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Good times ahead for youthful Ireland side, say Mandy

By Alex Mills

Irish boss Mandy Cunningham yesterday insisted her players can hold their heads high after their performance in the Women's U-25 Home International Series at the City of Derry Club.

Although the young side lost out to England - they lifted the crown for the eighth successive season - in their final match, Cunningham believes they now have the talent to seriously challenge the three other nations.

In front of their home supporters, the Irish girls, with an average age of 17, turned in another battling performance, before they narrowly lost out by 19 shots against the title holders. And it was the final four ends that cost them dearly.

Only 10 shots separated the sides across the green at 18 ends, but it was the English who put their foot on the gas when it mattered.

"I'm proud of the girls and every one of them can hold her head high," said Cunningham. "We were by far the youngest team in the tournament, so it was learning curve for most of them.

"They will take a heck of a lot from the two days. This team will be together for some time, so there is no reason why they can't be serious challengers in years to come."

Results: British Women's Under-25 International Series: England 90 Ireland 71: L Holden 20 G McClean 20, H Stevens 22 M Morrow 19, K Rednall 34 M Wilson 13, S Tolchard 14 C Meneely 19.

Wales 58 Scotland 93: M Thomas 22 E McIntyre 14, C Davies 12 R Sinclair 25, Y Wyte 9 L Doig 35, E Gittins 15 M Grantham 19.

Scotland 53 England 109: R Sinclair 8 H Stevens 34, L Doig 23 K Rednall 17, M Grantham 12 S Tolchard 24, E McIntyre 10 L Holden 34.

Ireland 76 Wales 77: M Morrow 19 C Davies 18, M Wilson 13 Y White 24, C Meneely 21 E Gittins 16, G McClean 23 M Thomas 19.

Wales 76 England 90: Y White 21 K Rednall 23, E Gittins 15 S Tolchard 21, M Thomas 24 L Holden 18, C Davies 21 H Stevens 28.

Ireland 51 Scotland 94: M Wilson 17 L Doig 18, C Meneely 11 M Grantham 35, G McClean 10 E McIntyre 21, M Morrow 13 R Sinclair 20.

Final placings: 1 England 6pts; 2 Scotland 4pts; 3 Wales 2pts; 4 Ireland 0pts.

British Isles Singles semi finals: Y White (Wales) 6 M Kivlin (Scotland)15; S Tolchard (England) 15 Z Minish (Ireland) 4.

Final: Kivlin 15 Tolchard 9.

Pairs: A Butten, M Thomas (Wales) 15 C Lenton, H Stevens (England) 19; L Doig, C Banks (Scotland) 13 C Watson, M Wilson (Ireland) 12.

Final: Stevens 8 Doig 18.

IBA Senior Cup quarter finals: Old Bleach 62 Whitehead 70, St James's Gate 79 Bangor 92, Ballymoney 90 Portrush 63, Banbridge 65 Ballymena 93.

IBA Intermediate Cup quarter finals: Comber 94 Forth River 57, Hilden 85 Sydenham 77, Dungiven 74 Newtownabbey 70, Ards 84 Curran 78.

IBA Junior Cup quarter finals: Limavady 75 St James's Gate 77, Coleraine 89 Pickie 65, Larne 115 Hilden 47, Dunbarton 83 Cookstown 71.

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