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Port St Mary Retain Ladies League

Port St Mary have retained the Ladies League for the fifth consecutive year, and eighth overall.

Tonight they faced Nobles, and despite losing 145-127, scored the required points to become champions once more.

Castletown finish second after a hard fought season in which they pushed Port St Mary all the way and finished only 31 chalks behind.

The battle for third continues to next week when South Ramsey will look to topple Nobles 140 chalk lead.

Chris Price has won the individual merit finishing on 503 chalks with team mates Jayne Kneen (497) and Val Macfarlane (487) currently sitting second and third respectively. Jenny Moore is the only player who can take second position depending on her final game next week.

Chris Price

Top Four, All To Play For

Friday 14th September saw the penultimate games take place in the Ladies Bowling Night League.

Port St Mary remain on course for their fifth title in succession, and eight overall, following their full house win over Douglas.  Douglas unfortunately were a player short and were unable to push close in any of the games with Chris Price and Margaret Tasker winning to single figures.  The match ended 189-84 (9-0).

Castletown A nearly matched their rivals but dropped one game in their 184-86 (8-1) win over Ballaugh.  Hilary Kermode, Kim Foy, Heike Perry, Anne Oates and Sue Peach turned in fine home performances to win to single figures.  Ballaugh avoided a whitewash with Gill Dixon defeating Hannah Drewett 21-16.

The battle for third position continues into the final week of the season with South Ramsey heading Nobles for the position.  South Ramsey defeated Port Erin with Elaine Moore and Jenny Moore both playing well winning 21-0 and 21-4 respectively.  Port Erin did pick up two wins from Caroline Whitehead and Lynda Cadamy but South won the match 182-122 (8-2).

Nobles kept up with South by winning their match against Mooragh Park 179-98 (7-2).  Debbie Leece, Alison Keggen, Paula Firth and Clare Cooper all won to single figures.  Mooragh’s wins came from Helen Martin and Caroline Parker.

Peel Sunset suffered a home defeat to Purt Le Moirrey despite winning more games on the night.  Shirley Corrin, Heather Horsburgh, Louise Horsfall, Joyce Kelly and Mary Moffatt won for the home side.  Purt Le Moirrey pulled off a six chalk win with wins from Sandra Lowe, Dot Mylchreest, Wyn Collister and Linda Dawson.  Final score 154-162 (5-4).

In the final match from Friday, Onchan defeated Castletown B 176-74 (8-1) with the visiting team managing to avoid a full house defeat with Barbara Young winning 21-8.

Heading into the final game of the season Port St Mary hold a strong 81 chalk advantage over Castletown A.  On paper Castletown A’s final game against their B team could result in another maximum 189 score.  That would mean Port St Mary would have to score a minimum of 108 chalks to retain the league, but face a strong Nobles side who are themselves chasing South Ramsey for third position.

South Ramsey will only play their final match against Douglas on Thursday 27th and will look to turn over whatever advantage Nobles have built.

In the race for the individual merit Chris Price leads on 482 chalks followed by Amanda Lawler 478, Jayne Kneen 476 and Jenny Moore 469.  All four ladies are in contention for the top spots with the last game of the season the crucial deciding game.

Port St Mary Take Control Of Ladies League

Last week in the Ladies League we start with the hotly anticipated top of the table clash between Port St Mary and South Ramsey.  The re-arranged fixture took place on Thursday and Castletown A would have been keeping a close eye on events to see how their lead over the two teams would be effected.  Earlier in the season South Ramsey defeated Port St Mary 154-130 (5-4) and on paper this was to be another close affair.

Katy Williams got Port St Mary off and running with a 21-8 win over Bethany Kennish.  The other four matches from the first half were shared with both sides winning two.  Ann Maddrell suffered a rare home defeat as Lyn Bolton just had the edge in their game to win 21-20 and South Ramsey’s second win came from a 21-18 win over Kellie Maddrell-Reeve.  Port St Mary responded with Val Macfarlane beating Jill Quayle 21-19 and Wendy Kennuagh who had an excellent result beating Jenny Moore 21-15.  Port St Mary took a lead of 17 chalks into the second half.

The second half Port St Mary dominated winning all four games.  Trish Bull defeated Fiona Kennish 21-14, Margaret Tasker beat Sue Collier 21-13, Chris Price beat Kim Hargraves 21-5 before Jayne Kneen became only the second person to beat Elaine Moore in the league this year with a fine 21-12 win.

