News: Ladies General
This year the South Ramsey ladies tried a new format for the competition for the Omega Cup. It was decided to do it as a round-robin doubles with partners being drawn.
The twenty ladies who entered were drawn to make ten pairs who were then split into two groups of five pairs, who played everyone else in the group in games of ten ends. The winners of each group then played each other to get the winner and runner-up.
With the weather behaving, to give a glorious warm afternoon, the players enjoyed their afternoon, with a lot of laughter throughout the competition.
In the first group Tricia Bull and Helen Martin came top with a total of 43 points, just one point ahead of Moira Anderson and Philippa Taylor on 42 points.
The other group was even closer with two teams drawn on 41 points. The winner of the group was decided by a roll to the jack. which was beautifully delivered into a tricky position by Heather Horsburgh, and a representative of each pair then delivered a wood. Jenny Moore won that to ensure that she and Fiona Kennish topped the group, while Lynda Cadamy and Caroline Whitehead had to settle for second place.
Then final saw Tricia and Helen face Fiona and Jenny in a match of ten ends.
The ten ends were split with each team winning five ends, but with Helen and Tricia scoring a single at each end and Jenny and Fiona getting three 2’s the cup stayed in South Ramsey.
The presentation was made by Gill Dixon who thanked all those who had supported the event, and praised the cracking bowling throughout the afternoon.
Thanks also went to those who had helped in the kitchen.
The IOM Ladies’ Championship, sponsored by Ann Gale and Dave McTaggart, took place at Nobles 1 on Saturday 1 July. The two main disappointments of the afternoon were the entry of 21 players, and the weather which was not at all appropriate for July. Although scheduled to take place over two days the entry meant it could be completed in one afternoon.
What the field lacked in quantity it made up for in quality and there were some very close matches particularly in the latter stages.
Kim Hargraves had a tough match against Julie Reilly in the last 16, winning 21-20 to reach the quarter- finals where she met Paula Firth. Despite Kim getting off to a flyer and leading for most of the game, Paula’sgreater experience told as she pulled back from 17-20 down to win 21-20.
In the first quarter-final, Shelley Kennish seemed to be running away with her match against Lynda Cadamy, leading 19-8 after 18 ends, at which point Lynda moved up a gear pulling back to 19-20, but was unable to keep it going as Shelley took the next end to move into the semi-finals 21-19.
The other two quarter-finals were also evenly matched with Elaine Moore and Helen Martin being level at9-9 after13 ends, from which point Helen had the edge to win 21-15, while Gill Dixon took some time to get going against Janet Monk, at one point being 15-7 down. Although she had the advantage over the final ends she was unable to make up the deficit, going down 21-15.
Quarter-finals: Shelley Kennish 21, Lynda Cadamy 19; Helen Martin 21, Elaine Moore 17; Janet Monk 21, Gill Dixon 15; Paula Firth 21, Kim Hargraves 20.
In the semi-finals Janet And Shelley upped their game, although neither of them got off to a good start. After 13 ends Helen was leading 11-7 at which point Shelley regained possession of the jack and refused to relinquish it, while Paula had the better of the early exchanges in her match against Janet, leading13-9 after 15 ends. Janet allowed her just one more point coming through to meet Shelley in the final 21-14.
Semi-finals; Shelley Kennish 21, Helen Martin 11; Janet Monk 21, Paula Firth 14.
In the final a cagey start saw the protagonists level at 6-6 after 7 ends, from which point Shelley was in the ascendancy. Although Janet got hold of the jack a few times, such was the standard of Shelley’s play, she was unable to keep hold of it and Shelley ran out to take the match, and title “Manx Champion”, 21-13.
Association president, Rosie Winckle, thanked Nobles for the use of their green and the help of their members, both in providing refreshments and round the green, and heather for running the sheet. Special thanks went to Ann and Dave for their sponsorship of the event
The sun shone at Marown on Sunday 2 July for the Junior Girls’ Championship, the winner of which qualifies to represent the island in the Ladies’ Junior Merit at Heswall in September.
There was an entry of six, who were drawn into two groups of three each group being played as a round -robin. The two group winners then played a final to find a winner.
