National Matchplay Draw- Ladies Profiles

A look at the 32 names that will be going into the hat for this evening's draw in the Templemore Arms Hotel

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  1. Breda Lonergan – Tipperary Hills. Seeded #1. The current holder will seriously fancy her chances of retaining her crown at Lakeside. Has enjoyed much success on the Lakeside course over the years and will clearly start as favourite due to her success on the course.
  2. Geraldine Ward – Portmarnock – The most decorated Lady player in the game, the former multiple champion will be a serious contender over the weekend. Has played Lakeside in the past and the course will suit her game. Massive challenger.
  3. Chrissie Byrne – St Bridgets. The Kildare favourite will easily start as one of the favourites; knows the course pretty well and is sure to prosper as the weekend unfolds. The former champion is sure to be in the mix well into the weekend.
  4. Tara Dillon – St Bridgets – Beaten in last year’s final and a former winner in the past, she is sure to perform well at Lakeside. A great player and no one will fancy meeting her at any stage. Will do very well.
  5. Mairead O'Toole – Poulaphouca. Quiet unassuming player who plays to quite a standard and has enjoyed much success in the past. Expect her to perform well.
  6. Lily O'Brien – Lakeside. The longest serving lady player in Lakeside will be looking forward to the weekend with aplomb. On her day she can perform, so she could prove a slippy assignment for most players.
  7. Paula Nolan – Ballinlough. The Cork player is good and solid who won't give much away easily. If she finds her true game, she will trouble most players.
  8. Linda Thomson – Lucan. Lakeside will suit her play as she will be used to a long type course and she will be expecting to perform at Lakeside. Good run expected.
  9. Siobhan McDonnell – Lucan. Another young player who has been growing into a fine player in recent years. Has a good chance of doing well if playing to her full potential.
  10. Siobhan Keely – RGSC. A fine player in her own right and is very consistent who isn't overawed by the bigger names in the field. Her own course is long and this will stand to her at Lakeside. Danger for anyone.
  11. Marian Byrne – St Bridgets. Another former champion in the field and Lakeside will suit her game perfectly. Brilliant Matchplay player and expect to see her right in the mix.
  12. Ann Bird – Laytown. Not that well known outside of Leinster as some of the others in the field but hopefully she will play to her full potential.
  13. Sheelagh Elmes – Portmarnock – A gritty player with skill in abundance. She will have a serious chance at Lakeside and is a great performer under pressure. Expect a strong showing.
  14. Margaret O'Donovan – Bruff. Margaret is a fine player in her own right and it’s great to see her competing against the best. She is no push over in any way and if plays to her true form she could prove troublesome.
  15. Rose Kelly – Ryston. Another fine player from Kildare who has played Lakeside on many occasions. She will definitely do well such is her calibre.
  16. Eleanor Walsh. Formidable player who has tasted success at Lakeside winning the Munster Matchplay back in 1988. One player who will be seriously fancied to do well.
  17. Noreen Myles – Gael Colmcille. The ever present Meath player will be hoping she can bring her best game to the table. If she does, she could prove tough for anyone.
  18. Pauline Balfe – Old County. A fine player when on form and if she performs to her maximum, she could surprise a few.
  19. Tracey McGrath – Erry. Cracking player with massive talent. Has enjoyed a fine start to the season and Lakeside is a course she knows and plays well. Huge threat over the weekend.
  20. Margaret Keogh – St Bridgets. Another player who on her day is devastating and she knows the Lakeside track well. Tough nut to crack and expect her to perform.
  21. Martha O'Brien – Lakeside. Won the National Girls at Lakeside, former Munster Senior Strokeplay winner in the past also. Has all the skills to perform at this level and is expected to give a good showing at Lakeside.
  22. Glenda Hoey – RGSC. A fine player on her day, she could well prove very tough for anyone. She has the game to advance well in the Championship but needs to be at her best.
  23. Margaret Hogan – Has won more at Lakeside than any other lady in the field and this gives her a huge chance, throw that in with her experience and the fact she has won this Championship on multiple occasions, a massive contender to win.
  24. Betty Cody – Loughlinstown. A fine able player who will need to be at her very best but she has the game to cause an upset.
  25. Patricia Murphy – Ranges. The Cork lady is a fine player and will be looking forward to performing to her best. If she plays as she knows she can, she will be hard beaten.
  26. Geraldine Edwards – Fairview CY. The Dublin lady is an ever present in this Championship and has the armour at her disposal to play to a very high level. Could surprise a few.
  27. Mary Murray – Rocklodge. A tough and sticky opponent that will give any player trouble at Lakeside. She is a proven winner in the past and expect her to do well at Lakeside.
  28. Phil Condron – Lucan. As tenacious a player you are going to see but has a seriously good game to go with it. A very tough opponent for anyone and she will do well.
  29. Maree O'Toole – Shandon. Lovely player who has played Lakeside in the past and will thrive in the atmosphere. Has the capability of doing very well.
  30. Sarah Byrne – Fermoy. The Fermoy player has a beautiful style and if she brings her top game to Lakeside she will have a very good showing.
  31. Mary Donnelly – Ryston. Another great player in her own right. Very consistent and there is no doubt that she will perform at Lakeside.
  32. Helen Greagsbey – Fairview CY. Good player who can be under estimated at times. She will prove a tough assignment for any player.


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