The final score was 185-123 (7-2) with the home team winning by an impressive 57 chalks and extend their winning run to 13 matches.  Thursdays result also took them 83 points clear of Castletown A and with only five games remaining, Port St Mary look to have taken control of the league.

On Friday the bad weather returned postponing four of the six fixtures.

Castletown A vs Purt Le Moirrey was one of the fixtures which was able to be played and allowed Castletown to temporarily return to the top of the league following their third full house of the season.  The match ended 189-79 (9-0).  Five players won to single figures with Kim Foy beating Roma Ware 21-4, Kath Kinley beat Debra Cooper, Heike Perry beat Linda Dawson 21-4, Tracy Moore beat Pauline Worrall 21-7 and Marie Ashurst won 21-3 against Chris Holland.  In the remaining matches Ann Hollingworth beat Dot Mylchreest 21-11, Hanna Drewett won 21-12 against Brenda Hawkard, Anne Oates beat Mavis Franks 21-19 and merit leader Amanda Lawler won 21-19 against Edwina Reid.

The only other match to take place was Peel Sunset against Port Erin with the home side winning the match by 26 chalks.  Peel won six games with Heather Horsburgh beating Jean Thackrah 21-10, Sue Jones won 21-17 against Jenny Cain, Joyce Kelly won 21-11 against Lynda Cadamy, Mary Moffatt won 21-4 against Voirrey Curphey, Cath Parker beat Susan Inch 21-17 and Lynda Wilson won 21-5 against Phil Dobson.  Port Erin’s three winners were Caroline Whitehead winning 21-7 against Shirley Corrin, Jacqui Elliott beat Pat Robertson 21-8 and Carol Kaye beat Gill Clarke 21-8.  The final score was 153-127 (6-3).

After this weeks matches Castletown A may sit top of the league but are only 106 points ahead of Port St Mary who have a game in hand and average over 172 points per game this year.  South have played the same amount of games as Castletown and trail them by 54 points.

As we enter MGP fortnight there are a number of rearranged matches before a full set of fixtures at the end of race week.

Port St Mary End Castletown’s Winning Streak

The week started with two re-arranged matches as Douglas took on Ballaugh and Nobles facing Purt Le Moirrey.

Douglas beat Ballaugh 166-122 (7-2) with Harley Garrett, Maureen Wilcox and Shantelle Thorpe all performing well winning to single figures.  Ballaughs winners came from Gill Dixon and Elaine Fenton.

Nobles put in a strong home performance to beat Purt Le Moirrey 181-137 (8-1).  Joyce Ogden top scored on the night beating Linda Dawson 21-9.  Purt Le Moirrey pushed Nobles in a couple of games with Rita Callister just losing 21-19 to Alison Keggen and Mavis Franks losing 21-19 to Jan West.  Purt Le Moirrey did avoid a whitewash with Roma Ware beating Rebecca Teare 21-13.

On Friday 10th August Port St Mary took on league leaders Castletown, with Castletown looking to extend their 115 chalk advantage.  Port St Mary have a game in hand and would look to close the gap before their catch up game next week.

The game was finely balanced with both sides evenly matched and with a stand out performance from Ann Maddrell who won 21-1 against Sue Peach made sure that the home side won the match, ending Castletown’s impressive 14-win streak, and clawed vital points back on their rivals.  Port St Mary’s other wins came from Val Macfarlane 21-15 against Kim Foy, Katy Williams 21-14 against Heike Perry, Trish Bull 21-19 against Anne Oates and Chris Price who beat Hannah Drewett 21-16.  Castletown’s winners were merit leader Amanda Lawler who beat Wendy Kennuagh 21-12, Ann Hollingworth 21-12 against Kellie Maddrell-Reeve, Kath Kinley 21-18 against Jayne Kneen and Tracy Moore who beat Margaret Tasker 21-15.

With the match ending with a 13 chalk with for Port St Mary, 162-149 (5-4), they close the gap to 102 points and will look ahead to their fixtures next week when they have another crunch tie against South Ramsey.  With the game against South Ramsey their catch up game Port St Mary will then look to pick up vital points against Onchan on Friday.

South Ramsey go back to the top of the summit following their 79-186 (1-8) victory over Castletown B.  Jenny Moore, Fiona Kennish, Lauren Groen, Elaine Moore and Lyn Bolton all won comfortably to single figures.  Castletown avoided a whitewash with Joy Stephens holding off Sue Collier to win 21-18.  The result places South Ramsey 109 points ahead of Port St Mary with their match to come on Thursday 16th August.

