Monday 16 December 2019

Sport in Brief - Ireland women denied ‘Home’ rule

Maria Dunne, Ireland
Maria Dunne, Ireland

Golf - Ireland failed by a whisker to snatch their first women’s home international title for four years at Aberdovey in North Wales yesterday.

Despite seeing off the challenge of Scotland, they had to play second fiddle to England, who overwhelmed defending champions Wales 6.5-2.5 to lift the trophy on a countback.

Ireland, who had beaten England earlier in the week but had fallen to the Welsh, needed to overcome Scotland by a much bigger margin and then hope England only narrowly beat Wales.

It appeared to be on the cards after the morning foursomes as Ireland whitewashed Scotland 3-0 and England only just had the edge on Wales 2-1, but things did not work out in the afternoon.

England dominated Wales, while wins for Maria Dunne, Paula Grant and Olivia Mehaffey were not enough for Ireland.

England had 16.5 points, Ireland were second with 16 and Wales third with 14.5.

Meanwhile, Ireland’s David Rawluk’s hopes of earning a European Tour card were dashed at the first hurdle after he narrowly failed to secure a top 24 spot at the first stage qualifying school event at Frilford Heath.

The Island star went round on day four in a par 72 for a 72-hole total of five-under, one agonising shot off the final qualifying score.

Richard Kilpatrick (three-under), Cian Curley and Reeve Whitson (both one-over) also missed out.

Sailing

A single race today remains for the Irish 49er skiff crew of Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern who remain in sixth overall in their event of 80 boats at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Spain.

In a boost to their prospects for Rio 2016, the London Olympic veterans yesterday qualified Ireland for a place at the next games, leaving the next two years free to concentrate on preparation.

The pair has still to be formally selected for the squad but are the only prominent contenders in the class.

However, a medal result was their goal for Santander this week and keeping a top ten overall result will give them a place in tomorrow’s single race finale.

Meanwhile, newcomers Andrea Brewster and Sakia Tidey in the Women’s 49er FX had a day to forget after they failed to recover from a capsize in their opening race.

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