Team captain Julie Brown remarked: “I am just so sorry for the girls. They all played so well and they were so close. At one point I thought we had it all wrapped up, we were up in nearly every match, but we seemed to lose it over the last five holes.”
She added: “It’s all there. They are so close to being so good - and I think the girls will have learned a lot from this week and gained a great deal of experience.”
The two teams were on level terms after the foursomes, which they shared with 1½ points apiece. Rachel Connor and Katie Mundy were ahead all the way through their game and secured their point on the 16th. Meanwhile, English girls’ champion Ellie Givens and Hannah Barwood snatched a dramatic half by winning the last hole in their match.
The singles, too, were finely balanced and at one point England had edged ahead. But the overall result was decided when the last two games went Ireland’s way.
The Stroyan Cup was successfully defended by Scotland who won all three of their matches. On the final day they beat Wales 8½-½. Final placings: 1 Scotland, 2 Ireland, 3 England, 4 Wales.
England match results.
England 4 Ireland 5
Foursomes: Ellie Givens (Blackwell Grange) and Hannah Barwood (Knowle) halved with Lisa Maguire and Leona Maguire. Rachel Connor (Manchester) and Katie Mundy (Dunwood Manor) beat Sarah Cunningham and Aedin Murphy 3&2. Kelly Tidy (Manchester) and Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) lost to Victoria Bradshaw and Stephanie Meadow 2&1.
Singles: Barwood lost to Meadow 1 down. Tidy beat Bradshaw 2&1. Mundy halved with Lisa Maguire. Raffi Dyer (Hayling) beat Murphy 5&3. Clyburn lost to Leona Maguire 2 down. Connor lost to Cunningham 3&2.
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