Moore Festival Titles for Jenny
In the Ladies main event local bowler Jenny Moore (South Ramsey) took on Michelle Mackay (Lindal BC) in the final. It proved to be a great week for Jenny as she picked up her third festival title following her June 2016 and September 2021 successes.
In the final the early part of the game saw Mackay lead 9-6, with Moore levelling the game up at 9-9, then 10-10. On the next end with Moore counting for one the watching crowd expected a reaching bowl, however it fell short to put Moore in the lead for the first time in the game at 11-10. It went level at 11 for the third time in the game the following end, this proved to be the last point picked up by Mackay with the South Ramsey player then moving through the gears on a longer mark picking up the final seven ends alternating the first five ends with singles and doubles with a great performance to lead 19-11, before going on to see the game out with two good singles to seal a fully deserved 21-11 victory.
In addition to taking her first win and the winners’ cheque for £1,250 Jenny received the Blanche Kaye Trophy for the furthest Manx Lady, while Michelle took the runners up prize for £625.
In the semi-finals Moore booked her place in the final with a comfortable 21-14 win over Sharon Rigden (Bretherton) having built up a 15-8 lead, Rigden fought back to 13-16, only for Moore to see the game out with two doubles and a single, while Mackay took on local bowler Louise Tebay (Ballaugh) who despite only taking up the game in 2021 the latter just lost out 20-21 in a thrilling finish to the game with Tebay doing all she could to reach the final counting one for game. With her last bowl Mackay was inside the jack land with the pace of the bowl holding it to pick up the jack to win 21-20 to go through to the final.
Moore started her day with a 21-16 win over Lynda Cadamy (Marown), whilst Rigden had a good battle with Shavorne Osborne (Trench BC) with the former winning 21-18. Mackay started her day beating last year’s losing finalist Sarah Weaver (Wrockwardine Wood) with a 21-13, whilst Tebay also had a comfortable 21-12 win over Lisa Pessall (Trench BC).
The question will be how many festival titles Moore will pick up, with age most definitely on her side, as Moore reached finals day with comprehensive victories in the last 32, beating both players to single figures with a 21-9 victory over Mandy Pagett (Woodfield), then went on to beat Marilyn Kelly-Walley (Stretton Anglesey) 21-7 to book her place in Finals day.
The Ladies Tourism was played down to the winner on Thursday morning on Noble’s 2 green, it was Sarah Weaver (Wrockwardine Wood) who claimed a comfortable 21-12 victory over Lyn Bolton (Marown) in the final.
Weaver booked her place in the final with a hard fought 21-18 win over Caroline Bushell (Lindal BC), whilst Bolton took a comfortable 21-10 victory over Sophie Briddon (Fairfield)
In the quarter finals Weaver progressed with a 21-11 win over local bowler Elaine Moore (South Ramsey), whilst Bushell beat Lisa Pessall (Trench BC) 21-7. In the other half of the draw Bolton beat Clair Russell (Alkincoats PWA) 21-14, whilst Briddon won 21-9 over Josephine McGhee (Knutsford).