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Campbell proud of Ireland after Scots humbled

 

By Alex Mills

Ireland may be still looking for their maiden title success, but at least they ended their British Under-25 Home International campaign at the County Antrim Indoor Bowls Club on a high!

Colin Campbell's team approached the two-day event more in hope than expectation, but with the backing of home supporters were not ruling out the possibility of causing a shock against the might of the other Home Nations.

Unfortunately, their early optimism hit the buffers as they fell to a 33 shots defeat to Wales in their opening match, the Irish failing on all four rinks.

And, things didn't improve in the Saturday afternoon session when the title holders England turned the screw, roaring to a 93-54 victory.

But it wasn't all doom and gloom for the home team. They stitched together their most impressive performance in yesterday morning's final session which finished with a 81-76 win over the Scots.

Although the rinks skipped by Robert Kirkwood and Jamie Watson fell to defeat against Jason Banks (23-17) and Connor Milne (23-17), the Irish hit back through Stephen Kirkwood and Ryan Cavan.

Kirkwood stormed to a 22-13 win against Ryan Burnett, while Cavan racked up a 25-17 victory over John Fleming. The win meant the Scots finished bottom of the table, with England retaining their crown.

"The players can be proud of their performance," said manager Colin Campbell. "After the two defeats, they showed great character and heart to bounce back and claim the win against Scotland."

Results: England 80 Scotland 78; Ireland 64 Wales 97; Scotland 73 Wales 83; England 93 Ireland 54; England 74 Wales 68; Scotland 76 Ireland 81.

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