Ladies’ Millennium Fours
On a miserable wet afternoon fourteen groups of four ladies gathered at the Villa on Saturday 19 July to contest the Millennium fours. Although unpleasant the weather was not as dreadful as had been forecast.
The format of each match had three games, a doubles and two singles, the organisers deciding by draw who in the team would play the doubles and singles. Each game was 15 up and the total chalks for each team decided the winner.
In the semi-finals Mooragh Park Faced Port Erin. With Janet Monk and Lilian Slinger being drawn together in the doubles the Port Erin pair of Jean Thackrah fought well to gain four points. Lynda Cadamy winning 15-7 against Rosemary Quirk meant the result depended on the singles between Di Benson and Mary Kinrade. Mary won 15-13 to take Mooragh Park through 37-32.
The other semi-final pitted a Douglas team (+ Lyn Bolton) against Noble’s Mixed (+ Win Collister).With Jan Osborne and Paula Garrett winning the doubles against Lin Ruscoe and Meg Williams 15-7, Lynne Mansley coming through 15-10 against Paula Firth and Win Collister going down 7-15 to Lyn Bolton, Douglas came through with the full 45 points against Noble’s Mixed’s 24.
In the final the singles were shared with Lyn Bolton winning 15-0 against a plucky, but tiring, Mary Kinrade while Rosemary Quirk won 15-6 against Paula Garrett. This meant that the Douglas pair of Jan Osborne and Lynne Mansley needed to score 10 points against Janet Monk and Lilian Slinger. A 15-12 win meant that the Douglas Team took the game, and the title, 36-27.
The presentation was made by Association president, Pat Robertson, who thanked the Douglas club for the use of their green and facilities, and all those who had helped with the smooth running of the afternoon.