Friday 18 August 2017

Galbraith holds nerve as men's team restore pride

After losing both of their matches against Italy (4.5-2.5) and France (3-2) after qualifying for Flight A, Ireland came from behind to restore some pride with a hard-earned triumph. Photo: Getty Images
After losing both of their matches against Italy (4.5-2.5) and France (3-2) after qualifying for Flight A, Ireland came from behind to restore some pride with a hard-earned triumph. Photo: Getty Images

Jay Bamford

Ireland avoided finishing bottom of Flight A in the European Men's Team Championship at Diamond, Austria, with a 3-2 victory over Norway.

After losing both of their matches against Italy (4.5-2.5) and France (3-2) after qualifying for Flight A, Ireland came from behind to restore some pride with a hard-earned triumph.

Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint) and Tramore's Robin Dawson lost in the foursomes to Knud Krokeide and Jarle Volden by one hole. And Norway went 2-0 up after Kristoffer Ventura beat Paul McBride (The Island) by the same scoreline.

But Tullamore's Stuart Grehan pulled Ireland back into it with a 4&3 win over Viktor Hovland, while Naas man Conor O'Rourke, who had won both his singles matches in the previous two rounds, saw off Markus Braadlie 3&2. That left John Ross Galbraith (Whitehead) with the decisive encounter against Kristoffer Reitan, and the Irishman managed to hold his nerve to seal a 2&1 success.

Spain went on to beat England to claim the title with a 4-3 success.

Thrashed But it was a different story at the European Boys' Team Championship at La Manga, Spain, as Ireland were thrashed 4.5-0.5 by France to finish sixth.

At Montado, Portugal, Ireland got over the disappointment of not making the top eight by winning Flight B in the European Ladies' Team Championship with a 3.5-1.5 win over France.

Lahinch's Sinead Sexton and Chloe Ryan (Castletroy) teamed up to take the foursomes point by one hole and Olivia Mehaffey (Royal County Down) then beat Mathilda Cappeliez 2&1 to double Ireland's lead.

Marion Veysseyre gave France hope with a 2&1 victory over Forrest Little's Julie McCarthy but Maria Dunne (Skerries) sealed Ireland's success by beating Chloe Salort by two holes. With the game already won, Lisburn's Paula Grant went on to halve the final match.

But Ireland failed to replicate that achievement at St Laurence, Finland, at the European Girls' Team Championship as they were beaten 3-2 by hosts Finland to finish 10th overall.

Irish Independent

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