The six girls who took part were Shannon and Madison McMullen, Aalish Howarth, Bethany Kennish, Rebekah Kelly and Katie-Lee Kelly, and all six acquitted themselves well. It was nice to see so many spectators who must have been impressed by the standard of play, and it bodes well for the future of the ladies’ game on the island to have such a talented group of youngsters coming through.
The two group winners were Rebekah Kelly and Bethany Kennish who the played a final match to 15.
The two girls were evenly matched and after 12 ends the score was 7-7, at which point Bethany was in the middle of a string of six ends which took her to 10-7. The ends were then shared with Rebekah unable to make up the deficit, Bethany coming through to retain her title 15-11.
Heather Horsburgh thanked Marown for the use of their green and their help with the event before introducing Association president, Rosie Winckle, to make the presentation.
Another Festival week has come and gone with Manx ladies putting up good performances throughout the week, having representatives in the latter stages of most events.
The Ladies’ Tourism competition finished on Thursday morning, starting with the quarter-finals with Lil Smith, Janet Monk and Jenny Moore still in contention. Unfortunately Lil and Jenny were playing each other, while Janet faced Diane Harrison. Jenny and Janet faced each other in the semi-final with Jenny going through to meet Alexis Lunn-Gadd in the final. Despite winning the first three ends Alexis struggled to match Jenny who came through to win 21-11.
In the main event Helen Martin and Philippa Taylor both made it to finals day. It is fair to say that Helen was not at her best against Karen Galvin (the eventual winner) in the quarter-finals, while Philippa met Karen in the semi-final where she went out after a strong performance, reaching 17 against Karen and taking the trophy for the best performance by a Manx player.
Lyn Bolton lost in the semi-finals of the ladies consolation to eventual winner Veronica Lyon, while our ladies were well represented in the doubles events. In the semi-finals of the ladies’ doubles Chris Price and Julie Johnson (Stavely) put out Tricia Bull and Gill Simm (Kings Arms Hale) while Elaine Moore and Alexis Lunn-Gadd (OFH) came through against Paula Gamon and Charlotte Buckley. In the final it was Elaine and Alexis who came through to win 11-6. In the Mixed doubles the winning pair contained another Manx player as Janet Monk won with her partner, Kevin Shaw (Westhoughton).
There were eight pairs entered for the Dorothy Piearce ladies’ doubles played at Finch Hill on Sunday 25 June, where players were competing for the honour of representing the island on the mainland later in the season.
The afternoon started at the quarter-final stage where, although each end was closely contested the two pairs, Jenny Moore and Shelley Kennish, together with Elaine Moore and Fiona Kennish won by convincing scores to get into the semi-finals. The other two quarters were much more closely contested. Rita Callister, who is becoming someone to fear in ladies’ doubles, and her partner Debbie Leece just lost out to Chris Price and Kellie Maddrell-Reeve 18-21, while the other quarter-final went all the way with Festival semi-finalist, Philippa Taylor, and her partner, Joyce Ogden, just getting past Lynda Cadamy and Mary Alderson 21-20.
In the first semi-final Shelley and Jenny got off to the better start, leading 9-4 after nine ends, Chris and Kellie starting to pull back at that stage and taking the lead, 12-10 after 16 ends, having the edge from then on, coming through to win 21-14. Again the ends were closely contested in the other semi-final, but Philippa and Joyce proved too consistent for Fiona and Elaine winning 21-8.
Semi-finals: Chris Price and Kellie Maddrell-Reeve 21, Shelley Kennish and Jenny Moore 14; Philippa Taylor and Joyce Ogden 21, Fiona Kennish and Elaine Moore 8.
Philippa and Joyce got off to a flyer in the final, reaching 8-0 after four ends, The next few ends were evenly contested but Chris and Kellie struggled to close the gap , lying 14-6 down after fourteen ends, with Philippa and Joyce moving to 18-6 after a further three ends. The Port St Mary pair scored 8 on the next four ends but it was too little too late, the final score seeing Joyce and Philippa qualifying 21-15.
The Association would like to thank Finch Hill for the use of their facilities for this event.
The sun shone for most of the afternoon on Saturday 24 June when 25 players gathered at Marown for the Julia North ladies’ singles, although a bitter wind meant it was cold in the shade.
