Deja Vu for Dunn and Withers

Marown duo Paul Dunn and Neil Withers won the Newsbeat Men’s Pairs Competition for the second year in succession and not only that but they played the same pairing in the final as they did last year.

In the quarter finals, Dunn and Withers beat club mates Glenn Boland and Walter McCarthy 21-10, Trevor Quayle and Wayne Roberts (Port St Mary) took care of Marown’s Brian and James Kelly 21-7, while Paul Cubbon and Richard Hainge (Ballaugh) defeated South Ramsey’s Lee Dawson and Tony Hart 21-12 and Andy Kennish and Reg Temporaza (Onchan) beat Mark Dimsdale (Ballaugh) and Alex Yates (Noble’s) 21-8.

In the semi-finals Dunn and Withers defeated Quayle and Roberts 21-12 and Kennish and Temporaza had a comfortable win over Cubbon and Hainge 21-10.

This set up a repeat of last year’s final between Dunn and Withers and Kennish and Temporaza and while the Marown pair were perhaps fortunate to come out on top in 2021 by the finest of margins there was no cliff hanger scenario this time around as they secured an emphatic 21-8 win.

Their Newsbeat success led to a number of other pairs victories last season and already this year they have collected the Lilian Slinger competition.

Thanks to Joyce Ogden and Lil Smith for running the competition and to Finch Hill Ladies who provided the catering. Thanks were also given to Finch Hill members for helping throughout the day.