Norfolk will have their work cut out

Norfolk Ladies will bid for regional honours next week when the East County Match Week is played on home ground at King's Lynn.

The winner of the week will go forward to the English County Finals in September and the measure of the challenge faced by Norfolk is that regional opponents Hertfordshire are the defending national champions. What's more, the Hertfordshire team includes the new English amateur champion, Lucy Williams. On paper, Norfolk will face their toughest test at the start of the week, taking on first Hertfordshire then Essex. The remainder of the tournament will see them play Suffolk on Wednesday, Bedfordshire on Thursday and Cambs and Hunts on Friday.

The team are well prepared and ready for action. County captain Alex Cowie, who appealed for spectators to turn out in support of the team, said: 'We have got home advantage and we have played the course more times than anyone else.

'We've done all we can and now we're looking forward to it.'

Cowie is taking a strong team and they'll be getting plenty of top competition in the run-up to the event. County champion Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) is currently in Wales representing Great Britain and Ireland in the first-ever U16 match against the Continent of Europe. On Monday she and 2010 county champion Jennifer Hide (Royal Norwich) will miss the Hertfordshire clash to play the English schools' championship.

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Meanwhile new cap Tiffany Mills (Ryston Park) will tomorrow tee up in the English Women's Golf Association Grand Medal Final, which will be contested by the country's best club medal players.

In addition the team includes past county champions Tracey Williamson (Royal Cromer), Karen Young (Eaton) and Sammy Martin (Royal Norwich), alongside order of merit winner Amy Skoulding (King's Lynn) and Rebecca Heeles (Royal Norwich), the Norfolk schools' champion and a schools' international. The line-up is completed by Dunston Hall's Shelley Pleasance and Sue Henderson.

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