Irish men and women to face France in European Seniors semis

Adrian Morrow takes a breather in the sunshine in Bulgaria. Picture: Bulgarian Golf Association

Ireland's senior men's and women's teams will face French opposition in Friday's semi-finals of their respective European Senior Team Championships.

The women, who qualified in sixth place at The National Golf Resort in Lithuania, beat Belgium 0.5 - 4.5 and will now face France, who saw off Sweden 3-2.

Sheena McElroy and Mary MacLaren won their foursomes 5 and 4 before singles wins for Gertie McMullen, Suzanne Corcoran and Carol Wickham and a halved match for Laura Webb secured their passage to the last four as they bid to repeat their win of 2013.

In the European Senior Men's Team Championship at Pravets Golf Club in Bulgaria, Ireland are going for their third win in a row and fifth in 10 editions since the event was first played in 2006.

They beat Switzerland 3.5 - 1.5 in the quarter-finals having won the strokeplay qualifying by a whopping 24 strokes from Italy.

Tom Cleary and John Mitchell won the foursomes 4 and 3 and while there was a rare 3 and 2 defeat for Arthur Pierse in the opening singles, it was cancelled out by wins for Maurice Kelly and Adrian Morrow and a halved match for Garth McGimpsey.