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Moriarty to lead young team in Cairo as she makes Irish debut

Julia Moriarty, who lives in Sydney, Australia, will lead a young Irish women's tennis team at next month's BNP Paribas Fed Cup in Cairo, Egypt.

Moriarty's father John was the first Aboriginal player to make the Australian football team.

Now aged 21, Moriarty began playing tennis at the age of 11 and in 2007 became the first indigenous Australian player to have a WTA Tour ranking since Evonne Goolagong Cawley. Her coach is Kim Warwick, who partnered Goolagong to mixed doubles victory at the 1972 French Open.

With dual Irish and Australian citizenship, Moriarty will make her Irish debut in Cairo. Her best result to date came in May 2008, when she made the doubles final of a women's $50,000 tournament in Fukuoka, Japan, paired with Japanese player Maya Kato. She is currently ranked 695 in the world.

Earlier this week, Moriarty went out in the first round of the $10,000 Fujairah tournament in the Middle East to Italian Martina Caciotti. Teamed with Gally De Wael from Belgium, she also went out in the opening round of the doubles.

Also selected for the Fed Cup team are Amy Bowtell, age 16 and the youngest member on the team, Jenny Claffey and Lynsey McCullough.

Winners of the women's Class 1 in the Dublin Winter League was the Fitzwilliam team of Jenny Claffey and Niamh Coveney, Gina Niland and Lisa O'Shea, and Emma Doyle with Suzy Perkins.

They beat the Mount Pleasant team of Mareze Joubert and Sinead Kennedy, Susan McRann and Ellen Stuart, and Wem Hoffman with Sheila Kilduff.

Fitzwilliam's second team beat Westwood to take the Class 2 title, while, in Class 3, Mount Pleasant beat Aer Lingus.

DCU's first team of Dara McLoughlin and Simon Wrafter, Liam Byrne and Brendan Mulligan, and coach Jamie Pilkington paired with Luke Hennessy beat the Templeogue team of Rob Shulver and Mik Lynch, Justin Smyth and Niall Murphy and Paul Pounch with John Tougher in a closely fought men's Class 1 decider.

In other grades, Lansdowne beat Malahide to win Class 2, Blackrock got the better of Rathgar in Class 3 and Malahide reversed the Class 2 result when they beat Lansdowne in Class 4.


27-18 March: U-10 Spring Matchplay, Greystones, Co Wicklow.

27 Mar-2 April: Brookfield Junior Open, Rathmines, Dublin.

29 Mar: Mt Pleasant U8s and U9s March Tournament, Ranelagh, Dublin.