Monthly Archives: April 2016

Win by Manx ladies at Blackpool

Philippa Taylor, from Peel Sunset, and Jean Thackrah, from Port Erin, joined forces to enter the Ladies’ Doubles at the Blackpool Spring Festival played at the Waterloo in March. In a strong field they came through to win  (meeting Pat Lonsdale,well known from our Festivals, in the final).

Congratulations to both ladies!

British Ladies’ Individual Merit Qualifier

There was a field of eight for the British Crown Green ladies’ merit qualifier played at Finch Hill on Sunday 17 April. The weather stayed fair and at times there was a hint of warmth in the sun.

The games started at the quarter-final stage and some players got to grips with the green more quickly than others.

Quarter-finals: Debbie Leece 21, Lil Smith 15; Sylvia Kennaugh 21, Mary Alderson 14; Rosie Winckle 21, Shirley Whelan 10; Elaine Moore 21, Helen Martin 14.

In the semi-final Elaine got off to a flyer against Rosie, at one point leading 16-5. Although the game was more even from that point Rosie had left herself too much to do and Elaine came through 21-11. The other semi-final was a game of two halves as Sylvia streaked into a 16-6 lead. Debbie then took control to level things at all-but across, but it was Sylvia who took the next point to win 21-20 and progress to the final.

In the final Elaine took control, and despite Sylvia’s best efforts she could make little impact on Elaine’s progress.

Final: Elaine Moore 21, Sylvia Kennaugh 8

The presentation was made by Association president, Rosie Winckle, who thanked those who had taken part, and those who came to spectate. Special thanks went to Anne Caine who had come along to open up and to make the very welcome teas and coffees.

Elaine will be representing the island at Owley Wood Recreation Club, Northwich, on Saturday 9 July

Ladies’ league Friday 15 April

It is a very rare event for a team to score the maximum 189 points in the C Tarleton Hodgson sponsored ladies’ league but it was a feat achieved by two teams on Friday 15 April. Port St Mary won all nine games against Marown with three players winning to single figures, while Mary Alderson came closest to spoiling their party, reaching 19 against Kath Looney.. Five Ballaugh players won to single figures when they recorded a full house against Onchan whose best scores were achieved by Rita Callan, who reached 18 against Ann Gale, and Leslie Nicholl who scored 19 against Alison Millard. Last year’s runners up, South Ramsey, were in no mood for leniency towards the team who finished just behind them. Castletown could manage only two wins, by Hannah Drewett and Hilary Kermode, both to single figures, while their opponents won five of their seven games to single figures. It was closer in the west where Peel Sunset won 5-4 on games against Douglas. Some of the games were very close, and Sarah Quirk. making her second appearance of the year for the westerners played particularly well to reach 19 against Paula Garrett. It was also 5-4 at Port Erin where all the home players reached double figures, the toughest game of the match saw Lynda Cadamy come through 21-18 against Chris Price. Mooragh Park had a tough struggle against Noble’s, winning just three games, but with so many new players the rebuilding of the team must be on the way up.

Ladies’ night league 8 April

It was a miserable night on Friday but all games went ahead despite the rain which got heavier as the evening progressed. Leading scorers were South Ramsey, 6-3 ahead on games with four of their players winning to single figures. The three winners for Ballaugh were Ann Gale, Mary Simmonds and Christine Mc Donald. Mooragh Park also passed the 170 point mark against a depleted Onchan side, with the home side having two winners in Maureen Payne, to single figures, and Rita Callan. Despite a narrow 5-4 win on games, with three of their players winning to single figures, and Wendy Cowin reaching 20 against Celia Joughin, Douglas had a comfortable win on points against Marown. Over in the west, Peel Sunset won 7 games, Joyce Kelly’s win to single figures being balanced by Lynda Cadamy’s for Port Erin. The rest of the games were close with Jackie Elliott beginning to make a habit of taking her opponent to the wire, this time just losing out 20-21 to Sue Jones. The two winners for Noble’s against Port St Mary were Rebecca Teare and Clare Cooper who both won to single figures, as did Val Macfarlane and Jayne Kneen for the visitors. Purt le Moirrey won 5-4 on games against Castletown, but with three wins to single figures and Ann Hollingworth scoring 20 against Edwina Reid the points victory went to Castletown.

C Tarleton Hodgson sponsored ladies’ league

The C Tarleton Hodgson Sponsored ladies’ league got their 2016 season under way on Wednesday 6 April, when although cold the weather was not too inclement. As was to be expected the best starts were made by the current champions, Port St Mary, and the team tipped as one of their leading contenders, South Ramsey.

Port St Mary played hosts to Onchan, who were unfortunately a player short. Maureen Payne was the lone winner for the visitors while three of the home players, Ann Maddrell, Tricia Bull and Margaret Tasker won to single figures. A depleted Mooragh Park, one player short and other key players missing, travelled across town to South Ramsey. With a win to Gill Morgan and Helen Martin reaching a hard-earned 19 against Shelley Kennish, the visitors could glean some positives and with a plethora of new players their rebuilding could be under way. Purt le Moirrey had a fruitful journey to Ballaugh, winning 7 of the 9 games. The two winners for the home side were Jenny Maddrell and Ellie Faragher while Ann Gale reached 19 against Chris Price. Noble’s against Marown gave us a mixture of close, and not so close, matches with three wins to single figures for the home side and one for the visitors. In contrast Sylvia Kennaugh and Celia Joughin went all the way with Sylvia just edging it 21-20.The closest match of the night was at Port Erin with the home side having a 5-4 advantage on games. Lynda Cadamy and Carol Kaye won to single figures as did Jan Osborne for Douglas .Brenda Williams took Jackie Elliott to the wire before going down 20-21.There were some good games between Castletown and Peel Sunset, although the visitors were always on the back foot, and althoughPeel lost by just the one game the home side had the distinct advantage on points.

