News: Ladies Over 60’s
Peel Sunset were not daunted by having three games this week and faced Villa with all guns blazing. They took all six games, four of them to single figures, the greatest resistance for the visitors coming from Kay McKiernan who reached 15 against Pat Robertson. Port St Mary A also had a good result after their long trek “up north” to Mooragh Park, where Maureen Lacey denied them a full house. Frances Radcliffe almost gave the home side a second game, reaching 20 against Win Collister.It was a close game between Port St Mary B and Marown, ending level on games with all twelve players reaching double figures. The visitors just had the edge on points coming through 112-108.Breagle can thank Gwen Tuck for upsetting Ballaugh’s apple-cart, her win, to single figures, denying the home side a maximum although they did win five games, three to single figures.In the other two matches the visiting side won 4-2 on games, Sue Caley and Kath King being the two winners for Douglas against Castletown, Carol Kaye and Sylvia Shelbourne were the two winners for Port Erin against Nobles.
Thursday 13 July
It was Port St Mary A’s turn to register a maximum on Thursday July 13, as Douglas struggled to get to grips with either the green or the players, there best performance seeing Moire Turner reach 17 against Win Collister. Castletown had the better of Port Erin, 4-2 on games, in a high scoring match where every player reached double figures, the closest tussle seeing Voirrey Curphey come through 21-19 against Joy Stephens. Ellie Cowell spoiled the party for Onchan as her win saved Mooragh Park being white-washed, but things were closer in the other three games. Peel Sunset had a successful foray down south winning 4-2 on games while for Breagle Gwen Tuck came closest to levelling the game score in a tough battle against Heather Horsburgh. Villa played host to Port St Mary B and won by three points in a match that ended level on games, Roma Ware just failing to give the visitors a fourth game as she lost out 20-21 to Kay McKiernan. In the final match Nobles ended with a 2 point advantage over Ballaugh depite losing 2-4 on games.
Games played Monday 10 July
There were three games played on Monday 10 June, two to catch up on games postponed because of inclement weather, and one brought forward because of the unavailability of the Port St Mary green due to the mens’ Dreswick Open taking place on that day.
Nobles played host to Onchan and won four of the six games, the two winners for the visitors being Lynda Clarke and Rita Callan. There was a ding-dong battle between Sylvia Kennaugh and Maureen Payne with Sylvia eventually coming through 21-19.Pauline Worrall spoiled the party for Peel Sunset, winning her game to prevent them posting a full house, while Brenda Bowyer was the fly in the ointment for Port St Mary A, winning her game to deny them a maximum. Peggy Griffin almost added a second game for Ballaugh reaching 19 against Kath Looney.
Heavy rain on Tuesday 27 June saw just one match being played as Mooragh Park made the long journey south to Port Erin to play Breagle. Both teams are to be commended for playing in the inclement conditions. Moira Anderson won her game for the visitors to deny the home side a maximum score
Monday 3 July
Villa and Douglas played their match, postponed from Tuesday 27 June on Monday 3 July. The “visiting side“ had the better of the encounter, winning 4-2 on games, with three of their wins being to single figures. Pat Kelly and Muriel Cain were the two winners for Villa, Muriel winning to single figures, while Pat came through a tough tussle against Patsy Rush 21-19..
Thursday 6 July
After the chaos caused by the weather the previous week, it was a relief to get back to normal with all matches being played on Thursday 6 July. The only complaints about the weather were that it was “too hot” ! Top scorers of the morning were Nobles, who were denied a full house by Jan Osborne, while Port Erin won 4-2 on their travels to Breagle, three of their wins being to single figures. They did not have it all their own way as Sylvia Maddrell and Gwen Tuck posted good wins for Breagle. Onchan recorded two wins, courtesy of Libby Andrade and Maureen Payne against Port St Mary, while Lynda Clarke reached 18 against Val Macfarlane The match between Marown and Peel was a high scoring battle with all twelve players getting into double figures, the visitors just having the advantage 4-2 on games and a lead of 12 points. Castletown won four games, two to single figures, while Mooragh Park had two wins by Ellie Cowell and Linda Morgan to single figures. It was a nail-biter at Villa with the home side winning three games, one to single figures and the visitors, Ballaugh doing the same. The closest game of the match saw Ann Gale come through 21-19 against Pat Kelly. In the end Villa snatched victory by just 3 points.
