Monthly Archives: August 2016
Castletown have reduced the gap between themselves and league leaders Port St Mary to under 100 points after scoring a maximum against Marown in the C Tarleton Hodgson sponsored ladies’ league on Friday 22 July. With four players recording single figures, Rosie Winckle’s 16 against Kath Kinley was the best score for the visitors. Port St Mary travelled to Ballaugh to record a 7-2 win on games. The two winners for the home side were Ellie Faragher and Christine Mac Donald, while Voirrey Oates just lost out 20-21 to Win Collister. Peel also had a 7-2 win against an Onchan side who were unfortunately two players short, but had two winners in Rita Callan and Libby Andrade. Mooragh Park are improving each week, and managed a 6-3 win against Douglas and a 20 by Maureen Wright against Sue Caley, while South Ramsey had a comfortable win at Purt le Moirrey. Things were much closer at Port Erin, where the home side had six wins, but with Kim Hargraves and Jayne Smith winning to single figures, together with a 19 and a 20, the visitors were just 2 points down at the end of the match.
It was a fine morning as Peel Sunset travelled to Onchan for their quarter-final of the JMS Shield. Peel had a 5 point advantage on handicap and after the first three games they seemed to be well on their way with a lead of 71-52 (including handicaps), but in an exciting second half Onchan slowly clawed their way back, led by Joyce Gardiner’s win to single figures. Lynda Wilson and Mary Moffatt fought well for the westerners, both reaching 17 against Libby Andrade and Lynda Clarke respectively, but Onchan came out on top by the narrowest of margins to progress to the semi-finals in September.
Port St Mary A came so close to a full house in the Trend sponsored over 60’s league on Tuesday 2 August, falling one point short thanks to Joan Murphy’s 21 -20 win over Win Collister.Breagle were also in strong form against Mooragh Park, with Maureen Wright being the sole winner for the visitors, while Nobles drew on games with Port Erin but secured a good win on points when Lin Ruscoe and Pat Dacre won to single figures. It was a high scoring game between Port St Mary B and Douglas, where the home side won 4-2 on games, but with every player reaching double figures for the visitors they too amassed a score of over 100.Castletown’s match was drawn on games, but with two wins to single figures for each side, it was a low scoring match with the home side ending with the advantage on points. Marown fought well to end up just 6 points adrift of Peel Sunset who won 4-2 on games.
It was not a great morning weather-wise in the Trend sponsored ladies’ over 60’s league on Thursday 28 July, but Douglas got the majority of the rain and had to postpone their match. The other five matches went ahead, Castletown relishing the conditions and posting a maximum against Mooragh Park, for whom Peggy Freeman put up most resistance reaching 17 against Sheila Preston. It was Jenny Cain for Breagle who spoiled Port Erin’s party in the “local derby”, while Lynda Clarke was the fly in the ointment for league leaders Port St Mary A. Peel Sunset had a 4-2 win over Port St Mary B, the two winners for the Southerners being Brenda Hawkard and Roma Ware, while it could not have been much closer at Ballaugh, where both teams won three games, two to single figures, the home side coming through by a single point.
Onchan were top scorers in the Trend sponsored ladies’ over 60’s league on Tuesday 26 July, when they were denied a full house by Ann Gale, although Brenda Bowyer almost gave Ballaugh a second game, reaching 19 against Maureen Payne. Castletown also fell one game short of a maximum, Jackie Elliott saving Port Erin’s blushes by winning her game. Despite Villa winning 4-2, three games to single figures, Mooragh Park had two good wins from Moira Anderson and Maureen Wright, while Breagle showed the value of fighting for every point as they went down by a single point although losing 2-4 on games Nobles and Peel ended level on games but wins to single figures by Mary Moffatt and Cath Parker gave the visitors the advantage on points. With all their players reaching double figures Port St Mary B ended ahead on points in a match drawn on games.
Peel Sunset were top scorers on Thursday 21 July, although their hopes of a maximum were shattered by Hesba Skelly, for Breagle, who came through 21-20 against Rose Corfield. The other 21-20 in the match went Peel’s way with Jean Quine edging out Steph Swift. Voirrey Oates and Brenda Bowyer were the two winners for Ballaugh against Port St Mary A while the match at Douglas ended level on games. With the three winners for Castletown all winning to single figures the visitors had a good win on points.Mooragh Park had two winners against Onchan in Anne Kean and Maureen Wright, while Moira Anderson lost out 20-21 to Maureen Payne. Villa seem to be on a roll at the moment, gaining a second win of the week at Port Erin by a margin of 10 points in a match that was drawn on games. The Marown players all reached double figures with winners in Shirley Whelan and Mair Moore, but still ended in second place against Nobles
Marown A failed to capitalise on their fantastic 9-1 win last week as they slipped up with two home defeats in four days in Ellan Vannin Fuels Men’s league division one.
Douglas A were the first to visit the memorial playing fields and put in a quite brilliant performance to win 7-3 but more impressively by 30 points on aggregate. Marown failed to bounce back on Thursday as they suffered another 7-3 defeat this time at the hands of third placed Onchan A.
This opened the door for South Ramsey A who gladly stepped through picking up two 9-1 wins against Douglas B and South Ramsey B. These results leave South just one point behind leaders Marown, with a game in hand, and I can’t see them slipping up as they bid to win their first ever division one title.
Peel A won the top of the table clash with Castletown B 6-4 to go fifteen points clear in Division Two. Peel are all but home and hosed, barring any slip ups, and I am almost certain they will return to the top flight next term.
Marown B failed to make any ground on Town B slipping to a surprise 6-4 defeat and the hands of Nobles B.
Douglas C are back in pole position in Division Three as they won 8-2 away at Port St Mary D to move one point clear of Port Erin B with a game in hand. Both of these teams are well ahead of the chasing pack with third placed Ballaugh C some 16 points behind the Port Erin.
South Ramsey A successfully defended their Rayner Shield title with a 5-3 win over Douglas A at Castletown.
South Ramsey were always favourites to win but the draw gave the team from the Villa Marina an outside chance of causing an upset.
Douglas had to win big in the first half and realistically needed to win three of the first four games to stand a chance of overall victory.
South started strongest and at one stage it looked as if they may win all four games on the green however Douglas dug deep and the tide swung with Douglas looking like they may register their own clean sweep.
Bob Clark picked up the first win for Douglas beating David Bradford 21-17 after a really high quality entertaining match. South captain Alan Moore levelled things for his side with a superb 21-17 win over Island Captain Dave Barney Kelly. Paul Kelly put Douglas back in front as he defeated Chas Grills 21-14. Things ended all level after four games thanks to a magnificent performance from Gary Conwell who turned back the clock to put in a performance of old as he saw off the challenge of Ian Moore 21-17.
As expected South were too strong for Douglas in the second half and it wasn’t long before they had two more wins in the bag with Glynn Hargraves and John Kennish turning on the style to pick up 21-5 wins over Mark Kneen and Stuart Garret respectively. Despite battling hard Stevie Kelly was unable to hold off Peter Collister who sealed the win for his side with a 21-15 win. Keith Rise battled hard though and restored some pride for his side fighting back to beat Dave Dido Kelly 21-19.
South Ramsey well deserved their win and if they continue to put in performances like this they will almost certainly win their first ever division one title this year.