first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsEver had a great experience from opening one of those smaller presents from under the Christmas tree?That’s what the B.C. High School Speed Swim Championships will see from the L.V. Rogers Bombers when the provincial event hits the water in two weeks on Vancouver Island.The four-swimmer contingent from LVR proved the smallest of teams could provide the greatest of results following competition at the Kootenay High School Swim Championships Sunday at the NDCC Pool.“I was impressed at how well our kids did,” said LVR teacher sponsor, Dave Afford after the morning meet. “Niallan (Collier) is swimming very well. (My daughter) Rebecca placed well in the meet and Devyn (Parker) had a real good meet.”“Devyn is young but she is very strong and competed very well today,” Afford added.Collier, swimming winter club which means the Grade 11 student competes in a different category than summer club competitors, dominated the meet with some very fast times.Collier topped the podium in boy’s 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke, 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley.Grade 12 swimmer Rebecca Afford was the next best Bomber on the medal ride, capturing bronze in girl’s 50-meter freestyle and gold in 50-meter breaststroke. Afford finished fifth in both 50-meter butterfly and 100-meter individual medley.Parker, perhaps made the biggest statement for the Bombers placing  third in girl’s 50-meter backstroke.Parker’s remaining results had the Grade 10 student finishing fourth in both 100-meter freestyle and 50 meter butterfly and sixth in 100 meter individual medley.Meanwhile Milde did not claim a medal but the Grade 10 swimmer still turned in some great swims against Grade 12 competition. Milde took eighth in boy’s 50-meter freestyle, fifth in 50-meter backstroke, fifth in 50-meter breaststroke and eighth in 50-meter butterfly.The meet attracted swimmers from throughout the Kootenays, including teams from Stanley Humphries in Castlegar, Grand Forks, Rossland, J. Lloyd Crowe in Trail and the Selkirk Storm of Kimberley.The top three swimmers in each race automatically qualify for provincials November 19-20 on Vancouver Island at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.Afford said the Bomber four will be there, provided the quartet can garner the necessary funds to make the trek. “At this point, yes,” said Afford when asked about the trip. “We just have to figure out how to get there.”And, when the Bomber four steps on to the starting blocks, what does the sponsor think will happen?“I think Niallan could to very well at provincials,” Afford said. “And Rebecca has a chance at placing in the breaststroke.”Afford said the championships are open, meaning there are no divisions to separate the younger from older competitors. “That makes it very tough on the younger swimmers,” he admitted. sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

first_imgAfter retiring from professional hockey following a few seasons in the East Coast Hockey League and Southern Professional Hockey League, MacLeod, a mechanical engineer, joined the Generals after hearing about the club from a friend.Bentley, playing in the four-team Chinook Hockey League with Stony Plain Eagles, Innisfail Eagles and Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs, won the regular season with a 14-3-0-1 record.The Generals defeated Innisfail 4-3 in a grueling seven-game semi final before knocking off Stony Plain 4-1 to clinch the final and advance to the Allan Cup.”As far as getting the chance to get back to the tournament and capitalizing on all our chances, we did exactly what we had to do,” MacLeod said.”We had four lines contributing every night.”At the Allan Cup, Bentley won its pool going undefeated.The Generals defeated Shelbrook Elks 3-1 in Friday’s semi final before shocking South East Praire in the final.”After we found out we would see South East P rairie again, it was pretty hard to sleep,” MacLeod said.”A lot of nerves ran through me thinking of how we didn’t score a goal against them last year.””When they scored the first goal. A few nerves were running through us. Can we do this? We stick to the game plan. And got a few bounces as did South East Prairie.”MacLeod, who