Ireland claim second place after losing championship decider to Spain

Ronan MacNamara

Rebekah Gardner (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)

Ireland finished in second place in the Women’s International Hexagonal Matches in Costa Ballena as Spain earned their first victory in the competition.

The host nation pipped Ireland to top spot by a single point with 16.5 points after they won the championship decider 6-3.

Ireland trailed 2.5 to 0.5 after the morning foursomes with Emma Fleming of Elm Park and Caitlin Shippam of Ballykisteen salvaging a share of the spoils in the second of the three foursomes ties.

Lahinch’s Aideen Walsh and Olivia Costello of Roscommon went down 2&1 in the top match while Kate Lanigan of the Hermitage and Clandeboye’s Rebekah Gardner were beaten on 18.

The singles were a tighter affair with Ireland losing the session 3.5-2.5 with three of the matches ending all square.

Gardner earned Ireland’s only full point of the day with a 2&1 win.

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