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Interprovincial: Teams up for Ulster v Munster Play Off

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.

Veteran, youngster Chloe Pearse switches to the Munster front row.

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.

Teams

MUNSTERULSTER
Eimear Considine15Ella Durkan
Stephanie Carroll14Fiona Tuite
Enya Breen13Maeve Liston
Ciara Scanlan12Vicky Irwin
Laura O’Mahony11Diane Ramsey
Rachel Allen10Jemma Jackson
Nicole Cronin9Kathryn Dane
Chloe Pearse1Emma Kearney
Kate Sheehan2Stacey Lea Kennedy
Fiona Reidy3Ilse van Staden
Ciara O’Halloran4Chloe McIlwaine
Roisin Ormond5Keelin Brady
Edel Murphy6Beth Cregan
Ciara Griffin7Katie Hetherington
Sarah Quin8Lauren Maginnes
   
Fiona Hayes16Megan Brodie
Laura Delaney 17Aishling O’Connell
Claire Bennett18Shannon Heapes
Grainne Fennelly19Shannon Buller
Clodagh O’Halloran20Delores Hughes
Christine Coffey21Kelly McCormill
Laura Sheehan22Lucinda Kinghan
Roisin Willis*23Holly Brannigan

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