Ireland’s European Amateur Team Championship adventure ends with French lesson

Ireland have finished in sixth position at the European Amateur Team Championship, losing to hosts, France, on the final day at Chantilly.

Having had their hopes of a first title in eight years dashed by Italy, in the last eight, Tony Goode’s side could have only finished fifth heading into the last day, but France beat them 4-1.

Ireland were on the back foot after Paul McBride (The Island) and Alex Gleeson (Castle) were defeated 4&3 by Antoine Rozner and Robin Sciot-Siegrist, in the foursomes.

Tullamore man, Stuart Grehan, thumped Gregoire Schoeb 5&4 in the singles, but that was as good as it got, as defeats for Naas pair, Jack Hume and Conor O’Rourke, and for Colm Campbell, compounded a heavy defeat.

Reigning champions, Scotland, meanwhile, beat Sweden 5-2 in the final, to secure back-to-back titles, while Denmark beat Italy 4.5-2.5, to pip them into third spot.

Meanwhile, in Iceland, Ireland finished 15th at the European Ladies’ Team Championship.

Having narrowly missed out on the top flight, defeats to Slovenia and the Netherlands followed.

The team, which includes Curtis Cup stars, Olivia Mehaffey (Royal County Down) and Maria Dunne (Skerries), did at least round off an overall, disappointing campaign on a positive note.

They beat the hosts 3-2, over the Oddur course. Jessica Carty (Holywood) and Louise Coffey (Malone) went down 4&3 in the foursomes to Anna Snorradottir and Berglind Bjornsdottir, before Ireland hit back to win three of the four singles.

The ever-reliable Mehaffey beat Ragnhildur Kristinsdottir 5&4, with Dunne winning 3&2 against Sunna Vidisdottir, while there was a 5&4 success for Jessica Ross (Clandeboye), against Signy Arnorsdottir.

England won the ladies’ title for the first time in 23 years, with a 4-3 victory over Spain in the final.

Meanwhile, in Oslo, in Norway, Ireland crushed Slovakia 4.5-0.5, on the final day, to secure ninth place at the European Girls’ Team Championship.

Ireland had already beaten Switzerland and the Netherlands to ensure they had a shout of bagging ninth — the highest position they could finish, having missed out out on the top flight.

Valery Clancy (Killarney) and Rachel Thompson (Cork) halved their foursomes contest against Olga Pracharova and Sara Zrnikova, before Ireland romped home in the singles.

Lurgan duo, Annabel Wilson and Niamh McSherry, along with Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little) and Mairead Martin (Killarney), were all victorious in their respective matches to ensure Ireland finished with a flourish.

The girls’ title was won by Italy, who defeated Sweden 4.5-2.5 in the final.


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