scored twice in the tournament, graduated from Nelson Minor Hockey before playing for Beaver Valley Nitehawks of the KIJHL.He joined Penticton of the BCHL before being traded to Camrose Kodiaks during his final season of junior hockey.MacLeod then spent four years on a NCAA hockey scholarship at Michigan Tech where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering.Nelson Senior Maple Leafs were part of the Western International Hockey League, playing in three Allan Cup Finals in 1965, 1986 and 1987.The WIHL folded in the late 1980s. It took 12 months but Alex MacLeod and the Bentley Generals finally exacted some revenge.A year after the South East Praire defeated the Generals to win the 2015 Allan Cup, Bentley was able to turn the table, defeating the Thunder in their own backyard 4-3 in overtime to win their third Allan Cup — Canadian Men’s Senior AAA Hockey Championship — in franchise history. Bentley won the Allan Cup Championship in 2009 and 2013.”Watching the puck go into the net was almost surreal in overtime,” MacLeod told The Nelson Daily.”It took like 3-4 seconds to realize it was in.””Then shaking their hands and taking the championship from them in their rink was insane,” the son of Allan MacLeod and Deb Naka said.”Probably the best way to win it after losing the heartbreaker last year in Newfoundland. Now all the boys are saying one thing. Defend the title.”The Generals trailed 3-2 in the third period. Ian Schultz tied it up with a powerplay goal with 10:22 remaining. Carter Rigby ended it 15:47 into the extra period with his second goal of the game.”When we tied it up we all knew we could beat them,” MacLeod explained.”It just came down to who wanted it more. Who would take hits to make plays. Who would block shots. Sacrifice their body for the team.”The Allan Cup is the oldest national championship in the country dating back 107 years as the best Senior hockey teams in Canada battled it out for the coveted prize.This is the second season MacLeod has played for the Generals.last_img read more

first_imgAfter a scoreless third-period and first overtime period, Nelson got the chance they needed with a Columbia Valley defenceman fell at the visitor’s blueline.Piva jumped on the loose puck before roofing a shot over the shoulder of Rockies goalie Will McCreight.“I guess it was a little bit of luck,” Piva said. “When I saw he fell I got pretty excited. . .. I saw (Rockies goalie McCreight) cheating to the left side so then the top corner was open.”Dale Howell scored both goals for Nelson while Nicholas Wihak and Quinn Sobus replied for the Rockies.Nelson finished the game out shooting Columbia Valley 35-16.Ben Kelsch earned the win in goal for the Leafs.Nelson lost the services of sniper Andy Fitzpatrick in the second period after the Calgary native was involved in a dust up with Davin Burton to Columbia Valley.Both players were handed fighting majors and game misconducts.Friday in Fruitvale, Beaver Valley jumped to a 3-0 lead before rolling to a 4-2 victory.Tyler Hartman scored twice for the Hawks while Dylan Heppler and Aiden Browell added singles.Piva and Howell replied for the Leafs, out shot 35-26 in the contest.LEAF NOTES: The win allows Nelson to keep pace with the Nitehawks. Beaver Valley leads the Murdoch Division by three points over second place Nelson. The Hawks have won six straight games. Grand Forks is third and Castlegar fourth.  . . . It’s only October and the Leafs are already dealing with an abundance of injuries.  Nelson started the game with only 15 skaters before losing forwards Andy Fitzpatrick and Kolten Nelson during the game. The list out of the lineup include Jack Karran, Zach Morey, Noah Looman, Dash Thompson, goalie Jason Sandhu and Austin Steger. . . . Nelson, which did get defenceman Jacob Karran back from in the injury list, takes to the road for a swing through the Eddie Mountain Division. Friday, the Leafs face Creston before travelling to Kimberley Saturday to meet the Dynamiters. It appears this Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season nothing is going to come easy for the Nelson Leafs.Despite out shooting their opponents by a 2-1 margin, the Leafs needed an overtime marker from Ryan Piva in the second period of extra time to edge the Columbia Valley Rockies 3-2 in KIJHL action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The win allows Nelson to gain a weekend split in KIJHL action.Friday, the Leafs did not play well, falling 4-2 to the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.