Ireland finished a super 2018 European team championships by finishing 4th, which is the highest placing for an Irish U19 team in these championships. Having beaten Scotland in the quarter finals, they had the No. 1 seeds and holders, England. Always a tough match. Sam Buckley playing at number 1, gave it everything but lost in 4 games. Sophie O’Rourke playing the U19 individual champion played very well but went down 3-0. In the 3/4th place play off the team played Czech Republic. Tired after 10 days of competition both Conor Moran & Sam Buckley gave it everything but lost both matches. Sam won the 1st game, was 2-1 down and got injured so had to retire unfortunately.
So a very successful tournament for the team and congratulations to them all – Sophie O’Rourke, Ellie McVeigh, Conor Moran, Sam Buckley, Scott Gillanders. Coach Ed Dunne & Manager Niamh Maher
 England 2-1  France Tom Walsh 1-3 Victor Crouin 14-12, 4-11, 5-11, 4-11 Nick Wall 3-0 Edwin Clain 11-8, 11-9, 11-5 Lucy Turmel 3-0 Maelle Fuhrer 11-2, 11-1, 11-3
 Czech Rep. 2-0  Ireland Viktor Byrtus 3-0 Conor Moran 11-5, 11-7, 11-2 (26m) Ondrej Vorlicek 3-1 Sam Buckley 7-11, 11-4, 11-2, 7-1 rtd (37m)
Defending champions England eased into set final with wins over Spain and Ireland on day three in Poland. In the final they’ll face France, who shrugged off their pool round defeat to beat third seeds Switzerland and then the second seeded Czech, Maelle Fuhrer clinching the semifinal win with a comeback from two nil down.
Semi-Finals:  England 3-0  Ireland Tom Walsh 3-1 Sam Buckley 11-4, 11-5, 8-11, 11-4 Lucy Turmel 3-0 Sophie O’Rourke 11-2, 11-4, 11-7 Nick Wall 2-0 Scott Willanders 11-6 , 11-4
 Czech Rep. 0-2  France Viktor Byrtus 3-0 Victor Crouin 2-11, 3-11, 6-11
Michaela Cepova 2-3 Maelle Fuhrer 11-8, 11-4, 6-11, 8-11, 11-7
Ondrej Vorlicek v Edwin Clain
 England v  Spain 12.00 C9
 Ireland v  Scotland 12.00 GC
 Switzerland v  France 14.30 GC
 Czech Rep v  Germany 14.30 C9
Congrats to the Irish players in the Euro U19 individual championships. Sophie O’Rourke came 6th, Sam Buckley 13th, Scott Gillanders 14th & Conor Moran 16th. There is a rest day today. The team event starts tomorrow. Ireland are in a group with France, Norway, Israel & Greece.
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