|Check out that shine.. that can only mean rain!|
Billy Collins (12) V Callum Gigg (3)
Billy Collins dished out the pain as his team emphatically beat Team Callum Gigg 12-3.
The first Semi Final of the Team Picker Cup was supposed to be Jon Ridout V Gareth O’Neill, however due to the expected paternity leave which came rather unexpectedly, the game was postponed and the other semi final was brought forward as both players were available. So with less than a few hours to spare Collins and Gigg were in action – only one week after Gigg’s crushing defeat of tournament favourite Chris Phillips.
|The prospect of playing on an ice rink always raises spirits!|
On rainy evening at Sophia Gigg opted for a stronger defence whilst Collins went for a more attacking front. In the end the tactic to push forward favoured Collins as they showed no mercy and destroyed Team Callum on all fronts. In a similar fashion to the Quarter Final game between Joe Newbury and Gareth O’Neill, the more attacking team thrived on the wet conditions and Team Callum just couldn’t find an answer to the constant attacking threat.
In what was a more subdued affair due to the heavy rain throughout the evening, there was not a lot of post match banter from two fine gentlemanly figures of the game. Collins will be happy with this performance however as he looks in great shape for the Final.
|Team Billy: (L-R. Mike, Luke, Stu, Billy, Gareth, Paul P, Pugh)|
|Team Callum (L-R. James, Chris, Callum, Gareth, Joe, Greg, Tom)|