The 18th Millennium Links Cup Finals Day was played and hosted at our club for the third time on Monday 2nd October. Extreme weather conditions with strong winds gusting up to 45 mph set a tough test for all the players.
Each of the participating eight clubs hosts this event in rotation every eight years. We, as the co-founder club along with Formby Ladies hosted the first final in 2000 and continue to help with running this very popular event each year.
The four best qualifiers meet on Finals day for a draw to determine which clubs play each other in the semi finals in the morning and the winners of these two semi finals meet each other in the final, which is played in the afternoon. After this the host club holds a dinner for all participating clubs.
We qualified as the second highest qualifier for the semi finals and managed to win our semi final matches in a very close contest against Hesketh in the morning. Hillside beat last year’s winners Royal Liverpool and played in the final against us in the afternoon. Our team, led by team captain Jackie Bickerstaffe, fought hard again in the afternoon and was narrowly beaten by Hillside in four out of 7 singles matches. Hillside, who have often been runners up and qualifiers, had hitherto never won the beautiful Crystal Bowl trophy and were naturally delighted to win it for the first time and also receive the Winners shield. Our ladies worked hard to make this a successful event and the dinner and prize presentation was enjoyed by 108 ladies from all the participating clubs.
Semi final; Hillside beat Royal Liverpool by 5 matches to 2. West Lancashire beat Hesketh by 4 matches to 2 with one undecided match being called in.
The final; Two matches, won by Hillside finished on the 18th, two with a win for each club finished on the 17th and the total was Hillside winning 4 matches and WLGC winning 2 and 2 up on the 17th in the penultimate match still out when it was called in. We have won the trophy once in 2008 and been runners up three times since then.