The South Ramsey duo of David Bradford and John Kennish added yet another title to their ever growing CV of open wins when they came from behind to beat Janet and Robert Monk in the final of the Ken Parker Trophy Any Combination Pairs held at the Mooragh Park and hosted by North Ramsey Bowling Club on Saturday.
With a running green and the forecasted rain holding off until just after the conclusion of the competition, it was a good afternoon of bowls enjoyed by the twenty four pairs that entered.
Fallers at the quarter final stage were Onchan pairing of Kevin Quirk and Adrian Skinner, home greeners Tony Smart and John Cannan, southern couple Tom Kelly and Sam Aherne and North and South Ramsey pairing of Steve Parker and Alan Moore.
In the semi-finals Bradford and Kennish dispatched fellow South Ramsey club mates Jenny Moore and Lyn Bolton while the North Ramsey/Onchan mother and son combination of Janet and Robert Monk saw off the spirited challenge of young Madison McMullan and Lee Christian from the home club. It is worth mentioning that 12 year old Madison bowled well all afternoon with a maturity beyond her years.
In the final the Monks raced in to a 14-8 lead and looked favourites to retain the title they won last year, but Bradford and Kennish clawed their way back and ran out 21–15 winners.
The presentation was made by Steve Parker who gave a few words about his father Ken Parker who was a member of both North Ramsey and South Ramsey Bowling Clubs. Steve also thanked everyone who entered, along with those who helped with the running of the competition. The prizes were then presented.
The Ramsey Town Cup was played for on Saturday in perfect weather conditions in the picturesque surroundings of Ramsey’s Mooragh Park, hosted by North Ramsey Bowling Club.
Despite a clash with the World Cup quarter final, a healthy entry of 44 men (including a good number of Island champions and Island representative players) played for the clubs premier prize on a green that despite early season worries was running well and drew favourable comments from a lot of those taking part.
Losing out at the quarter final stage were home greener Allan Callow, Kevin Quirk (Onchan), Edward Trustham (Ballaugh) and Port St Mary’s Nathan Hamilton.
The first semi-final was between two South Ramsey players John Kennish and David Bradford with the honours going to David 21-17. The second semi-final involved another South Ramsey bowler, Alan Moore and Port Erin’s Dave McCabe. Alan had a very healthy lead only to be pegged back by Dave and at 20-20 Alan produced a superb lead bowling full corners to edge the game and go in to the final.
The final, contested by the two South Ramsey players was a fairly evenly contested affair with both men producing some excellent bowls that kept the good number of spectators totally engrossed. At 19-17 up Alan was looking favourite, but one bad lead let David in for two to go 19-19. With a perfect lead and a good second in the very next end, it was victory for David 21-19.
North Ramsey Bowling Club would like to thank all those that took part and anybody that helped out in any way to make the day the success it was.