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Saturday 25 February 2017

Jacob geared up to spearhead WIT's Ashbourne Cup defence

Star attacker Ursula Jacob is bracing herself for a massive challenge as she leads Waterford IT out against UUJ in the first of this year's Ashbourne Cup semi-finals at Cork IT on Saturday.

The Wexford girl, an All-Ireland winner in 2007, racked up a personal tally of 2-8 in her side's quarter-final win over CIT and will be relied upon to spearhead a WIT side which also includes Kilkenny's Anne Dalton, Katie Power and Young Player of the Year, Denise Gaule.

UUJ will face a mammoth challenge against the Ashbourne Cup holders and will be looking for big performances from Derry's Meabh McGoldrick, Antrim's Sharon Graham and the Down trio of Karen Gribben, Paula Gribben and Sara Louise Carr.

Former Down manager Ross Carr will be an interested spectator on Saturday as daughter Fionnuala lines out for UCC against UCD in the second of the semi-finals.

If UCC are to progress they will have to halt the cohesive attacking power of UCD, who racked up 5-12 in their quarter-final victory over NUI Galway.

A little piece of history will also be made this weekend as it is the first time that both Ashbourne and Purcell Cup competitions are being jointly hosted. IT Tralee face Garda College in their Purcell Cup semi-final while DIT face Mary Immaculate.

Irish Independent

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