Friday 21 July 2017

Ireland out for revenge

Ireland go in search of revenge when they face England today in the Senior Men's Home International Championship at Crail.

England beat them in the final of the European Team Championship at Fairhaven a fortnight ago, so today's opening match in the round-robin series is of particular significance.

Ireland have won the Senior Internationals for the past two years and under the captaincy of Barry Doyle will be eager to complete a hat-trick of successes.

The legendary former Walker Cup captain and Amateur Champion Garth McGimpsey will again hope to be the inspiration.

Tipperary's Arthur Pierse,the ex British Seniors Champion is not available after helping Ireland finish runners-up in Lancashire.

Birr's Billy Donion and Greenore's Seamus McParland are brought into the line-up,this series comprising seven-man teams compared with the six-player European affairs.

Each tie consists of three foursomes and six singles.

Meanwhile, Strabane's Helen Jones, fresh from her victory in the Irish Seniors Open stroke-play championship, goes in search of a quickfire double in the British senior womens open championship at West Kilbride which starts today.

Ireland did well to reach the semi-finals of the European senior womens championship earlier in the month and several team members as well as Jones are bidding for glory.

Irish Independent

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