News: Ladies General

Hannah Is Top Lady

Port St Mary Bowling Club hosted the annual Top Lady Bowling Competition with 32 ladies invited to play.

The first round saw some of the favourites fall with current Manx Champion Shelley Kennish losing 21-8 to Chris Price.  Last years winner Janet Monk lost to Marown player Rosie Winkle 21-12 and Jenny Moore despite a late fight back lost to home-greener Trish Bull 21-18.

Quarter finals saw Katy Williams defeat teammate Chris Price 21-17.  Jayne Kneen beat Peel Sunset’s Joyce Kelly 21-15.  Castletown bowler Hannah Drewett won 21-15 against last seasons overall merit winner Ann Maddrell and Debbie Leece beat Mary Moffatt 21-11.

The first semi final saw a clash of home greeners, also sisters, Jayne Kneen and Katy Williams.  After an early exchange of the jack Jayne built up a 11-5 lead.  Katy, despite picking up a couple of two’s couldn’t get ahead and Jayne won 21-13 to book her spot in the final.

The other semi final between Hannah Drewett and Debbie Leece was nip-tuck all the way and after 27 ends the score was 18-17 to Debbie.  Hannah dug in an won back to back twos and came out on top 21-18.

In the final, Hannah maintained a lead throughout and at the halfway stage led 12-7 before Jayne came back to trail 15-14.  Another surge from Hannah put her 19-14 up and within touching distance of the win.  Jayne used all her experience to close the gap but Hannah maintained her high standard of bowling and won her first Top Lady title 21-18.

Thanks go to the Association for running the competition and Port St Mary for hosting and providing an excellent playing surface.

British Merit Qualifier 2018

Lynda Cadamy (Port Erin) will represent the Isle of Man in the British Merit after winning the Qualifier at Finch Hill Bowling Club on Saturday 14th April.

In the final Lynda beat Marown bowler Lil Smith 21-10.  Losing in the semi finals were Debbie Leece (Nobles) and Caroline Whitehead (Port Erin)

Hands Trophy (Non-Winners)

Last seasons Non Winners trophy took place at Nobles on Saturday 7th April. It was great to see a field of 20 ladies supporting this competition as it was previously cancelled in previous years due to lack of entries.

All quarter finals were very close with Trish Bull losing 17, Caroline Whitehead 18, Mavis Franks 17 and Rosie Winkle 19.

In the semi-finals and the game of the day Lil Smith took on Debbie Leece. Both players were inseparable for the entire match with neither able make a break away. At 20-19 down Lil Smith brought the game level once again but lost out in the final end to Debbie 21-20.

The second semi-final was contested between Sylvia Kennuagh and Lynda Cadamy. At 10-8 down Lynda got hold of the Jack and moved into a 17-10 lead and the game finished 21-12 to Lynda.

In the Final Debbie set a standard high and went into a 18-6 lead, Lynda fought back towards the second half of the game but Debbie closed in and won the competition with a 21-12 victory.

Thanks go to Nobles for hosting the competition and to Heather and the association for running the competition.

Ladies Night League & Over 60s Season Preview

As we approach the start of the 2018 CTH Insurance Sponsored Ladies Night League and Trend sponsored Over 60s League it is fantastic that we welcome four new teams to bowls. Castletown B into the night league, South Ramsey and Mooragh Park B into the Over 60s League and Finch Hill who are entering the Mixed Team Competition. It is great to see Finch Hill returning with some lady bowlers having last competed in the over 60s league in 2012 and the night league over 10 years ago back in 2005.

Port St Mary dominated the 2017 season winning the Night League, Over 60s League and Jean Kelly with individual success for Ann Maddrell and Val Macfarlane topping the merits. Port St Mary have won the league for the last four years but South Ramsey are close on their tail, closing the gap to just 85 chalks – an average of around 4 points a game. Nobles Over 60s picked up the JMS Shield beating Marown.

The top four teams in the night league have been the same for the last three years and I can only see the battle getting closer. In the over 60s Peel Sunset pushed Port St Mary A all the way and I predict another close encounter this year. A mention to Marown who in 2015 finished bottom of the league and in 2017 finished 6th and will look to further improve in 2018. With a strong set of mentors in Castletown A I can only see their new B team sitting nicely in the league.

The first competition of the season is the re-arranged Non Winners from 2017. This is to be held at Nobles Bowling Club Saturday 7th April players can enter via the website or contact Debbie Leece ( or Heather Horsburgh (

Result Cards

From the start of the new season all night league match cards should be sent electronically as a photo to as soon as the match finishes. These no longer need to be posted to Heather but please keep hold for a couple of weeks in case of any queries.

