News: Ladies General
After overcoming cancelled travel arrangements Castletown Ladies managed to eventually play in the 2023 UK Club Championships at the weekend. Unfortunately the competition was not fully supported and there were four groups of just three teams with Castletown drawn with Maggies, the Warwick and Worcester champions, and also the championship favourites, and holders, Wrockwardine Wood from Shropshire.In the opening round-robin game Maggies went into an early chalks lead and from the first four blocks off only Tracy Moore had won for the IOM champions following an excellent 15-8 win. However a barnstorming second half saw the match completely turn a full circle as Hilary Kermode and Hannah Drewett both came off with 15-10 wins while in a nail biting finish Stella Watterson played superb bowls to win 15-5 giving Castletown an extremely narrow one chalk victory.It was never going to be easy against the Shropshire champions in the second game though with friendships being maintained with the many IOM Festival bowlers in their ranks. The Island team managed one win in each half with Anne Oates winning 15-5 against Louise Cotton and Kim Foy beating Barbara Hughes to 9. However in the end Castletown succumbed to a 20 chalk defeat though at least they had the satisfaction of losing to the team that went on to retain their trophy.
On Wednesday 13th Sept Peel Bowling Club Hosted the Ladies Association Plate Final.
Castletown A (+20) V Ballaugh (+33)
Both teams arrived with a good amount of spectators, all in good form for an evening of entertaining bowls. Michelle Cubbon, captain of the Ballaugh team, always smiling and encouraging her fellow teammates, stepped onto the green first to lead her team.
After the first half results
Sue Peach 8-21 Michelle Cubbon
Amanda Lawler 21-9 Barbara Graham
Alison Kearsley 21-13 Lola Tebay
Stella Watterson 21-8 Rose Waterworth
Tracy Moore 6 -21 Louise Tebay
Castletown 97 v 105 Ballaugh including handicaps.
So at this stage it was all still anyone’s game.
Hilary Kermode Put Castletown A in front 21-11 Julie Reilly
Jenny Saunders 14 -21 Maria Dimsdale
Hannah Drewett 18-21 Mat Mason
So with the last game still playing the scores were Castletown A 150 V 158
Kim Foy 21 – 18 Cath Harvey
This gave a final score and win to Ballaugh by just 5 points
Castletown A 171 V 176 Ballaugh
Michelle was over the moon to collect the Association Plate on behalf of her Ballaugh team, and thanked all her players and supporters. Castletown A’s Captain Hannah Drewett thanked ballaugh for a great night of games played in fine sportsmanship. The Ladies Association thanked Peel Bowling Club and their members for their help on the night and the refreshments provided.
Posh Paws of Peel Ladies Singles Open Competition held at Peel Sunset BC on Saturday 2nd September 2023
The weather was wonderful, and the 32 ladies who entered enjoyed wall to wall sunshine all afternoon. Happy to see 2 junior ladies taking part with one going on to the second round; unfortunately, some notable players were knocked out leaving Caroline Whitehead (Port Erin) v Louise Tebay (Ballaugh) Janet Monk (Mooragh Park) v Celia Smith (Peel Sunset) Gill Dixon (South Ramsey) v Maureen Payne (Onchan) and Shirley Corrin (Peel Sunset) v Lynn Bennett (Visitor) to battle it out in the quarter finals. Caroline and Janet and Gill and Lynn went through all ending in very close scores. An exciting final between Caroline and Gill ensued with Gill Dixon being the winner of The Posh Paws of Peel Trophy. Joyce Kelly (Peel Sunset) ran the competition. The President of Peel Sunset BC, Lynda Wilson presented the prizes and thanked the Sponsors and Posh Paws of Peel for their continuing sponsorship.
In the Ladies main event local bowler Jenny Moore (South Ramsey) took on Michelle Mackay (Lindal BC) in the final. It proved to be a great week for Jenny as she picked up her third festival title following her June 2016 and September 2021 successes.
In the final the early part of the game saw Mackay lead 9-6, with Moore levelling the game up at 9-9, then 10-10. On the next end with Moore counting for one the watching crowd expected a reaching bowl, however it fell short to put Moore in the lead for the first time in the game at 11-10. It went level at 11 for the third time in the game the following end, this proved to be the last point picked up by Mackay with the South Ramsey player then moving through the gears on a longer mark picking up the final seven ends alternating the first five ends with singles and doubles with a great performance to lead 19-11, before going on to see the game out with two good singles to seal a fully deserved 21-11 victory.
