Wednesday 13 December 2017

Irish rally to take fourth in Denmark

Louise Parkes

Ireland finished fourth in the 4-Star Nations Cup in Copenhagen yesterday where Shane Carey and Edward Doyle also clinched two of the top four places in the earlier Two-Phase competition.

Pathfinder Doyle provided the drop score when picking up eight faults with Samgemjee in the first round of the team competition in Denmark, but when Andrew Bourns (Roundthorn Madios), Clem McMahon (Pacino) and Trevor Coyle (Jubilee D'Ouilly) had just single errors, they were fourth at the halfway stage.

Just nine of the 18 teams returned for round two, and the final Irish tally of 24 faults was good enough to finish behind the Ukraine in third, Denmark in second and first-placed Germany.

At home yesterday, the 2-Star International at Balmoral, Belfast, concluded with a great win for Conor Swail and the exciting Lansdowne.

Dermott Lennon and Loughview Lou Lou took the runner-up spot, while Joan Green (Biscaya D'Eversam) finished third.

Lennon has been named for next week's premier league FEI Nations Cup in Rome along with Cian O'Connor, Shane Sweetnam, Billy Twomey and Niall Talbot.

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