The quarter-finals of the ladies’ over 60’s JMS Veteran’s Shield took place on Tuesday 4 July. The very wet conditions meant that only three of the four games took place, with the Mooragh v Villa match to be played at a later date. Last year’s winners, Port Erin, were ruthless in their match with Castletown, winning five of the six games, three to single figures. In reply Ann Hollingworth was the lone winner for the visitors although Anne Oates almost added a second game, reaching 20 against Mavis Franks. Perhaps the surprise result of the morning occurred at Marown. Although the home side won four games, with Tricia Bull and Val Macfarlane winning to single figure for the visitors it meant that without the handicap Port St Mary A had an 11 point advantage. Marown’s 20 point handicap then kicked in giving them the match by 9 points. It was very tense at Port St Mary for the match between Port St Mary B and Nobles. The home side won 4-2 on games with Chris Holland and Lesley Coker winning to single figures. The two winners for Nobles, Lin Ruscoe and Sylvia Kennaugh were in devastatingly good form, with a total of 1 point scored against them. Both teams then had a total of 85, but with Nobles having a five point advantage on handicap, as the away team, they go through to the semi-finals.
Tuesday 27 June
The weather played its part in the Trend sponsored ladies’ over 60’s league with only one game taking place on Tuesday and three on Thursday.
Mooragh Park made the long journey down to Breagle on Tuesday, and must have wondered was it worth it as conditions can not have been easy, and both teams are to be applauded for going ahead with the game. The visitors had one winner in Moira Anderson who scuppered the home side‘s hopes of a full house..
Thursday 29 June
The weather again took its toll on Thursday with only three matches taking place. It was also a morning where the home side did not come out on top in any of the games. Top scorers were Marown on their visit to Ballaugh, with five winnere the lone winner for the home side being Jane Teare. Mary Simmonds almost added a second game, reaching 19 against Mary Alderson. Onchan and Castletown had a good tussle with a win to single figures for each side, courtesy of Lynda Clarke and Joy Stephens. The away side won 4-2 on games although several of the games could have gone either way. Breagle completed a good week with a 4-2 win at Douglas, Gwen Tuck winning to single figures as did Moire Turner for the home side.
The Trend sponsored Ladies’ over 60’s league has reached its halfway point with last year’s winners, Port St Mary A in a commanding first place. Peel Sunset are in second place, holding a narrow lead over Castletown in third.
Returning after their break, Onchan were top scorers of the morning, winning five of their six games against Breagle, whose lone winner was Steff Swift. Port Erin visited Port St Mary B and gained a win by just 3 points despite winning 4-2 on games in the closest match of the day, the two winners for the home side being Roma Ware and Ann Maddrell to single figures. Port St Mary A did not have it all their own way on their visit to Nobles, drawing on games, but a good win to single figures by Val Macfarlane gave them a reasonable points advantage. Peel Sunset won four games against Ballaugh, three of them to single figures while the signature match of the morning saw Lynda Wilson come through 21-20 against Mary Simmonds. Mooragh Park had a good result at Villa, drawing the match on games. However wins to single figures by Muriel Cain and Margaret Corlett gave the home side a win on points. Kay McKiernan and Moira Anderson had a ding-dong battle with Moira just coming through 21-20.It was close at Marown where the home side had a 4-2 win on games, but Jan Osborne‘s winning to single figures cut their points advantage to just seven..
Tuesday 23 May – Both Port St Mary teams had a successful morning as A and B each posted a maximum. The A team played Villa and won three of their games to single figures, the biggest resistance being put up by Margaret Corlett who reached 16 against Win Collister. The B team played host to Mooragh Park, who fought well with four of their players reaching double figures. Castletown fell four points short of a full house as Kay Primrose-Smith, who came through 21-20 against Anne Oates, and Steff Swift both won their games for Breagle. Port Erin had the better of Ballaugh, in a match where all six players reached double figures, winning 4-2 on games. Each encounter at Marown was very close, the match ending level on games with no player scoring less than 16. Two of the games went all the way with Celia Joughin losing out 20-21 to Joyce Gardiner, and Marcia Pearson just pipping Rita Callan by the same score. It was also close at Peel where it ended level on games, the home side taking the match by 6 points..
Thursday 25 May – The good week continued for Marown as they travelled north to Mooragh Park, where they replicated Tuesday’s score of 119, winning five games, the lone winner for the home side being Maureen Lacey. Steff Swift continued her good form from Tuesday, being the only winner for Breagle against Port St Mary A, who won three of their five games to single figures. Edwina Reid spoiled the party for Douglas as her win denied them a full house, while Port Erin had a 4-2 win over Peel, winning two games to single figures. The two winners for the visitors being Heather Horsburgh and Mary Moffatt, Joyce Kelly making a spirited come-back to reach 16 from all but 8 down. Nobles visited Castletown where they had two winners, Sylvia Kennaugh, to single figures, and Josie Harding. For the home side Marie Ashurst also had a win to single figures. It was all square on games at Onchan, the closest match seeing Joan Murphy come through 21-18 against Lynda Clarke.
