|Selected questions from our interview with captain Lucy Byrne:
Talk us through the selection process for your team.
I've devised a meticulous mathematical spreadsheet equation, whereby you enter everyone's vital statistics and it works it all out for me! Ha, well I do actually spend a LOT of time deliberating and my top tip is asking all those in contention at the final stages to give me their selection - if it were them choosing the team, I've learnt a lot this way about how to build the most cohesive and all-around strong team I can. I also place a lot of importance on spirit.
How has your team's season gone so far? What tournaments have you played?
All good, despite some shocking weather conditions! we couldn't even escape the wind and rain in Portugal!
Which teams are you looking forward to playing against the most in Spain and why?
Personally I'm really looking forward to playing the Belgium Mixed Masters team, back in the day I did a lot of late night partying with some of them, and have played on the same team as a few of them in the past. I love playing old friends.
Who do you think will be the big contenders for the title in your division?
Germany have always given us excellent high quality close games, there are strong players among all the teams, so hopefully there will be lots of competitive games.|