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2012 Women's Interprovincial Matches - Cork

14 April 2012

2012 WOMEN’S INTERPROVINCIAL MATCHES
CORK GOLF CLUB
11 - 13 APRIL 2012

Leinster win Interprovincial trophy in fine fashion.....

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Final Standings
3pts Leinster
2pts Ulster
1pt Munster
0pts Connacht

News and Results for Day 3 - Friday 13th April
Singles
Maria Dunne with a clean sweep of wins (6/6) set Leinster up nicely for victory with a great 7 and 5 result against Louise Coffey.  Leinster needed 3 singles matches to win the trophy back from Ulster, if the contest between the Provinces was halved Ulster would win courtesy of matches won.  Leinster newcomer Ariana Coyle Diez halved a great match against Ulster's Charlene Ried.  Paula Grant won 1up on 18 for Ulster against Karen Delaney but Leinster Captain Denise McCarthy pitched her team perfectly saving Mary Dowling and Deirdre Smith to the end of the order and they duly oblidged.  Mary Dowling birdied the 15th & 16th to go dormie 2up and won the match on the 17th while Deirdre sank a birdie putt on the 16th which secured her at least a half and the trophy back in Leinster hands.
Earlier in the afternoon Ulster's Leona Maguire put on a birdie fest at Little Island – up against Leinsters’ Aedin Murphy who incidentally won the first with an eagle to Leona’s birdie, Leona went on to birdie the 2nd, chipped in for birdie on the 5th, hit to 30ft from the 8th fairway bunker and holed the putt, put her approach to 8ft on the 10th for birdie, and had similar on the 12th and 13th to close out the match on 7 under after 13 holes.

Munster saved their best to last and secured third place with all players recording emphatic victories against Connacht.  
 
Foursomes
Ulster’s Leona Maguire and Charlene Reid despite being 5 up early in the match held on for a 2 and 1 win against Deirdre Smith and Aedin Murphy.  The match between Leinster’s Delaney and Dunne and Ulster’s Grant and Carty was nip and tuck and all square after 14 but the unbeaten Leinster pair surged ahead over the final few holes and won 2 and 1.   Leinster won the last match with Dowling and Mernagh combining well again to give Leinster the edge going into the singles.....

Munsters Chloe Ryan and Jean O’Driscoll proved a formidable partnership winning the top match against Connacht 5 and 3 with birdies at the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 14th and 15th.  O’Driscoll and O’Neill had a comfortable win for Munster in the middle match whereas O’Leary and Cunningham survived a scare with Connacht’s Corcoran and Cassidy levelling the match with a birdie on the par 4 16th but Munster went on to win the 17th with par and the 18th with birdie.

Leinster 5½  Ulster 3½
Singles
Aedin Murphy lost to Leona Maguire 7&5
Ariana Coyle Diez halved with Charlene Reid
Maria Dunne beat Louise Coffey 7&5
Karen Delaney lost to Paula Grant 1up
Mary Dowling beat Jessica Carty 3&1
Deirdre Smith beat Lucy Simpson 2&1
Foursomes
Deirdre Smith & Aedin Murphy lost to Leona Maguire & Charlene Reid 2&1
Karen Delaney & Maria Dunne beat Paula Grant & Jessica Carty 2&1
Mary Dowling & Louise Mernagh beat Lucy Simpson & Tara Gribben 3&2

Munster 9 Connacht 0
Singles
Sarah Cunningham beat Sorca Begley 5&4
Chloe Ryan beat Fiona Moclair 7&6
Gillian O'Leary beat Clodagh Hopkins 7&6
Emma O'Driscoll beat Kung Fanning 5&4
Sinead Sexton beat Anne McCormack 5&4
Aoife Lowry beat Ann Cassidy 7&6
Foursomes
Chloe Ryan & Jean O'Driscoll beat Fiona Carroll & Anne McCormack 5&3
Emma O'Driscoll & Karen O'Neill beat Clodagh Hopkins & Kung Fanning 3&1
Gillian O'Leary & Sarah Cunningham beat Suzanne Corcoran & Ann Cassidy 2up

News and Results for Day 2 - Thursday 12th April
Singles
Connacht were not in the mood for another whitewash and despite Karen Delaney getting Leinster off to a fine winning start, Suzanne Corcoran, Clodagh Hopkins and Anne McCormack were all ahead in their matches well through the turn.  However, Leinsters’ Louise Mernagh had a storming finish against Suzanne to win 3 and 1, and Ariana Coyle Diez capatilised on McCormack’s out of bounds tee shot on the 17th and went on to win the match on the 18th. Maria Dunne defeating Connacht’s surprise package Kung Fanning on the 17th while Mary Dowling pipped Fiona Carroll on the home green.  Clodagh Hopkins much to the delight of Connacht ensured a half point against Anna Courtney.

