The Girls Interprovincial Tournament will take place this weekend in the AUL Complex, Clonshaugh.
The Interprovincial series is the first step in the process of selecting the FAI Schools U-15 International squad for next year’s Bob Docherty Cup so as well as provincial honours; there is plenty at stake with sixty eight of the top players in Irish schools taking part.
The Ulster management team has been revitalised this season with the introduction of Maureen O’Donnell (Deele College, Raphoe) and Bridgeen Harley (Bailieborough CS, Cavan) taking over the mantel from Buncrana’s Jerry Casey. The ladies will be looking to make a positive impact on proceedings.
The Ulster trio of goalkeeper Aoife McGolgan, Shania McGonigle (both Carndonagh CS) and Aoife Page (Deele College) will make a welcome return.
Surprisingly there are two sets of twins in the Ulster side this season with Caraigh and Aisleen McGuinness representing Moville CC and Rebecca and Andrea O’Reilly students at Bailieborough Community School included in the line up.
Ulster last won the Interprovincial title in 2010 and O’Donnell and Harley will be looking to replicate such successes three years on.
The Ulster team open their campaign against Munster at 4pm on Friday and then will learn their Saturday and Sunday opponents on the day as a draw takes place.
Ulster squad: Aoife McGolgan, Rachel McLaughlin, Niamh McDaid, Shania McGonigle (All Carndonagh Community School), Caraigh McGuinness, Aisleen McGuiness, Niamh McLaughlin, Jenna Doherty (All Moville Community College), Aoife Page, Chantelle Kelly (both Deele College), Ciana Brogan (Loreto Convent, Letterkenny), Michelle McDaid (Crana College, Buncrana), Rebecca O’Reilly, Andrea O’Reilly, Leanne Keirnan (All Bailieborough Community School, Cavan), Claire Doherty, Lia Callanagh (both Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana)
Management: Maureen O’Donnell (Deele College), Bridgeen Harley (Bailieborough Community School, Cavan)