Lloret Papalus, June 6-8.
The Sunday singles were split 6-6, which gave the Catalans a deserved but hard fought victory. The young guns, Conor McCarthy and Shane Redmond, maintained their impressive 100% records to give Ireland hope but Catalonia won all three ladies matches. Enric Sanz, Josep Martinez and Ricardo Betlinski provided the other three home singles wins to see the Catalans over the line for their second win in this sixth International Challenge.
The full details can be found here.
Catalonia v. Ireland Scores
Two wins out of two for Conor McCarthy and Shane Redmond over Marc Ibáñez and Jordi Torrecilla as, for the moment Ireland and Catalonia were tied after one afternoon fourball. Kevin McCarthy and Ian Dillon won their fourball encounter by 3&2 against Marc Lloret and Enric Sanz but otherwise four wins by the Catalans left the home side 3 clear overnight.
The Catalans won three and halved one of the of the morning foursomes to take quite a grip on proceedings. However, the Irish fought gallantly and wins by Martha O'Brien and Maree O'Toole in the ladies match and Shane Redmond and Conor McCarthy in the juniors encounter left Catalonia just a single point clear heading into the afternoon fourballs.
Timetable for weekend
June 6th: Practice 09.00-19.00
June 7th: Foursomes 10.00; Fourballs 15.30
June 8th: Singles 10.00
Results of past matches
The event poster can be found here.
Catalonia v. Ireland Challenge Poster
The following players will represent Catalonia in the forthcoming international challenge:
The following players will represent Ireland in the forthcoming international challenge:
Conor McCarthy (Deerpark)
Shane Redmond (Channonrock)
Martha O'Brien (Lakeside)
Helen Daly (Cill na Mona)
Maree O'Toole (Shandon)
Weeshie Murphy (Raffeen Creek)
Martin Fawl (Clare Road)
John Carton (Kilbeggan)
Frank Ryan (St. Bridget's)
Ian Dillon (St. Bridget's)
Kevin McCarthy (Rocklodge)
Christy Broe (Old County)
Team Manager will be Old County's Michael Murphy, assisted by Mary Farrell (Gaeil Colmcille).