In the first singles encounter between Ulster and Munster, Munster’s Aoife Lowry had a superb match against Leona Maguire.  The match was all square until Aoife chipped in for birdie on the 13th to go one up but Leona came straight back winning the 14th and the 15th with a birdie – Aoife won the 16th with Leona loosing a ball and the pair halved the 17th.  Both missed an opportunity to seal victory on 18 with putts shaving the hole.  Charlene Reid and Jessica Carty had close encounters against Chloe Ryan and Sinead Sexton with the Ulster players both winning by 2 and 1 margins while Lucy Simpson rested from the foursomes played super golf against Jean O’Driscoll to win 6 and 5.  Sarah Cunningham won Munsters only singles match while teammate Gillian O’Leary dormie 2 up on the 17th tee, drove out of bounds and her opponent Louise Coffey capatilised by winning both 17 and 18 in regulation pars to secure a half.

Foursomes
Leinster were out early in the foursomes against Connacht and obviously keen to put up a good score.  Mary Dowling and Louise Mernagh played one under over 10 holes to bring in the first result and were followed in by Deirdre Smith and Aedin Murphy who closed out their match against Corcoran and Cassidy on the 13th. The top match was a tight affair with Connacht’s Anne McCormack and Fiona Carroll up early in their match against Karen Delaney and Maria Dunne but the experienced Leinster duo turned the match around to go ahead through 14 and won by a 2 hole margin on the home green.

Munster put it up to Ulster early in the foursomes and were narrowly ahead in two matches around the turn.  Ulster’s Paula Grant/Jessica Carty pairing impressed with superb ball striking, they were down to an eagle by Ryan and O’Driscoll on the par 5 2nd but levelled the match through 8 consistently peppering the pin and won 2 and 1 despite Munster’s comeback birdie on the 16th .
Leona Maguire and Charlene Reid put in a steady performance to beat local Emma O’Driscoll and partner from Douglas, Karen O’Neill.   Gillian O’Leary and Sarah Cunningham were two up after 13 but lost the 15th to reduce their lead.  The 16th was halved in par before Munster won the match with par on 17. 

Connacht ½ Leinster 8½
Foursomes
Anne McCormack & Fiona Carroll lost to Karen Delaney & Maria Dunne 2up
Clodagh Hopkins & Sorca Begley lost to Mary Dowling & Louise Mernagh 9&8
Suzanne Corcoran & Ann Cassidy lost to Deirdre Smith & Aedin Murphy 6&5
Singles
Kung Fanning lost to Maria Dunne 3&1
Fiona Moclair lost to Karen Delaney 9&7
Suzanne Corcoran lost to Louise Mernagh 3&1
Clodagh Hopkins halved with Anna Courtney
Anne McCormack lost to Ariana Coyle Diez 1up
Fiona Carroll lost to Mary Dowling 2up

Ulster 6 Munster 3
Foursomes
Leona Maguire & Charlene Reid beat Emma O’Driscoll & Karen O’Neill 3&2
Paula Grant & Jessica Carty beat Chloe Ryan & Jean O’Driscoll 2&1
Louise Coffey & Laura Grant lost to Gillian O’Leary & Sarah Cunningham 2&1
Singles
Leona Maguire halved with Aoife Lowry
Charlene Reid beat Chloe Ryan 2&1
Louise Coffey halved with Gillian O’Leary
Jessica Carty beat Sinead Sexton 2&1
Lucy Simpson beat Jean O’Driscoll 6&5
Tara Gribben lost to Sarah Cunningham 4&3

News and Results for Wednesday 11th April
Singles
Early in the singles matches Munster drew level in their tie against Leinster with Gillian O’Leary and Sarah Cunningham both making amends from this morning, by winning their matches against Louise Mernagh and Karen Delaney respectively.  However, Leinster stormed back impressively with Maria Dunne defeating Karen O’Neill and Mary Dowling winning on the 15th against Sinead Sexton – this would ensure at least a half point for Leinster.    Irish U18 International  Jean O’Driscoll renewed hope for the loyal Munster supporters by beating Aedin Murphy 3 and 1 while teammate Chloe Ryan was 2up against Deirdre Smith after 14.  However, Smithy dug deep and her experience told in the end for Leinster as she birdied  15 and 16 to go all square, she went ahead with a par on 17 and halved 18 with an up and down to win the match and tie for Leinster.

