Nobles End Marown’s Unbeaten Start
With Castletown A sitting out they would have watched with interest as their title rivals Port St Mary A and South Ramsey faced each other and Nobles faced a tricky away match, against the only remaining undefeated team, Marown.
Port St Mary A used their home advantage to full effect to defeat South Ramsey by 14 chalks, despite losing five of the nine games. Title contenders South Ramsey picked up wins from Moira Anderson who won comfortably 21-5 against Lorna Brady-Glover, Fiona Kennish 21-13 against Wendy Kennaugh, Jenny Moore 21-14 against Mavis Franks, Lyn Bolton 21-12 against Kellie Maddrell-Reeve and Elaine Moore who won 21-19 against last years overall merit winner Chris Price. Port St Mary A turned the match around thanks to three wins to single figures, Jayne Kneen won 21-8 against Gill Morgan, Trish Bull 21-3 against Jill Quayle and Margaret Tasker who won 21-6 against Kim Hargraves. Ann Maddrell was Port St Mary’s final winner beating Ann Gale 21-11. The final score 147-133 (4-5).
Nobles remain top of the Ladies league after winning their tricky away match against Marown by 39 chalks, inflicting Marown’s first defeat of the season. Nobles got off to a flying start with Debbie Leece winning 21-9 against Pat Withers, Alison Keggen 21-6 against Rosie Winckle and Rebecca Teare defeating Philippa Taylor 21-4. Marown picked up two wins in the first half with Ceila Joughin winning 21-16 against Lin Ruscoe and Shirley Whelan who won 21-16 against Jan West. Marown’s fightback continued with Joyce Ogden winning 21-10 against Viv Cook and Lil Smith beat Jayne Smith 21-19. Clare Cooper sealed the match for Nobles with a 21-9 win over Margaret Scarffe and Sylvia Kennaugh won 21-15 over Elaine Dewhurst to give a final score of 127-166 (4-5).
Mooragh Park had a home tie against Castletown B. Helen Martin and Janet Monk both won to single figures to establish a lead for the home side with wins also coming from Shannon McMullan, Aalish Haworth, Ellie Cowell, Rosemary Quirk and Vicky Lloyd-West. Rita Callister and Pauline Worrall won for the southerners with Mooragh winning overall 180-118 (7-2).
Douglas was defeated at home by Ballaugh, with the home side, unfortunately, having to concede a walk over. Ballaugh’s winners were Elaine Fenton, Pat Mason, Christine Macdonald, Brenda Bowyer, Barbara Graham, Gill Dixon and Cath Harvey, who hung on to her 100 percent record edging a close match 21-19 against Shantelle Thorpe. Pat Kelly and Patsy Rush won for Douglas with the match ending 113-162 (2-7)
Port Erin and Peel turned out to be another tight match ending 5-4 on games. Port Erin managed to win the match by 33 chalks with two single figure wins from home players Voirrey Curphy and Jacqui Elliott. Caroline Whitehead, Lynda Cadamy and Carol Kaye also won for Port Erin. Peel’s winners on the night were Louise Horsfall, Heather Horsburgh, Mary Moffatt and Lynda Wilson. Final score 164-131 (5-4).
The final match on Friday saw a solid home performance from Onchan who whitewashed Castletown B 189-124 (9-0).
Next week is a double set of matches with Port St Mary A making the short trip to Port Erin on Wednesday before their top of the table clash at home against Nobles. South Ramsey face a home match against Douglas before travelling south to play Port Erin. Castletown A goes away to Onchan on Wednesday before a home tie against Douglas.