WATERFORD Institute of Technology play host to the Ashbourne, Purcell and Fr Meaghair Competitions this weekend. 2011 and 2012 Division 1 League finalists UUJ have qualified for the Ashbourne Shield final and will play 2011 winners NUI Galway.
Local Down star Sara Louise Carr will lead the University of Ulster and the prolific attacker is looking forward to the weekend stating “It’s the only weekend where we get to compete on a level playing field with the cream of inter-county players and test ourselves against Cork, Galway and Wexford players who are competing for senior inter-county honours each year”.
Carr is joined on the UUJ team by fellow club-mates Paula Gribben and Lisa McPolin who played in Down’s All-Ireland Final while Shannon Graham achieved a Soaring Star award in 2011 and 2011 Ashbourne All-Star Eleanor Mallon in goals.
UUJ were unlucky not to qualify for the Cup semi finals, suffering defeats at the hands of UCD and UCC. UUJ are under the stewardship of Antrim’s Aishling Jackson this year and Carr believes that they are in with a good chance of collecting some silverware.
“Training has really stepped up since Christmas, we have been training two to three times a week and all the girls have given a huge commitment to attend each one with one player even travelling from Tipperary. Aishling has us well prepared and focused and we know that we are going to have to work extremely hard to overcome a very good Galway side.”
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