Ireland second as England claim Senior Home Internationals

England retained their Senior Home Internationals crown at Rosslare Golf Club as they remained unbeaten and dominated proceedings.

 The victorious England Team at Rosslare Golf Club / Image from Cashman Photography
After day two was abandoned due to high winds in Rosslare day play got underway on the final day with Ireland defeating Scotland 6-3 but England crushed Wales and ran out 7.5-1.5 winners. They then only needed to secure  half a point in the afternoon against Scotland to take the title.
They duly delivered as they halved with Scotland 4.5 -4.5 and while Ireland applied the pressure by beating Wales 7.5 – 1.5 they were left to settle for second place with their opening day defeat by England being the deciding factor.
1 England 3 2 1 0 2.5
2 Ireland 3 2 0 1 2
3 Scotland 3 1 1 1 1.5
4 Wales 3 0 0 3 0
* Ireland 6 Scotland 3
(Ireland names first)
A Morrow beat N Robson 4&3; L Halpin beat R Clark 2&1; J Mitchell halved with R Smith; B Donlon beat D Hamilton 3&2; B O’Leary lost to I Brotherston 4&2; H Smyth beat J Fraser 2&1
* England 7.5 Wales 1.5
(England names first)
D Cameron beat N Grimmitt 4&3; S East beat N Evans 3&2; B Hughes beat A Williams 3&2; M Stones beat C Jones 2&1; I Attoe beat P Sutton 2&1; I Crowther beat J Thomas 3&1
* Foursomes matches were halved by captains’ agreement
England 4.5 Scotland 4.5
D Cameron halved with R Clark; S East beat D Hamilton 6&5; B Hughes beat N Robson 4&3; A Mew lost to R Smith 5&4; M Stones halved with L Blair; I Attoe halved with J Fraser; I Crowther lost to I Brotherston 3&2
Ireland 7.5 Wales 1.5
(Ireland names first)
A Morrow beat N Grimmitt W/O; L Halpin beat P Sutton 7&6; J Mitchell beat P Bloomfield 1 hole; N Duke beat C Jones 1 hole; B Donlon beat N Evans 6&4; H Smyth halved with A Williams; B O’Leary beat J Thomas 2&1
* Foursomes matches were halved by captains’ agreement