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17/03/2018 21:26
Ladies - we should make more use of this website

14/07/2014 10:28
Can someone please put a link up to the IM draw

21/10/2013 14:33
Not sure Jenny, Gill is the person to ask as she is the Rep. Hoping the ladies still enter so we can get a team in 11s and hopefully 15s for 2014.

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How many ladies are entering the 2014 IM?

16/05/2013 22:20
Selection email have been sent.

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Girls the fundraiser I had organised is cancelled, fe other things happening on that day and I need to work as both my staff have decided to take holidays at the same time grrrrr can you all pass word

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News Archive 03 - Shona's Euro win

“Shona” the way to the trophy

Posted on Friday, November 07 2003 @ 20:40:45 GMT Standard Time on thehustler

National Team NewsScotland Ladies may have suffered the most heartbreaking team result of the past few years, but we at least had one shining light when Shona Harper (pictured) took the European Ladies singles crown, to add to her World singles crown of 2001

Despite it being some ungodly hour the morning before a team final not one of the Scotland Ladies side who started watching the match had left the arena until we saw Shona sink the final black. Shona’s opponent in the final was teenage sensation and surely future champion Ruth John. Like all the rest of the singles finals it went right down to the wire, with a final frame decider giving our lass the spoils by 6 frames to 5.

Both players had been somewhat “Hammers of the Scots” – between them putting Diane Colville, Netty Anderson, Linda Gillies, Elaine Campbell and Yvonne Ewing to the sword in previous rounds. The Scots girl started the better of the two – by romping to a 3-0 lead with some, at times, dazzling finishing, before Ruth pulled a frame back to make it 3-1. Had Shona taken that frame – I think it may have gone on to be a landslide. In fact Shona took the next to go 4-1 and again the easy victory looked a possibility but the girl from the valleys showed how tough a competitor she was going to be, by not only levelling the match but taking the lead by 5 frames to 4. Due in the main to some clever finishing, but also down to some quite amazing snooker escapes. Shona might have been forgiven for thinking she had one or two of these frames sewn up, (WE did!!) but Ruth firstly pulled off a cracking finish to go 4-2, then tidied up a scrappy frame to go 4-3, before the most amazing snooker escape off three cushions from a seemingly impossible position, allowed her to level at 4-4.

Anybody’s game now and as previously stated Ruth was to reel off a fourth frame on the trot to take the lead for the first time in the match. Facing a 5-4 deficit, Shona knew that any mistake now could spell the end of her title ambitions and so used all her years of experience to keep the frame tight and under her control to level the match. I can’t help but think though that Ruth will rue some missed opportunities in the frame. She chose to attempt two snookers, rather than the pot which left Shona sight of the black on both occasions, the second with not only sight of the black – but the chance of a pot on it, and one which Shona duly sunk in the top left corner pocket.

So to the final frame and with both players well aware of its significance, it was another tight affair. Shona though took the upper hand with a quite superb pot then snooker which this time the young Welsh magician was unable to escape from. Shona though still had to finish the game out and with three fairly difficult yellows this wasn’t going to be easy. Playing the percentage shot first she hung her yellow at the pocket in front of the black, and then potted her slightly more difficult ball at the baulk end. Decision time now – whether to lay another snooker, or pot the previously hung ball and finish it. Perhaps thoughts of Ruth’s earlier amazing escapes spurred her on, as Shona decided to “go”. She potted the hanging yellow and brilliantly used the black to hold for the final yellow, just off the bottom cushion, then calmly slotted home the nerve jangler (well it was for us – Shona of course was in complete control ;) ) to leave a straight black into the bottom left.

Cue tears of joy on the sidelines and the obligatory chorus of “Flower of Scotland” perfectly in tune even at dark o’clock as the Wisbech-based star had taken the second major singles title of her career. Well done Shona, we are all proud of you.


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