The Ladies Association IOM Merit (Barbara Lee Trophy) competition was played on Sunday at Onchan Bowling Club attracting an entry of 24 ladies. Fortunately, the weather stayed fine for a great afternoon of bowling.

Going through to the first semi-final was junior bowler Madison McMullan (Mooragh Park) against the more experienced Trish Bull (Port St Mary). On the 14th end, Trish led 12-5 but with some excellent bowls Madison reduced this deficit to 13 across on the 22nd end.  Trish drew on her experience, started to pull away and eventually won 21-16.  The second semi-final was an all South Ramsey affair with Kim Hargraves taking on Sue Collier.  Sue got off to a blistering start leading 14-5 on the 15th end but with sheer determination Kim dug deep winning 10 of the last 11 ends to win 21-16. 

The final was certainly exciting to watch and well contested. With both playing well, it was 19 all on 32nd end.  With a final flourish Kim took the next two ends to win her first major singles title 21-19. 

Presentation of trophy and prizes was made by the Ladies Association President. Kim then thanked all her opponents, Onchan for hosting and Gill Morgan for the smooth running of the competition finishing off by saying she was ‘over the moon’ at winning.

Castletown A continue to dominant at the top of the ladies Open Age league with a good away win against fourth placed Marown last Wednesday night. Philippa Taylor and Alison Kearsley had a tough game with Philippa just edging it 21-20. Sue Peach (Castletown) also had a battle against Shirley Whelan with the latter eventually winning to 19.  Celia Joughin (Marown) and Amanda Lawler (Castletown) were the only players to win to single figures. Ballaugh were also on fine form winning by 16 points away to Peel.  The closest game was between Lynda Wilson (Peel) who won to 17 against Pam Unsworth. 

Results: South Ramsey 169 (6), Marown B 126 (3); Marown A 141 (4), Castletown A 158 (5); Peel 143 (4), Ballaugh 159 (5); Port St Mary 155 (5), Mooragh Park 118 (4); Castletown B 144 (3), Onchan 165 (6); Douglas 150 (6), Port Erin 121 (3)

In the Over 60’s league on Tuesday morning, Peel kept up the pressure on leaders Castletown A with a maximum away at Castletown B. The win was helped by Gill Clarke and Mona Kerruish winning to single figures.  Susan Kerruish just missed out on winning a game for Castletown losing to 20 against Terri Berry.  Another maximum was achieved by Finch Hill at home to Port St Mary B. with Port just missed out on winning two games as Chris Holland and Edwina Reid lost by 20 and 19 respectively.

Results: Ballaugh 81 (2), Castletown A 111 (4); Port Erin 109 (5), Onchan B 75 (1); Onchan A 119 (5), Mooragh Park A 68 (1); Port St Mary 110 (4), Marown 84 (2); Finch Hill 126 (6), Port St Mary B 84 (0); Castletown B 72 (0), Peel 126 (0); Mooragh Park B 41 (1), South Ramsey 120 (5)

JMS Veterans Shield. Results from Game 5 – Group A: Port St Mary A (+19) 144, Onchan B (+29) 95; Port Erin (+28) 154, Castletown B (+39) 108; Group B: South Ramsey (+19) 134, Port St Mary B (+31) 106;  Group C: Marown (+11) 137, Ballaugh (+24) 89; Mooragh Park B|(+36) 89, Peel (+21) 128; Group D: Onchan A (+17) 122, Castletown (+24) 130