Ladies make it four wins out of four
BALLYMENA Ladies made it four wins on the trot when Magherafelt visited the Old Ballymoney Road green last Wednesday, with the home side running out 94-59 winners.
On rink 1 Linda McCullough, Peggy Pinkerton, Erin Smith and Sarah Jane Coleman scored 7 shots over the first 3 ends to open up an early lead against M Rodgers, however the visitors soon found their line and length and at the half way stage of the game it was the Magherafelt rink who led by 10 shots to 8.
Three ends later the visitors had opened up a 7 shot lead, however to their credit the Braid ladies did not give up and going in to the final end they only trailed by a single shot, but they could not complete the comeback as they conceded a count of 5 shots to end up on the wrong side of a 21-15 score line.
There was a very one sided game on rink 2 where Sile Garvey, Gladys Power, Dorothy McKee and Donna McCloy took on the Magherafelt rink skipped by V Wilson.
The Ballymena ladies certainly had a day to remember as the visitors were only able to score on 4 ends to claim a total of 8 shots. On the other hand the Ballymena ladies scored three counts of 3 shots, four counts of 4 shots and two counts of 5 shots on their way to a massive 42-8 victory.
Jean Rainey, Kathleen Hoey, Pat Allen and Jennifer Dowds had a closer game against P Barnes on rink 3. Scores were level after 8 ends however by the fourteenth end the visitors lead by 8 shots.
The Braid rink won the next three ends to go in to the last end only three shots adrift, but it was the visitors who claimed the last end by 2 shots to record a 20-15 victory.
On rink 4 Jennie McCready, Marie Houston, Iris Millar and Barbara Cameron played a good solid game against M McCart.
The Ballymena rink won nine of the first eleven ends to take a 12-4 lead and two counts of 4 shots then followed on the thirteenth and fifteenth ends to take the game beyond the visitors as the Braid ladies went on to claim victory by 22 shots to 10.
The ladies take a break next week from the league campaign as they play some of their PTWBA competitions. They are next back in league action on 2nd June when they have a home match against Dunluce.
Ballymena Ladies ‘B’ were on their travels last week when the destination was Kilrea. Both of the teams had a rink win, however it was Kilrea who claimed the overall victory, 55-25
Sally Carson, Jackie Hogg and Jean Lynn were drawn against P Scott on rink 1 and this was very much a game of two halves. It was the home rink who had the better of the opening exchanges and they lead by 11 shots to 2 after 9 ends.
The second half of the game belonged to Ballymena ladies. They totally dominated the remaining ends scoring a total of 20 shots and conceded only 1 shot to take victory by 22 shots to 12.
It was a different story on rink 2 where Eileen Courtney, Lorraine Harris and Barbara Burnett never really got to grips with the green against a very good Kilrea rink skipped by B Holmes.
The visitors were only able to score 3 singles during the game while their opponents scored heavily to run out winners by 43 shots to 3.
This week Ballymena Ladies ‘B’ are back in action next week when they entertain Portrush.
Three of Ballymena Under25 ladies, Sarah Jane Coleman, Erin Smith and Megan Wilson will be travelling to Worthing in July 2010 to represent Ireland in the International Series. A fund raising Table Quiz has been organised at Ballymena Bowling Club on Friday 28th May at 8.30 pm to help raise some funds towards the cost of the trip. Teams of 4-6 players are invited along to the event. The cost is 3 per person and supper is included in the price.