Teams named for women’s friendly triple-header versus Connacht

Teams named for women’s friendly triple-header versus Connacht

10 days ago


Enniskillen RFC will host a women’s triple-header Inter-Pro friendly versus Connacht on Saturday, and the Ulster teams have been named.

The Deloitte U18 and Senior Women’s teams last played Connacht in the Vodafone Inter-Provincial Series in September, with the Senior side holding the women in green to a 12-12 draw, while the U18s defeated Connacht 12-5, which sets up Saturday’s triple-header to be highly competitive contests.

An Ulster Emerging Talent side made up of transitioning players from Age-Grade to Senior rugby will also face Connacht to sandwich the U18 and Senior games. 

Deloitte Ulster Senior Women’s captain, Beth Cregan commented:

“The Senior team was a bit disappointed to get a draw against Connacht in September, so we feel we have a point to prove. The girls are confident; we know our systems and want to come back off the end of our club season positively.

“Connacht have a very good set-up, which you can see from the number of senior internationals they have, both in Sevens and XVs. They have a strong programme, but our U18s have shown real talent as well, as a number of them have had Ireland call-ups to the inaugural Ireland U18s Six Nations squad. It’s really exciting to see how that shapes things for this year. U18s rugby is really exciting as the team changes from year-to-year, so I’m looking forward to seeing how they get on.

“Training as part of the Ulster Rugby Player Performance Pathway has been brilliant. It’s nice to get that regular contact time with players and coaches throughout the season. The girls in Cookstown have been working hard as well as the players based in Belfast. It’s been great to have the last few training sessions with everyone together and fine-tune a few things going into this weekend. Having a pathway where we have Senior players training alongside U18s and Development players will hopefully allow us to bridge that gap and bring those talented young players through and transition into senior rugby quickly.

“We’re looking forward to going to Enniskillen RFC. It’s a place in Ulster that has been prominent in producing players and has had a big youth set-up for years with the likes of Kathryn Dane and Claire Boles coming through to represent Ireland. There is plenty of rugby talent in and around Enniskillen, so it’s nice that young local girls can watch these games at their club. It’s a good facility so it’s exciting to see how we can use that to our advantage on Saturday.”

Beth Cregan

Beth Cregan

Deloitte Ulster U18 team to play Connacht, Saturday 14 May at Enniskillen RFC, 12 noon kick-off: 

Caoimhe Byrne (Virginia RFC), Sarah Roberts (Donaghadee RFC), Maia Finane (Virginia RFC), Sophie McAlister (Ballymena RFC), Ruby Starrett (Larne RFC), Olivia Black (Enniskillen RFC), Aisling McEnroe (Virgina RFC), Kaitlyn Graham (City of Armagh RFC), Ellie-Louise McCall (City of Armagh RFC), Leah Irwin (Enniskillen RFC), Rebecca Mann (Donaghadee RFC), Tara O’Neill (Cooke RFC), Emma McArdle (City of Armagh RFC), Ellie Corkey (City of Armagh RFC), Abbie Alexander (Ballymena RFC), Hannah Mahood (Donaghadee RFC), Seonaidh Douthart (Ballymena RF), Hannah Lee (Rainey Old Boys RFC), Jessica Kelly (Virginia RFC), Lucy Calvin (Royal School Armagh), Keeva Corry (Enniskillen RFC), Beth McBurney (Portadown RFC), Megan Creighton (Malone RFC), Mia Ferguson (Malone RFC), Scarlett Keys (Enniskillen RFC), Katie Gilmore (Cooke RFC), Zara Hutchinson (Clogher Valley RFC).


Ulster Emerging Talent team to play Connacht, Saturday 14 May at Enniskillen RFC, 2pm kick-off: 

Ella Garland (Queen’s University RFC), Maebh Clenaghan (Letterkenny RFC), Sophie Barrett (Enniskillen RFC), Jorja Battishill (Malone RFC), Caolinn McCormack (Cooke RFC), Moya Hill (Enniskillen RFC), Sarah Shrestha (Loughborough University), India Daley (Cooke RFC), Georgia Boyce (Cooke RFC), Molly Boyd (City of Derry RFC), Tamzin Boyce (Cooke RFC), Christy Hill (Ballymena RFC), Lucy Thompson (Cooke RFC), Jana McQuillan (Malone RFC), Farrah Cartin-McCloskey (Enniskillen RFC), Katie-Anne McCallion (Malone RFC), Katie Elliot (Enniskillen RFC), Aoife Keaney (Enniskillen RFC), Kim Johnston (Newcastle University), Ciara Orr (Queen’s University RFC), Rachael McIlroy (Queen’s University RFC), Aisling McMahoon (Queen’s University RFC), Megan Ferry (City of Derry RFC), Sophie Meeke (Enniskillen RFC), Sophie Kingham (Sligo RFC).


Deloitte Ulster Senior Women’s team to play Connacht, Saturday 14 May at Enniskillen RFC, 4pm kick-off: 

Ava Fannin (MU Barnhall RFC), Beth Cregan (Cooke RFC), Aishling O’Connell (Cooke RFC), Nicole Watterson (Queen’s University RFC), Ellen Patterson (Queen’s University RFC), Helen McGhee (Cooke RFC), Fern Wilson (Malone RFC), Naomi McCord (Cooke RFC), Hannah Downey (Cooke RFC), Ella Durkan (Malone RFC), Eva Cafolia (Belfast Harlequins RFC), Ashleigh Orchard (Cooke RFC), Niamh Marley (Dungannon RFC), Megan Edwards (Co. Cavan RFC), Fiona Tuite (Old Belvedere RFC), Anna Smith (Malone RFC), Megan Simpson (Cooke RFC), Victoria Jackson (Queen’s University RFC), Siobhan Sheerin (Omagh Academicals RFC), Colleen McCance (Dungannon RFC), Hatty Ravenscroft (Belfast Harlequins RFC), Amanda Morton (Cooke RFC), Amelia McFarland (City of Derry RFC), Kelly McCormill (Cooke RFC), Diane Ramsay (Queen’s University RFC).

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