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Gladys Cowell ladies’ over 60s’ singles

The threatened drizzle held off and the weather stayed fair when twenty-four ladies, of a certain age, gathered at Peel to contest the Gladys Cowell over 60s’ singles.

Some close games in the preliminary round saw Mary Alderson come through 21-18 against Cath Parker while Shirley Corrin just lost out 19-21 to Margaret Tasker.

The first round saw Lynda Wilson win three ends in a row from 17-19 down to get past Celia Joughin 21-19 and Margaret Scarffe losing out 18-21 to Ann Gale. Sue Collier started like a greyhound against Pat Robertson, sprinting to a 13-6 lead after four ends, but Pat showed steely determination to get back to 20-21.

In the first of the quarter-finals, Shirley Whelan got off to a better start than her opponent, Tricia Bull, leading 13-8 after the seventh end, from which point the Port St Mary player matched her, but was unable to make inroads into her five point lead.

In the second, Lynda Wilson had a tough struggle with Ann Gale in a to-and-fro game which had Ann leading 18-17 before a pair of twos gave Lynda the game.

In the bottom half of the draw last year’s winner, Elaine Moore, had the better of home-greener Mary Moffatt, 21-9, while Margaret Tasker had a little more to do, coming through 21-15 against Sue Collier.

Quarter-finals: Shirley Whelan 21, Tricia Bull 16; Lynda Wilson 21, Ann Gale 18; Elaine Moore 21; Mary Moffatt 9; Margaret Tasker 21, Sue Collier 15

By the time they reached the semi-finals, neither Lynda nor Elaine were in the frame of mind to show their opponents any mercy, with Elaine progressing to the final with a 21-9 win over Margaret. After being evenly matched over the first half of the game, Shirley being 11-10 up after seven ends, Lynda got the bit between her teeth to romp home 21-14.

In the final, Elaine’s greater experience told with an excellent display of bowling to which Lynda was unable to find an answer. Congratulations go to both players for their standard of bowls throughout the afternoon, and well done to Lynda on reaching her first final.

Peel’s competition secretary, Heather Horsburgh, thanked all those who had taken part and the members of the Peel club who had helped in any way with the smooth running of the afternoon.

Thanks must also go to Gladys Cowell’s family for their continued support for the event.

Top Lady

Once again the weather suited the occasion as thirty-two ladies battled for the Top Lady title at South Ramsey on Sunday 12th. May. The players had all received an invitation to play based on their performances in 2018, so some cracking bowling was anticipated and the spectators were not disappointed.

In the first round a close match saw Rebecca Teare come through 21-18 against Caroline Parker in a nip-and-tuck game. It also saw Alison Keggen winning three ends to take the game from 17-18 down against Ann Gale, while Bethany Kennish shrugged off a poor start, which left her 11 – 0 down against Peel’s Lynda Wilson, to progress through to the second round 21-20.

Alison had another tight game in the second round, winning 21-18 after a strong recovery from 20-13 down to 20 –18 by her opponent, Fiona Kennish. Mavis Franks was 16 -11 up on her club mate, Tricia Bull, when Tricia made a remarkable come back to lead 19-16. However it was not enough as Mavis dug in to come through 21-19. Once again it was a Peel player involved in the closest match of the round. Mary Moffatt raced ahead of Paula Garrett to lead 16-10, before Paula  got hold of the jack and clawed her way to 20-17 before letting Mary have it back. Once she had control of the jack again, Mary came through to take the game 21-20.

In the top half of the draw, Margaret Tasker had made her way through to the semi-finals to meet Debbie Leece with wins against Jenny Moore and Lyn Bolton. In the quarter-final the players were evenly matched with Debbie just having the edge at 19-17, when Margaret scored two twos to take the match 21-19. Rebecca Teare and Alison Keggen also had tough matches coming through 21-17 against Sue Gawne and Lynda Cadamy. Mary Moffatt had a slightly easier ride coming through21-12 against Mavis Franks.

The two semi-finals saw the young guns taking on the two seasoned campaigners. Margaret got off to the better start against Rebecca leading 9-4 and hanging on to a lead up to 17-15, when winning four ends in a row put Rebecca into the final 21-17. A tremendous start by Alison saw her sprint into a 12-2 lead against Mary,  who started to come back, reaching 11 -15, but had left herself too much to do winning only one more end before Alison progressed to the final 21-12.

In the final Rebecca was rampant, playing the corners very well. From 16-4 down Alison started to match Rebecca, but it was too little too late, Rebecca taking the title 21-9. Both girls are to be congratulated on their standard of play throughout the afternoon.

