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St Mark's focus on regaining major prize at IIBA Club Championship

By David Mason

Portadown side St Mark's forged their way into the semi-finals of the IIBA Club Championship at the Watson Stadium.

They are now on course to regain the title they won for the first time back in 2013.

"We'll be taking nothing for granted," said Jal Richardson, following his team's success.

"We are delighted to be in the semi-finals, but realise we'll have our work cut out in the last four," he added.

Following a first round bye, St Mark's eased past the challenge of Christchurch (26-20) and St Joseph's (28-17) to book their slot in the section final against Cranagill.

And, they had to rely on all their battling qualities to clock up a four shots success.

It was Pauline Beattie's 12-7 victory against Dayne Jordan that tilted the tie in favour of St Mark's. Richardson battled out an 8-8 result with Mark Sproule, while Cranagill's Andy Hughes defeated Andrew Leckey 7-6.

St Mark's are joined in the semi-final by St Anthony's, who roared to an 18 shots win over Rosemount in their section final.

Martin Trainor did most of the damage with a whopping 12-2 win over Keith Taylor. Danny McDonaldn scored a 15-9 victory against Graham McKee, while Sean Trainor completed the job by beating Rodney McCutcheon 9-7.

Results IIBA Club Championship Section One: Quarter-finals: Spa Golf Club 14 Du Pont 29; Ballinderry 16 Rosemount 25; Kingham 27 Mossley 19; St Anthony's bye.

Semi-finals: St Anthony's 21 Du Pont 10; Rosemount 27 Kingham 14.

Final: St Anthony's 36 Rosemount 18.

Plate Section final: Spa Golf Club 21 Ballinderry 19.

Section Two: Quarter-finals: Christchurch 20 St Mark's 26; Balmoral 21 St Joseph's 24; Rosslea 20 St Mary's 27; Cranagill 22 St Coleman's 19.

Semi-finals: St Marks 28 St Joseph's 27; St Mary's 12 Cranagill 23.

Final: St Marks 26 Cranagill 22.

Plate Section final: Christchurch 13 St Coleman's 32.

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