Ladies’ Manx Championship 2014
There was a disappointing entry of 29 for the Manx Championships played at Castletown on Saturday 5 July, which meant that the event was completed in one day rather than the two days scheduled.
On a warm sunny day, on a tricky green that was running well, there was some excellent bowling and some very close games, particularly in the latter stages.
Quarter-finals: Janet Monk 21, Chris Price 20; Elaine Moore 21, Hannah Kermode 20; Ann Hollingworth 21, Tricia Bull 15; Amanda Lawler 21, Kellie Maddrell – Reeve 7.
Semi-finals: Janet Monk 21, Elaine Moore 14; Amanda Lawler 21, Ann Hollingworth 20.
In the final Amanda started with a 2 on the first end before Janet took the next six ends and a lead of 9-2. From that point Amanda had the upper hand over the next fourteen ends, tying the score at 13-13. A single followed by three 2’s took Janet to “all but”, and, despite her opponent clawing back the next two ends, she ran out the winner 21-15.
This gave Janet the title for the sixth time and she will be a great ambassador representing the island at the “Champion of Champions” in Blackpool at the end of September.
The presentation was made by Association president, Pat Robertson, who thanked the Castletown club for the use of their green and their help during the afternoon – particular thanks went to the green keeper for the condition of the playing surface. Thanks also went to those responsible for running the sheet, everyone who had entered and all those who had stayed behind to watch the final. She stated that she had been very impressed by the standard of play, and by how smart the players looked in “dress code”.