There were some close, and some not so close, games played in a friendly atmosphere. The feature match in the semi-finals was between Chris Price and Joyce Ogden, which was nip-and-tuck all the way with Joyce getting to 20 first. As we all know, that last point is the hardest to get and Chris came through from 19-20 to progress to the next round 21-20.
Quarter-finals: Lynda Cadamy 21, Philippa Taylor 18; Margaret Tasker 21, Lil Smith 15; Chris Price 21, Joyce Ogden 20; Maureen Payne 21, Mavis Franks 11.
Maureen had no answer against Chris, with Chris coming through 21-14 despite Maureen’s best efforts, but the other semi-final was a much tenser affair with the advantage changing hands several times. In the latter stages Margaret seemed to have the upper hand with a 19-16 lead, before Lynda won the next four ends to record a 21-19 victory.
Semi-finals: Chris Price 21, Maureen Payne 14; Lynda Cadamy 21, Margaret Tasker 19.
In the final Chris had the better start, leading 13-7 after eight ends. Although Lynda won the next three ends Chris won the following four to hold the advantage at 18-10. The final six ends were shared, seeing Chris come through to take the trophy 21-15.
Rosie Winckle thanked all those who had entered and those who had stayed to the end to watch a very good final. Thanks also went to the Marown ladies for all their hard work.
Rosie then introduced Julia North, who sponsored the event, giving her a present from the Marown Club to congratulate her on having been awarded the BEM., before Julia then presented the prizes
The Ladies’ Association Pre-Festival open took place at Port St Mary on Sunday 18 June, sponsored by the Slinger family in memory of their mother, Lilian , a stalwart of the Manx bowling community, who died last year.
The event attracted a field of 52 which included 19 visitors. The weather suited the occasion, but many competitors were caught out by the very fast green. Quarter-finals: Natalie Hughes (Crossgates) 21, Ann Maddrell 19; Pat Shevlin (Birchfield) 10, Rachel Quirk (Crossgates) 21; Sarah Varley (Rishton) 21, Jayne Kneen 12; Janet Monk 21, Jenny Moore 19.
In the first semi-final Rachel was in control from the start with Natalie unable to get her nose in front at any point, while in the other Janet had a slender lead after seven ends at which point Sarah took control to run out the winner.
Semi-finals: Rachel Quirk 21, Natalie Hughes 12; Sarah Varley 21, Janet Monk 13.
Sarah was 12-9 up after seven ends at which point the two players shared ends, with Rachel getting a greater number of 2‘s to levl up the score at 16-16 after fourteen ends. Three singles meant Sarah got to 19 first, before Rachel replied with two singles. Winning the next two ends gave Sarah the game to become the first winner of the Lilian Slinger trophy.
Association Competition secretary, Elaine Moore, thanked Port St Mary for the use of their green, their help on the green and also the amazing raffle and food, before thanking the Slinger family for sponsoring the event and introducing Peter to make the presentation.
Peter praised the green, saying it was the best on the island. His mother would have been so proud of the event and the standard of bowls on show – particularly in the final -and delighted that the winner, came from their part of England
There was an entry of 18 pairs for the ladies’ doubles, sponsored by Microgaming, played at Castletown on Saturday 17 June. The event was played in beautiful weather with the green being its usual tricky self and appearing to get faster as the afternoon progressed.
Both semi-finals were hotly contested. In the first, Rita Callister once again showed her fondness for this green as she and her partner, Caroline Whitehead, made their opponents, Ann Hollingworth and Heike Perry, work hard for their win. Rita and Caroline had a slender lead over the first 14 ends before a spurt by the Castletown pair, taking seven points in 5 ends, saw them leading 18-14. Their opponents then scored four singles to level at 18s. A 2 and a 1 in the next three ends saw Ann and Heike through 21-19.
The other semi was even closer, with Chris Price and Kellie Maddrell-Reeve getting off to a stormer against Lyn Bolton and Paula Garrett leading 19-12 after fifteen ends. A one and a four in the next two ends brought Lyn and Paula back into contention, trailing by just two points. Chris and Kellie scored a single to take them to “all but”,but a two followed by two singles put Lyn and Paula into the final 21-20.
Semi-finals: Ann Hollingworth and Heike Perry 21, Rita Callister and Caroline Whitehead 19; Lyn Bolton and Paula Garrett 21, Chris Price and Kellie Maddrell-Reeve 20.
