England were crowned the 2017 Boys Home Internationals champions today with a 100% record after winning all three matches against Ireland, Scotland and Wales at St Annes Old Links.
Derek Hughes’ side successfully defended the trophy which they won at Ballyliffin in Ireland last year.
An English victory was sealed during the morning foursomes against Scotland earlier today when they took a 4-1 lead, while Wales, who had held a slim chance of catching them, lost their foursomes against Ireland by the same margin.
Despite the main prize having gone, Scotland restored some pride in the afternoon singles which they won 6-4, although narrowly losing the contest 8-7 overall.
Gordon Watt (Captain, Scotland) said: “From Scotland’s point of view it’s been a bit disappointing. With the Irish match we sneaked a draw and we threw it away a bit against Wales. We always knew we were going to be up against it with England, who are a very strong team. We let it slip in the foursomes but then came back strongly in the singles.
“Our two 13-year-olds Calum Scott and Aidan O’Hagan have been superb. We were expecting one or two points from them, but they’ve excelled themselves. Great for the team and kept a smile on everyone’s face. We just haven’t been good enough around the greens.”
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Girls and Ladies Home Internationals
Ireland were crowned the Ladies’ Home Internationals champions after England claimed victory in the Girls’ Home Internationals at Little Aston.
The England ladies’ team looked set to claim the title for the sixth time in seven years after sharing the morning foursomes and then taking an early lead in the singles, but that was before the Irish mounted a late comeback which resulted in them claiming a narrow 5-4 victory.
The matches to decide third and fourth places in both the ladies’ and girls’ events were fought out between Scotland and Wales with the Scots coming out on top by a 6 ½ – 2 ½ margin.
In the ladies’ match, Scotland made their intentions clear when they romped into a 2 ½ – ½ lead in the morning foursomes and notched up wins in the afternoon from Hannah McCook, Eilidh Briggs and Gemma Batty. Connie Jaffrey and Shannon McWilliam earned halves over Kath O’Connor and Megan Lockett. Georgia Lewis registered the sole win for the Welsh when she beat Chloe Goadby 2&1.
The Scotland girls team again claimed third place by defeating Wales by the same scoreline. They were also 2 ½ – ½ up after the morning foursomes and sealed victory with singles wins from Hazel MacGarvie, Jasmine McIntosh, Hannah Darling and Louise Duncan. Caitlin Evans-Brand and Carys Worby were the Welsh winners as Scotland took the singles 4-2.
England Under-14s / 16s
Scottish hopefuls were also in action south of the border this week at the Reid Trophy (English Under-14 Boys), with girls also competing at Under-14 & Under-16 level.