James O’Donovan captures Euro silver as Irish land big medal haul

James O’Donovan was the toast of the Irish at Reutum in the Netherlands when he captured the European senior men’s silver medal on a pristine Dutch Moors course yesterday. 
James O’Donovan captures Euro silver as Irish land big medal haul

Eoin Healy won the boys U18 silver medal, Edmund Sexton won the senior men’s bronze and Tom O’Donovan the U18 bronze. The Irish senior men won the team gold medal, the U18 boys took the silver team medals and the senior women and girls U18 both won bronze.

The Dutch won three of the four individual gold medals, two silver medals and a bronze.

James O’Donovan bowled impressively to win silver, indeed his performance looked enough for gold till the very death.

In the end, he was 65m shy of the Netherlands’ Robert Scholten. He covered the old course to the turn at Catharinalaan in four.

His next got a perfect bounce off the lane. He gained pole position when he skinned the last bend with a super seventh. After eight, he was at 1,540m and facing into the softer and rougher end of the course.

He got two good closing shots, but that end became much barer and firmer later in the day.

Edmund Sexton recovered from a short opening shot to win the bronze medal. He got to 1,360m after eight and played two great last shots to reach 1,677m and edge past Donncha O’Brien.

The Irish men filled seven of the top nine places, only Scholten and his team-mate Melle Analbers (4th) spoilt the party.

From the first group Ireland held the top spot, first Brian Wilmot, then David Murphy, before James O’Donovan hit the front and stayed there till Scholten snatched gold.

Earlier, Eoin Healy and Tom O’Donovan put in excellent performances to win silver and bronze respectively in the boys U18 section. Healy started well to get 580m with his first four on the old course. He lost ground with his seventh, but was back on track with a great eighth to 1,085m. Even two good closing shots wouldn’t catch Jonas Schüler (FKV Germany) who had scored 1,400m in the previous group.

Silke Tulk won her second gold medal of the games when she led the Dutch team to the team title.

Tulk was awesome down the finishing straight, scoring 1,332.9m to win by 107.5. Kelly Mallon was fourth for Ireland.

Renske Arens won the girls U18 gold for the Netherlands, with her colleague Rodjean Vos second.

Marie Nagle was best of the Irish again in fifth place.

As anticipated Saturday’s German Lofting was a quiet day for the Irish, but the men and U18 boys both achieved team bronze medals.

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