Close at the top in Men’s Over 60’s League.
As we came to Game 4 of the Season the question everyone was asking was whether Onchan A and Peel Sunset A could continue with their 100% winning record to head the challenge for the 2017 League Champions Title and neither of these teams disappointed their supporters as they both had convincing victories.
Peel Sunset A travelled north to Ballaugh and came away with a 7-1 win with the Ballaugh Clubs Phil Faragher being their only winner against Phil Parker.
Onchan A hosted Finch Hill and they also won 7-1 with only Eric Stanley getting a win on the day for the Finch Hill team with a 21-9 win over Mike Alexander.
Onchan B crossed the Fairy Bridge to challenge Castletown A which is never an easy task on the Castletown sides home green and obviously the Onchan lads couldn’t all have said ‘Good Afternoon Fairies’ as they returned home having suffered a 7-1 defeat with their only winner being Roger Payne who beat Peter Oates 21-17.
Douglas B lost 6-2 to Port St Mary B at the Villa and Douglas A just had a short journey up the hill to play Nobles B with the team from the Villa running out 6-2 winners.
Nobles A a team with the credentials to challenge for the League were away to Marown and the Crosby based side proved to strong for the Douglas men with Marown winning 5-3.
North Ramsey B hosted Port Erin with the latter team winning 5-3 and North Ramsey A travelled to Port St Mary A where the home side won 6-2 in a match with some very close games .
Peel Sunset B defeated South Ramsey 5-3 and finally Peel Sunset C hosted Ballaugh A with the men from Ballaugh taking a 6-2 victory with Clyde Quine and Phil Clarke being the winners for the westerners.
With joint League leaders Peel Sunset A having a bye for Game 5 the other leading team Onchan A travelled to Castletown B and it was there that the Onchan teams 100% record came to and end with a 5-3 defeat.
The Castletown A team took the long trek north to play South Ramsey and came away with a 6-2 win with Chas Grills and Bernard King being the only winners for the South Ramsey side.
Ballaugh A beat Peel Sunset B 5-3 and the Peel Sunset C side lost 8-0 to North Ramsey A at the Mooragh Park.
Marown the team who appear to be ‘on a roll’ at the moment travelled to Onchan B and took the honours with a 6-2 win with the Onchan winners being Erwin Gelling and Roger Payne.
At Finch Hill the honours were even with a 4-4 draw between Finch Hill and Nobles Park B while at the top of the Town Nobles A got back on form by defeating Douglas B 7-1 with Ray Osborne being the Doglas B winner beating Vinty Dugdale 21-19.
In a tight match at the Villa Douglas A and Port St Mary A battled for a 4-4 draw with two very close games which saw David Quirk just lose out 21-20 to Brian Lowe and Geoff Mayles edge the game over Ray Maddrell also 21-20.
Port Erin hosted Ballaugh B with the Ballaugh boys winning 5-3 despite Port Erin’s Derek Allen having a great 21-3 win over Tom Lord.
Another closely fought match was at Port St Mary where Port St Mary B drew with North Ramsey B 4-4.
So after Game 5 with Peel Sunset A having a bye, Onchan A losing and Castletown A winning, the top three are Peel Sunset A, Castletown A and Onchan A all on 8 points.
Closely following the top three are Nobles A, Castletown B, Marown A and Port St Mary A all on 7 points.