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Coach McQuitty satisfied after an impressive start to inter-pro quest


By John Flack

Ulster made a winning start to their bid to lift the senior inter-provincial title for the first time since 1982 at Windsor last night with an impressive 5-1 victory over Connacht.

A trio of debutants opened their accounts on a successful note as teens Caleb Ralston and Cian McDonnell, along with Christine Duncan, all won.

Ralston defeated Mark Smyth 6-2 6-2, McDonnell beat David Boland 6-3 6-3, while Duncan had a 6-1 6-3 win over Dearbhaile Rowe.

Caitlin McCullough was a 6-0 6-0 winner over Marion Hanley.

Przemek Stec teamed up with Aaron Stubbs in the men's doubles to defeat Dermot Foley and Alan McCormick 6-1 6-1.

The only blip came in the ladies' doubles as Annie McCullough and Kerri Russell went down 4-6 6-4 3-6 to Anna Jones and Roisin Murphy.

Ulster coach Stuart McQuitty was satisfied, but rates holders Munster, who beat Leinster 4-2, as favourites as the hosts prepare to face both provinces today.

He said: "I was very happy with the attitude of the players and it was great to see all three debutants win."

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