“We had a slow start but realized we couldn’t drop to play at their level so we had to pick it up a notch,” Piva said from outside the Leafs jubilant dressing room.”It was a tough game last night so to come back and rebound like we did tonight shows a lot of character on this team,” Piva added.Nelson dominated the opening 40 minutes out shooting the Rockies 27-11.However, the Leafs, squandering to many chances to score, were tied 2-2 entering the third.last_img read more

first_img Kru Huska (Ambrose University) Jack Crook (University of Lethbridge) Joining the teams were four players from the Prince George-based Whitecaps FC Northern Academy: Sophie Jensen, Angeline Lewington, Arianna Payne, and Makena Maki.“This program really shows how seriously the club is taking their focus towards improving the level in these smaller regions, and giving them the opportunity to shine and be showcased,” noted Brett Adams, Whitecaps FC Academy Centre associate head coach. “The girls had a fantastic weekend, with lots of attention from college and university scouts.”On the pitch, the U-18 girls finished undefeated with three wins and one draw to finish atop the tournament. The U-16 squad – made up of younger U-15 and U-14 players – played to three draws and one defeat.“The way the girls played was fantastic,” added Adams. “It was great soccer and exciting to watch.”The push for the college pathway has already paid dividends recently, with no less than 16 players moving on to post-secondary soccer. Sophie Borhi (Louisiana State University of Alexandria) When Whitecaps FC began opening Regional Academy Centres, the club made a commitment to give local players opportunities to have high level coaching, develop their game, and see a pathway towards levels of success that they may not have previously considered.Part of that commitment has come in the form of a recent ‘Caps to Collegeprogram at select centres. The selection-based system is designed for players from U-15 to U-18 who are looking for the best opportunity to play in college, university, and beyond. Each targeted Academy Centre’s coaching staff work in collaboration with the club’s manager of collegiate transition, Ryan Clark, on executing a post-secondary strategy that develops on and off-field qualities sought by collegiate scouts.As part of this program, players are given opportunities to be showcased at special events. In late November, the Whitecaps FC Kootenay U-18 and U-16 girls crossed the border to take part in the 2018 AstroTurf Collegiate Showcase at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington. Zak Campbell (West Liberty University) Keeghan Tingley (Red Deer College) Taylor Zimmer (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology)“We’re really keen to build on a successful start to this program,” summed up Adams. “Hopefully we can provide more and more opportunities to players in each of these regions.”— Story courtesy Vancouver Whitecaps FC Hanna Quinn (University of Lethbridge) Julia Burkart (Thompson Rivers University) Tyler Peters (Red Deer College) Shianna Michalchuk (Thompson Rivers University) Jack MacSteven (University of Lethbridge) Aletha Riemer (King’s University) Paige Gattafoni (University of Lethbridge) Anna Erikson (Saint Mary’s University) Nicole Byford (University of Lethbridge) Maya Ida (University of Calgary)last_img read more

first_imgHunt has totaled 13 goals and 16 assists for 29 points in 35 games for Springfield this season, while adding four assists in 20 NHL contests with Florida.The 24-year-old native of Cranbrook, B.C., has registered 150 points (72 goals, 78 assists) in 214 career AHL games over four seasons with the Thunderbirds, along with three goals and 12 assists in 62 NHL outings with the Panthers. Hunt originally signed with Florida as a free agent on March 2, 2016.Hunt played most of his minor hockey in Nelson before joining Notre Dame Hounds, returning the following season to the Heritage City to play BC Major Midget with the Kootenay Ice. The next season he