Ladies continue march towards title


Ballymena ladies made it 11 wins out of 11 this season as they continued their charge to PTWBA Senior League title.

The latest victims of the Braid juggernaut last Wednesday afternoon was Coleraine with the Ballymena ladies picking up yet another maximum haul of 6 points from a 59-35 success.

Jennie McCready, Maree Houston, Pat Allen and Barbara Cameron took control against R Lyons and a run of 14 shots without reply saw them open up a 17-shot lead. The visitors rallied briefly over the next 6 ends to reduce the deficit to 10 shots but seven shots over the last two ends gave Cameron’s ladies an excellent 28-11 victory.

Eva Gage, Gladys Power, Linda McCullough and Erin Smith made a slow start against L Evans and trailed 7-1 but by halfway the scores were tied at 8-8. A run of 5 successive shots between the 12th and 16th ends gave the Braid rink a 6 shot advantage and although Coleraine won the final two ends but it could not take the gloss off a very good Ballymena performance. The final score was 15-12 but Coleraine could only field 3 players so they forfeited a quarter of their score to leave the adjusted score 15-9.

Jean Rainey, Megan Wilson, Barbara Burnett and Donna McCloy also enjoyed a run in the middle of their game against E McClements when they accumulated a total of 12 unanswered shots.

If the Braid ladies thought that they would just cruise to a regulation victory then the visitors had other ideas. The Coleraine rink scored 9 shots over the next 4 ends to cut the arrears to only 3 shots with 1 end left to play however they were unable to complete the comeback when they could only manage to score 2 shots on the final end to go down by 16 shots to 15.