The teams for Ulster Women’s final Interprovincial match, against Connacht, have been announced. The game takes place at the Sportsgrounds on Saturday afternoon, kick off 2:30 pm.
Ulster have made a few changes with Ella Durkin coming in for the injured Emma Jordan and Aishling O’Connell swaps with Shannon Heapes in the front row. Brittany Hogan is unavailable due to Ireland 7s duties so Diane Ramsey returns to the squad and Chloe McIlwaine comes in for what should be her first cap.
Unfortunately, both sides are well out of championship contention but the game is an important milestone for Ulster in particular as the match will mark their 6 year anniversary of their last win and, frankly, that’s long enough!
Ulster do go into the game as marginal favourites in that they’ve “bothered” the big two, Leinster and Munster, more than Connacht have this series. Ulster’s try bonus point, picked up last week against Munster, the main difference between these sides as can bee seen from the table below.
Connacht may be in free fall this season but they will still be formidable opponents against an Ulster side that only starts playing when they go behind. It is clearly a confidence issue for a team that has been battered and bruised by the other three teams in this competition for the last six years solid.
They have shown a spark of recovery this season, but it’s a faint spark and one that a big rumbling Connacht pack could easily stamp out. If the Ulster players want to win this one they have to kick less, take it on up front and spin it wide for Downey and Durkan to do some damage. #SUFTUW
|Connacht Women||Ulster Women|
|Mairead Coyne||15||Larissa Muldoon|
|Jill Drapper||14||Eliza Downey|
|Catherine Martin||13||Maeve Liston|
|Nichole Fowley||12||Vicky Irwin|
|Orla Dixon||11||Ella Durkan|
|Hillary Griffin||10||Jemma Jackson|
|Mary Healy||9||Kathryn Dane|
|Laura Feely||1||Ilse van Staden|
|Ciara O’Connor||2||Neve Jones|
|Anne-Marie O’Hora||3||Aishling O’Connell|
|Nicola Caldbeck||4||Rebecca Lawlor|
|Amelle Roux||5||Sorcha Mac Laimhin|
|Denise Redmond||6||Beth Cregan|
|Edel McMahon||7||Claire McLaughlin|
|Nichola Fryday||8||Lauren Maginnes|
|Moya Griffin||16||Michelle Gormley-McLaughlin|
|Elizabeth McNicholas||17||Shannon Heapes|
|Julia Bauer||18||Kathryn Hannah|
|Clodagh Dunne||19||Keelin Brady|
|Tara Buggie||20||Pieta McAlister|
|Shannon Lane||21||Fiona Tuite|
|Ellen Taite||22||Chloe McIlwaine|
|Rachel Healy||23||Diane Ramsey|