- Ireland In Penultimate Battle For Super League Victory
IRISH team of Billy Twomey, Peter Charles, Cian O'Connor and the
reigning World Show Jumping Champion, Dermott Lennon, line out this
afternoon in Rotterdam to do battle for the Super League Nations
Cup of the Netherlands.
France pulling further into the league lead, Ireland, currently
at No.2 on the overall rankings, badly needs a win at Rotterdam
to close the gap between second and first place.
comes back into the Irish squad after a long absence. Both he and
his most celebrated horse <Liscalgot> have been prone to unfortunate
injuries for most of the year, but Lennon now has a new horse, <OBOS
Quality>, with which he hopes to recreate some of the magic that
won him the World Championship in Jerez last year.
and Twomey are now battle-scarred veterans of several long Nations
Cup campaigns, having first earned their spurs, so to speak, in
the glorious and victorious Nations Cup Series of 99/2000, which
Ireland won outright. Charles has been the backbone of the Irish
team for longer than most people can remember, and the former European
Champion returns to the ranks after a short absence.
emphasis at Rotterdam today, under Chef d'Equipe Tommy Wade, will
be on a decisive return to form after the disappointing Irish performance
at the European Championships in Donaueschingen earlier this month,
where the team finished an uncharacteristic fifth, though managing
to obtain Olympic qualification in the process.
must be caught, and Gt. Britain and Germany held at bay. It's a
tall order, but Wade must push his team to their limits today. There's
only one more competition left in the League after Rotterdam, and
that's the September Final in Barcelona.
Irish show jumping team may have qualified for Athens in 2004, but
that is now too far away to be in focus, and the fans, and the selectors,
will be paying careful attention to Rotterdam and Barcelona, expecting
to catch the sweet smell of Nations Cup success once more.
websites for CSIO Rotterdam - www.scg-nl.nl/vervolg.ws OR www.chio.nl/
and news will also be carried on EFI website, www.horsesport.ie
SUPER LEAGUE LEADERBOARD
France - 47 points
2. Ireland - 41 points
3. Great Britain - 33 points
4. Germany - 23 points
5. Belgium 16.5 points
6. Holland - 15 points
7. Sweden - 11 points
8. Italy 8.5 points.