Ireland’s young guns couldn’t camouflage their delight after defeating Scotland in their final outing in the 2013 Under-25 Home International Series at Llandrindod Wells.
Following narrow defeats by Wales and England in their opening two matches, the Irish, with 11 new faces in the squad, reserved their best display to the end of the two-day event.
The game, however, was postponed after 78 ends, with Ireland - under the leadership of Stephen Moran, who was standing in for team boss Jim Baker - winning by 24 shots.
Continuous rain eventually took its toll on the green which prompted BIBC officials to call a halt, but due to the fact that 78 ends were completed, the result stands.
“It was good to finish with a victory after two battling performances against Wales and England,” said Moran. “Even in defeat, there were many pluses to take from both games.
“The selectors made some alterations to the team for the final match, which meant bringing in the two reserves, Matthew Hastings and Chris Snoddy. There were also a few positional changes with Terry Crawford moving to skip. It certainly had the desired effect.
“They started really well and totally dominated the game. The game was stopped early, but I’ve no doubt the boys would have gone on to win perhaps by an even greater margin.”
With 11 new lads on show, it means that a large majority of the side will again be involved next year. Ireland, however, will lose four influential back end players as Mark Torrington, Simon Colvin, Robert Allen and skipper Andy Duncan, will be over-age.
Gary Kelly was Ireland’s top skip, completing the Series with an unblemished record. He held a whopping 13-4 advantage over Scotland’s Calum Taggart when that match was stopped.
2013 Under-25 Home International results:
Scotland 58 Ireland 82 - game rained off after 78 ends: (K Anderson 19 S Colvin 9; D Kiltie 8 R Kirkwood 16; K Wallace 4 T Crawford 20; M Kelsey 16 S Leonard 10; C Logan 8 A Duncan 14; C Taggart 4 G Kelly 13).
Wales 108 England 119: (D Davies jnr 16 W Willgress 17; J Skinner 16 P Martin 20; M Thomas 24 T Morton 17; R Owen 18 S Tolchard 31; O Davies 17 J Walker 15; P Taylor 17 R Catton 19).
Wales 130 Ireland 109 (O Davies 17 A Duncan 18; P Taylor 17 G Kelly 21; D Davies jnr 30 S Colvin 18; J Skinner 20 R Kirkwood 21; M Thomas 33 R Allen 10; R Owen 13 S Leonard 21).
England 130 Scotland 99 (J Walker 19 C Logan 13; R Catton 30 C Taggart 12; W Willgress 13 K Anderson 22; P Martin 29 D Kiltie 16; T Morton 22 K Wallace 20; S Tolchard 17 M Kelsey 16).
Wales 107 Scotland 130 (M Thomas 18 K Wallace 20; R Owen 18 M Kelsey 19; O Davies 19 C Logan 22; P Taylor 20 C Taggart 21; D Davies jnr 17 K Anderson 19; J Skinner 15 D Kiltie 29).
Ireland 102 England 126 (R Allen 15 T Morton 28; S Leonard 17 S Tolchard 20; A Duncan 17 J Walker 21; G Kelly 21 R Catton 13; S Colvin 16 W Willgress 20; R Kirkwood 16 P Martin 24).
Final placings: 1 England 6pts (shot difference +66); 2 Wales 2pts (-13); 3 Ireland 2pts (-21); 4 Scotland 2pts (-32).