British title success for Guernsey women's four

GUERNSEY were celebrating another British title yesterday.

Guernsey’s victorious women’s four: (left to right) Alison Merrien, Shirley Petit, Carol Ingrouille and Catherine Snell. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 26869216)
Guernsey’s victorious women’s four: (left to right) Alison Merrien, Shirley Petit, Carol Ingrouille and Catherine Snell. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 26869216)

The Sarnian quartet of Catherine Snell, Shirley Petit, Carol Ingrouille and skip Alison Merrien proved too good for their Scottish opponents in the women’s fours final of the British Isles Indoor Bowls Championships in Llanelli.

However, Merrien was unable to double up as she came off second best in the afternoon’s women’s singles final.

The morning session could not have gotten off to a much better start for Guernsey as a double on the first end was followed by another on the second then a single on the third.

Matches at this level are seldom plain sailing, though, and five ends later the Sarnians found themselves trailing.

After the Scotland four of Lauren Roddie, Heather Garvie, Kim Watt and Catherine McIntosh got on the board with a single on the fourth end, a 4-1-2 run suddenly put them 8-6 in front.

That was to be the only time they led in the match, though, as the CI champions responded with a four of their own followed by three successive singles to forge ahead once more and they would not let the lead slip again.

The Sarnians finished the final off in style with back-to-back threes sealing a 22-13 success.

After a quick lunch, Merrien was soon back on the rink and opened the women’s singles final with a three on the first end, but her Scottish opponent Julie Forrest replied with a four on the next and then took charge of proceedings, opening up a 20-5 advantage in 14 ends.

Merrien fought on gallantly before eventually succumbing 21-13.

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