Stec content despite third place finish for Ulster

Przemek Stec
Przemek Stec

Non-playing captain Przemek Stec was far from disappointed at his team’s performance as Ulster had to settle for a third place finish at the senior inter-provincial tournament at the David Lloyd Centre at the weekend.

The hosts were without several first choice players including the injured Polish-born Windsor ace who took over the role of non-playing captain.

As well as having to do without Stec, Ulster were missing leading lady Karola Bejanaru, the Bothwell brothers Sam and Peter along with Karl Donaldson, who were unavailable for a variety of reasons.

As it turned out a 4-2 win over Connacht proved decisive as Ulster went on to lose 6-0 to eventual winners Leinster.

The final doubles partnership of Aaron Stubbs and Ben Fetherston had to win their match to clinch Ulster the win they needed and they did just that.

“Aaron and Ben did very well as there was a lot of tension with so much resting on the match and I certainly couldn’t fault any of the players who gave 100 per cent commitment,” said Stec.

“It was always going to be difficult being without so many players but some of the matches we lost were close.

“Two of the ladies doubles went to three sets and I thought Alex Watt played very well at number one men’s singles.”

From an organizational point of view, the tournament could not have gone much better as the indoor courts at the Dundonald venue came in handy with the rain never too far away.

Several of the matches on the outdoor courts fell foul of the weather but a switch indoors did the trick.