joined Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League.Hunt struggled early in Regina with some injuries, playing two games in the 2012-13 season. The next year began to blossom with Regina and the Medicine Hat Tigers.His final season in the WHL with Moose Jaw, Hunt put up some incredible offensive numbers, earning the 2016 Four Broncos Memorial Trophy as the league’s player of the year.In recognition of being named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week, Hunt will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Thunderbirds home game, Friday, February 21 against the Hartford Wolf Pack. The game is the first time in 20 days Springfield has played at home. The American Hockey League announced in a media release Monday that Springfield Thunderbirds forward Dryden Hunt has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending February 16, 2020.Hunt, a graduate of Nelson Minor Hockey, recorded five points during Springfield’s two-game weekend visit to Charlotte, helping the Thunderbirds close the gap in the Atlantic Division playoff race with a pair of key victories.Saturday evening, Hunt scored once in regulation and then assisted on the game-winning goal as Springfield defeated Charlotte in overtime, 4-3. Then on Sunday afternoon, Hunt scored twice in the third period as part of a three-point effort as the Thunderbirds earned another 4-3 victory over the Checkers.last_img read more

first_imgCEZ Nymburk are stacked to the point of toppling with talent. Seven of the squad were at Eurobasket 2015 – a quintet of Czech quarter-finalists, Iceland’s starting point guard and Maxine De Zeeuw of Belgium. De Zeeuw started against Ireland at the 2004 U20 European Championships but Scott Kinevane was the star on show that day with 22 points as Ireland won 82-75 en route to 11th place in Division B. Moycullen trio Patrick Lyons, Dylan Cunningham and Ronan O’Sullivan have again being named for the Hibernia Squad as they face their fiercest test to date in the FIBA Europe Cup when the combined club side travel to the Czech Republic to face CEZ Nymburk on Wednesday. In addition to competing in Europe from their base in the greater Prague area, Nymburk are also challenging for their domestic league and the VTB United League (The first tier of Russian professional basketball). Bakken Bears mod Hibernia i Vejlby-Risskov Hallen, d. 28. Oct. 2015 – (Allan Høgholm Photography Nymburk have not been without their problems of late. Injuries played their part in last week’s shock defeat at home to Bakken Bears in Group F. Hibernia will still be facing a formidable side, but will be robbed of the chance to play against a player with genuine NBA pedigree – Jiri Welsch started all four games for Boston Celtics in the 2004 playoffs.Hibernia will start as rank outsiders in Nymburk, but the players remain undaunted. “I’m excited,” said Keelan Cairns. “What’s the point in this adventure if we’re not going to play the best?”Tickets for all of Hibernia’s home games in the FIBA Europe Cup are available at www.eventbrite.ieHibernia Basketball Squad vs CEZ Nymburk: Kyle Hosford (C&S UCC Demons), Roy Downey (C&S UCC Demons), Adrian O’Sullivan (C&S UCC Demons), Patrick Lyons (SSE Airtricity Moycullen), Ciaran O’Sullivan (C&S UCC Demons), Dylan Cunningham (SSE Airtricity Moycullen), Luke Thompson (Eanna), Colin O’Reilly (C&S UCC Demons), Ronan O’Sullivan, (SSE Airtricity Moycullen), Conor Grace (Templeogue), Keelan Cairns (Belfast Star), Lehmon Colbert (C&S UCC Demons). print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

first_imgIn Hurling, next weekend’s Feile fixtures have been announced with the launch of the Feile Booklet in Cheevers of Craughwell on Thursday night at 9pm. The first round matches are on Friday, with 3 further rounds and the semi finals on Saturday and the finals on Sunday in Kenny Park. TODDIE BYRNE CUP Group A Round 1: Ballygar v Ardrahan – Fri. 6.30pm Ardrahan (Tommie Hanlon)Turloughmore v Gort – Thur. 6.30pm Lackagh (James Lundon)Round 2: Gort v Ballygar – Sat. 10.30am Ballygar (Christy Browne)Ardrahan v Turloughmore – Sat. 11.20am Ballygar (Michael Malone)Round 3: Ballygar v Turloughmore – Sat. 12.10pm Ballygar (Christy Browne)Gort v Ardrahan – Sat. 1pm Ballygar (Michael Malone)Group BRound 1: Castlegar v Moycullen – Fri. 