In addition to taking her first win and the winners’ cheque for £1,250 Jenny received the Blanche Kaye Trophy for the furthest Manx Lady, while Michelle took the runners up prize for £625.
In the semi-finals Moore booked her place in the final with a comfortable 21-14 win over Sharon Rigden (Bretherton) having built up a 15-8 lead, Rigden fought back to 13-16, only for Moore to see the game out with two doubles and a single, while Mackay took on local bowler Louise Tebay (Ballaugh) who despite only taking up the game in 2021 the latter just lost out 20-21 in a thrilling finish to the game with Tebay doing all she could to reach the final counting one for game. With her last bowl Mackay was inside the jack land with the pace of the bowl holding it to pick up the jack to win 21-20 to go through to the final.
Moore started her day with a 21-16 win over Lynda Cadamy (Marown), whilst Rigden had a good battle with Shavorne Osborne (Trench BC) with the former winning 21-18. Mackay started her day beating last year’s losing finalist Sarah Weaver (Wrockwardine Wood) with a 21-13, whilst Tebay also had a comfortable 21-12 win over Lisa Pessall (Trench BC).
The question will be how many festival titles Moore will pick up, with age most definitely on her side, as Moore reached finals day with comprehensive victories in the last 32, beating both players to single figures with a 21-9 victory over Mandy Pagett (Woodfield), then went on to beat Marilyn Kelly-Walley (Stretton Anglesey) 21-7 to book her place in Finals day.
The Ladies Tourism was played down to the winner on Thursday morning on Noble’s 2 green, it was Sarah Weaver (Wrockwardine Wood) who claimed a comfortable 21-12 victory over Lyn Bolton (Marown) in the final.
Weaver booked her place in the final with a hard fought 21-18 win over Caroline Bushell (Lindal BC), whilst Bolton took a comfortable 21-10 victory over Sophie Briddon (Fairfield)
In the quarter finals Weaver progressed with a 21-11 win over local bowler Elaine Moore (South Ramsey), whilst Bushell beat Lisa Pessall (Trench BC) 21-7. In the other half of the draw Bolton beat Clair Russell (Alkincoats PWA) 21-14, whilst Briddon won 21-9 over Josephine McGhee (Knutsford).
Jean Kelly Final was held on Friday 3rd September at Onchan
South Ramsey V Marown A on paper this was always going to be a close contest. Which ended up a nail biting final down to the last end. South Ramsey had a +22 handicap where Marown had + 11. The 1st 5 games off saw (including handicap) South Ramsey leading 110 and Marown 102.
Judy Kelly 13 v 21 Rebekah Kelly
Jenny Moore 21 v 10 Helen Withers
Helen Groen 21 v 18 Debbie Leece
Kim Hargraves 17 v 21 Rebecca Teare
Sue Collier 16 v 21 Philippa Taylor
The next 3 games off saw Marown close the gap on South Ramsey 157, Marown 154
Fiona Kennish 14 v 21 Lyn Bolton
Elaine Moore 12 v 21 Linda Cadamy
Gill Dixon 21 v 10 Clare Cooper
With the last game on it was all quite intense and some good bowls played by both players early on in the match. The final end was wide open with Smith leading 19-15 and holding 1 just managed to get her second bowl inside Morgans to seal the match.
Gill Morgan 15 v 21 Jayne Smith
South Ramsey 172 v 175 Marown A
The Ladies Millenium 4’s was completed on the morning of Sat 2nd September, due to having to be postponed due to horrific weather the previous month.
The semi final stage saw eventual winners Margaret Tasker, Trish Bull, Linda Cadamy and Lyn Bolton take on Debbie Leece, Clare Cooper, Helen Withers and Rebecca Teare. 45 v 35. Cath Harvey, Rose Waterworth, Loiuse Tebay and Maria Dimsdale played Jenny Moore, Gill Dixon, Kim Hargraves and Fiona Kennish 32 v 35.
The final saw Trish Bull 9 V 15 Jenny Moore, Linda Cadamy 15 V 14 Kim Hargraves and the doubles game Margaret Tasker and Lyn Bolton 15 V 5 Fiona Kennish and Gill Dixon. Which resulted in a final score of 39 V 34 to Margaret, Trish, Lyn and Linda.
The Ladies Association presented the Trophy and prizes and thanked Douglas Bowling Club for accommodating the 2 dates to hold the competition. Also thank you to the players for returning to conclude the event on a much sunnier day.
