Final blow for Greechan

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LINDSEY GREECHAN was pipped in the British Isles junior indoor singles final this afternoon, having put on a great performance over the weekend, despite her, and the rest of the Jersey team, having had the 'The Journey from Hell' to reach Llanelli.

Greechan lost to Scotland's Caroline Brown, like Lindsey a former world indoor U25 champion, 21-16 in today's final - despite having led 13-8 at one point.

A disappointing end to an extraordinary weekend's efforts.Sighed Jean Lowery, the Channel Islands team manager: 'Lindsey, Brenda Foord, Myrtle de la Haye and I turned up at Jersey Airport at 1.15 pm on Friday expecting to take off at 2.45 pm, - but we didn't arrive at our hotel in Llanelli until 8 am the following morning.'Lowery explained: 'It was to be a 45 minute flight - but things went wrong from the start.

First there was a long wait in Jersey, then the plane, which we were expecting to take us to Cardiff, took us to East Midlands instead.'Lowery believes the incoming plane had a technical problem and by the time it was sorted out, the flight attendants were out of time, so the plane had to take off for Cardiff - without passengers.'We were in the East Midlands, near Nottingham, way after midnight, and a coach picked us up to take us on to Cardiff - a journey of over 200 miles,' said Lowery.

'Then, at 6 am, we jumped into a cab, and arrived at our hotel in time for breakfast.'We felt we'd been hi-jacked - it really was the journey from hell.' It was certainly no way to prepare for an event as prestigious as the British Isles women's championships - but, after a day to recover, Greechan, in particular, was in fine form.Skipping her Jersey team-mates de la Haye, Gaynor Thomas and Foord against the Welsh champions from Merthyr Tydfil, skipped by Ros James, in the fours quarter final, the Island's quartet gave as good as they got.After the scores had been at 4-4, 7-7, 10-10 and 14-14, the home side scored two singles to lead, 16-14, with only one end left to play, and a single from Jersey was just not enough.'Lindsey saved so many shots,' said Welsh skip James, whose daughter is an interior designer in Jersey.

'She was a thorn in our side, and we were relieved to win.'Lindsey, 23 next week, returned to the green to take on the Welsh under 25 singles champion Hannah Lyons in the semi finals of the British junior singles - an event she has yet to win.Although she was slow to start, the Jersey star scored a full house on the tenth end to lead 12-6, but was caught at 12-12 after 13 ends.Improving end by end, she powered to victory, scoring nine shots to Lyons's one over the last six ends to return a 21-13 card.

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