Home Internationals Round-up: Ladies, Girls & Boys

Ladies Home Internationals

Scotland made a solid start to the Ladies Home Internationals by defeating Wales 6½-2½ on the opening day, while Ireland began their title defense with a thrilling 5-4 win over England at Ballybunion.

Scotland won the foursomes 2½½ and always had control of the outcome. In the top two singles matches, Hannah McCook and Curtis Cup player Shannon McWilliam set the tone by both recoding 4&3 wins.  They had also teamed up to win the top morning tie.

Hazel MacGarvie, on her debut, also had a 100% opening day record after winning a close foursomes with Chloe Goadby before going on to post a 6&5 singles win. The other point came from the experienced Eilidh Briggs.

“We got the pairings right today and we also have very good strength in depth,” suggested Scottish Captain, Susan Wood. “It was nice to make such a good start.”

Girls Home Internationals

In the Girls Home Internationals, it was honours even in both matches: Scotland shared the spoils with Wales and defending champions England drew 4½-4½ with Ireland.

Scotland came back from 2-1 down in the foursomes to earn a half point. In a vital bottom singles match, Hannah Darling clawed her way back to finish all square against Ffion Vineall.

“It was very nerve-wracking,” commented Scottish Captain Susan Jackson, and she agreed with her Welsh counterpart, Sue Joseph, that the opening day’s results means that “there is all to play for.”

Boys Home Internationals

England and Ireland dominated their matches against Wales and Scotland on the second day of play in the Boys Home Internationals to set up an exciting title decider at Royal Dornoch tomorrow.

Defending champions England comprehensively beat Wales 11-4 while their Irish counterparts were equally impressive in a 10½-4½ win over Scotland.

Scotland and Wales will play each other today to determine third and fourth place in the round-robin competition.