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Suzanne Beaney's hoping she gets vote for interpros

They say sport and politics don't mix and that will certainly be the case at the weekend as Ulster begin their defence of the senior interprovincial title with a tricky game against Munster in Dublin.

Star striker Suzanne Beaney may miss the game due to her day job as a civil servant which means she is busy during the immediate post-election period.

If Beaney fails to make it then that will be a serious blow for Ulster considering she has netted 56 goals in a superb season for Pegasus, who she helped to an Irish League and Cup double.

Beaney certainly expects to be in Ulster's side for the clash with Connacht on Saturday and what could be a title decider with host province Leinster on Sunday.

Beaney is one of four Pegasus players in the squad which will be captained by Ballymoney skipper Susie Martin who recently led the Co Antrim side to their first ever Ulster Premier League title.

The timing of the tournament at the end of the season could have been better as university exams have resulted in a number of players being unavailable but coach Stephen Watt will be doing his best in the circumstances.

Watt steered Ulster to a memorable hat-trick of inter-pro triumphs before Leinster broke the sequence two seasons ago. But Ulster won back the title last time around and are obviously determined to hold on to the trophy.

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"Our aim as always will be to focus on the quality of hockey we produce," said Watt.

"If we succeed in that, to win the tournament should be within our capability."

Ulster squad: Sharon Moffett (Pegasus), Emma Teggarty (Randalstown); Claire Buchanan (Queen's), Pamela Glass (Pegasus), Susie Martin (Ballymoney) (capt.), Kerry McComish (Hermes), Charlene Hull (Lurgan), Alice Garrad (Ulster Elks), Emma Stewart (Armagh) (vice-capt.), Steffi Quinn (Pegasus), Rachel King (Ulster Elks), Janice Vaughan (Ards), Suzanne Beaney (Pegasus) (vice-capt), Jessica Lynch (Ballymoney), Hannah McMillan (Queen's) Scarlett Holdsworth (Armagh), Vanessa Surgeoner (Pegasus), Jayne Clarke (Ulster Elks).

Programme: Friday: Leinster v Connacht (6pm), Munster v Ulster (8pm); Saturday: Connacht v Ulster (1pm), Leinster v Munster (3pm); Sunday: Connacht v Munster (12 noon), Leinster v Ulster (2pm).

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