Over 60s match cards where possible should be sent as electronic photo to However, if this isn’t possible they should be posted to Alison Keggen and rung through to 425242. Anyone at the match, other than the captain, can send this through.

Good luck to all for the 2018 season

Castletown Ladies’ singles

The weather was not so favourable for the Castletown Ladies’ Open, sponsored by the Bowling Green Café, on Sunday 3 September.

Despite the conditions the entry of 36, which included several ladies over for the September Festival, enjoyed a great day’s bowling.

All games were played in a friendly and sporting spirit, particularly the final between local bowler Jenny Moore and visitor Angela Gaut, Wrockwardine Wood. Angela started strongly taking a 17-11 lead before Jenny responded, pulling back to close the gap convincingly. The final end at 19-20 was led by Angela but won by Jenny, resulting in a final score of 21-19 in Jenny‘s favour.

The prizes, sponsored by Ellen Corkish of the Bowling Green café, were presented by Castletown club chairman, Ron Williams..

Essie Quayle Ladies’ Singles

There was a field of 31 for the Essie Quayle ladies’ singles played at Peel on Saturday 2 September. The weather was sunny, although a cold breeze got up during the afternoon, and the green was running well.

There were some very close matches, particularly in the first two rounds where several matches went to 21-18 or 21-19.

Some notable performances in the early stages saw Win Collister come through against Joyce Kelly in the first round and mary Alderson in the second and Shirley Corrin coming through to meet her in the semi-finals after seeing off Maureen Payne and Lyn Bolton.

Quarter-finals: Philippa Taylor 21, Margaret Tasker 15; Paula Firth 21, Lil Smith 16; Shirley Corrin 21, Win Collister 17; Mary Moffatt 21, Celia joughin 10.
The first semi-final was close with Philippa taking an early lead being 13-10 ahead after six ends. Paula then won the next five ends to make it 16-13 in her favour, before Philippa took five ends to reach “all but”. A further single for Paula was not enough, Philippa going through 21-17.

In the other semi-final Shirley found a mark along the edge of the green which she played beautifully. Mary, like Shirley’s opponents throughout the afternoon, had no answer.

Semi-finals: Philippa Taylor 21, Paula Firth 17; Shirley Corrin 21, Mary Moffatt 9

In the final it was Philippa who found a mark, across the crown, that Shirley could not master, coming through to win 21-8.

The presentation was made by club president, Heather Horsburgh, who thanked those who had entered and those spectators who had stayed to the end. She also thanked all those who had helped in any way with the smooth running of the afternoon.

Manx Ladies in the September Festival

Another September Festival has come and gone, with the weather being unkind for most of the week, although we did for once have a dry and sunny finals day.

In the main competition ten of our ladies got through to the last 32 played at Nobles 1 on Thursday afternoon, but despite some good performances only four made it through to the last sixteen.

Caroline Parker had played well all week and continued to fight in the last 16, eventually coming through 21-17 against Sally Clee (Wrockwardine Wood), while Mary Moffatt faced Julie Pearce (Meole Brace), who had been impressive all week, just losing out 21-19. Lyn Bolton was involved in a ding-dong battle with Dawn Bray (Ossett Flying Horse), taking the game 21-20 to progress to the quarter-final, while Helen Martin lost out 21-16 to Lynsey Gorman (NBQV).

In the quarter-finals Caroline came up against the eventual winner, Angela Gaut, and found it was just one game too far, going out 21-11, while Lyn met festival perennial Veronica Lyon (Beechams Unison), and had another close encounter, getting through to the semi-finals 21-19.

Lyn’s progress was halted by Anita Richardson (Hoylake and Melrose) who went through 21-11 to meet Angela Gaut in the final, where the two of them had a nail-biting battle, Angela taking the trophy 21-20.

Congratulations go to all the Manx ladies’, particularly Lyn Bolton who picked up the Blanche Kaye Trophy for the best Manx Lady.

Thursday morning saw the final stages of the Ladies’ Tourism Competition with three Manx ladies’ reaching the quarter-finals. Unfortunately two of them faced each other, with Elaine Moore pipping Philippa Taylor 21-20, while Margaret Tasker also had a close match against Julie Pearce before going out 21-20. In the semi-final it was Elaine’s turn to face Julie Pearce, the Meole Brace lady going through to the final 21-19. It had been a morning of close matches and that continued into the final where Alison Cotton, facing club-mate Julie, came through to win 21-20.

In the Open Doubles Elaine Moore and Kim Hargraves reached the quarter-finals, where they went out 11-7 to the eventual runners-up, Craig Grant (Thongsbridge) and Duncan Reeves (Netherton Cons), while in the Flyer, Helen Martin went out in the semi-final to Michael Coupe (Hoghton BC).