The final games of the Open Age League were played on Wed 30th August. Castletown A maintained their lead at the top when they played Mooragh Park with a full house 189 V 78 (9-0) This is Castletowns 3rd year on the run winning the league and their 17th time winning over the last 30 years which is a great achievement.
All of the top 3 teams won their games with a full house which shows just how close it was at the top of the table.
In 2nd Place saw Marown A 189 V 62 Douglas (9-0) and 3rd Place South Ramsey 189 V 63 Castletown B (9-0)
Port St Mary 154 V 152 Nobles (4-5) Port St Mary managed to just take the win by 2 points with some extremely close games on the night.
Another really close game was Ballaugh 149 V 143 Port Erin (4-5) with Ballaugh taking this win by 6 points.
Marown B 161 V 139 Peel Sunset (5-4) Marown B just taking the win.
Well done to all teams on a good season. It’s been great to see so many youngsters playing so well each week, with a few taking their first game wins too. We look forward to seeing what next season holds.
Well done again to winners Castletown A on their 17th Open Age League 2023 Title.
Ballaugh 131 V 155 Marown A (3-6) Ballaugh hosted Marown on this rearranged date and it turned out to be an evening of gale force winds. Marown dug in deep against the recently strong Ballaugh side.
Nobles 163 V 131 Douglas (7-2) Sylvia Kennaugh and Sue Gawne (Nobles) both had comfortable 21-9 wins. Douglas side Shannon McMullan had a great 4-21 win.
Peel Sunset 162 V 149 Ballaugh (4-5) The Peel side played a great home green and although they only won 4 of the 9 games. They took the oval match win on points, with Linda Wilson and Joyce Kelly both winning on single figures.
Castletown B 135 V 135 Port St Mary (4-5) This was a second draw for the Castletown B side, who fought hard to win all those points to secure the draw, with the help of Barbara Young and her 21-0 win.
At Marown we saw the 2nd Derby game with the A team coming out on top 171 V 105 (8-1) with Elaine Dewhirst marown Bs only winner 21-3.
South Ramsey 178 V 130 Mooragh Park (6-3) South Ramsey are pushing hard onto Marown A for that 2nd spot on the league table, with only 1 game left and only 25 points between 2nd and 3rd place. Castletown A now sit in top spot a comfortable 32 points ahead of marown. The McMullan youngsters madison and Bailey played extremely well on the away green both winning 21-18 and 21-15 against very strong players.
Port Erin 68 V 189 Castletown A (0-9) A full house for the Castletown side just pushed them that bit farther away on the league table to sit them comfortably in top spot. I’m sure they will be chilling that champagne ready for the last game of the season on Wed 30th August.
Debbie Leece played exceptionally well to come out eventual winner to Caroline Whitehead, winning 21-19 in a very close final. Caroline took control of the game in the early stages leading 12-4 at one point. But Debbie fought hard to level at 18-18 on the 29th end. Debbie then took a 2 to put her ahead 20-18, but Caroline wasn’t ready to give up and scored a single on the next end 20-19. Debbie scored a single on the next end and lifted the trophy in a very emotional presentation.
12 Ladies started the day off. At the Quarter Final stage Debbie overcame Kim Hargraves 21-19. Sue Gawne 21-4 Clare Cooper, Charlotte Clarke 21-18 Jo Corkill, and Caroline overcame Margaret Tasker 21-9. In the semi final stage Debbie played Sue where Debbie was on a mission to the final winning 21-16. Caroline played the other remaining Marown home greener Charlotte winning 21-14.
The Ladies Association thanked Marown for hosting the competition and everyone who helped on the day.
Marown B 133 V 145 Nobles (5-4) Marown put up a good fight against the strong Nobles team. Winning 5-4 on games but just losing out on the points. Well done to all the new and young players in both teams all picking up points for their teams.
Castletown A 177 V Peel Sunset (7-2) The Peel side picked up a couple of good wins against the tough Castletown A team. Linda Wilson (Peel) won 21-14 and Shirley Corrin 21-16.
Mooragh Park 156 V 134 Port Erin (5-4) Janet Monk and Madison McMullan both won to single figures for the Ramsey side, as did Sue Wilshaw for Port Erin.
Douglas 174 V 138 Castletown B (6-3) Jane Lothian and Shannon McMullan (Douglas) both won to single figures, helping to secure the win for Douglas.