Port Erin collected their first full house of the season defeating Ballaugh 189-96 (9-0).  Di Benson, Caroline Whitehead, Voirrey Curphey and Lynda Cadamy all won to single figures in the match.

Douglas nearly pulled off a great win at home to Marown but fell four chalks short losing 155-159 (4-5).  Paula Garrett won 21-8 against Ceila Joughin backed up by Muriel Cain, Maureen Wilcox and Sue Caley.  Marown managed to get over the line 21-20 in two of their games with Rosie Winckle defeating Helen Murphy and Philippa Taylor beating Wendy Cowin.  Marown players Mary Alderson, Lil Smith and Margaret Scarffe were the other winners giving Marown the edge on the night.

Mooragh Park travelled to Onchan and returned North with a five chalk victory with the away side also winning five of the nine games.  Janet Monk, Vicky Lloyd-West, Julie Reilly, Madison McMullan and Helen Martin, who won 21-4, won for Mooragh Park.  Onchan players Dee Lewis, Libby Andrade, Marylin Ellison and Sue Gawne won but were unable to prevent the team from losing 152-157 (4-5).

Looking ahead to next week Port St Mary vs South Ramsey could be a pivotal point in the season for one of the sides.  South then sit out on Friday, their match against Douglas re-arranged to a later date due to players representing the island in a competition on the mainland.

Castletown March On Ahead Of Crunch Tie

Only two matches were able to take place on Wednesday 1st August as heavy downpours waterlogged many of the bowling greens across the island.

Castletown who have been the form team over the last two months made it 14 wins on the bounce mastering the wet conditions to beat Mooragh Park 162-130 (5-4).  Amanda Lawler retained her position at the top of the individual merit with a 21-3 win with Heike Perry and Hannah Drewett winning 21-1 and 21-8 respectively.  Janet Monk top scored for the away team beating Kim Foy 21-9 and Shannon McMullan, Caroline Parker and Helen Martin also won to restrict the home side to under 170.

Onchan faced Marown but the conditions played their part as they lost 98-163 (3-6).  Shirley Whelan, Celia Joughin, Rosie Winckle, Philippa Taylor and Lil Smith won comfortably to single figures with Mary Alderson also winning 21-13.  Onchan picked up their three wins from Sue Gawne, Joanne Kelly and Libby Andrade.

The league returned on Friday with a full set of fixtures and two maximum scores.

The first maximum was at Marown who eased past Castletown B 189-87 (9-0).  Nobles also produced a full house winning away at Ballaugh 76-189 (0-9).

With Castletown A sitting out on Friday Port St Mary should have had their chance to catch up however, with their match postponed on Wednesday they remain a game behind.  Port St Mary did make some ground back with their away win against Mooragh Park.  Jayne Kneen, Val Macfarlane, Wendy Kennuagh and Ann Maddrell all won to single figures with Kellie Maddrell-Reeve and Chris Price both winning 21-13.  Katy Williams battled from being down to beat Island Champion Janet Monk 21-19 with Mooragh picking up their two wins from Helen Martin & Caroline Parker.  The match finished 114-169 (2-7).

South Ramsey defeated Onchan with wins for Lauren Groen 21-7, Elaine Moore 21-5, Jenny Moore 21-9, Sue Collier 21-15, Kim Hargraves 21-18 and Bethany Kennish who just got over the line 21-20 against Marilyn Ellison.  For Onchan Dee Lewis beat Fiona Kennish 21-15 and Caroline Corlett won 21-13 against Gill Morgan with the match score ending 175-124 (7-2).

Peel welcomed Douglas to Sunset City with the home side using their home advantage to win by a comfortable 35 chalks.  Peel had wins from Sue Jones 21-9, Joyce Kelly 21-5, Shirley Corrin 21-11, Heather Horsburgh 21-12, Pat Robertson 21-14 and Mary Moffatt who beat Paula Garrett 21-18.  Douglas picked up two wins from Brenda Williams, Wendy Cowin and Shantelle Thorpe.  Final score 167-132 (6-3).

