The teams have been announced for the first of this seasons’ Interprovincial matches, and it’s a bit of a step into the unknown for both sides.
Leinster Women have announced a team containing 10 new caps and face a massive task replacing some of their recently retired internationals. However they still have a core of experienced internationals up front and that is generally where these matches are won.
With Ulster still looking for a win in this competition since December 2012 it would be a stretch to say that they go into this game as favourites, but I would be surprised if they haven’t targeted this game for a result. Ulster have marginally more experience of the AIL in their squad and they are a year further down the line in introducing their successful U18 players from 2016 into the senior side. Unfortunately most of that year was spent out of camp, given the still chronic underfunding of the women’s game across all the provinces.
The late switching of the Interprovincials from December to September also hasn’t helped any of the provinces preparations, with many players having holidays already arranged, so this could be one of the closest competitions for some time.
Ulster’s Women’s Coach Derek Suffern has stretched his net a bit wider in his second season in charge to include players from Ballynahinch, Ballyshannon, Blackrock, Cavan, Cooke, City of Derry, Malone, Old Belvedere, Railway Union and Virginia in a team that will be captained by the experienced Larissa Muldoon.
While we will continue to Stand Up For The Ulster Women this really is a season where they need to stand up for themselves and get that big W on their side of the score sheet, no better time to start than tomorrow night.
|Lauren Farrell McCabe||15||Larissa Muldoon|
|Gemma Matthews||14||Eliza Downey|
|Michelle Claffey||13||Maeve Liston|
|Sene Naoupu||12||Vicky Irwin|
|Elise O’ Byrne White||11||Emma Jordan|
|Nikki Caughey||10||Jemma Jackson|
|Ellen Murphy||9||Kathryn Dane|
|Lindsay Peat||1||Ilse van Staden|
|Emma Hooban||2||Neve Jones|
|Katie O’Dwyer||3||Sorcha Mac Lamhin|
|Aoife McDermott||4||Lauren Maginnes|
|Meg Kendall||5||Rebecca Lawlor|
|Jeamie Deacon||6||Bethany McDowell|
|Juliet Short||7||Claire McLaughlin|
|Hannah O’Connor||8||Beth Cregan|
|Ann Marie Rooney||16||Michelle Gormley-McLaughlin|
|Christy Haney||17||Shannon Heaps|
|Linda Djougang||18||Aishling O’Connell|
|Mairead Holohan||19||Kathryn Hanna|
|Nicole Purdom||20||Keelin Brady|
|Niamh Griffin||21||Pieta McAlister|
|Nicole Carroll||22||Diane Ramsey|
|Ray Lawless||23||Ella Durkan|