6.30pm Moycullen (Alan Kelly)Loughrea v Clarinbridge – Fri. 6.30pm Loughrea (Gerry Donoghue)Round 2: Clarinbridge v Castlegar – Sat. 10.30am Castlegar (Karol Collins)Moycullen v Loughrea – Sat. 11.20am Castlegar (Ronan McNulty)Round 3: Castlegar v Loughrea – Sat. 12.10pm Castlegar (Karol Collins)Clarinbridge v Moycullen – Sat. 1pm Castlegar (Ronan McNulty)Group CRound 1: Tommy Larkins v Michael Cusacks – Fri. 6.30pm Beagh (Tom McNicholas)Craughwell v Athenry – Fri. 6.30pm Craughwell (Kevin Egan)Round 2: Athenry v Tommy Larkins – Sat. 10.30am Woodford (Pakie Muldoon)Michael Cusacks v Craughwell – Sat. 11.20am Woodford (David Cunningham)Round 3: Tommy Larkins v Craughwell – Sat. 12.10pm Woodford (Pakie Muldoon)Athenry v Michael Cusacks – Sat. 1pm Woodford (David Cunningham)Group DRound 1: Cappataggle v Sarsfields – Fri. 6.30pm Bullaun (Gordon Duane)Carnmore v Kilconieron – Fri. 6.30pm Carnmore (Adrian Mooney)Round 2: Kilconieron v Cappataggle – Sat. 11am Cappataggle (Joe Larkin)Sarsfields v Carnmore – Sat. 1.30pm Cappataggle (Gordon Duane)Round 3: Cappataggle v Carnmore – Sat. 11.50am Cappataggle (Gordon Duane)Kilconieron v Sarsfields – Sat. 12.40pm Cappataggle (Joe Larkin)JUSTIN CHEEVERS CUPGroup ARound 1: Killimor v Tynagh Abbey Duniry – Fri. 6.30pm Tynagh (Peter Murphy)Kinvara v Kilnadeema Leitrim – Fri. 6.30pm Kinvara (Paschal Sheehan)Round 2: Kilnadeema Leitrim v Killimor – Sat. 10.30am Killimor (Seamus Canning)Tynagh Abbey Duniry v Kinvara – Sat. 11.20am Killimor (Seamus Moran)Round 3: Killimor v Kinvara – Sat. 12.10pm Killimor (Seamus Canning)Kilnadeema Leitrim v Tynagh Abbey Duniry – Sat. 1pm Killimor (Seamus Moran)Group BRound 1: Mullagh/Kiltormer v Rahoon Newcastle – Fri. 6.30pm Tonabrocky (Paul Fahy)Oranmore-Maree v Killimordaly – Fri.  6.30pm Maree (Michael Connolly)Round 2: Killimordaly v Mullagh/Kiltormer – Sat. 10.30am Mullagh (Darragh Kelly)Rahoon Newcastle v Oranmore Maree – Sat. 11.20am Mullagh (John Rosney)Round 3: Mullagh/Kiltormer v Oranmore Maree – Sat. 12.10pm Mullagh (Darragh Kelly)Killimordaly v Rahoon Newcastle – Sat. 1pm Mullagh (John Rosney)Group CRound 1: Cois Fharraige v Mountbellew Moylough – Fri. 6.30pm Mountbellew (Noel Mannion)Ahascragh Fohenagh v Meelick Eyrecourt – Fri. 6.30pm Ahascragh (Vincent Burke)Round 2: Meelick Eyrecourt v Cois Fharraige – Sat. 10.30am An Spideal (Pat McGrath)Mountbellew Moylough v Ahascragh Fohenagh – Sat. 11.20am An Spideal (Alan Kelly)Round 3: Cois Fharraige v Ahascragh Fohenagh – Sat. 12.10pm An Spideal (Pat McGrath)Meelick Eyrecourt v Mountbellew Moylough – Sat. 1pm An Spideal (Alan Kelly)Group DRound 1: Salthill Knocknacarra v Ballinderreen – Fri. 6.30pm Ballinderreen (John McDonagh)Ballinasloe v Liam Mellows – Fri. 6.30pm Ballinasloe (Peter Campbell)Round 2: Liam Mellows v Salthill Knocknacarra – Sat. 10.30am The Prairie (Pat Brennan)Ballinderreen v Ballinasloe – Sat. 11.20am The Prairie (Paul Fahy)Round 3: Salthill Knocknacarra v Ballinasloe – Sat. 12.10pm The Prairie (Pat Brennan)Liam Mellows v Ballinderreen – Sat. 1pm The Prairie (Paul Fahy)TODDIE BYRNE SHIELDGroup ARound 1: Portumna v Padraig Pearses – Fri. 6.30pm Portumna (Michael Kelly)Abbeyknockmoy v St. Thomas – Fri. 6.30pm Abbeyknockmoy (Tom Lally)Round 2: Tuam v Portumna – Sat. 10.30am Tuam Stadium (James Hoade)Padraig Pearses v St. Thomas – Sat. 11.10am Tuam Stadium (Vincent Burke)Round 3: Portumna v Abbeyknockmoy – Sat. 11.50am Tuam Stadium (James Hoade)Tuam v Padraig Pearses – Sat. 12.30pm Tuam Stadium (Vincent Burke)Round 4: Padraig Pearses v Abbeyknockmoy – Sat. 1.10pm Tuam Stadium (James Hoade)St. Thomas v Tuam – Sat. 1.50pm Tuam Stadium (Vincent Burke)Round 5: St. Thomas v Portumna – Sat. 2.30pm Tuam Stadium (James Hoade)Tuam v Abbeyknockmoy – Sat. 3.10pm Tuam Stadium (Vincent Burke)Group BRound 1: Skehana v Micheal Breathnach – Fri. 6.30pm Indreabhán (David Earls)Sylane v Annaghdown – Fri. 6.30pm Sylane (Charlie Ward)Round 2: Annaghdown v Skehana – Sat. 10.30am Skehana (David Staunton)Micheal Breathnach v Sylane – Sat. 11.20am Skehana (Charlie Ward)Round 3: Skehana v Sylane – Sat. 12.10pm Skehana (David Staunton)Annaghdown v Micheal Breathnach – Sat. 1pm Skehana (Charlie Ward)TODDIE BYRNE CUP Semi Final _______C v B_______ Sat 16-Apr 5.30pm Kenny Park Ger O Connor Semi Final _______A v D_______ Sat 16-Apr 6.30pm Kenny Park John Keane JUSTIN CHEEVERS CUP Semi Final _______B v D_______ Sat 16-Apr 5.30pm Craughwell (Michael Dolan) Semi Final _______A v C_______ Sat 16-Apr 6.30pm Craughwell (Gordon Duane) TODDIE BYRNE SHIELD Final ________ v ________ Sun 17-Apr 12.00pm Kenny Park (Shane Hynes) JUSTIN CHEEVERS CUP Final ________ v ________ Sun 17-Apr 1.00pm Kenny Park (Eoin Shaughnessy) TODDIE BYRNE CUP Final ________ v ________ Sun 17-Apr 2.00pm Kenny Park (Liam Gordon) print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