In the final match on Friday Purt Le Moirrey suffered a home defeat to Port Erin despite winning five games.  The home side had wins from Roma Ware 21-20 against Phil Dobson, Pauline Worrall beat Steph Swift 21-18, Edwina Reid won 21-17 against Voirrey Curphey, Debra Cooper defeated Joyce Henry 21-18 and Mavis Franks won 21-18 against Jean Thackrah.  Port Erin had two big wins to setup their victory with Carol Kay beating Dot Mylchreest 21-5 and Lynda Cadamy winning 21-7 against Linda Dawson.  Jacqui Elliott won 21-15 against Chris Holland and Slyvia Shelbourne just held on to win 21-20 over Brenda Hawkard.  The match finished 152-175 (5-4).

Looking ahead to next week the tie which could define the season takes place as Champions Port St Mary face a home tie against current league leaders Castletown A.  Port St Mary trail by 115 points with a game in hand and will hope to close that gap as they look to wrestle control back at the top of the league.  Castletown will be confident that they could cause an upset given their current form and run of 14 wins on the trot.  Should the tie produce a low score South Ramsey, who only sit 30 points behind Castletown, will look to leap back into contention for the top spots.

Town Strengthen Grip In Title Race

Castletown A increased their lead at the top of the Ladies League notching up their 13th win on the trot beating Port Erin 177-112 (8-1).  Kath Kinley, Heike Perry, Marie Ashurst and Tracy Moore all performed well winning to single figures.  Port Erin’s sole winner was Jean Thackrah who beat Hilary Kermode 21-9.

South Ramsey slipped 20 points back despite an away win to Mooragh Park with the match ending 136-157 (5-4).  Mooragh got the better of the games on the night but South Ramsey won three games to single figures, including Elaine Moore 21-1 and Jenny Moore 21-4, giving them the superior points difference on the night.  Shannon McMullan was top scorer for Mooragh winning 21-6 with wins also for Janet Monk, Vicky Lloyd-West, Victoria Johnson and Ellie Cowell.

Marown, who due to unforeseen circumstances on the night were a player short, hosted Champions Port St Mary.  Port St Mary put in a fine away performance to take the match 117-165 (2-7) with top scorers Jayne Kneen winning 21-8 and Kellie-Maddrell Reeve winning 21-7.  Marown’s Philippa Taylor performed brilliantly to defeat Margaret Tasker 21-5 whilst Elaine Dewhurst also won against Trish Bull 21-13.

Peel Sunset welcomed Onchan to Sunset City and whilst the games finished a close 5-4 the overall result saw Peel win by 51 chalks.  Strong home performances from Sue Jones, Joyce Kelly, Mary Moffatt and Pat Robertson who all won to single figures with Shirley Corrin also winning.  Onchan’s Wendy McDowell and Dee Lewis both hung on to win 21-20 with Jo Smith and Maureen Payne also winning.  The final score 169-118 (5-4)

Purt Le Moirrey defeated Douglas 155-128 (5-4) with the away team unfortunately having to concede a walkover.  Mavis Franks top scored for the home team winning 21-3 with wins also from Linda Dawson, Edwina Reid and Debra Cooper.  Douglas winners on the night were Paula Garrett who won 21-1, Brenda Williams, Jan Osborne and Muriel Cain.

Ballaugh defeated Castletown B 159-132 (6-3) despite having to concede a game with being a player short.  Pat Mason, Gill Dixon and Jayne Teare won their games to single figures with Shirley Watling, Voirrey Oates and Diane White also winning.  Barbara Young and Elaine McElroy won for the away team.

After round 18 Castletown lead the way on 2885 holding a 43 point lead over South Ramsey.  Port St Mary, who have a game in hand, sit 122 points behind Castletown but will look to close that gap further before their crucial catch up game.  Nobles drop to fourth following their sit out this week and remain on 2613.

Castletown Hold On At Top Of Night League

Match of the week certainly didn’t disappoint in the Ladies Night League with South Ramsey facing Castletown in a clash of the teams occupying the top two spots.

South Ramsey defeated Castletown earlier in the season away to their rivals which sparked Castletown on their current run of 11 straight wins.  Castletown extended that run with a fine away performance beating South Ramsey 138-157 (3-6) – it was South Ramsey’s first defeat at home since June 2016 showing how much of a fortress it has been for them.  Elaine Moore and Jenny More won to single figures for the home side with Fiona Kennish also winning.  Castletown won six games with Hilary Kermode top scoring 21-3 with Heike Perry, Kim Foy, Hannah Drewitt, Amanda Lawler and Tracy Moore all winning.

