Mike Meskell – Team Ireland Captain Interview | Island Classic 2016
Irish team captain, Mike Meskell
Irish team captain, Mike Meskell
Interview conducted by Trevor Hedge with Mike Meskell, Team Ireland Captain – Island Classic 2016

“Yeah pretty happy with third. that was our goal, we weren’t sure if we could achieve it or not, but we have. Hopefully if we get an invite from Fergus again we’ll be back.

“The standouts, how about Hilton on the flat front tyre that’s pretty good, Paul Byrne really good results with three good finishes. But everyone put in a huge effort and everyone deserves credit, it was super.

Paul Byrne - Island Classic 2016 - Image by Phil Aynsley
Paul Byrne – Island Classic 2016 – Image by Phil Aynsley

“We had a few sports sponsors that bought in a quid for us, but mainly organised it between ourselves.

“We brought seven bikes out in the container and we had a few here. I had a Katana here from last year and then Tom Dermody who lives up in Brisbane sponsored Paul Byrne and John Walsh on two bikes also, and also we brought Trevor Manley into our team.

“I think the step we achieved this year was quite good. I think to go any further is going to be quite difficult I think it requires a quite different budget. I think if we could find the right bikes we could do it, but there’s a lot of money in those team bikes.”

Trevor Manley - Island Classic 2016 - Image by Phil Aynsley
Trevor Manley – Island Classic 2016 – Image by Phil Aynsley
Island Classic 2016 – Ken Wootton Memorial Trophy Individual Points
  1. Jed Metcher 156
  2. Jeremy McWilliams 156
  3. Steve Martin 148
  4. Conor Cummins 140
  5. John McGuinness 133
  6. Ryan Farquhar 132
  7. Glen Richards 132
  8. James Hillier 119
  9. Beau Beaton 118
  10. Craig Ditchburn 115
  11. Paul Byrne 102
  12. Ben Rea 96
  13. John Allen 89
  14. John Walsh 85
  15. Scott Webster 83
Island Classic 2016 – International Challenge Team Points
  1. Team UK 693
  2. Team Australia 594
  3. Team Ireland 421
  4. Team USA 355
  5. Team NZ 289