The U17 European Team Championships always looked like it would be a tough challenge for Scotland’s youngsters when the draw pitted them in group 2 with Germany, Ukraine and Slovakia.
First up was a clash with a strong Ukrainian side on Friday afternoon, followed by a match-up with second seeds Germany on Saturday.
Scotland lost both matches 5-0 although Lindsey Ireland pushed Germany’s Florentine Schoffski close in the girls’ singles, taking the first set 21-16 and holding match points in the second before ultimately going down to a 16-21 26-24 21-15 defeat.
Ireland was involved in two more three-setters on Sunday against Slovakia.
She beat Sofia Slosiarikova 21-19 21-23 21-19 in the singles but went down to a 21-14 14-21 21-16 defeat in the girls’ doubles with Jodie Black.
Lewis Hart lost out to Simeon Suchy in a close three-set boy’s singles but Euan Campbell and Callum Stokes beat Boris Karpjak and Peter Radoczi 21-13 21-19 in the boys’ doubles.
But in the deciding mixed doubles, Isaac Weir and Brooke Stalker lost out to Suchy and Slosiarikova
Scotland’s players will now turn their attention to the Individual events starting tomorrow.
Full results from the team event can be found here and draws and schedules for the individual events are here