Port St Mary are still a game behind but turned in their third full house of the season and clawed further chalks back with a 189-73 (9-0) win over Peel Sunset, who were a player short on the night.

Nobles also closed the gap on the top two beating Port Erin 177-81 (8-1).  Jayne Smith, Debbie Leece, Alison Keggen, Lin Ruscoe, Paula Firth and Clare Cooper all won to single figures with wins also for Sylvia Kennuagh and Rebecca Teare.  Port Erin did prevent a whitewash with Lynda Cadamy defeating Joyce Ogden 21-9.

In a result you don’t see very often a team lost 6-3 on games but managed to win on chalks.  In a very tight encounter Onchan pulled off a two point victory over Ballaugh 151-149 (3-6).  Despite Jayne Teare winning to single figures Onchan scored well in their other five losses and with Libby Andrade, Jo Smith and Dee Lewis all winning to single figures it gave Onchan the narrow advantage on the night.

Mooragh Park also managed a chalks victory despite losing 5-4 on games.  Helen Martin won 21-1 and Janet Monk 21-4 to give Mooragh a big enough cushion on the night to take the win.  Shannon McMullan and Vicky Lloyd-West were also winners for the home side.

In the final match on Friday Castletown B were beaten at home by Purt Le Moirrey 93-180 (1-8) with Rachel Palmer winning for the home side to prevent a full house.  Chris Holland, Brenda Hawkard, Mavis Franks, Roma Ware and Debrah Cooper all won to single figures for the away team.

After round 17 Champions Port St Mary, having played a game less, have closed the gap at the top to 110 points.  Castletown lead the way holding a 23 point advantage over South Ramsey and Nobles sit 72 points behind South Ramsey.

Marown Dent South Ramsey Title Chase

South Ramsey suffered their first defeat of the season away at Marown in last weeks matches.  Marown picked up five wins in the match including Celia Joughin 21-7 over Gil Morgan and Lil Smith winning 21-8 against Elaine Moore who was herself undefeated going into the match.  The final score was a 25 point victory 169-144 (5-4).

Castletown A put in another strong home performance beating rivals Nobles 182-120 (8-1).  Amanda Lawler was the top scorer for the home side winning 21-7 with Clare Cooper saving Nobles blushes with a 21-14 win over Hilary Kermode.  With South Ramsey dropping points Castletown now sit top of the league.

Port St Mary following their sit out last week had an excellent away performance at Ballaugh keeping the pressure on at the top.  Port St Mary won 88-185 (1-8) with Jayne Kneen, Ann Maddrell, Wendy Kennuagh, Chris Price and Margaret Tasker winning to single figures.  Ballaugh avoided a whitewash with Diane White beating Elaine Hawkings 21-17.

Purt Le Morriey produced a brilliant home performance against Onchan to win 185-123 (8-1).  Chris Holland, Edwina Reid and Pauline Worrall all won to single figures.  Dee Lewis was Onchan’s sole winner 21-17 against Mavis Franks.

Port Erin and Douglas finished 5-4 on games but the home side managed to win two matches to single figures thanks to Jean Thackrah and Phil Dobson allowing them to win the match by 21 chalks 159-138 (5-4)

Mooragh Park slipped to a 20 point defeat at home to Peel Sunset.  Mary Moffatt, Shirley Corrin, Heather Horsburgh, Cath Parker and Val Alwood were all on target for Peel with Janet Monk, Caroline Parker, Ellie Cowell and Anne Kean winning for Mooragh.  The final score 134-154 (4-5)

After game round 16 Castletown sit top of the pile holding a slender four chalk lead over South Ramsey.  Nobles lie in third 115 chalks from the top.  Port St Mary have played a game less than the three ahead of them and as a result sit fourth.  With a deficit of only 142 chalks they will look to chip into that lead and leapfrog when they catch up on games.

There is a new leader at the top of the individual merit with Castletown’s Amanda Lawler leading the way ahead of Jenny Moore and Elaine Moore (both South Ramsey).

Jean Kelly Victory For Underdogs Nobles

The Jean Kelly Memorial Competition Final was contested on Thursday 12th July at Onchan Bowling Club.

In a repeat of last year’s final current holders Port St Mary took on Nobles, with Nobles starting with a 10 point chalk handicap.  In their only league meeting this season Port St Mary won by 85 chalks and went into the final favourites to win their fifth title.

