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Michael Nutt down as Ireland crash out winless at Under-25 Home International Series

By David Mason

Ireland manager Michael Nutt admitted he found it difficult to camouflage his disappointment following his team's performance in the Under-25 Home International Series at Oxford over the weekend.

The young Irish side failed to register a victory in the two-day end of season event, but Nutt believes they will learn from the experience of competing against such formidable opponents.

"It's disappointing because nothing breeds confidence better than winning games," he said. "But the reality is, we lost a heck of a lot of experienced players due the age restriction after last season's Series at Belmont.

"The team had to be rebuilt. It's a learning curve for most of them. I wasn't unhappy with their overall performance, because we were beaten by only 17 shots by Wales; 11 by Scotland and 15 by England. So they are fine margins when they are broken down.

"In the opening match (against Wales), we had three drawn rinks; one win and lost narrowly on another. That should have been enough for an overall success. Unfortunately, we lost heavily on the remaining rink that cost us the game.

"But there were plenty of positives to take from the Series. There is plenty to be optimistic about as some of these lads will have a few years ahead of them at this level."

Meanwhile, Belmont were crowned NI Private Greens League Division One Champions on Saturday.

The east Belfast club lifted the title for the first time since 2003 following a runaway 20 shots win at Ards, earning them six points which guaranteed them the trophy.

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