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Sam Bothwell
Sam Bothwell

By John Flack

Sam Bothwell will be making a welcome return to the Ulster team for this weekend's senior inter-provincial tournament in Dublin after a four-year absence.

The 21-year-old from Hillsborough last played for the side in 2015 when his mother Louise was coaching the province.

The return of the former tour professional is a boost for Ulster, who will be looking to bridge a 30-year gap and win the title after finishing third last year.

Two-time Ulster Open champion Jordan McKeown will make his debut after having to pull out 12 months ago due to injury.

The Bangor teenager will be joined in the line-up by Cian McDonnell, Caleb Ralston and Alex Watt, all of whom played last year.

The women's team sees the return of Ulster champion Lucy Octave from injury and Karola Bejenaru, along with the McCullough twins Caitlin and Annie, along with Jessica Leeman.

On Saturday, Bejenaru produced a timely result ahead of her return trip to Dublin as she lifted a fourth professional doubles title at the Irish Open.

Partnered by Germany's Lisa Ponomar, the Romanian-born Windsor player defeated Ireland's Georgia Drummy and Karolina Berankovo of the Czech Republic 6-0 6-4.

It was a dominant display by the 22-year-old to lift her first piece of Irish Open silverware.

Ulster team for senior inter-pros: Men: Sam Bothwell, Cian McDonnell, Jordan McKeown, Caleb Ralston, Alex Watt. Women: Karola Bejenaru, Jessica Leeman, Annie McCullough, Caitlin McCullough, Lucy Octave. Non-playing captain: Johnny Abosi. Assistant: Gordon Watt.

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