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All-Star Duggan to lead Munster team in defence of LGFA Interprovincial crown

December 4th, 2019 10:22 AM

By Southern Star Team

Melissa Duggan of Cork is presented with her TG4 All Star award by Ard Stiúrthóir TG4, Alan Esslemont and President of LGFA Marie Hickey during the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football All Stars Awards banquet, in association with Lidl, at the Citywest Hotel in Saggart, Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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CORK’S newly-crowned TG4 All-Star Melissa Duggan will lead Munster’s defence of their LGFA Interprovincial crown on Saturday.

The Dohenys player is one of nine Cork representatives in the squad managed by former Waterford supremo Pat Sullivan.

Players from Kerry, including recently-retired forward Sarah Houlihan, Waterford, Tipperary and Clare are also included as Munster aim to put back-to-back titles together in Kinnegad.

Waterford star Michelle Ryan, who completed her 19th inter-county season in 2019, is another notable inclusion, while Cork’s rising young star Saoirse Noonan will also feature.

Other Cork players on the Munster team include Martina O'Brien, Ashling Hutchings, Hannah Looney, Libby Coppinger, Jessica O’Shea, Daire Kiely and Eimear Kiely.

Meanwhile, Leinster’s bid for a first Interprovincial Championship since 2006 will be led by captain Lauren Magee, a three-time TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship winner with Dublin.

The action gets underway in Kinnegad at 11am on Saturday morning, with the final scheduled for 3pm.

Ulster have elected not to include a team in the 2019 LGFA Interprovincials, leaving three provinces to battle it out for the Mick Talbot Cup.

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