The first game off was a win for Nobles with Debbie Leece defeating Katy Williams 21-11.  Port St Mary responded quickly with Trish Bull beating Sylvia Kennuagh.  Sylvia battled back from 14-6 down to 15-15 before losing 21-17.  Third game off was another Nobles win with Rebecca Teare beating Ann Maddrell, their game was level 10-10 after 11 ends before Rebecca managed to pull away and won the game 21-15.  Port St Mary then won the final two games of the first half.  Jayne Kneen (PSM) held a 12-3 lead over Lin Ruscoe before Lin won six ends without reply to move 13-12 up.  Jayne regained the block and closed out the game 21-16.  Val Macfarlane (PSM) defeated Paula Firth in another game which was finely poised before a breakaway.  After 19 ends Val led 13-12 before making the decisive breakaway winning six ends to lead 20-12, Paula managed to win one more end before Val closed out the game 21-13.  After five games Nobles led by nine chalks.

The first game in the second half proved to be the crucial turning point in the match with Clare Cooper playing Margaret Tasker.  Clare got off to a flying start moving 7-1 up after six ends before an 11 point break took her from 8-4 to 19-4.  Margaret picked up a couple more points before Clare closed the game out 21-7 increasing Nobles lead to 23 points.

Next off was Jayne Smith who defeated Wendy Kennuagh from 11-14 down to run out winning 21-14, further increasing Nobles lead to 30 points.

Port St Mary claimed their fourth and final win with Chris Price defeating Alison Keggen.  After early lead by Alison, Chris found her length and built a 14-7 lead after 17 ends.  Alison battled hard but Chris proved too strong. The game finished 21-16.

The final game of the night was between Kellie Maddrell-Reeve (PSM) and Jan West.  Kellie started off well building a 7-4 lead before Jan managed to get on a run to move 13-8 ahead.  Kellie battled and moved within a point trailing 16-15 after 28 ends.  Jan wrestled back control of the jack and ran out 21-15 winner.

Nobles claimed an overall 31 chalk victory 177-146 winning 5-4 on games.  It is Nobles first victory in the Jean Kelly since Nobles Mixed and Nobles Park merged in 2015.  Nobles Park and Mixed previously won in 2001 and 2012 respectively.

Heather Horsburgh introduced Moore Kelly who conducted the presentation on behalf of his family.

Thanks were paid to Onchan Bowling Club for hosting the final, to the commissioners for providing an excellent playing surface and to Moore Kelly and family for providing a lovely buffet and prizes for the winners and runners up.

The Jean Kelly Memorial Competition Final was contested on Thursday 12th July at Onchan Bowling Club.

In a repeat of last year’s final current holders Port St Mary took on Nobles, with Nobles starting with a 10 point chalk handicap.  In their only league meeting this season Port St Mary won by 85 chalks and went into the final favourites to win their fifth title.

The first game off was a win for Nobles with Debbie Leece defeating Katy Williams 21-11.  Port St Mary responded quickly with Trish Bull beating Sylvia Kennuagh.  Sylvia battled back from 14-6 down to 15-15 before losing 21-17.  Third game off was another Nobles win with Rebecca Teare beating Ann Maddrell, their game was level 10-10 after 11 ends before Rebecca managed to pull away and won the game 21-15.  Port St Mary then won the final two games of the first half.  Jayne Kneen (PSM) held a 12-3 lead over Lin Ruscoe before Lin won six ends without reply to move 13-12 up.  Jayne regained the block and closed out the game 21-16.  Val Macfarlane (PSM) defeated Paula Firth in another game which was finely poised before a breakaway.  After 19 ends Val led 13-12 before making the decisive breakaway winning six ends to lead 20-12, Paula managed to win one more end before Val closed out the game 21-13.  After five games Nobles led by nine chalks.

The first game in the second half proved to be the crucial turning point in the match with Clare Cooper playing Margaret Tasker.  Clare got off to a flying start moving 7-1 up after six ends before an 11 point break took her from 8-4 to 19-4.  Margaret picked up a couple more points before Clare closed the game out 21-7 increasing Nobles lead to 23 points.

Next off was Jayne Smith who defeated Wendy Kennuagh from 11-14 down to run out winning 21-14, further increasing Nobles lead to 30 points.

Port St Mary claimed their fourth and final win with Chris Price defeating Alison Keggen.  After early lead by Alison, Chris found her length and built a 14-7 lead after 17 ends.  Alison battled hard but Chris proved too strong. The game finished 21-16.

