The U18 Girls’ and Boys’ Interprovincial Matches began yesterday at Hilton Templepatrick with teams from Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster competing.
Connacht and Leinster got their title bids off to strong starts in the Girls’ event, winning their ties against Munster and Ulster respectively.
Leinster took a clean sweep in the morning foursomes before Emma Fleming (Elm Park), Anna Abom (Edmondstown), Caoimhe O’Grady (Blackbush) and Charlie Maxwell (Royal Curragh) added 3.5 points in the afternoon singles to secure a 4 point win against the Ulster side.
Connacht banked 2.5 points in the foursomes session before adding 3 more in the afternoon singles. A special mention to Ellen Lonergan (Westport) who carded a hole-in-one on the 7th in her foursomes match this morning.
Connacht will play Ulster on Wednesday in round 2 and Munster will take on Leinster.
Leinster claimed the spoils in their first round of the U18 Boys’ round-robin while Munster and Ulster couldn’t be separated in their 5-5 affair.
In their tie against Leinster, Connacht snatched 2 points from 3 in the opening foursomes, but Leinster rallied in the afternoon and Irish Boys’ Close Champion Tom Cafferky (Ballinasloe) and Charlie Kelly (Athlone) were the sole points scorers for Connacht in the afternoon, resulting in a 6-4 win for Leinster.
Oscar Murphy (Omagh) banked the 5th point for Ulster on the 18th green, confirming a tied match against Munster. The pair of Eoin Magill (East Clare) and Lucas Lyons (Limerick) were key for the south side, securing wins in both the foursomes and singles sessions.
Leinster will now face Ulster in Wednesday’s round with Munster taking on Connacht.
U18 Boys’ Interprovincial Matches
CONNACHT (4) LEINSTER (6) (Connacht names first): Kelly & Challoner beat Abom & Kelly 1 hole, Cafferky & Mooney beat Mitten & Ward 6&5, Penny & Harrison lost to Tiernan & Mitchell 6&4, Mooney lost to Gavin Tiernan 5&4, Penney lost to Kelly 4&3, Cafferky beat Abom 1 hole, Gilligan lost to Ward 2&1, Harrison lost to Mitten 4&3, Challoner lost to Murphy 2&1, Kelly beat Mitchell 1hole
MUNSTER (5) ULSTER (5) (Munster names first): Collins & Flavin halved with McKee & Bickerstaff, Magill & Lyons beat Allister & Rocks 3&2, Galvin & Cassidy lost to Carson & Murphy 4&3, Cassidy lost to McKee 7&6, Flavin halved with Bickerstaff, Magill beat Allister 3&2, L Lyons beat Stevenson 2&1, R Lyons lost to Carson 5&4, Galvin lost to Murphy 1 hole, Collins beat Rocks 2&1
U18 Girls’ Interprovincial Matches
CONNACHT (5.5) MUNSTER (3.5) (Connacht names first) Dillon & Conlon beat Burke and Bullock 5&4, McLoughlin & Morrow halved with Sharkey & Breen, Lonergan & Reynolds beat Moynihan & Grattan 2 holes, Dillon beat Burke 2 holes, Conlon lost to Sharkey 3&2, McLoughlin lost to Breen 3&2, Lonergan beat Grattan 3&1, Reynolds lost to Moynihan 2&1, Higgins beat Southern 5&4
ULSTER (2.5) LEINSTER (6.5) (Ulster names first) Lee-McNamara & Proctor lost to Fleming & O’Brien 1 hole, Mulholland & Currie lost to Park & Abom 1 hole, McMeekin & Hastings lost to Maxwell & O’Grady 3&1, Fleming halved with Lee-McNamara, Abom beat McMeekin 2&1, O’Brien lost to Mulholland 2holes, O’Grady beat O Currie 3&2, Maxwell beat Proctor 7&6, Ní Cheilleachair beat J Currie 3&2