Janet Wins 7th Manx Championship

Mooragh Park hosted the Ladies Championship on Saturday 30th June with a field of 26 ladies.

Three former champions, Jenny Moore (South Ramsey); Janet Monk (Mooragh Park) and last years winner Shelley Kennish (South Ramsey), along with Lyn Bolton (South Ramsey), Alison Keggen (Nobles), Amanda Lawler (Castletown), Caroline Whitehead (Port Erin) and Rebecca Teare (Nobles) made up the quarter finals.

Two time champion Jenny Moore defeated fellow club mate Lyn Bolton to book her place in the semi finals and would face Rebecca Teare who booked her spot beating Caroline Whitehead.

Amanda Lawler ended Shelley Kennish title defence and six time champion Janet Monk defeated Alison Keggen.

In the first Semi Final Jenny Moore got off to a good start racing to a 13-4 lead after 11 ends. Rebecca dug in to chip away at the lead but couldn’t get a good run with the block and Jenny ran out 21-13 winner.

The second Semi Final was a repeat of the 2014 final with Janet Monk taking on Amanda Lawler. Janet started the game very well having a run with the block which saw her build up a 11-2 lead after 10 ends. Amanda closed the gap to 9-15 before a run of three 2’s saw Janet close out the game 21-9.

The final got underway with both players exchanging points in cagy a nip tuck battle which saw them level after eight ends with the score 5-5. Jenny and Janet tried to build momentum but with both bowling very well neither could make a break away. After 15 ends, with the game tight at 10-9 to Janet, the first decisive moment came. Janet reeled off a run of 6 ends to build a lead of 17-9. Jenny fought back with two quick doubles reduced the deficit to 17-13 before Janet moved within one point of victory 20-13. Jenny wasn’t done yet and came back finding a long mark which she settle on winning six ends to bring the scores level at 20-20. On the last end Jenny led a bowl which was just slightly tight and a yard through giving Janet room to leave her bowl counting for game. Jenny was unable to better her first bowl and Janet claimed her seventh Manx Championship extending her own record as the most decorated Ladies Manx Champion.

At the conclusion of the competition the presentation was made by Heather Horsburgh and President Sue Peach who thanked Mooragh Park for hosting the competition and to all those who assisted with the running of the competition.