Ladies IOM Triples
The weather was perfect for the ladies’ IOM Triples played at Port Erin on Saturday 4th. May. Eleven competing groups were able to play under blue skies and uninterrupted sunshine. In the first roundthe home team of Voirrey Curphey, Jean Thackrah and Jacqui Elliott were up against it as they faced a strong team of Paula Firth, Lin Ruscoe and Maureen Payne, quickly finding themselves 18-10 down. At this point the southerners dug in and eventually came through to take the game 21-19. The other two first round games saw Philippa Taylor, Joyce Ogden and Lynda Cadamy come through 21-10 against Sue Peach, Marie Ashurst and Barbara Young, while Margaret Tasker. Tricia Bull and Mavis Franks had the better of Heike Perry, Kath Kinley and Ann Hollingworth 21-13.
In the quarter-finals the group of Sue Collier, Norma Cowell and Helen Caley posed a rea threat to Margaret Tasker and her team before succumbing 21-16. Philippa’s group had the better of Voirrey Curphey’s team while in the bottom half of the draw the Nobles’ trio of Clare Cooper, Rebecca Teare and Debbie Leece were too powerful for Tracy Moore, Joy Stephen and Linda Dobinson. Jenny and Elaine Moore together with Gill Dixon overpowered Kim Hargraves, Fiona Kennish and Rita Callister to progress to the semi-finals. Despite Margaret’ team having the better start Philippa’s gang won 21-15 to reach the final while Clare’s team needed all their grit and determination to eventually go through 21-19 against Jenny and co.
The final saw a rampant Nobles who, despite the best efforts of their opponents, came through to take the title 21-11.
Final: Clare, Rebecca, Debbie 21, Philippa, Joyce and Lynda 11
Thanks went to Port Erin for the use of their green, their members for their help in the smooth running of the event, particularly the men for measuring and the ladies for the refreshments – particularly Phil Dobson for her sterling work manning the “stall”.
The prizes were presented by the Association president, Sue Peach.