Association Competition Secretary, Heather Horsburgh, thanked all those who had competed, and also the spectators who had enhanced the atmosphere of the event. Thanks also went to South Ramsey for the use of their green, their members for their work measuring and stewarding, and particularly their “Kitchen Staff” for the wonderful refreshments.

 The prizes were presented to the two finalists by Association President Sue Peach.

Onchan Open Singles

There were 12 entrants on a wet, cold afternoon.  Four preliminary rounds were followed by the first round of the competition where Lil Smith, Maureen Payne, Lynda Cadamy and Sue Gawne all progressed to the semi finals.

In the semi’s, Lil Smith beat Maureen Payne 21-19 and Sue Gawne beat Lynda Cadamy with the same score 21-19.

The weather never relented but the final game was very exciting to watch and extremely close with the final locked at 20-20.

Sue manage to win the last point defeating Lil 21-20.

Ladies IOM Triples

The weather was perfect for the ladies’ IOM Triples played at Port Erin on Saturday 4th. May. Eleven competing groups were able to play under blue skies and uninterrupted sunshine. In the first roundthe home team of Voirrey Curphey, Jean Thackrah and Jacqui Elliott were up against it as they faced a strong team of Paula Firth, Lin Ruscoe and Maureen Payne, quickly finding themselves 18-10 down. At this point the southerners dug in and eventually came through to take the game 21-19. The other two first round games saw Philippa Taylor, Joyce Ogden and Lynda Cadamy come through 21-10 against Sue Peach, Marie Ashurst and Barbara Young, while Margaret Tasker. Tricia Bull and Mavis Franks had the better of Heike Perry, Kath Kinley and Ann Hollingworth 21-13.

In the quarter-finals the group of Sue Collier, Norma Cowell and Helen Caley posed a rea threat to Margaret Tasker and her team before succumbing 21-16. Philippa’s group had the better of Voirrey Curphey’s team while in the bottom half of the draw the Nobles’ trio of Clare Cooper, Rebecca Teare and Debbie Leece were too powerful for Tracy Moore, Joy Stephen and Linda Dobinson. Jenny and Elaine Moore together with Gill Dixon overpowered Kim Hargraves, Fiona Kennish and Rita Callister to progress to the semi-finals. Despite Margaret’ team having the better start Philippa’s gang won 21-15 to reach the final while Clare’s team needed all their grit and determination to eventually go through 21-19 against Jenny and co.

The final saw a rampant Nobles who, despite the best efforts of their opponents, came through to take the title 21-11.

Final: Clare, Rebecca, Debbie 21, Philippa, Joyce and Lynda 11

Thanks went to Port Erin for the use of their green, their members for their help in the smooth running of the event, particularly the men for measuring and the ladies for the refreshments – particularly Phil Dobson for her sterling work manning the “stall”.

The prizes were presented by the Association president, Sue Peach.

Nobles Duo Retain Title

Nobles held their ladies doubles competition on Sunday with a field of 13 pairs competing. The games were played on Nobles Number 2 which was in good condition.

The final was contested between the home duo of Clare Cooper/Rebecca Teare and Alison Keggen/Paula Garrett. The winners were Clare and Rebecca who won 21-14 taking the title for the second year running.

In the semi-final stage Clare and Rebecca came through a close battle with Elaine Moore and Kim Hargraves winning 21-20 whilst Alison and Paula defeated Paula Firth and Lin Ruscoe 21-16.

Treasurer for Nobles Bowling Club, Wendy Leece presented the prize money and trophy to the winners and thanked everyone for their help during the competition.

Moore Wins Pearl Kaighin Memorial Trophy

On Saturday the Ballaugh Bowling Club hosted the Pearl Kaighin Ladies singles and what a good day of bowls. With it being Easter the entry was down to of 24 the competition was still good

Bowing out in the quarter finals were Mary Alderson, Madison McMullin, Paula Firth and Mavis Franks. Losing semi-finalists were Lin Ruscoe and Shirley Corrin which left the final an all South Ramsey affair between Fiona Kennish and Jenny Moore. At the 13th end it was 14 across but Jenny moved ahead in singles to give the finals core 21-15.

The presentations were made by Bernie Kaighin who thanked the Club members for organising such a wonderful event thanks especially to the ladies in the kitchen and to Richard Faragher for running the competition together with the measurers and markers. In her speech Jenny thanked everyone involved with running the event.

Ladies’ British Merit Qualifier

Eight hardy souls turned up on a bitterly cold afternoon on Sunday 14 April at Finch Hill. They were battling for the right to represent the Island at the British Merit finals which will be taking place at St Helens on Saturday 13 July.

A pleasing number of spectators and supporters turned up to cheer their favourites on,  and were treated to some fine bowling and competitive games.

