Friday 23 March 2018

Conor and Emily shine in test series

Emily McDonagh (left) in action against South Africa.
Emily McDonagh (left) in action against South Africa.

THE IRISH Under-21 polocrosse team produced four fantastic games over the last two weekends against South Africa. The first weekend of play was to take place at Kinnity Castle, Offaly, but due to waterlogged pitches it was moved to Carrickmines, Dublin.

Ireland opened up the games on Saturday, July 7, with a great 15-7 win. They repeated their wonderful run on Sunday with a scoreline of 19-11. Both Conor Doyle and Emily McDonagh from Wexford played as the number ones on both days and were outstanding.

Games then moved to Horetown Polocrosse Club in Wexford. Friday, July 13, lived up to its name and South Africa were out for revenge for the previous weekend and won 25-8.

With Ireland having two wins and South Africa with one victory, everything came down to their final game on Saturday. Both teams were determined to give it their all and the scoreline reflected this with just one goal separating them going in to the final chukka.

But Irish hearts were broken when the South Africans won 18-15. Overall on aggregate South Africa won the test series by four goals.

The Irish team showed fantastic skill and determination and have proven they are a force to be reckoned with and have received many invitations worldwide on foot of their performance.