Deloitte Ulster Women and Munster Women go head to head on Saturday in the Women’s Interprovincial third place play off at Energia Park, kick off 17:00.
Once again Ulster have made a host of changes with Fiona Tuite (Old Belvedere), Diane Ramsey (Queen’s University), Kathryn Dane (Old Belvedere), Emma Kearney (Cooke), Ilse van Staden (Cooke) and Keelin Brady (Barnhall) returning to the starting line up.
Vicky Irwin (Cooke), Jemma Jackson (Old Belvedere), Beth Cregan (Cooke), Katie Hetherington (Cooke) and Lauren Maginnes (Malone) have all moved position. Only Ella Durkan (Malone), Maeve Liston (Cooke), Stacey Lea Kennedy (City of Derry) and Chloe McIlwaine (Malone) maintain the same role as they did last time out in their record defeat to Leinster Women.
Delores Hughes (Cooke) returns to the squad to start from the bench.
However, with all the changes, it’s back to a fairly similar looking Ulster to the team that started the last time they met, in Round 1, where Munster recorded a 38 – 12 win at Irish Independent Park.
Munster have swapped things around quite considerably over the last three games. Stephanie Carroll (Railway Union), Ciara Scanlan (St. Mary’s College), Nicole Cronin (UL Bohemian), Roisin Ormond (Ballincollig), Edel Murphy (UL Bohemian) and Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemian) all come into the starting line up. Eimear Considine (UL Bohemian) switches from the wing to fullback but perhaps the most interesting change is Chloe Pearse (UL Bohemian) switching from the back row to the front row with veteran Fiona Hayes making way. This change at least partially due to Hayes, who is also the head coach for Munster U18’s, being involved in the girl’s final earlier in the day where Ulster and Munster girls go head to head.
Laura Delaney (UL Bohemian), Claire Bennett (UL Bohemian), Grainne Fennelly (Thurles), Christine Coffey (Thurles), Laura Sheehan (UL Bohemian) and Roisin Willis (UL Bohemian) have all joined the squad in the intervening period with Willis looking to pick up her first start in this game.
Munster go into this game with 2 wins from 4 this season and Ulster with 0 wins from 4 and neither side will be happy with their last outing. However, Munster will be disappointed that they are not playing in the final and with Ulster only offering sporadic resistance in a season where no one in the Ulster camp seems to fully understand their role, it’s hard to look past a win for the players from the southernmost province.
|Eimear Considine||15||Ella Durkan|
|Stephanie Carroll||14||Fiona Tuite|
|Enya Breen||13||Maeve Liston|
|Ciara Scanlan||12||Vicky Irwin|
|Laura O’Mahony||11||Diane Ramsey|
|Rachel Allen||10||Jemma Jackson|
|Nicole Cronin||9||Kathryn Dane|
|Chloe Pearse||1||Emma Kearney|
|Kate Sheehan||2||Stacey Lea Kennedy|
|Fiona Reidy||3||Ilse van Staden|
|Ciara O’Halloran||4||Chloe McIlwaine|
|Roisin Ormond||5||Keelin Brady|
|Edel Murphy||6||Beth Cregan|
|Ciara Griffin||7||Katie Hetherington|
|Sarah Quin||8||Lauren Maginnes|
|Fiona Hayes||16||Megan Brodie|
|Laura Delaney||17||Aishling O’Connell|
|Claire Bennett||18||Shannon Heapes|
|Grainne Fennelly||19||Shannon Buller|
|Clodagh O’Halloran||20||Delores Hughes|
|Christine Coffey||21||Kelly McCormill|
|Laura Sheehan||22||Lucinda Kinghan|
|Roisin Willis*||23||Holly Brannigan|