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Garvey fuel Ulster's U21 inter-pro mission

By Graham Hamilton

Lisnagarvey supply 10 of the 18-man Ulster squad for the Under-21 inter-provincials which are being hosted by Portrane at their Donabate base north of Dublin this weekend.

First-teamers Sean Murray and Daniel Nelson lead the line for coach Steven Arbuthnot while Rowan Poots and Aaron Reid return from their university clubs.

They begin against Munster this afternoon and then take on Leinster on Sunday afternoon with the game against the Irish Under-18s - who complete the four-team series - tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Irish international Michelle Harvey is revelling in her first major coaching post after being appointed as assistant to Ulster U21 women's boss Gareth Grundie ahead of the inter-pros, which are being staged alongside the men's tournament.

The 137-times capped midfielder has returned home to play for former club Pegasus after spending the last three years with Belgian outfit Leuven.

Currently recovering from an ankle injury which required surgery, the 26-year-old is looking forward to her new role.

She said: "This will be an exciting opportunity to develop my coaching capabilities, although I am hoping to be back playing as soon as possible as I continue my rehab after the injury."

Men's U21 inter-pros (Portrane): Friday: Ulster v Munster (4pm); Saturday: Ulster v Irish U18s (10am); Sunday: Ulster v Leinster (2pm).

Women's U21 inter-pros (Portrane): Friday: Ulster v Munster (8pm); Saturday: Ulster v Connacht (12 noon); Sunday: Leinster v Ulster (4pm).

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