Ladies’ Millennium fours
LADIES’ ASSOCIATION MILLENNIUM FOURS.
A total of forty-four ladies gathered at Castletown on Saturday 13th. July to compete in the Ladies’ Association Millennium team fours.
Each “match” consisted of two singles games and a doubles, the players for each being drawn at random.
The first match pitted one of the three Castletown teams against South Ramsey. Although Ann Hollingworth won her game against Kim Hargraves, South Ramsey were convincing winners 40-21. It was nice to see some of our younger players taking part, including Grace Quayle in this match.
In match 2 Nobles faced another Castletown team and were denied a full house when Sue Peach came through 15-13 against Alison Keggen, the final score being 43-31 in Noble’s favour.
The third prelim. was the closest match of the afternoon, with Mooragh Park 1 facing a combined Port St Mary / Port Erin team. In the singles matches Tricia Bull’s 15-9 win over Madison McMullan, followed by Shannon McMullan’s 15-11 win over Margaret Tasker left the combined team two points ahead with the doubles to come. A 15-11 win by Janet Monk and Helen Martin over Mavis Franks and Voirrey Curphey saw the Ramsey team through by a margin of two points.
In the quarter-finals South Ramsey faced Nobles, the game of this match being a closely fought battle between Kim Hargraves and Debbie Leece, which was neck and neck all the way through, Debbie eventually taking it 15-14. to leave South Ramsey one short of a maximum score as they won 44-36.
Mooragh 1 faced their less experienced club mates, Mooragh 2, in a match containing four junior girls, and despite some dogged resistance from their opponents they came through 45-24.
It all came down to the doubles in the Castletown 2 v Port St Mary team as the singles were divided, Heike Perry winning 15-9 against Kellie Maddrell, balanced by Chris Price’s 15-8 win over Tracy Moore. Port St Mary were !5-10 winners in the doubles, going through to the semi-finals 39-33.
The last quarter-final saw two combos, Maureen Payne joining Lin Ruscoe, Paula Firth and Sylvia Kennaugh from Nobles, taking on Oggie’s Angels. The first singles saw Philippa Taylor get off to a flyer against Lin Ruscoe, but Lin dug deep to level at 14-14 before Phi;ippa took the game 15-14. With the other two games going Oggie’s Angels way, they advanced 45-30.
In the semi-finals, South Ramsey scored the full 45 points against Mooragh 1, with Fiona Kennish, having been down 12-6 against Helen Martin, coming through to win 15-13. In the doubles Shannon and Madison McMullen played some very good bowls but were unable to get the better of their more experienced opponents, Elaine Moore and Kim Hargraves.
The other semi-final saw a convincing 15-5 win in the doubles for Chris Price and Kellie Maddrell, but Philippa Taylor and Lynda Cadamy each came through in the singles 15-4 to book their team’s place in the final.
Philippa and Jenny contested the first singles in the final, with there being little between the two protagonists up to 12-12, when three singles saw the game go to Philippa 15-12. Lynda Cadamy was in commanding form against Kim Hargraves, winning 15-3, while in the doubles Joyce Ogden and Lyn Bolton edged out Elaine Moore and Fiona Kennish 15-10 giving a final result Oggie’s Angels 45, South Ramsey 25.