The conditions were anything but clement in the Trend sponsored ladies’ over 60’s league on Tuesday 16 May. Peel Sunset travelled North where the gale force winds and “different” green led to some very interesting bowling. The westerners were up to the task, winning all six games, although Ann Chapman almost spoiled the party, reaching 20 against Lynda Wilson. Philippa Taylor denied Port St Mary A a full house against Marown, while it was Villa’s Kay McKiernan who was the fly in the ointment for Castletown. The two winners for Breagle at Nobles were Sylvia Maddrell, to single figures, and Gwen Tuck who edged out Viv Cook 21-19. Kay Primrose-Smith almost levelled the games score, reaching 20 against Sylvia Kennaugh. Ballaugh had a successful journey to Douglas winning 4-2 on games, the two winners for the home side were Sue Caley and Jan Osborne who pipped Ann Gale 21-19.Port St Mary B demonstrated the advantage of fighting for every point, as despite losing 2-4 on games they won the match by two points. Their winners were Chris Holland and Roma Ware, while Dot Mylchreest lost out 20-21 to Jean Quine.
The four matches in the preliminary round of the JMS Veterans’ Shield were very close and certainly it was a morning when the handicappers could be congratulated. The biggest winning margin was 6 points, posted by reigning champions, Port Erin, against Onchan. Although ending level on games wins to single figures by Jean Thackrah and Mavis Franks left the visitors short even with the handicap. Peel Sunset played host to Mooragh Park and had 45 points to make up on handicap. Maureen Lacey denied the home side a full house and despite their best efforts Peel fell 2 points short. Again it ended level on games at Nobles where Josie Harding’s win to single figures gave the home side a six point advantage which was reduced to one when the handicaps kicked in. Port St Mary B won 4-2 on games with Pauline Worrall winning to single figures as did Kath King for Douglas. In play the home side won 103-98, but the away side’s extra 5 point handicap left the scores level. However in this situation the side that scored the most points in play go through so Port St Mary B move through to the next round.
There was a disappointing field of 22 at Peel, on Saturday 13 May, for the Gladys Cowell Over 60’s competition sponsored by Gladys’ grandson Nigel Rawlinson. However, as the competitors said, what the entry lacked in quantity was more than made up for by the quality! The standard of play and some very close matches confirmed the truth of that statement.
The horrible weather during the morning cleared to give a reasonable afternoon, although it was beginning to get very cold for the final stages.
Quarter-finals: Mary Moffatt 21, Margaret Tasker 6; Philippa Taylor 21, Libby Andrade 14; Maureen Payne 21, Tricia Bull 10; Rosie Winckle 21, Celia Joughin 16.
Both semi-finals were tense affairs. In the first Philippa had the better of the early exchanges, taking a lead of 13-8 before Mary won three of the next four ends to close to13-14. Once again Philippa took control and looked a shoo-in to win the game at 19-14, but Mary dug in to win the next six ends and move into the final. In the other semi-final things were pretty even for the first half of the game with Maureen 13-12 ahead after nine ends, before winning three of the next four ends to lead 17-13, when Rosie upped her game to level at 17-17.However Maureen won the next three ends to book her place in the final.
Semi-finals: Mary Moffatt 21, Philippa Taylor 19; Maureen Payne 21, Rosie Winckle 17.
In the final Maureen was ruthless racing to a 16-7 lead after nine ends, but as she showed in her semi-final, Mary is a fighter and scored 7 on her next four ends to get back within two points, before Maureen finally ran out the winner 21-15.
The presentation was made by club president, Heather Horsburgh, who congratulated the players and thanked everyone who had helped during the afternoon.
There were two maximums posted in the Trend sponsored ladies’ over 60’s league on Tuesday 9 May. Port St Mary A were quite ruthless against their club colleagues, Port St Mary B. Tricia Bull and Val Macfarlane both won to single figures while the main resistance came from Chris Holland who reached 18 against Win Collister. Douglas rued their visit to Port Erin as the home side showed them no mercy, winning all six games, two of them to single figures. Sue Caley came closest to giving the visitors a game, reaching 19 against Jean Thackrah. There were two close games in the west when Maureen Payne and Wendy McDowell, for Onchan, won to 19 and 18 against Heather Horsburgh and Cath Parker to keep Peel Sunset just 5 points short of a full house. Castletown won 4-2 on games at Marown in a match where all six players gained double figures, Mair Moore coming closest to levelling the games score when she reached 18 against Joy Stephens. Mooragh Park fought well at Ballaugh, with wins by Moira Anderson, to single figures, and Ann Chapman,while it was a nail-biter at Villa,where the match ened as a draw on games with the home side snatching victory by one point.