Girls Interprovincial Tournament kicks off this weekend

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16 girls from Donegal will take part in the Irish Schools line out for the FAI Schools Under-15 Girls’ Interprovincial Tournament this Friday (November 16) at the AUL Complex, Clonshaugh.

The Donegal natives are among 65 other top players around the country that will take part in the tournament.

Ulster last won the tournament outright in 2010 and have always been very modest in their endeavours to recapture their hold on the trophy.

St. Columba’s College tutor Bridgeen Harley will be confident that they can give a good account of themselves in their opening game against Leinster on Friday evening when they take to the field at 4.30pm.

With this in mind, all eyes will be on the Interprovincial series to scout for the best talent on display within our network of post-primary schools.

The three-day event will see a series of six matches played with Provinces awarded two points for a win and one point for a draw.

The format leaves for an exciting finale in the Sunday morning outings.

Bridgeen Harley will see Tyler’s younger sister, Cate Toland (Deele College, Raphoe) and Erin Doherty (Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny) resume their provincial partnership for Ulster.

Harley will have a unity to her side which sees five students from Carndonagh CS involved as well as a trio from Deele College, Raphoe and a duo from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana.

Keri Loughrey will be one to watch out for having featured for Scoil Íosagain, Buncrana in the SPAR FAI Primary School 5’s National Finals in the Aviva Stadium last May.

She picked up the Player of the Tournament in that division with her phenomenal work rate and goal scoring abilities. She now applies her trade in Scoil Mhuire and will sure to impress.

The Interprovincial series will be the first step in the process of selecting the FAI Schools International Development squad of 18 players who will compete in the Bob Docherty Cup.

The 2018/19 campaign will see the Republic of Ireland Schools select travel to Salou for this season’s Home Nations event.

The International series will take place during the Easter Break from Sunday, April 21 to Wednesday, April 24.

Multimedia Sports Reporter from Derry currently repenting for my sins in Letterkenny. Recent journalism graduate. NUJ member.

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