The final game of the night was between Kellie Maddrell-Reeve (PSM) and Jan West.  Kellie started off well building a 7-4 lead before Jan managed to get on a run to move 13-8 ahead.  Kellie battled and moved within a point trailing 16-15 after 28 ends.  Jan wrestled back control of the jack and ran out 21-15 winner.

Nobles claimed an overall 31 chalk victory 177-146 winning 5-4 on games.  It is Nobles first victory in the Jean Kelly since Nobles Mixed and Nobles Park merged in 2015.  Nobles Park and Mixed previously won in 2001 and 2012 respectively.

Heather Horsburgh introduced Moore Kelly who conducted the presentation on behalf of his family.

Thanks were paid to Onchan Bowling Club for hosting the final, to the commissioners for providing an excellent playing surface and to Moore Kelly and family for providing a lovely buffet and prizes for the winners and runners up.

Runners Up

Photos courtesy of Moore Kelly

Port St Mary Ladies Lead At Halfway Stage

As we reach the halfway stage in the C Tarlton Hodgson Ladies Bowling League only five points now separate the top three with Port St Mary leading the way on 2049 followed by South Ramsey 2046 and Castletown 2044.  Nobles are in fourth position, and although they have drifted 89 points back from the leaders, they will still mount a challenge for the top spots.

Onto the results and we start with the most in form team at present Castletown.  They were averaging just over 185 coming into the week and showed no signs of slowing down after another strong home performance where despite losing four games they still managed over 170 chalks.  Two of their losses were 21-20 with Peel players Heather Horsburgh and Lynda Wilson just getting over the line.  The returning Kath Kinley won 21-8 for the home side with Tracey Moore, Amanda Lawler and Heike Perry also winning to single figures.  For Peel, Mary Moffatt top scored beating Sue Peach 21-9.  Final match score 173-132 (5-4).

Port St Mary travelled the short distance to rivals Port Erin.  Port St Mary had the better results on the night with Chris Price, Jayne Kneen, Kellie Maddrell-Reeve and Margret Tasker all winning to single figures.  Port Erin did pick up three wins with Lynda Cadamy and Voirrey Curphey winning to single figures and Jenny Cain beating Katy Williams 21-19.  The result finished 122-156 (3-6).

Purt Le Moirrey welcomed South Ramsey with the away side triumphing with a fine 136-173 (4-5) victory.  Kim Hargraves top scored for the away side beating Chris Holland 21-4 whilst Jenny Moore also won to single figures beating Debra Cooper 21-8.  Elaine Moore retained her 100% record notching up another win beating Dot Mylchreast 21-11.

Nobles bounced back from their result last week beating Onchan 171-108 (7-2).  Nobles picked up some big wins as Clare Cooper won 21-1, Jayne Smith 21-4, Alison Keggen and Debbie Leece both winning 21-6.  Onchan did pick up two wins from Jo Smith and Sue Gawne, with Dee Lewis unlucky to add a third losing 21-20 to Lin Ruscoe.

Douglas faced Castletown B with both teams containing players who are in their first and second year of bowling.  Douglas got the upper hand in all but one game winning 180-94 (8-1).  Rebekah Kelly won her first game of the season with Shantelle Thorpe also winning her second game of the season.  Castletown’s Elaine McElroy prevented a whitewash winning her game 21-12.

In the final game on Friday Ballaugh were narrowly defeated at home to Marown 134-153 (4-5).  Lil Smith and Elaine Dewhurst put in fine away performances to win 21-2 and 21-6 respectively with wins also for Rosie Winckle, Pat Withers and Mary Alderson.  Ballaugh’s winners were Brenda Bowyer, Elaine Fenton, Gill Dixon and Pat Mason who won 21-6 in her game.

With half the season now gone the league has taken shape and the current top four will swap and change places and fight until the league concludes in September.

Individually Elaine Moore is the only player to have won all 12 games; although a mention to Top Lady winner Hannah Drewett who has only played 11 games but has a 100% record.  Elaine is chased by team-mate Lyn Bolton who with Port St Mary’s Chris Price is only one chalk behind.

Looking ahead Port St Mary sit out giving the chasers free reign to pull ahead, at least temporarily.  Nobles entertain Castletown B, South Ramsey go to Ballaugh and Castletown with a home tie to Douglas.