The weather did nothing to dampen the spirits of the 27 pairs who made the annual pilgrimage to Marown for the infamous Tynwald Day Doubles Competition.
Matthew Quirk and Jordan Cain were left singing in the rain as they won their first men’s doubles competition after nine years of asking and just missing out on so many occasions.
They did so with a 21-14 win over father and son pairing Bernie and Steve Durcan who also handled the tricky conditions so well all day, and they should also be proud of their efforts.
Our eventual victors showed their pedigree in the wet in the Semi-Finals as they knocked out home pairing and pre-competition favourites Colin Kelly and Neil Wither 21-15. The Durcan’s had to hold their nerve at the same stage as they edged past Port St Mary’s Ewan Cooil and Wayne Roberts 21-19.