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Thursday, September 25, 2008

2008 SENIORSí HOME INTERNATIONAL MATCHES

Englandís Senior Champions, Janet Collingham and Susan Dye, will lead the English team in their bid for a sixth successive Seniorsí Home International crown when the annual round robin matches take place at Little Aston Golf Club from the 30th September - 2nd October.
England has selected the same team which finished fourth at the recent European Senior Ladiesí Team Championships at Wouwse Plantage Golf Club in the Netherlands.
Given Englandís impressive record in the Senior Home Internationals they are sure to head into this annual four-cornered event as buoyant as ever and will look to continue their dominance of the matches. England has won the annual event ever year since itís inception in 2003.
There may however, still be hope for the other countries as this yearís team only sees three of last year's triumphant English side return to defend their title.
Scotland, runners-up in last year's event at Royal Tara, also have quality in their side with both the Scottish Seniorsí Matchplay Champion Lorna Bennett, and newly crowned Scottish Veternsí Champion, Fiona de Vries, among four players returning from last yearís team. Mary McKenna, the eight-times Irish champion and the captain of the GB&I team for the 2009 Vagliano Trophy and 2010 Curtis Cup, as well as Irish Seniorsí Close Champion Sheena OíBrien Kenney are included in Ireland's title Ė seeking squad.
Former Curtis Cup player Vicki Thomas, who has won both the Welsh Matchplay title and the Irish Seniorsí Open crown this season, will be hoping her individual success can rub off on her team-mates and help Wales make a strong challenge for honours, while Welsh Stroke play Champion, Jane Rees also lines up in a strong Welsh side.
The format of the Matches will see each Country compete in 3 Foursomes followed by 5 Singles matches on each of the three days.

TEAMS
ENGLAND
Captain - Cathy Bowerbank
Manager - Sue Rawles
Janet Collingham Sherwood Forest
Susan Dye Delamere Forest
Carolyn Kirk Ganton
Barbara Laird Sandiway
Chris Quinn Hockley
Christine Stirling Meon Valley
Christine Watson Beaconsfield
IRELAND
Captain - Rhona Fanagan
Manager - Roma English
Valerie Hassett Ennis
Marilyn Henderson West Rhine
Helen Jones Strabane
Mary Madden Ballinasloe
Violet Mc Bride Belvoir Park
Mary McKenna Donabate
Sheena O'Brien Kenney Grange
SCOTLAND
Captain - Joan Marshall
Manager - Pat Wilson
Heather Anderson Downfield
Lorna Bennett Ladybank
Fiona De Vries St Rule
Jill Harrison Cruden Bay
Fiona Hunter Baberton
Mary Smith Tain
Kathleen Sutherland Royal Montrose
WALES
Captain - Verona Mackenzie
Manager - Audrey Briggs
Janet Doleman Rushcliffe
Helen Joyce Long Ashton
Ann Lewis Royal St David's
Jean O'Connor Newport
Jane Rees Hendon
Denise Richards Bargoed
Vicki Thomas Carmarthen

DRAW

Tuesday 30th September

Scotland v Wales
England v Ireland

Wednesday 1st October

Ireland v Wales
England v Scotland

Thursday 2nd October

Wales v England
Scotland v Ireland

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