Connacht’s Kung Fanning took on Leona Maguire and despite being 3 down following Leona’s eagle on 15 Kung won the 16 and 17 however Leona birdied the 18th with an approach to 9 inches to win by 2 holes.  This ensured a clean sweep for defending champions Ulster. 
The large galleries at Cork appreciated the numerous sub par matches played in challenging conditions on the majestic championship course at Little Isalnd.

Foursomes
Leinster take advantage against Munster in the foursomes – Delaney and Dunne closed out the top match in style having gone through the 14th all square  they went on to win the 15th in eagle and 17th in par against Munster’s Cork pairing of O’Leary and O’Driscoll.  Leinster’s past Irish Champion Mary Dowling paired with under 18 International Ariana Coyle Diez proved a great combination with an awesome short game between them they won 5 and 4 against Munster’s Sarah Cunningham (who incidentally won the Cork Scratch Cup on Saturday) and Aoife Lowry.  The final match was halved with Munster unfortunate to miss birdie chances from 5 feet for wins on both the 17th and 18th holes.
Ulster with two late reserves (Jessica Carty and Tara Gribben) in the team replacing Victoria Bradshaw who was bruised and shaken following a car accident and Lisa Maguire suffering a strained wrist overcame Connacht in the foursomes.   The depleted Connacht team with would be members attending college in the US proved no walk over for Ulster.  However, Ulster claimed the top match in fine fashion with Leona Maguire and Charlene Reid winning their match on the 13th. Connacht’s Anne McCormack and back in action Fiona Carroll put up a strong challenge to Ulster young internationals of Paula Grant and Jessica Carty despite loosing on the 17th and the final match was decided on the home green with Ulster securing an up and down from the greenside bunker to win the match by two holes.

Munster 3½  Leinster 5½  
Foursomes
Gillian O’Leary & Emma O’Driscoll lost to Karen Delaney & Maria Dunne 2&1
Sarah Cunningham & Aoife Lowry lost to Mary Dowling & Ariana Coyle Diez 5&4
Chloe Ryan & Sinead Sexton halved with Deirdre Smith & Anna Courtney
Singles
Gillian O’Leary beat Louise Mernagh 3&2
Sarah Cunningham beat Karen Delaney 2&1
Karen O’Neill lost to Maria Dunne 2up
Sinead Sexton lost to Mary Dowling 4&3
Jean O’Driscoll beat Aedin Murphy 3&1
Chloe Ryan lost to Deirdre Smith 1up

Ulster 9 Connacht 0
Foursomes
Leona Maguire & Charlene Reid beat Sorca Begley & Fiona Moclair 6&5
Paula Grant & Jessica Carty beat Anne McCormack & Fiona Carroll 2&1
Louise Coffey & Laura Grant beat Suzanne Corcoran & Ann Cassidy 2up
Singles
Leona Maguire beat Kung Fanning 2up
Charlene Reid beat Clodagh Hopkins 5&4
Louise Coffey beat Fiona Moclair 6&4
Paula Grant beat Fiona Carroll 2&1
Lucy Simpson beat Anne McCormack 4&2
Tara Gribben beat Ann Cassidy 5&3

Press Release prior to tournament
ULSTER BID TO RETAIN TITLE FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR 
Ulster will have their sights set on three wins in row at the Women’s Interprovincials when play commences at Cork Golf Club, Little Island, 11 - 13 April 2012.  The championship course which measures 6,091 yards, with a par of 73, will provide a tough test for competitor’s match play skills over the three days.  Players from all Provinces will be keen to impress the Irish Selectors as Cork is also the host venue to the Home International Matches in September where the Irish team will be in action against England, Scotland and Wales.

