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.
Six players return for Sarah Scott’s Leinster U-16s when they travel to Cork for the interpros from October 18 to 20; the Leinster and South East panels were both named earlier this week for the event
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.
Ulster claimed both the men’s and women’s junior interprovincials at Grange Road, winning both competitions with a game left in their schedules, showing their superiority this time around.
In stark contrast to the final round of the men’s Irish Hockey League, the permutations abound on the women’s side with eight sides still in the running for the four semi-final berths, making for a thrilling final weekend of the pool stages.
Pembroke’s date with Cookstown at the recently renamed Steelweld Park in Coolnafranky underpins who will take second place from Pool A in the men’s IHL; YM battle with Lisnagarvey in Pool B while the junior interpros come to Grange Road
Leinster won three of the six competitions at the Masters Interpros in Three Rock Rovers this weekend, with Ulster winning two and Munster/Exiles one.
Sixteen games were played in yesterday’s Masters Interpros at Grange Road with Leinster powering on in the ladies O-40s and O-45s, men’s O-40s, while Ulster have been dominant in the men’s O-45s and men’s O-50s
Leinster made a strong start in the Masters Interprovincials at Three Rock Rovers beating Ulster in the first three matches at Grange Road.
The second annual Masters Interpros will be held this weekend in Three Rock Rovers hockey grounds. The Masters’ scene continues to grow and the tournament this weekend will see 12 mens teams and six ladies teams taking part in a schedule of 30 competitive matches.
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.
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
Leinster have taken the initiative in both the U-18 and U-16 boy’s interprovincial tournaments, both getting wins over Munster to lead the pack after day one.
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