It’s another Euro Double for England

England duly completed another European Teams double as their women beat Ireland 2-1 and the men beat familiar foes France 3-0 in the finals in Nuremberg, Germany.

Madeline Perry gave the Irish – appearing in their first final since 1989 – hope as she came from 2/1 down to beat Jenny Duncalf, but Laura Massaro and Alison Waters both won to seal a 34th women’s title for England.

Daryl Selby, James Willstrop and Peter Barker all faced stiff resistance from their French opponents, but all won to make it 20 titles in a row (and 38 in all) with Nick Matthew not needing to go on court.

Earlier hosts Germany had beaten Scotland 3-1 to take third place in the men’s competition, their best finish since 1994, with France beating Germany 3-0 to take third in the women’s event.

Spain claimed the men’s division two title on games countback over Switzerland, both of whom will play in division one next year, and the Czech Republic maintained their unbeaten round-robin record to win women’s division two and gain promotion alongside Belgium.

Women’s Final:  England 2-1 Ireland

Jenny Duncalf 2-3 Madeline Perry 11/13, 11/7, 11/3, 7/11, 8/11
Laura Massaro 3-1 Aisling Blake              11/1, 11/9, 9/11, 11/8
Alison Waters 3-0 Laura Mylotte                       11/2, 11/8, 11/2

Men’s Final:  England 3-0 France

Daryl Selby 3-1 Grégoire Marche            11/3, 11/13, 11/9, 11/9
James Willstrop 3-1 Grégory Gaultier       11/3, 8/11, 11/6, 11/1
Peter Barker 3-0 Mathieu Castagnet                  11/7, 11/5, 11/7
Nick Mathew v Thierry Lincou

Finishing positions (and seedings for next year)

Playoff Matches:

Men’s Division 1:
3/4  Germany 3-1 Scotland, 5/6  Italy 2-2 Denmark, 7/8 Netherlands 3-1 Finland

Women’s Division 1:
3/4  France 3-0 Germany, 5/6  Netherlands 2-1 Wales , 7/8  Scotland 2-1 Switzerland

Men’s Division 2:
final   Switzerland 2-2 Spain, 3/4    Ireland 4-0 Sweden, 5/6    Wales 0-4 Czech Rep., 7/8    Belgium 1-3 Austria, 9/10  Slovakia 2-2 Portugal

Women’s Division 2:
Finland 0-3 Belgium, Spain 3-0 Italy, Czech Rep. 2-1 Belgium

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