England finished in third place at the Women’s Home Internationals at Scotscraig, Scotland, after losing 4-5 to Ireland on the final day.
The championship was won by Wales, who beat Scotland 7-2 to regain the title they previously won in 1998, 2008 and 2009.
Today’s England/Ireland match was close throughout, with the morning foursomes shared with 1½ points apiece.
In the singles, British champion Georgia Hall quickly put England ahead with a 7/6 win over her opponent. Gabriella Cowley added another point to the leaderboard when she won her match on the 18th and English champion Sarah-Jane Boyd secured a half, but otherwise the Irish edged ahead in a close encounter.
Alex Peters was beaten only on the 18th, Rachael Goodall was three-under par when she lost on the 17th while Sarah-Jane Boyd just missed a birdie on the last which would have squared the overall result.
Final placings: 1 Wales, 2 Ireland, 3 England, 4 Scotland
England v Ireland results
Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) & Lauren Taylor (Woburn) beat Olivia Mehaffey & Paula Grant 3/1
Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) & Rachael Goodall (Heswall) halved with Lisa Maguire & Leona Maguire
Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) & Alex Peters (Notts Ladies’) lost to Maria Dunne & Emma O'Driscoll 4/3
Taylor lost to Leona Maguire 3/2
Hall beat Mehaffey 7/6
Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall) beat Mary Doyle 1 up
Peters lost to Amy Farrell 1 down
Goodall lost to Grant 2/1
Boyd halved with Lisa Maguire
12th September 2013
England beat Scotland at Women’s Home Internationals
England returned to winning ways when they beat Scotland 5-4 on the second day of the Women’s Home Internationals at Scotscraig, Scotland.
But, Wales are favourites to win the title after they recorded their second success of the tournament. They followed up on yesterday’s win over England by beating Ireland 5-4 today. If they defeat Scotland tomorrow the title will be theirs.
England will play Ireland tomorrow and, to keep alive hopes of successfully defending their title, they must win by a large margin – and hope that Wales falter.
In today’s match, England were 2-1 up after the morning foursomes, with the team’s two new internationals playing their part. Cheshire’s Rachael Goodall continued her successful partnership with English champion Sarah-Jane Boyd, while Surrey’s Annabel Dimmock paired up with Alex Peters of Nottinghamshire for her winning debut.
In the singles, British champion Georgia Hall was quick to score England’s third point with a 6/5 win in her match – conceding only one hole during the game. Gabriella Cowley and Annabel Dimmock secured the team’s win when they both closed out their singles opponents.
Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) & Lauren Taylor (Woburn) lost to Alyson McKechin & Eilidh Briggs 2/1
Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) & Rachael Goodall (Heswall) beat Lauren Whyte & Heather Munro 2/1
Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) & Alex Peters (Notts Ladies’) beat Megan Briggs & Gabrielle MacDonald 2/1
Hall beat McKechin 6/5
Boyd lost to E Briggs 2/1
Cowley beat M Briggs 4/2
Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) lost to Connie Jaffrey 3/2
Dimmock beat Whyte 2/1
Goodall lost to Hannah McCook 2/1
11th September 2013
England lose to Wales at Home Internationals
England’s defence of the Women’s Home Internationals began with a 6½-2½ defeat by Wales on the first day of the tournament at Scotscraig, Scotland.
Despite the scoreline the match was very close, with five of the day’s nine games going to the 18th. But time and again, England were on the back foot after the 17th, and this hole proved to be the team’s downfall.
In the morning foursomes, Lauren Taylor and Georgia Hall lost the 17th to go one down – and could only halve the 18th. In the singles, exactly the same fate befell Lauren, Gabriella Cowley and Alex Peters.
Georgia Hall was the exception in the afternoon. The British champion birdied both 16 and 17 to close out her game against Amy Boulden and provide England’s sole singles win.
English champion Sarah-Jane Boyd held on well against Becky Harries to provide a half – and was unbeaten on the day. In the morning she combined with new international Rachael Goodall to provide England’s only foursomes win.
The momentum in the match ebbed and flowed between the two teams as the singles unfolded. The Welsh took the early initiative before England fought back – only to founder too often at the 17th.
England coach Steve Robinson commented: “The score doesn’t reflect the quality of the play or how close the match was.
“Now we’ve got to reflect on our performance and see what we can improve. We’ve got to pick ourselves up for tomorrow – we’ve got a few points to prove to others and to ourselves.”
In the day’s other match Ireland and Scotland halved. Tomorrow, England will play Scotland while Wales take on Ireland.
England v Scotland
Lauren Taylor (Woburn) and Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) lost to Amy Boulden and Becky Harries 1 down
Alex Peters (Notts Ladies) and Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall) lost to Chloe Williams and Katie Bradbury 3/2
Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) and Rachael Goodall (Heswall) beat Sam Birks and Kath O'Connor 4/3.
Hall beat Boulden 3/1
Taylor lost to Williams 1 down
Peters lost to Bradbury 1 down
Cowley lost to Birks 1 down
Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) lost to Jess Evans 3/2
Boyd halved with Harries
Caption – The England team, back row from left: Amber Ratcliffe, Gabriella Cowley, Rachael Goodall, Sarah-Jane Boyd, Georgia Hall. Front row: Lauren Taylor, Alex Peters, Lynn Booth (captain), Annabel Dimmock.