The annual Thursday afternoon Dreswick Cup was held at Port St Mary BC on the 21st of July once again kindly sponsored by the Albert Hotel P.S.M, with a good entry of 45 making the trip south to tackle the tricky ever quickening green. The competition was played in excellent conditions all day and the competitors were kept well refreshed as always by the ladies section of the host club.
At the conclusion of play it was down to a closely fought final between two multiple winners in the form of South Ramsey’s John Kennish and David “Barney” Kelly from Douglas with the former just taking the honours 21-20 after a mini comeback at the end when it looked like Barney might just have enough to get over the line.
In the semi’s Barney won a comfortable game 21-12 over Ewan Cooil from P.S.M with Kennish coming through to the same scoreline against a new face to many in the form of Steven Waters from North Ramsey who only started playing the game a couple of months ago but belied his inexperience to take some good scalps along the way. Fallers at the Quarter final stage were Ray Maddrell (P.S.M), David Bradford (South Ramsey), Mike Ashmole (Peel Sunset) and the newly crowned over 60’s Manx Champion Dave Faragher from Castletown.
Robert Cooil the clubs Vice President was on hand at the end of play to thank all the entrants for making it a good day, he also thanked Ray Watterson for producing a challenging playing surface, Sean Lillee for running the sheet and the clubs ladies section for all their hard work creating and serving all the refreshments. He then introduced Pat O’Meara from the Albert Hotel P.S.M to present the prizes and the trophy to the winners.
Port St Mary welcomed a good field of 21 teams to their green for the annual men’s threesomes competition once again kindly sponsored by Colas I.O.M Ltd, the weather started out fair but a couple of showers during the course of the afternoon put a slight dampener on things but helped to take the sting out of the fast and tricky green.
The eventual winners were the team of Jordan Cain, Bob Clarke and Matthew Quirk (Onchan/Douglas) who seemed to run through the competition with consummate ease, in the semi-finals they ended the chances of a home victory by beating the team of Wayne Roberts, Pete Collins and Tom Collins (P.S.M) by a score of 21-10 and following this up with the victory in the final against the Marown trio of Walter McCarthey, Tom Kelly and Colin Kelly by a score of 21-15 which was as close as anyone got to the winners all day.
Walter, Tom and Colin had maybe played their final in the round before where they overcame the challenge of John Kennish, Alan Moore and Glynn Hargraves from South Ramsey 21-20 in an exciting encounter which was decided on a measure, it was even more of a feat when you consider that Walter is in his first season of playing the sport after only taking it up a few months ago so well done to him.
At the end of play club president Ken Karran thanked everyone who had helped in the running of the competition and preparation of the green and also a big thanks to the ladies section of the club who once again worked tirelessly to keep everyone fed and watered throughout the day, he then introduced Ian Dunbar who was appearing on behalf of the sponsors (Colas I.O.M Ltd) to hand out the prizes and the trophy to the victors.
A good entry of 30 pairs arrived at Port St Mary for the annual bank holiday mixed doubles competition once again kindly sponsored by Isle Of Man Farmers Ltd. At the conclusion of a warm sunny days play it was the husband and wife team of John and Fiona Kennish (South Ramsey) who were successful over another husband and wife pairing of Glynn and Kim Hargraves (South Ramsey/Nobles) 21-13. The fallers at the semi final stage were Neil Withers and Hannah Drewett (Marown/Castletown) along with last years winners Robert and Janet Monk (North Ramsey) who both lost to 15 in their respective games.
Ladies president Linda Dawson was on hand to thank everyone who had helped in the running of the competition especially the ladies section who had once again put on a good spread and also to Ray Watterson for preparing a fast and tricky green and also to those who had stayed around till the end to support, then Linda introduced Michael Atherton from I.O.M Farmers to present the prizes.