05 Feb Tennis Europe Winter Cup 2009
Team Ireland begin their Tennis Europe Winter Cup campaign this weekend (February 6th) as Ireland’s U14 Girls team travel to Bree in Belgium for the Qualifying Round of the event. Current Irish No.1 at U-14 level Sinead Lohan will head the team of three with Caroline Lynch and Megan McGreevy also making the trip to Northern Belgium.
Ireland have been drawn in Zone B of the competition with most of Europe’s traditional powerhouses of the game in what will prove to be a very tough weekend for the Irish Girls. Zone B includes the giants of France, Germany, and Spain in the eight team group with Belgium, Netherlands, Slovenia, Luxembourg and Ireland completing the group.
The Irish team will face the Dutch this afternoon in their first tie where they will go on to face either Luxembourg or Germany the following day.
At the end of this weekend the top two teams from Zone B will advance to the Tennis Europe Winter Cup finals in Leeuwarden, Netherlands during the weekend of 20th – 22nd February
To keep tabs on the progress of the U14 Irish Girls visit the Tennis Europe Winter Cup website here for the most up to date results for the U14 event.
Ireland will also be sending an U16 Boys team to the Winter Cup Round of Qualifying in the Norwegian city of Bergen on the 13th – 15th February. Tony Rush, Alan Gleeson, and Ross Hurley will be representing Ireland in Scandinavia and have been drawn in Zone C including hosts Norway, Scandinavian neighbours Sweden and Denmark, with Germany, Belgium, Belarus, and top seeds Slovenia.
Qualifiers from Zone C will progress to the finals in Vendryne, Czech Republic on the weekend of the 20-22 February. Keep up to date with U16 Boys here at the Winter Cup Round of Qualifying.
Further reports on both Irish teams will be available from the Tennis Ireland website as the tournaments take place.