Ireland Faces Tough Trial At Linz Nations Cup Today
IRISH SHOW JUMPING TEAM OF Denis Coakley, Lt. Shane Carey Lt. David
O¹Brien and Cian O¹Connor take on 13 other countries today
(Friday) at the
Samsung Nations Cup in Linz, Austria.
lying Seventh in the Nations Cup rankings after a Third in Poznan,
Poland, last weekend, moved them up one place, the Irish team will
be hoping for a Top Three place again if they are to have any chance
of winning the Nations Cup League, as they did in the 99/2000 Season.
d'Equipe, Lt. Col. Gerry Mullins, said from Linz this morning: <<
It will be a tough one. It¹s a very big track, and there are
crack teams here from Britain, France, Germany and Italy. We will
be up against it.>>
Linz Nations Cup commences at 2 p.m. and will finish around 6 p.m.,
order of go for Ireland is 1) Denis Coakley on Obos Quality; 2)
Lt. Shane Carey on Lismakin; 3) Lt. David O¹Brien on Boherdeal
Clover, and 4) Cian O¹Connor on Waterford Crystal. (O¹Connor
is currently No.1 in the World Nations Cup Rider Rankings.)
Linz, Irish teams will be hoping to improve their team ranking at
AACHEN, Germany (June 25-30), FALSTERBO, Sweden (July 11-14), LUMMEN,
Belgium (July 11-14), HICKSTEAD, England (July 24-28), and DUBLIN
has already won Nations Cup competitions in Washington, USA and
Toronto, Canada, in the current 2001/2002 season, and lies Seventh
in the overall rankings with 16 points. Germany leads with 41 points.
However, an Irish win at Linz would add 10 points to the tally and
bring Ireland up to 26 points.