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Skipper Stuart McQuitty happy with Ulster's efforts in Cork

By John Flack

Published 08/08/2016

Send-off: Lucy Octave is heading to college in the United States
Send-off: Lucy Octave is heading to college in the United States

Non-playing captain Stuart McQuitty was satisfied with Ulster's third-place finish at the senior inter-provincial tournament in Cork at the weekend.

Ulster achieved their objective with a decisive 4-2 win over Connacht after earlier losses against Leinster and eventual champions Munster.

McQuitty said: "Every one of the players in the team gave 100 per cent, but with a team made up mostly of coaches, it's never easy to compete against players who are training virtually full-time.

"With our professionals, Peter and Sam Bothwell and Karola Bejenaru, all unavailable for selection, we knew that we were always realistically going to be playing for third place.

"Our girls did very well and it was a fitting send-off for Lucy Octave and Annie and Caitlin McCullough before they head to the United States to continue their education and play competitive college tennis.

"We wish them well in that."

Results: (Ulster names first): Ulster 2 Leinster 4; Ulster 0 Munster 6: Ulster 4 Connacht 2: (Przemek Stec bt Mark Smyth 6-1, 6-3; Lucy Octave bt Dearbhaile Roe 6-3, 7-5; Michael Blease lost to Padraic Kilcoyne 7-6, 6-1; Kerri Russell bt Izobel Brown 6-3, 6-3; Ross McCarey & Aaron Stubbs lost to Garrett Barry & Eoghan O'Dea 6-3, 6-1; Annie McCullough & Caitlin McCullough bt Marion Hanley & Anna Jones 6-2, 6-2).

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