English too hot for plucky Irish
Published 06/08/2011 | 05:00
Ireland were unable to stop a dominant England in the Girls Home Internationals over the Gullane No 2 course and crashed to a 7.5-1.5 defeat.
But they can take many positives out of the round-robin series as they collected the Swansea Spoon as runners-up, having started the final day in contention for their first-ever title.
Two wins out of three is certainly no mean return for a side without their top two juniors -- the Maguire twins Leona and Lisa.
England became champions for the ninth time in 12 years, while Scotland came third and Wales took the wooden spoon.
The Scots beat Wales 6-3 yesterday, while Ireland's fate was effectively sealed when they lost all three foursomes to England. In the end the Irish fought hard and three of the six singles went to the last green. Ireland's solitary success came from Olivia Mehaffey, who defeated Alex Peters, while Paula Grant grabbed a half with Georgia Hall.