Ladies’ Millenium Fours
It was all go at Onchan Park on Saturday 15 July, with Onchan fair, and the ladies’ Millennium Fours event, taking place. The entry was ten teams of four and in each match players were drawn, two to play singles, the other two making a doubles combination. The three games were played to 15 off scratch, the team with the greatest total over the three games progressing to the next round.
Between the fine weather and the background music from the fair, which had spectators dancing round the green, there was some fine bowling played in a carnival atmosphere.
In the first semi-final a South Ramsey team consisting of Fiona Kennish, Kim Hargraves, Bethany Kennish and Jenny Moore took on a Mixed team of Mary Alderson, Lynda Cadamy, Philippa Taylor and Ann Gale. Fiona and Kim were drawn to play the doubles against the Mary and Lynda combo, the Mixed team pair having the advantage 12-15.In the singles Philippa beat Bethany 15-5 while Jenny beat Ann 15-7, giving South Ramsey a total of 32 points and the Mixed team, who went through to the final, a total of 37 points.
In the second semi-final Noblesconsisting of Clare Cooper, Paula Firth, Rebecca Teare and Lin Ruscoe, played a combined South Ramsey and Marown team made up of Elaine Moore, Jill Quayle, Lil Smith and Rosie Winckle. Clare and Paula came through 15-12 in the doubles against Rosie Winckle and Jill Quayle while the singles were shared, Rebecca Teare beating Lil Smith 15-1 and in reply Elaine Moore beat Lin Ruscoe 15-7, giving Nobles 37 points and South Ramsey / Marown 28.
This set up a Nobles v Mixed team final. The three games were on the green at the same time and the singles finished with Philippa Taylor winning 15-4 against Paula Firth, while Lin Ruscoe replied with 15-6 against Mary Alderson, leaving the final result in the hands of the doubles pairings. With Clare Cooper and Rebecca Teare coming through 15-9 against Lynda Cadamy and Ann Gale, Nobles took the title once again with a final score of 34 points to 30.
Association president, Rosie Winckle thanked Onchan for the use of their green and their ladies for helping, and providing refreshments during the afternoon. She also thanked Elaine and Heather for organising the event and running the sheet.