Thursday 29 September 2016

The eagle has landed for Greystones in historic win

Published 11/08/2016 | 02:30

Greystones Mixed Foursomes team celebrate their wonderful victory
Greystones Mixed Foursomes team celebrate their wonderful victory

Greystones completed a marathon run to Leinster glory when they beat Lucan 4-1 to capture the 'I Need Spain' Irish Mixed Foursomes title at Royal Curragh.

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It was the north Wicklow club's first Irish Mixed title in its 121-year history and it was a huge effort as the club came through seven ties to qualify for the All Ireland finals at Shandon Park on September 3.

Greystones beat Woodbrook, Djouce, Powerscourt and Rathfarnham to advance to the quarter-finals, where they defeated Elm Park.

At Royal Curragh in the Leinster semi-finals they beat Wexford 4-1 as Lucan overcame Moate.

Both sides made a few changes in pairings and it was a closely matched affair.

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Lucan were the first team to register a point, but then husband and wife Diarmaid MacGabhann and Emma Hanley - unbeaten throughout the competition - put a point on the board for Greystones.

When David Byrne and Lisa Croke registered a comprehensive 5 and 4 win, attention turned to the last two matches. And it was all over almost in a flash as Ray Nolan and Mags Smith won on the 17th as, almost simultaneously, Alan Condren and Orla Delaney sealed victory in their match with a spectacular eagle on the 19th.

'I Need Spain' Irish Mixed Foursomes at Royal Curragh:

Semi-finals: Lucan bt Moate 3.5/1.5; Greystones bt Wexford 4/1.

Final: Greystones bt Lucan 4/1.

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