Bowls Season gets underway

The 2016 Tower Insurance Over 60’s Bowls League got underway this week with the Defending Champions North Ramsey A having to play all their home matches at their fierce rivals South Ramsey, and North Ramsey B have to make the short trip to Ballaugh for all their home fixtures. This has been brought about by the Mooragh Green being closed for the season. Can I on behalf of all the bowling fraternity thank both South Ramsey and Ballaugh for their help to North Ramsey in their moment of crisis. This year also has a first with Peel Sunset fielding a third team again I would like to wish them good luck. After the first games Defending Champions North Ramsey defeated Marown 5-3 while runners up Castletown A used home advantage to beat Onchan A 6-2, Port St Mary A, and Peel A both had 8-0 wins over Douglas B and Peel C respectively, Nobles A had an excellent win at Ballaugh 6-2, while Peel B went one better on their travels with an excellent 7-1 win at Finch Hill, Onchan B beat Castletown B 5-3 in the battle of the b teams, Port Erin and North Ramsey only had seven players each at the Breagle, with North Ramsey came away with the points in a close game 4-3 and finally South Ramsey came away from their visit to Nobles B with both points in a6-2 victory. The Second round of games was much closer with 4 games ending all level, South Ramsey and Peel A had a very close encounter as did Marown and Douglas A, while Douglas B got their first point of the season in holding Ballaugh, while Southsiders Castletown B and Port Erin shared the spoils at the crofts. Port St Mary B had a good 5-3 win over Nobles B while the following four teams have maximum points after their first two games, Peel B who had a superb 8-0 win over Onchan B, Castletown A also had a 8-0 win on their trip to Peel C, while fellow southerners Port St Mary A played North Ramsey B at Ballaugh and came away with a 7-1 win, and Nobles A had a good win over Finch Hill by 8 -0

Ladies’ over 60’s Thursday 14 April

Moira Anderson denied Port Erin a full house against Mooragh Park, when the visitors were the day’s top scorers. Villa were not far behind as they won 4-2 on games, the two winners for Port St Mary B being Gill Aughton and Roma Ware. Despite losing 4-2 on games, Ballaugh won by 10 points with Jane Teare getting 19 against Moire Turner and Mary Simmonds and Brenda Bowyer both scoring 18, showing the value to the team of fighting for every point. Peel Sunset’s visit to Port St Mary did not go as planned as the home side won four games to single figures. The two winners for Peel were Heather Horsburgh and Mary Moffatt who just came out ahead in a tough tussle against Win Collister. Onchan had a good win over Marown with Dee Lewis and Maureen Payne winning to single figures, while for Marown Mary Black took Joyce Gardiner all the way before going down 20-21. There was another battle royal at Castletown when Sue Peach and Lin Ruscoe fought out a 21-20 game that ended in Sue‘s favour. Castletown finished with a 4-2 advantage, the two winners for Noble‘s being Sylvia Kennaugh and Sonja Lees.

Ladies’ Over 60’s Tuesday 12 April

It was Douglas’s turn to record a maximum in the Trend sponsored over 60’s league on Tuesday 12 April. Once again Mooragh Park could only field four players, but showed signs of improvement with three of their team reaching double figures. Castletown had a fruitful visit to Breagle, winning five games with Sylvia Maddrell denying them a full house. Ann Gale spared Ballaugh’s blushes at Peel, where the hosts had five wins, four of them to single figures. Port St Mary A had the better of Marown 4-2 on games, with three wins to single figures, the two winners for the home side being, Mia Moore, also to single figures, and Celia Joughin. There were only four points between the teams when Port St Mary B hosted Onchan despite the visitors winning four games with Maureen Payne not allowing her opponent to reach double figures. In reply Roma Ware also won to single figures while Edwina Reid reached 19 against Marilyn Ellison. It was also close at Noble’s where the match ended level on games, two games for each side being won to single figures. The draw of the match saw a close tussle between Sonja Lees and Muriel Cain, with Sonja eventually coming through 21-20.

Jubilee Cup

A total of 16 teams turned up at Port St Mary for the Jubilee Cup mixed threesomes competition once again kindly sponsored by C.Tarleton Hodgson. At the conclusion of play the team that had mastered the tricky conditions best were that of local man Trevor Quayle and his partners the Ramsey pairing of Lyn and Sid Bolton who came out on top of a close final against the team of Alan Moore, Elaine Moore and Stefan Kelly 21-18.

Losing out at the semi final were the North Ramsey team of Janet Monk, Rob Monk and Steve Parker and the South Ramsey team of Jenny Moore, James Teare and Shelley Kennish.

Club Vice-President Rob Cooil Presented the prizes after thanking the sponsors, the greenkeeper and the ladies section of the club for all the hard work without which the competitions wouldn’t be able to go ahead.

Trend Ladies’ Over 60’s

It was unfortunate that Mooragh Park could only field four players against Peel Sunset, enabling the Westerners to record the first maximum of the season. Edwina Reid prevented a white-wash for Port St Mary B against champions Port St Mary A while Pauline Worrall also had a good result reaching 18 against Tricia Bull. Douglas were another team who had to give a game away at Port Erin, but managed two wins by Moire Turner and Jan Osborn who edged out Jackie Elliott 21-20.Although winning 4-2 on games Onchan finished level on points with Noble’s after a strong win to single figures by Sylvia Kennaugh. The most exciting game of the match saw Dee Lewis pip Lin Ruscoe 21-20, while Josie Harding was the visitors’ other winner. Marown had a successful trip to Ballaugh where they had the edge on points in a match that ended level on games and it was a similar story for Breagle at Villa.