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Freddy shines despite Ulster U-14 inter-pro disappointment

By John Flack

Coach Lynsey McCullough singled out Freddy Murray for special mention as Ulster had to settle for joint third place at the Under 14 junior inter-provincial tournament which concluded in Dublin yesterday.

The David Llloyd player won two matches out of three as Ulster lost 5-1 to Munster and then drew 3-3 with Connacht before being whitewashed by eventual winners Leinster yesterday.

Murray defeated Munster's Aidan Barry 6-3 in the third set and then had a more straightforward win over Connacht's Peter Walsh on day one at Carrickmines.

Jack Hudson also won his singles match against the western province while Dylan Leeman and newcomer Alexandros Stergopolous were successful in the doubles.

Leinster were much too strong yesterday, winning all their matches in straight sets as the hosts achieved a rare feat as they won all three encounters 6-0 over the course of the two-day event.

Ulster coach McCullough said: "Leinster were very, very strong but I couldn't fault any of the kids for the effort and commitment that they put in both before the tournament and when it started.

"Freddy played really well in both his singles wins but the whole group will have learned a lot from the experience, especially those who were playing an inter-pro for the first time.

"All of the players will still be eligible next year and I am confident that, with another 12 months under their belts, they'll do better."

U-14 inter-pros: final standings: 1st. Leinster 18 pts; 2nd. Munster 10; joint 3rd. Ulster 4; joint 3rd. Connacht 4.

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