Going into the final day of the Home Internationals, the combined teams for the Boys & Girls and Senior Men & Women are both going head to head with the Auld Enemy for victory in their respective competitions.
Scotland’s junior team will meet England in the match which will determine the winners of the first combined Boys’ and Girls’ Home International competition.
The Scots made it two victories in a row when they beat Ireland 12½ – 8½ on the second day of this year’s round robin competition at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire and now come up against favourites England who have also won both their games.
The combined Scottish Boys’ and Girls’ team raced away to a four point lead against Wales on the opening day but found things much tougher against the Irish.
Robyn Fowlie & Katie Graham and Cameron Adam & Connor Graham won their foursomes matches on the 18th, but defeats for Megan Docherty & Rachel Foster, Ruben Lindsay & Archie Finnie and Gregor Graham & Calum Scott plus halves in the matches involving Carmen Griffiths & Grace Crawford (below) and Daniel Bullen & Ross Laird saw the Irish claim a slender 4-3 advantage at lunch.
At that stage the Irish looked the favourites, but victories in the singles from Foster, Crawford, Griffiths, Lindsay, Scott, Adam, Finnie, Bullen and Gregor Graham helped to turn things round. Fowlie also halved her match against Olivia Costello.
Scotland’s combined Men’s and Women’s Senior squad will face England in the deciding match of the Senior competition after a battling 6-6 draw against the Irish.
Scotland claimed a narrow 2½ – 1½ lead after the morning foursomes. Karen Ferguson-Snedden halved the opening foursome for the successive second day before Elaine Moffat & Karen Marshall (below) recorded a narrow one hole win.
Ireland’s Philip Purdy & Jim Carvill briefly evened things up with a win over Paul Moultrie & Stewart Henderson, but Scotland gained the initiative again when Ronnie Clark & Derek Paton claimed an emphatic 5&4 win in the bottom game.
The match always looked as if it would be a close-run thing and that is what transpired in the singles. Ferguson-Snedden, Kyle, Moffat gave Scotland a three point lead, but then Ireland drew level when Henderson, Paton and Clark all lost, before Moultrie and John O’Brien halved the last singles to ensure the contest ended at six points apiece.
Scotland go into the deciding match on 1½ points and will need to beat their English rivals to claim the trophy. England are currently on 2 points after successive 8-4 victories over Ireland and Wales.
Scotland will face Wales on the last day of the Home Internationals to determine which teams finish in third and fourth positions in the women’s competition.
That is the outcome after the Scots lost 7½ – 1½ against reigning European Team champions England and Wales were beaten 6-3 by the Irish. Both teams had also lost on the opening day of the competition.
England had been rampant 8-1 winners over Wales in the first round of matches and they set off in much the same style against a Scottish side needing something out of the match to keep their hopes of winning the tournament alive.
The English put the first point on the board when Annabell Fuller & Charlotte Heath beat Chloe Goadby & Tara Mactaggart by 6&5 and then extended their advantage when Caley McGinty & Emily Toy defeated Hazel MacGarvie & Shannon McWilliam by 3 & 2.
The third Scottish foursomes pair Hannah Darling & Louise Duncan earned a halve in the final foursomes against Amelia Jane Williamson & Hannah Screen.
Darling (above) then went on to beat Fuller by 2 holes in the opening singles but that was the end of the good news from a Scottish perspective as Duncan, MacGarvie, McWilliam, Mactaggart and Lorna McClymont all lost to their English opponents.