Early Leaders Drop Points
League Leaders Nobles travelled to the Purt Le Moirrey green where the home side put in a tough performance winning five of the nine games. At one point Nobles were in trouble with Lin Ruscoe 17-5 down to Chris Holland, Paula Firth 16-6 down to Roma Ware and Clare Cooper 12-4 down to Pauline Worrall. Nobles fought back, for the all important chalks, but these Purt Le Moirrey ladies proved too strong. A big win for Rebecca Teare 21-3 helped the Nobles ladies eventually win the match 144-169 (5-4).
South Ramsey improved their 2017 home performance against Champions Port St Mary. This year the winning margin was 24 chalks compared to last years three chalk victory. Big wins on either side as home players Elaine Moore 21-4, Jill Quayle 21-4 and Jenny Moore 21-9. Port St Mary’s Ann Maddrell won 21-6 and Trish Bull 21-9 evened up the scorecard. South Ramsey’s Kim Hargraves was 18-7 down to Jayne Kneen before staging a great comeback to gain vital points for the team before falling at the last hurdle 21-20. The match finished 154-130 (5-4). Port St Mary will hope to overturn that result later in the season when the teams meet in August.
Mooragh Park played their first home game of the season against a strong Castletown outfit. Mooragh Park’s Vicky Lloyd-West was their standout performer preventing a whitewash winning 21-20 against Marie Ashurst. Amanda Lawler and Tracy Moore beat tough opponents Janet Monk and Helen Martin 12 and 16 respectivley. Caroline Parker and Ann Chapman just lost out 19 and 20 in their games with the final match score 128-188 (1-8).
Castletown B who are improving every week faced Peel Sunset at home. Newcomer Jo Robert beat last seasons merit runner up Mary Moffatt 21-15 and Barbara Young beat Cath Parker 21-16. Peel Sunset won five games overall including big wins from Shirley Corrin 21-4 and Lynda Wilson 21-7 giving Peel the victory 145-159 (4-5).
In the final matches played on Friday Ballaugh picked up their second win of the season defeating Douglas 164-135 (6-3). Marown proved too strong at home beating Onchan 181-109 (8-1) with Marilyn Ellison and Wendy McDowell both just losing 21-20.
Looking ahead to next week the Quarter Finals of the Jean Kelly take place on Thursday with Onchan (+45) vs Nobles (+15), Castletown A (scr) vs Mooragh Park (+25) and Purt Le Moirrey (+30) vs Peel Sunset (+25). Port St Mary (scr) vs Port Erin (+15) takes place on Tuesday 22nd May due to a green clash.
Friday sees a full set of night league fixtures with Castletown A sitting out this week.