Some surprises at Castledargan at the Interprovincials

Bernie McGuire

There was an upset for the books yesterday at the Women’s and Girls’ Interprovincial Matches in Castle Dargan as having comfortably overcome Munster on Wednesday, the Ulster girls team struggled from the off against the Connacht home side and went 2-1 down following the morning foursomes. Determined not to let this opportunity slide, the girls in blue carded three wins courtesy of Ada Bowler, Chloe O’Connor and Annabel Greham to clinch the win by 5 points to 3.

On the other side of the course, Leinster and Munster went toe-to-toe, but despite wins for Anna Dawson and Corrina Griffin in the foursomes and for Niamh Dwyer against recent Leinster Girls’ Champion Anna Foster in the singles, the strong Leinster side remain unbeaten as they head to the final day’s play today at the Co. Sligo venue.

In the Women’s matches, it was a clean sweep for Ulster in the morning foursomes. Although Maeve Kelly and Claire Staunton were 3 holes ahead for Connacht through 10, a run of 4 birdies from the pairing of Lucy Simpson and Chloe Weir on the back 9 would ensure a 2&1 victory. In the afternoon, Emma Forbes’ win against Hilary Hall was followed by a half point for Louise Coffey against Shannon Burke while Lucy Simpson and Chloe Weir carded 1.5 points between them. Kate Gallagher earned a sole point for her side as she triumphed over Jessica Ross on the final green.

An unblemished start to the day for Leinster was hindered by wins from Sarah Cunningham and Aideen Walsh in the top two singles matches for Munster. However, the next two points would go in Leinster’s favour as Maynooth University Scholars Meadhbh Doyle and Clodagh Walsh prevailed meaning the tie would end 5-3 to Leinster.

Today will see Leinster take on Ulster for the Women’s title while Connacht face Munster in the third place decider.

Women’s Interprovincial Matches
LEINSTER (5) –V- MUNSTER (3) (Leinster names first)
Women’s Foursomes
Deirdre Smith & Mary Doyle beat Sinead Sexton & Rachel Thompson 3&1
Meadhbh Doyle & Ciara Casey beat Sarah Cunningham & Lisa O’Shea 3&2
Molly Dowling & Clodagh Walsh beat Paula Walsh & Aideen Walsh 4&3
Women’s Singles
Georgia Carr lost to Sarah Cunningham 3&2
Ciara Casey lost to Aideen Walsh 4&2
Meadhbh Doyle beat Sinead Sexton 2&1
Clodagh Walsh beat Lisa O’Shea 3&1
Mary Doyle lost to Paula Walsh 1 hole

CONNACHT (2) –V- ULSTER (6) (Connacht names first)
Women’s Foursomes
Shannon Burke & Anne McCormack lost to Louise Coffey & Jessica Ross 5&4
Maeve Kelly & Sarah Burke lost to Lucy Simpson & Chloe Weir 2&1
Claire Staunton & Hilary Hall lost to Niamh McSherry & Maeve Cummins 7&5
Women’s Singles
Shannon Burke halved with Louise Coffey
Hilary Hall lost to Emma Forbes 4&3
Maeve Kelly lost to Lucy Simpson 1hole
Claire Staunton halved with Chloe Weir
Kate Gallagher beat Jessica Ross 1hole

Girls’ Interprovincial Matches
LEINSTER (6) –V- MUNSTER (2) (Leinster names first)
Girls Foursomes
Anna Foster & Jan Browne beat Niamh O’Dwyer & Leanne O’Shea 4&3
Leah Temple Lang & Emma Fleming lost to Anna Dawson & Corina Griffin 1 hole
Canice Screene & Emma Thorne beat Jemma Barry & Emily Walsh 6&5
Girls Singles
Anna Foster lost to Niamh O’Dwyer 2holes
Canice Screene beat Anna Dawson 5&4
Emma Fleming beat Shannon Hegarty 4&3
Jan Browne beat Corrina Griffin 1up
Katie O’Hart beat Emily Walsh 6&4

CONNACHT (5) –V- ULSTER (3) (Connacht names first)
Girls Foursomes
Chloe O’Connor & Ada Bowler beat Katie Poots & Anna McVicker 1 hole
Sinead Lohan & Vicki Conlon lost to Rebekah Gardner & Olivia McCrystal 3&2
Annabel Greham & Katie Coleman beat Ciara Brennan & Ellen Rodgers 2&1
Girls Singles
Ada Bowler beat Ellen Rodgers 4&2
Chloe O’Connor beat Rebekah Gardner 1hole
Sinead Lohan lost to Olivia McCrystal 2&1
Annabel Greham beat Molly O’Hara 2&1
Katie Coleman lost to Ciara Brennan 3&2

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