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Przemek Stec is impressed with the under-strength Ulster team

By John Flack

Przemek Stec heaped praise on the under-strength Ulster team who had to be satisfied with a third place finish at the senior inter-provincial tournament at the David Lloyd Centre in Dundonald on Saturday.

The hosts were without several first choice players including the injured Polish-born Windsor ace who took over the role of non-playing captain.

As it turned out a 4-2 win over Connacht proved decisive as Ulster went on to lose 6-0 to Leinster, who won the title for the fourth year in a row.

The final doubles partnership of Aaron Stubbs and Ben Fetherston had to win their match against Connacht and they dug deep to beat Garrett Barry and Eoghan O'Dea 6-7, 7-5, 6-3.

"Aaron and Ben did very well as there was a lot resting on the match and I certainly couldn't fault any of the players as they all gave 100 per cent commitment," said Stec.

Results: Friday: Leinster 6 Connacht 0; Ulster 1 Munster 5; Saturday: Leinster 5 Munster 1; Ulster 4 Connacht 2; Alex Watt bt Philip King 7-6, 6-3; Lucy Octave bt Kellie O'Flynn 6-3, 6-3; Gareth McGreevey lost to Sean Coughlan 6-2, 6-4; Emily Beatty bt Dearbhaile Roe 6-2, 6-4; Ben Fetherston & Aaron Stubbs bt Garrett Barry & Eoghan O'Dea 6-7, 7-5, 6-3; Kerri Russell & Megan McGreevy lost to Dee Collins & Marian Hanley 6-4, 6-3. Munster 6 Connacht 1; Ulster 0 Leinster 6: Watt lost to Ed Seator 6-4, 2-6, 6-1; Octave lost to Jenny Claffey 6-1, 6-2; Reid lost to Grainne O'Neill 6-2, 6-2; Stubbs lost to Brendan Dempsey 6-4, 6-2; G. McGreevy & Fetherston lost to Mark Carpenter & Fergus O'Connell 6-2, 6-2; Beatty & Russell lost to Sinead Kennedy & Tanya Murtagh 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Final placings: 1. Leinster 17 pts; 2. Munster 11; 3. Ulster 5; 4. Connacht 3.

Meanwhile, Bangor's Amy Rothwell claimed the U-16 girls singles title at the Shankill Junior Open tournament in Dublin.

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