Friday, October 08, 2010

Having completed victories over Wales and Scotland – the latter shortened by the weather – England’s Under-16s boys' team will be seeking a hat-trick when they face Ireland Under-16s at Willesley Park, Leicestershire, this weekend, (October 9 and 10).
The eight-strong England line-up were all in action against the Scots last weekend at Dinsdale Spa in Durham, the match being cut short when the course became waterlogged. So the outcome was decided by the foursomes matches in which England came out on top 3½ – 1½.

England’s team for Willesley Park will be:
Jordan Ainley (Brokenhurst Manor, Hampshire), IoW & CI), Robert Burlison (Oxley Park, Staffordshire), Jamie Clare (East Sussex National, Sussex), Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire), Patrick Kelly (Boston West, Lincolnshire), Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent), Toby Tree (Worthing, Sussex), Nick Ward (Redbourn, Hertfordshire).

Ainley made his England debut in the 10½ – 1½ defeat of Wales at The Monmouthshire last month, winning both his matches. He also tasted success in tandem with Burlison against the Scots.

Clare also made his debut against the Welsh, while Fitzpatrick has been capped against Spain as well as Wales and Scotland in which he partnered Tree in a halved match.

Kelly and Ward, the Hertfordshire County Champion, also made debuts against the Welsh while they were a successful partnership against Scotland. Orrin played in the Irish match last year as well as against Spain, while he has played in all three Under 16 internationals so far this year.

Tree, the English Under 16 Champion, is another in his second year as an Under 16 cap, having played against the Home nations in 2009 and against Spain and Scotland this year.

Having won the Boys Home Internationals, Ireland will be looking to complete the double over England. The match will mark the farewell of England team manager Tommy Flinn, who is retiring after four years at the helm, during which Ireland are yet to defeat England at Under 16 level.

Saturday’s play will consist of four foursomes and eight singles with another eight singles on Sunday.



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