The final was a lot closer than the score suggests with every end being hotly contested. Indeed scores were level at 11-11 after eleven ends, but from that point onwards, in a fascinating game, Lyn and Paula had a slight edge coming through to win 21-11.
Final: Lyn Bolton and Paula Garrett 21, Ann Hollingworth and heike Perry 11.
The presentation was made by Hilary Kermode on behalf of sponsors, Microgaming. She thanked those who stayed to the end, and those who entered. It may not have been the biggest entry, but one could say it was quality rather than quantity !
She thanked Microgaming for their continued sponsorship, this being the eleventh year Castletown had had their support.
Thanks also went to Lynda and Heike for running the sheet and other club members who had helped in any way.
Despite the heavy rain in the morning a field of 20 convened for the Mooragh Park ladies’ singles open on Saturday 10 June to play for the Ramsey Town Cup. Although the rain cleared the strong winds and the state of the green made for tricky playing conditions. In recent years there have been times when this competition has had to be cancelled due to lack of entries so it was good to see an increase in numbers, but a shame that the event was not supported by more clubs on the island.
Quarter-finals: Maureen Lacey 21, Vicky Lloyd-West 14: Lyn Bolton 21, Janet Monk 20 ; Jenny Moore 21, Fiona Kennish 12; Gill Morgan 21, Bethany Kennish 12
This set up two North v South semi-finals as Lyn Bolton from South Ramsey took on Maureen Lacey , Mooragh Park while Jenny Moore, South, played Gill Morgan, Mooragh Park.
The games went with the form book, seeing the two South Ramsey players going forward to meet in the final.
Semi-finals: Lyn Bolton 21, Maureen Lacey 12 ; Jenny Moore 21, Gill Morgan 13.
In the final Jenny roared away in spectacular fashion, leading 17-8 after eleven ends, at which point Lyn got in taking the next two ends to get into double figures, but it was too little too late as Jenny took three of the next four ends to win 21-13.
The presentation was made by club president, Helen Martin, who said it had been a lovely afternoon despite the wind ! She then thanked everyone who had helped during the afternoon, particularly Julie for running the sheet and all those responsible for the teas, coffees and refreshments. Helen then introduced Ramsey commissioner Juan McGuinness, who presented the prizes.
There was a disappointing entry of eleven trios for the Association Ladies’ Triples played at Marown on Sunday 11 June, but what the field lacked in quantity it more than made up for in quality.
Once again the weather was a factor with strong winds throughout the afternoon and heavy showers for the latter stages, but despite this there was some fine bowling to be admired.
In the first semi-final, the Nobles’ group consisting of Paula Firth, Lin Ruscoe and Clare Cooper, who had two good wins to reach this stage, found the South Ramsey trio of Gill Dixon, Elaine Moore and Jenny Moore too hot to handle, losing out 21-11.
The other semi-final was a much closer affair with the Purt le Moirrey three, Tracy Moore, Linda Dawson and Chris Holland taking on a combination of Marown and Nobles’ in Philippa Taylor, Mary Alderson and Joyce Ogden. Honours were even after eight ends, the score standing at 11-11. The Southerners took three of the next four ends, including a 2 and a 3 to lead 17-12 when a 4 from the combo brought them to within one point. Purt le Moirrey got to all but with a 1 and a 2, but a further four brought their opponents level. A one on the final end gave the combo a place in the final
Semi-finals: Gill Dixon, Elaine Moore, Jenny Moore 21, Paula Firth, Lin Ruscoe, Clare Cooper 11; Philippa Taylor, Mary Alderson, Joyce Ogden 21, Tracy Moore, Linda Dawson, Chris Holland 20.
In the final the South Ramsey set had the edge throughout, although there was not a lot in it after eight ends with the combo trailing by one point at 13-14. With each end being hotly contested there were few multiples and it was a closer match than the final score might suggest.
Final: Gill Dixon, Elaine Moore, Jenny Moore 21; Philippa Taylor, Mary Alderson, Joyce Ogden 17
The presentation was made by Association president, Rosie Winckle, who thanked Marown for the use of the green and their members for measuring and stewarding, and also for providing the delicious refreshments.