Coming through the first round we had Clare Cooper knocking out team-mate Debbie Leece 21-10, Janet Monk getting the better of Alison Keggen 21-8, Kim Hargraves getting into double figures against Caroline Whitehead before losing out 21-12. The closest game of the round saw Fiona Kennish eventually see off last year’s winner, Lynda Cadamy 21-17.

In the semi-finals, Clare was in control, despite Fiona’ best efforts, moving into the final 21-12. Perhaps the most nail-biting match of the afternoon was between Janet Monk and Caroline Whitehead. After a cagey start which saw the players level at 7-7 after ten ends, Janet had a good run to lie 15-9 after fifteen ends.  Caroline got back to 18-18, a 2 then giving Janet a 20-18 lead, but her opponent would not lie down and came through to win 21-20.

Caroline had another tough battle in the final, although she got off to a flyer, leading 19-10 after eighteen ends, then on to 20-13, at which point Clare started to find her length and begin to creep up on Caroline, getting back to 18-20, before the Port Erin player took the next end to win 21-18 and earn the right to represent the Island at St Helens in July.

Thanks go to Finch Hill for their help and the use of their facilities, and also the spectators who turned up to add to the atmosphere of the event.

Hands Trophy

The Hands Trophy for the 2018 non-winners, which had to be held over from last year, took place on Saturday 6th April at South Ramsey. Perhaps due to it being so early in the season combined with the inclement recent weather there was a small, but select , entry of thirteen.

The day was sunny and players and spectators were surprised by the pleasant conditions which contributed to some fine bowling on show.

In the first semi-final Joyce Ogden and Lyn Bolton were neck and neck all the way with Joyce actually getting to 20 first before Lyn came through 21-20. In the other semi final, Margaret Tasker produced some good woods but Lynda Cadamy had an easier passage coming through 21-11.

In the final Lyn got off to a flyer reaching 13-6 before Lynda had a chance to blink. Lynda scored a 2 on the next end but was unable to stop Lyn winning with a final score 21-12.

Association Vice-president Heather Horsburgh thanked all those who had entered and also thanked the South Ramsey Club for the use of their facilities and also for providing the refreshments.

Millennium Fours

A good turnout of 32 ladies split into eight teams took part in the Millennium Fours competition held at Marown.

The competition see’s teams of four play two singles and a doubles match with total chalks determining the winner.

In the first semi final Margaret Tasker, Trish Bull, Mavis Franks and Chris Price booked their spot in the final with a 34-29 victory over Jenny Moore, Kim Hargraves, Bethany Kennish and Fiona Kennish.

In the other semi, Maureen Payne, Rebecca Teare, Lin Ruscoe and Paula Firth advanced following their 45-31 win over Alison Keggen, Debbie Leece, Lil Smith and Lyn Bolton.

In the final, Maureen Payne defeated Mavis Franks 15-5 whilst Trish Bull responded for her team winning 15-4 against Lin Ruscoe.

With the match evenly balanced at 20-19 the doubles would settle the contest.

After some brilliant ends Rebecca Teare and Paula Firth edged past Margaret Tasker and Chris Price 15-13 giving their team an overall 34-33 victory.

Thanks to Marown for hosting the competition, Heather Horsburgh and Elaine Moore for running the competition and all those who helped on the day.

Double For Price

A strong field of 45 ladies made up of local and visiting bowlers for the festival contested the Castletown pre-festival ladies singles on Sunday 2nd September.

Losers in the quarter finals were Tracy Ryan, Pat Edwards, Julie Waters and Angela Gaut.

In the first semi final Chris Price faced Sarah Weaver. Sarah had battled through a tough field of competitors in the earlier rounds beating Tracey Ryan , Lyn Bennett and local Debbie Leece.  Chris got of to a flying start moving 13- 6 ahead before Sarah won the jack.  A close and high quality game but Chris proved too strong and the game finished 21- 12.

The second semi final was between local Alison Keggen and Sharon Rigden.  Sharon had already knocked out home greener Hannah Kermode, Fiona Kennish and Angela Gaut.  Alison defeated on her run to the semi’s Sue Peach, Denise Tonks and Julie Waters.  Sharon got off to the better start moving 14-7 up after 8 ends.  Alison fought back into the game but Sharon showed her quality taking a 21-18 victory.

In the final it was nip-tuck with the scores being level in the early stages of the match before Chris found top gear and moved ahead on some very tricky marks to claim a 21-15 win, her second competition win of the weekend.

Linda Richman presented the prizes to the players and thanks goes to all those who helped run the competition.  A big thank you must also go to Castletown Bowling Green Café for their generous sponsorship of the competition.