Third time lucky for Dunston’s dynamos

Dunston Hall Ladies are celebrating their first victory in the inter-club knockout for the Gillieson Cup after they beat Hunstanton 3-0 in the final at Swaffham.

'It's only five years since we first entered and we've been semi-finalists twice – so this is third time lucky!'

Dunston were able to field the same six players throughout the competition: Black and Linda Love, Sue Hill and Julie Carpenter, Shelley Pleasance and Penny Frost. They had a walkover in the first round – when Feltwell withdrew – and then enjoyed the advantage of a home draw throughout the competition.

They defeated Ryston Park 2-1 and Royal Norwich 3-0 to reach the semi-final where, for the second year running, they met The Norfolk. Last year, it was The Norfolk who triumphed and went on to win the trophy. This time, the fortunes were reversed and it was Dunston who went through to the final.

Black and Love were Dunston's top pairing in the final and faced the formidable partnership of Jean Johnson and Sue Meadows. However, the Dunston pair took advantage of their nine shots and moved ahead early on in the match, thanks to Love's birdie putt on the third and a par on the fourth.

Hill and Carpenter settled their match on the 18th. They are used to going to the wire – they won on the 17th against the Norfolk and on the first extra hole against Royal Norwich.

The final pair combined the accuracy and distance of Pleasance with Frost's steady steady short game – and it proved a winner. They clinched their match on the 16th, when Hunstanton narrowly missed a chip-in which would have taken the game further.

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Black added: 'Simply being in the final was an experience and we were impressed by the professional way it was organised. We were also impressed with the efforts of the greenstaff at Swaffham to prepare the course after heavy rain.'

Among the Dunston supporters was Sue Henderson, who originally got the club into the competition. She had just returned from Abu Dhabi and was able to caddy for Black.