 2005 as they produced a brilliant second day at the interpros; the U-18s finished second with Ulster retaining the title
Ulster have taken the overnight lead in the U-18 and U-16 girl’s interprovincial tournaments, taking the early lead over Leinster as they bid to win a fourth successive title at both age groups
Kate Dillon has named a Leinster U-18 girl’s side with a smattering of division one quality for the upcoming interprovincial series in Stormont which is set for October 22 and 23.