Manx Ladies’ at Festival

Another Festival has come to an end and after a glorious week weather-wise. Manx ladies made their mark with some strong performances during the latter stages.

It looked promising in the main event on Thursday afternoon when the last 32 contained 14 local players, but with some of them coming up against each other ,seven remained in the last 16.With Jenny Moore, Lin Ruscoe, Meg Williams, Joyce Kelly and Janet Monk going out at that stage only Tricia Bull and Chris Price remained in the quarter-finals. Tricia lost out 21-13 to last year’s winner Tracy Ryan, while Chris lost to eventual runner-up, Violet Dennison, 21-15. This gave Chris the Blanche Kaye Trophy fr the Manx lady who had progressed furthest in the competition.

In the Tourism event two local ladies made it through to the semi-finals on Thursday morning, Elaine Moore going out at that stage to Eilleen Pye while Rachel Quirk went through 21-20 against Tracy Ryan. Rachel then beat Eileen Pye to progress to the final where she went down 13-21 to Claire Williams.

The four pairs in the ladies’ doubles semi-finals all contained a Manx lady, Jenny Moore and Val Young putting out Lyn Bolton and Hilary Forshaw, while Helen Martin and Janet Gleave saw off Elaine Moore and Dawn Benn. In a very close final Helen and Janet Came through to win 11-9.

In the ladies’ consolation Paula Garrett made it through to the quarter-finals but three out of four pairs in the Mixed doubles semi-finals contained a local lady. .Lyn Bolton and Andy Mailer put out Heather Horsburgh and Brian Furber 9-7 to meet Margaret Tasker and Richard Hoyles in the final In another close encounter Margaret and Richard came through to take the title 9-7.