first_imgJohn Muldoon will captain the team in what will be his 274th game for the Province. Guinness PRO12, Liberty Stadium, Wales 24/10/2015Ospreys vs ConnachtThe Connacht team have a team talk prior to the kick off the second halfMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ian Cook Connacht Coach Pat Lam has named his squad for tomorrow’s Guinness Pro 12 semi-Final with Glasgow Warriors at the Sportsground. There is just one change from the side that beat the same opposition two weeks ago with Eoin McKeon coming into the back row in place of Sean O’Brien who drops to the replacement bench. Andrew Browne has also been included in the replacements in place of Quin Roux.center_img Connacht team to face Glasgow Warriors15           Tiernan O’Halloran14           Niyi Adeolokun13           Robbie Henshaw12           Bundee Aki11           Matt Healy10           AJ MacGinty9             Kieran Marmion1              Ronan Loughney2              Tom McCartney3              Finlay Bealham4              Ultan Dillane5              Aly Muldowney6              Eoin McKeon7              Jake Heenan8              John Muldoon (captain)Replacements:16           Dave Heffernan17           JP Cooney18           Rodney Ah You19           Andrew Browne20           Sean O’Brien21           John Cooney22           Shane O’Leary23           Peter Robbprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

first_imgJohn Mulligan Reports Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.After the Game, John Spoke to Thomas Hynes and Conor Mackey of the Galway TribesmenAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.He also spoke to Anthony Leifi as they made their way home to Galway WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email History was made at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray on Saturday when the Galway Tribesmen beat Ballinahinch 36-34 to claim Rugby League Ireland’s biggest prize.last_img read more

first_imgThe squad in alphabetical order is: The new Irish Show Jumping team manager Rodrigo Pessoa has named his squad for the opening five-star European Division 1 Nations Cup of the season at Lummen in Belgium, which takes place on Friday April 28th. Galway’s Michael Duffy (22) with Belcanto Z – owned by Alan BurnellSligo’s Richard Howley (24) with Chinook – owned by Mr & Mrs AitkenheadLimerick’s Paul Kennedy (23) with Cartown Danger Mouse (ISH) – owned by Jane KennedyCo Down’s Dermott Lennon (49) with Loughview Lou-Lou (ISH) – owned by Judith SossickTipperary’s Denis Lynch (40) with Echo De Laubry – owned by Royne ZettermanSpeaking after announcing his five squad members, Rodrigo Pessoa said:“We are looking forward to starting our 2017 Super League campaign. We are using a mix of young and experienced riders in Lummen and are hoping for a good result.”Although Lummen is a European Division 1 Nations Cup, Ireland will not be competing for points at the Belgian venue. A new Nations Cup format for 2017 will see teams guaranteed invitations to six European Division 1 shows, with their four best results counting towards the league standings.The six points-scoring Nations Cup shows selected for Ireland are: La Baule (May 11th-14th), Rome (May 24th-28th), Rotterdam (June 22nd-25th), Falsterbo (July 13th-16th), Hickstead (July 27th-30th), and Ireland’s home Nations Cup at the RDS in Dublin on August 9th-13th, where teams will compete for the Aga Khan trophy.Ireland finished as runners-up on the 2016 Nations Cup league table to maintain their position for the coming season as one of eight European Division 1 teams, along with Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, France, Italy and newly-promoted Spain.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more