Dunn Retains Jim Kernan Cup

South Ramsey hosted the Jim Kernan Cup on Saturday afternoon, in what is traditionally the first of the pre-festival opens with a healthy entry of 62. With heavy rain late morning and just as the competition started this took away any prospect of a quick green.

At the quarter final stage Danny Barwise (Merseyside) put paid to hopes of the last home greener Glynn Hargraves with a 21-15 win, whilst fellow Merseyside man Paul Ashmore had a good run only to lose out 12-21 to 2023 winner Paul Dunn (Marown). In the bottom half of the draw Matt Gilmore (Wirral) beat Jon Guess (Fairfield) 21-13, whilst Marown man Colin Kelly just edged home 21-20 against Michael Coupe (Wirral).

Both semi-finals were fascinating matches for the spectators who were treated to some top quality play, with Barwise leading 15-11 against Dunn, only to trail by three chalks at 15-18. Four consecutive singles saw the Merseyside man lead 19-18 only for Dunn to see the game out with three singles to book his place in the final with a 21-19 win.

The other semi-final was just as close, as Gilmore led 16-10 against Kelly, only for the latter to take the lead 18-16. A single and a double for the Wirral man saw him edge ahead 19-18, with Kelly matching this mini run to see the game out with a 21-19 victory to join his Marown teammate in the final.

Kelly got off to a flier in the final scoring three doubles and three singles over the first six ends in the corners to lead 14-5. With Dunn finally picking up his first point, the Marown captain went on to win six of the next seven ends to close the deficit to just two chalks at 14-16. Kelly got in at the right time to keep ahead and in doing so extended the lead to 19-15. Dunn scored four singles on the bounce to level the game up at 19-19, then finished with a two to retain the title, in doing so won the cup for the third time in four years with his 21-19 victory – the only time he was ahead all game, but crucially at the most important time, as he proved once again a game is not over until you get to the magic score of 21.

The presentation was made by South Ramsey competition secretary James Teare who thanked the ladies for providing the refreshments throughout the day, along with everyone who had helped with the running of the competition. James then introduced long term sponsor George Brew to present the prizes. In his speech Dunn thanked George for the sponsorship of the competition.

Link to full draw – https://challonge.com/h90ebuk