Castletown ‘A’ Ladies In Pole Position

At the halfway stage of both the ladies open age and over 60’s leagues, Castletown A ladies are in pole position. In the Open Age, second place is closely contested between Marown A and South Ramsey. The top positions were enhanced by all three teams having good wins last Wednesday night with Castletown A winning 7-2 away to Onchan and by 41 points; South Ramsey winning 6-3 away to Peel and by 36 points and Marown A having a good 8-1 home win against Douglas and by 80 points. Marown B ladies had a good away result at Mooragh Park winning 8-1 with Janet Monk being the lone winner for Mooragh. Ballaugh and Port St Mary A both had good 6-3 wins away to Port Erin and Castletown B with all games bar two in both fixtures going into double figures. Closest games were Pauline Worrall (Port Erin) winning to 17 against Barbara Graham and Barbara Young (Castletown B) winning to 18 against Trish Bull.

In the Over 60s’ league last Thursday morning, Castletown A ladies scored a maximum at home to Mooragh Park B consolidating their position at the top of the league with Peggy Freeman being the highest loser for Mooragh. Second placed Onchan A hosted South Ramsey resulting in a three all match with Onchan winning by only two points. The closest game saw Ann Gale for South pipping Marilyn Ellison to 20. Marown A won 4-2 at home against Finch Hill dropping only three points. The two winners for Finch were Jan Osborne and Wendy Cowin. Another close fixture saw Port St Mary A winning 4-2 and by two points away to Mooragh Park A with Janet Monk for Mooragh and Trish Bull for PSM both winning to single figures. Port Erin A hosted Castletown B winning the match 4-2 and by 44 points. Rita Callister (PE) and Elaine McElroy had a good game with Elaine eventually crossing the line 21-16. Ballaugh ladies were at home to Port Erin B and although match finished three all Ballaugh won by 10 points with all games bar one going into double figures. Last Friday morning, Port St Mary B won 4-2 at home against Peel but lost by 5 points. The two winners for Peel were Mary Moffatt and Joyce Kelly. On Tuesday morning, Castletown A scored another maximum away to Port Erin B with Anne Oates and Sue Peach winning to single figures. The home derby between Onchan B & A resulted in the A ladies scoring another maximum with Jean Quine and Norma Cowell (B) both losing to 17 against Caroline Corlett and Wendy McDowell. Marown and Port Erin A both had good 4-2 wins away to Castletown B and Mooragh Park A. Crosby ladies Rosie Winckle, Philippa Taylor and Celia Joughin all won to single figures as did Elaine McElroy for Castletown, with Jenny Cain (PE A) just getting the better of Chris Sims (Mooragh) winning to 19. Peel hosted Ballaugh ending in a three all match with Peel winning by 15 points. Ballaugh nearly made it 4-2 as Brenda Bowyer just lost to 20 against Terry Berry. South Ramsey were at home to Port St Mary B; match finished 4-2 to South with Ann Gale and Judy Kelly (South) both winning to single figures. The result from Wednesday morning’s match between Port St Mart A and Mooragh Park B awaited.

On Saturday 9th July, Jenny Moore (South Ramsey) and Sue Gawne (Onchan) travelled to Brighouse, Yorkshire to compete in the Ladies British Crown Green Senior Individual Merit competition. 64 of Britain’s top lady bowlers took part with the competition being played on two greens. Sue was the first of our ladies to play playing on the very fast green 1. Sue handled the green very well winning her first game to 16 against Dawn Parkes (Staffordshire). Jenny played her first game on green 2 against Amanda Nicholas (Wales). This green was slower in pace but tricky in places. Jenny, like Sue, handled the green well winning to 14. Both Jenny and Sue then swapped greens to play their next game. Sue took on Sonia Robson from North Warwickshire and with some excellent lead bowls won 21-13. Jenny played Louise Ollerton from Greater Manchester. Unfortunately for Jenny, Louise played extremely well on the faster green and not giving Jenny a chance won to single figures. In Sue’s third game she returned to green 1 this time coming up against Chloe Hirst from Yorkshire. Chloe got to grips with the green building up a strong lead and despite Sue’s best efforts, won to single figures. Chloe went on to win the competition beating Nicola Boulton from Mid-Cheshire 21-20 in the final. Both Jenny and Sue should be congratulated on their performances throughout the day; they certainly did the Island proud.