There wasn’t much sport of note to take place in Ireland over the weekend of Storm Emma but life is returning to normal with a bang this week and what a week it promises to be for Irish national teams in Cricket and Rugby.
The Irish Men’s Cricket team got their World Cup Qualifier tournament off to a flying start with a win over the Netherlands yesterday.
That leaves them in a strong position to qualify for the Super Six stage but with only two teams progressing from the tournament and with the West Indies and Zimbabwe also in the mix that will still prove an almighty challenge.
Other main rivals Afghanistan suffered a shock defeat to Scotland on the opening day. Ireland are strong favourites to beat Papua New Guinea tomorrow while the game against the West Indies will take place on Saturday, March 10th.
That is also the crunch date for Ireland’s NatWest 6 Nations Championship and Grand Slam hopes when Scotland come to the Aviva Stadium.
The Irish team gathered yesterday in camp at Carton House where volunteers from local Barnhall RFC were called into action to help clear snow from the pitches where the team will train together today for the first time since last Tuesday’s open session in Dublin.
Saturday is also expected to be confirmed today as the new date for the next round of Allianz Football League fixtures including a double header at Croke Park for the Men’s and Women’s teams of Kerry and Dublin.
The big snow of 2018 has caused major headaches for sports administrators across the country but normal service is now to be resumed and those involved will be ready.
*The Sport for Business Ulster Bank Rugby Club Roadshows scheduled for last week and this week have been rescheduled for the last two weeks of April, following the conclusion of the Ulster Bank League. new dates will be confirmed in the coming days for the events in Belfast, Galway, Limerick, Cork and Dublin.