Ladies’ Manx Championship 2015

With a disappointing entry of 26 the 2015 Ladies’ Manx Championship, sponsored by Ann Gale and Dave McTaggart, was played over one day rather than the two scheduled. The weather stayed fine although the strong winds were having an effect on the behaviour of the woods. Despite that the quality of the field ensured that there was some fine bowling on view.

Quarter-finals: Jayne Kneen 21, Lil Smith 7; Elaine Moore 21, Paula Firth 15; Jenny Moore 21, Lilian Slinger 15; Helen Martin 21, Tricia Bull 11

Semi-finals: Elaine Moore 21, Jayne Kneen 19; Jenny Moore 21, Helen Martin 13.

The final pitted mum Elaine against daughter Jenny and was evenly matched, the score being all square at 7-7 after eleven ends. Elaine had the better of the next period of play, opening up a 15-10 lead which, with two 2’s and a single, Jenny caught up to 15-15 after twenty-three ends. From there Elaine took control, Jenny recording just one more single before her mother ran out the winner 21-16.

Association president, Pat Robertson, thanked the Douglas club for their help throughout the afternoon, measuring, stewarding and providing refreshments. Thanks also went to Chris, Heather and Elaine for running the sheet and doing the raffle.

She particularly thanked Ann Gale and Dave McTaggart who have generously offered to sponsor the event for five years, before asking Ann to present the prizes.