Favourites Ulster field a strong team further boosted by the inclusion of the Maguire twins Leona and Lisa who have not been available to play for their Province since the Girls Interprovincials, Woodenbridge, 2009.  The northern side also boasts the talents of current Internationals -  Louise Coffey (Malone) Paula Grant (Lisburn) and  Charlene Reid (Royal Portrush).   Laura Grant (Lisburn) joins Paula to give the side two sets of sisters while Victoria Bradshaw having made her debut for Ulster’s senior side in 2005 adds valuable experience to the team.

Munster field the same team as last year with the exception of Sarah Cunningham (Ennis) who has returned from injury to replace Mary Sheehy (Tralee).   Munster were runners up last year and will look to current International Gillian O’Leary to guide the side over her home course.  Support will be aplenty with fellow Corkonians Karen O’Neill (Douglas), Under 18 International Jean O’Driscoll (Muskerry) and Emma O’Driscoll – Ballybunion - but also a member of Cork on the team.  Castletroy’s Chloe Ryan and Sinead Sexton (Lahinch) also made impressive debuts as juniors on the senior side last year and will have added confidence this year.  Tipperary’s Aoife Lowry completes the Munster line-up.

Leinster once again fields a formidable team with a great mixture of experience and youth.   Stalwart Deirdre Smith (Co. Louth) who claimed the first Scratch Cup of the 2012 season against a quality field at Royal Portrush  is joined by other  “Golden” era (Leinster champions 2004 – 2009) members Karen Delaney (Carlow) Mary Dowling (New Ross) Maria Dunne (Skerries) Louise Mernagh (Woodenbridge) and Aedin Murphy (Carlow)  .   The debutants in the side are Anna Courtney (St. Anne’s) and Irish under 18 International Ariana Coyle Diez (Elm Park).

Connacht will be looking to cause an upset again this year – they beat Leinster on the final day last year at Royal County Down to claim a credible third place.   Fiona Carroll (Galway Bay) rejoins the team after a break from the game and joins seasoned campaigners Anne McCormack (Roscommon) Fiona Hurley Moclair (Ballinasloe) and Senior International Suzanne Corcoran (Portumna).  Anne Cassidy (Portumna) reclaims her place on the side following great scalps last year and Clodagh Hopkins (Woodbrook) makes a timely return to the side after a long absence.  Team debutants are Kung Fanning (Ballyhaunis) and Sorcha Begley (Bundoran).

The first Inter Provincial Matches took place in 1964, with Leinster winning the inaugural series of matches and going on to dominate the Championship, winning the trophy on 31 occasions in addition to sharing the title with Ulster in 1967. Munster has claimed 7 victories over the years with their most recent wins coming in 2002 and 2003 while Ulster has now won 6 titles.

2012 sees the format revert to the popular round robin series of foursomes and singles matches between all Provinces. 

TEAMS
MUNSTER Team Captain: Rhona Brennan (Bandon)
Sarah Cunningham (Ennis) Aoife Lowry (Tipperary) Emma O'Driscoll (Ballybunion) Jean O'Driscoll (Muskerry) Gillian O'Leary (Cork) Karen O'Neill (Douglas) Chloe Ryan (Castletroy)
Sinead Sexton (Lahinch)

LEINSTER Team Captain: Denise McCarthy (Woodenbridge)
Anna Courtney (St. Anne’s) Ariana Coyle Diez (Elm Park) Karen Delaney (Carlow)
Mary Dowling (New Ross) Maria Dunne (Skerries) Louise Mernagh (Woodenbridge)
Aedin Murphy (Carlow) Deirdre Smith (Co. Louth)

ULSTER Team Captain: Dr Christine Crockett (Royal Co. Down Ladies)
Jessica Carty (Holywood) Louise Coffey (Malone) Laura Grant (Lisburn) Paula Grant (Lisburn) Tara Gribben (Warrenpoint) Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell) Charlene Reid (Royal Portrush)
Lucy Simpson (Massereene)

CONNACHT Captain: Eileen MacMullen (Bundoran)
Suzanne Corcoran (Portumna) Anne Cassidy (Portumna) Anne McCormack (Roscommon)
Fiona Carroll (Galway Bay) Kung Fanning (Ballyhaunis) Sorcha Begley (Bundoran)
Clodagh Hopkins (Woodbrook) Fiona Moclair (Ballinasloe)

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