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Sullivan's all-Ireland hopes dashed by opening losses

Sullivan Upper had a miserable day at the Kate Russell Cup tournament in Galway yesterday as they lost both their opening matches.

The Belfast Telegraph Senior Schools' Cup holders now have only a remote, mathematical chance of lifting the all-Ireland crown with two games to come today.

They began with a 6-2 defeat by last season's runners-up Crescent Comprehensive from Limerick and then lost 4-2 against Kilkenny College, who were fourth last time around.

Emma Hill and team captain Zara Malseed scored in the opening defeat by the Munster champions while Amy Rothwell and Caitlin Young got the consolation goals in the second game.

Meanwhile, Ireland now know the final line-up for the next stage of the Olympic qualifying process, the World League 3 tournament, scheduled for Valencia in June.

They will be joined by two other qualifiers from the first phase, Canada, whom they beat in Sunday's World League 2 final in Dublin, and Uruguay.

Argentina, USA, Germany, China, Great Britain, South Africa and hosts Spain had already pre-qualified and Ireland are likely to need a top six finish overall to book their tickets to Rio.

Kate Russell Cup: Today: Sullivan v Salerno (Connacht) (11am); Sullivan v St Gerard's (Leinster) (2pm).

Belfast Telegraph