Today marked the final day of the 2016 Home Internationals with everything still to play for, for both the ladies and girls team. The girls team were up against current leaders Scotland in a winner takes all scenario where as the ladies team needed to beat Scotland and for England and Wales to draw in order for them to come out on top.
The girls kept the same foursomes pairings as yesterday with Annabel Wilson & Mairead Martin out first against Shannon McWilliam & Joanne Free who had already won both of their previous foursomes matches. The match was all level through the first 9 but the Irish duo claimed the first point of the day on the 18th with a 1 shot win. Unfortunately the next two matches were to go Scotland’s way with Niamh McSherry & Valerie Clancy losing on the 13th 6&5 and Julie McCarthy & Rachel Thompson losing on the 18th by 1 shot. That left the girls with an uphill battle and left them needing 4 points out of their 6 afternoon singles matches to claim the top spot.
Mairead Martin was first up for team Ireland and was doing quite well against Shannon McWilliam who had already 3 wins under her belt for the week. Shannon however got the upper hand on Mairead over the back 9 as she overturned a 1 shot deficit into a 3 shot victory in the space of 5 holes. However the next 3 matches were to go Ireland’s way with Annabel Wilson carding a 5&3 win over Joanne Free, Julie McCarthy beating Louise Duncan 4 &2 and Niamh McSherry winning 7&6. Scotland’s Hazel MacGarvie proved too strong for Killarney’s Valerie Clancy as she closed out her match on the 13th with a 6 shot lead. With 5 out of the 6 matches done and dusted, all the focus came down to rookie Lauren Walsh as a win was the only way in which Ireland could claim the top spot for the very first time in Girls Home International history. The pair were all square through 9 and again through 12, after which Lauren won two holes back to back to take a two shot lead with 4 to play. Jillian fought back and won the 15th but Lauren kept her cool and struck back with another win on the 16th which left her 2 shots up with 2 to play. The Castlewarden girls showed exactly why she deserved her place on the team as she carded another win on the 17th despite the mountain of pressure on her back and closed out the match 3&1. Lauren’s win secured a 5-4 win over Scotland on the day and resulting in team Ireland winning the overall 2016 Girl’s Home Internationals by ½ a point.
Ireland Girls’ (5) Scotland Girls’ (4)
Girls’ Home International Matches – Morning Foursomes
Annabel Wilson & Mairead Martin beat Shannon McWilliam & Joanne Free 1 hole
Niamh McSherry & Valerie Clancy lost to Jennifer Rankine & Jasmine MacKintosh 6&5
Julie McCarthy & Rachel Thompson lost to Hazel MacGarvie & Jillian Farrell 1 hole
Girls’ Home International Matches – Afternoon Singles
Mairead Martin lost to Shannon McWilliam 3&1
Annabel Wilson beat Joanne Free 5&3
Julie McCarthy beat Louise Duncan 4&2
Niamh McSherry beat Jennifer Rankine 7&6
Lauren Walsh beat Jillian Farrell 3&1
Valeri Clancy lost to Hazel MacGarvie 6&5
Overall Standings in the Girls’ Home International Matches
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