Belfast Telegraph

Donegal brush aside West Down to clinch final spot

By David Mason

Donegal's Fred Aicken watched his team book a place in their second successive IIBA Women's Inter-zone final and said they've yet to find top gear.

The title holders returned from West Down having recorded a 12 shots victory to set up a repeat of last year's final against Armagh at a venue yet to be confirmed.

"We are thrilled to be back in the final," said Aicken. "To be honest, we have still to reach the level of performance we achieved last season. I still think the best is yet to come."

Ann Gilfillan produced a superb first half display, skipping her rink to a 9-2 win against Patricia Martin. Ruth Crawford and Margaret Montgomery defeated Bernie Conlon (9-6) and Evelyn Robb (9-7).

After the break Rachael McDonnell beat Angela Cannaway, but West Down hit back through Hazel Steenson, who recorded an 11-6 win against Elizabeth Doherty, while Ann Polin grabbed a 9-9 result against Vera Patterson.

Results: IIBA Women's Inter-zone semi finals: Cork 45 Armagh 47 (P Collins 12 I Doone 3; J O'Riordan 8 D Marshall 4; B Kenneally 9 R Cassells 10; B Feeney 3 I Douglas 11; C Eadie 6 L Douglas 11; V Todd 8 P Beattie 8).

West Down 41 Donegal 53 (P Martin 2 A Gilfillan 9; B Conlon 6 R Crawford 9; E Robb 7 M Montgomery 9; A Cannaway 6 R McDonnell 11; H Stevenson 11 E Doherty 6; A Polin 9 V Patterson 9).

IIBA Plate semi finals: Northern 46 Monaghan 58 (C Murray 6 T McSkeane 13; E McClements 4 B Stewart 12; T Everett 8 K Smith 6; L McAuley 12 A Rutledge 11; H Arbuthnot 5 C McKenna 9; M Johnston 11 L Carleton 7).

Foyle 45 Mid Antrim 46 (S Johnston 13 A Bacon 6; S Stevenson 7 J Wilson 12; N Britton 5 E Gage 10; V Witherow 9 H Lynn 7; N Miller 7 M Wilson 4; L Hamilton 4 A Agnew 7).

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