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Women's Hockey: Interpro double has Ulster girls smiling

Ulster's schoolgirls covered themselves in glory in Dublin over the weekend as both the under-16s and under-18s retained their respective interprovincial titles.

They did so with 100 per cent records and both have now completed three consecutive triumphs in the tournaments.

The under-18s finished a 3-0 victory over Leinster yesterday as they took the honours in style.

“It was a good all round performance from the entire squad and it was a very noisy bus journey home.” said triumphant under-18 coach Ali McNeill.

“Our toughest game was the one against Munster in which we scraped a 1-0 win, but we did well to beat Connacht 7-1.”

Ulster had opened with a convincing 8-0 victory over South East on Saturday in which Lucy McKee and her Armagh club mate Joanne Orr both hit hat-tricks.

Orr was on target in the 1-0 success over Munster later in the day.

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Ulster then needed to beat Connacht by a decent margin in yesterday's opener to make life easier in the decider.

They responded superbly Ballymoney's Katie Mullan claiming a treble with Orr, Kerri McDonald, Chloe Brown and Chloe McCann also on the mark.

That left the northern girls needing only a draw against Leinster to take the trophy but they went one better.

Mullan got two of the goals and McKee was also on target to put the issue beyond any doubt.

The under-16s also conceded only one goal in retaining their trophy, scoring 10 in the process.

On Saturday, Robyn Chambers got two in the win over South East with Zoe Wilson and Kathryn Edgar adding the others.

Penny Joyce, Chambers and Barr then got the goals in the subsequent win over Munster.

Yesterday Bethany Barr got the winner in an opening 1-0 victory over South East and she was also on the scoresheet in a 2-0 win over Leinster, with Emma Kernoghan getting the other goal.

At domestic level a 3-0 win for Ards saw them bounce back from an opening 8-0 defeat by Pegasus.

Randalstown defeated Harlequins 2-1 on Friday night while Pegasus stay top after a midweek 4-3 win over Queen's.

In Senior One there were wins for Ballymena, Portadown, Lisnagarvey and Victorians while the game between Cookstown and Dromore finished scoreless.


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