Irish trio key to vagliano hopes
Britain and Ireland are determined to prevent a third consecutive Continent of Europe victory in the Vagliano Trophy over the next two days at Royal Porthcawl on the South Wales coast with considerable help from the three-strong Irish contingent.
They were well beaten 15-9 at Fairmont St Andrews four years ago and they went down 13-11 at Hamburg in 2009.
Leona Maguire, fresh from her weekend victory in the Irish Open stroke-play championship, has been practising hard at Porthcawl, but captain Tegwen Matthews has given her a rest from this morning's opening foursomes -- she is expected to make her bow in the afternoon singles.
But the other two Irish players, Danielle McVeigh and Royal Portrush's rising star Stephanie Meadow, are both in early action.
McVeigh partners England's Holly Clyburn and they face French pair Alexandra Bonetti and Manon Gidali in the second match out.
Meadow(19) lines up with Scotland's Pamela Pretswell and they take on Dane Therese Koelbaek and Swede Madelene Sagstrom. Today's format of four foursomes and eight singles is repeated tomorrow to conclude the match.