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Ladies in top form to reach play-offs

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 30, 2014

The bronze team squad who have competed this season, back row, from left: Chrissie Purrett, Denyse Hall, Eleanor Clarke, Rachel Jenkinson, Hilary Knott, Chris Perry. Front: Angela Hunt, Pat Richardson, Jean Bissell, Surya Dickinson and Diane Woollands.

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ASHBOURNE GC's ladies' bronze team secured a well-deserved place in the Derbyshire County semi-final play-offs after a fine win in their final match at home against Kedleston GC last week.

The team's unbeaten run had come to an end the previous week when they faced their strongest opposition and closest rivals, Erewash Valley GC.

It was always going to be a tough match away at Erewash and the team went down 4-1, with Surya Dickinson and Chris Perry halving their matches for Ashbourne's point.

Hilary Knott, Rachel Jenkinson and Jean Bissell fought hard but were unable to add to the team total.

Ashbourne knew that a victory in their last match against Kedleston was therefore vital to secure top spot in their league – and the team did it in style with a very impressive performance on the day.

Kedleston fielded a strong team, which meant that all their players had to give shots.

The result was a brilliant 4-1 win for Ashbourne with some resounding individual performances.

Jenkinson won her match 5&3, while Dickinson won 5&4 – both players are very much on their game at the moment.

Perry played really well and secured an even better 7&6 win, despite an injury to her knee which meant she may not have been able to continue had the match gone on much longer.

Angela Hunt won 4&3, which left team captain Bissell out on the course wondering whether, as last player, the match result would depend on her.

Bissell, in a very close match, lost one down on the last green, so she was relieved to find that the others had done so well.

"I am very proud of my team. I have had a great squad of ladies to select from this season and they have all played their part," she said.

The bronze semi-final will be at Erewash Valley on August 7 against Tapton GC.

In the recent Mixed Brooker Trophy, Tony Broadhurst and Chrissie Purrett won with a very impressive nett score of 63 from Denyse and John Hall, whose nett 69.5 was also a good effort.

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