In the quarter-finals of the Ladies’ Doubles Caroline Parker and Veronica Lyon beat Marjorie Haigh (Hightown Sports) and Joyce Jones (Syke BC) 11-6 to set up a semi-final meeting with Lynda Cadamy and Sandra Beveridge (Lansil) who came through their quarter-final against Debbie Leece and Carleen Doody-Millington (Meole Brace) 11-7.

In the semi-final it was Lynda and Sandra who progressed to the final, 11-4, where they lost to Jacqueline Owen (Whitefield BC) and Eileen Pye (Acregate) 11-7..

Dorothy Piearce Memorial Pairs

The Dorothy Piearce Memorial Pairs were held at Grange Park , Warrington on Saturday 12 August, where the Isle of Man was represented by Philippa Taylor and Joyce Ogden, who put up a very creditable performance.
In the first round they faced the formidable Mid-Cheshire pairing of Jackie Ollier and Jean Starkey and made their way through to the last 16, winning 21-14. This matched them up with the reigning champions from Merseyside, Lynsey Gorman, who is well known on the island as one of our regular Bowls Festival participants, and her partner Anita Richardson. After a hard fought battle, Lynsey and Anita triumphed 21-16 and then progressed to the final where they retained the title.

W. A. Roberts Ladies’ Singles

Although there was a strong wind the weather stayed dry and sunny for the W. A. Roberts ladies’ singles, sponsored by Celtic Associates Ltd, played at Port St Mary on Wednesday 9 August. Once again this year the entry was disappointing with 26 players, although what the field lacked in quantity it more than made up for in quality.
Quarter-finals: Margaret Tasker 21, Philippa Taylor 14; Katy Williams 21, Caroline Whitehead 15; Kath Kinley 21, Paula Firth 10; Paula Garrett 21, Lin Ruscoe 13
The first semi-final saw two home players facing each other, and early exchanges were evenly matched with the score standing at 11 across after nine ends. However Margaret then powered ahead, with Katy not able to keep hold of the jack on the two occasions she won it, to reach the final 21-13.
In the second semi-final Paula had no answer to Kath’s play despite her valiant efforts, Kath coming through 21-11.
The two players were evenly matched in the final, the score standing at 13-13 after nine ends at which point Kath won the next three ends, giving her a three point lead. A two from Margaret followed by a single from Kath Made the score 17-15 to the Castletown player. After regaining the jack with a two at the next end Margaret refused to relinquish it again, taking the next three ends to win 21-17.
Vice-president, Chris Holland, thanked everyone who had helped during the afternoon particularly Sean on the sheet and the ladies in the kitchen, before introducing Iain Wood, from sponsors Celtic Associates Ltd., to present the prizes.
Iain was pleased to see so many people there and hoped everyone had enjoyed their afternoon. He also said that Celtic Associates Ltd. would be happy to continue to sponsor the event next year.

Barbara Lee IOM Ladies’ Merit

The weather was not kind for the Barbara Lee IOM Ladies’ Merit which was played on Sunday 6 August at Ballaugh. There was an entry of 21 players of all ages, with several juniors taking part, many from Mooragh Park which had been Barbara’s last club.
In the preliminary round the toughest match saw Madison McMullen come through 21-20 against Tricia Bull, while in the first round Fiona Kennish edged out Lil Smith 21-19.
Three of the quarter-finals were relatively one-sided but the other saw a mother-daughter battle going all the way with Elaine Moore having the better of Jenny Moore 21-20.
Quarter-finals: Elaine Moore 21, Jenny Moore 20; Janet Monk 21, Kim Hargraves 12; Helen Martin 21, Caroline Whitehead 2; Fiona Kennish 21, Lin Ruscoe 5.
In the first semi-final Elaine made the better start, leading 12-2 after twelve ends before Janet started to slowly reel in the deficit pulling back to 15-16 after 26 ends, then levelling at 17’s..Two singles from Janet followed by a two from Elaine left them 19-19, a further two singles giving Janet the game 21-19.
If possible the second semi-final was even more tense. After eight ends Fiona had a 7-1 advantage while Helen had the better of the next few ends levelling at 10-10. Again Fiona forged ahead, leading 19-12 after 24 ends, before Helen took the next five ends and a 20-19 lead. Fiona won the next end, but could not take another, Helen going through to the final 21-20.
The outcome of the final was in doubt to the very end, with both players having winning streaks throughout. Janet started with 5 singles before Helen got on the scoreboard. She then won eleven of the next twelve ends to lead 15-7. Then it was Janet’s turn as she won the next seven ends to just edge a lead of 16-15.The ends were then shared with Janet taking the trophy 21-19, the first person to win it twice as she had been the first winner in 2009.
Association president, Rosie Winckle, thanked the Ballaugh club for the use of their facilities and their help during the afternoon.