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.