Nobles New Leaders
A double fixtures week of ladies night bowls changed the top of the table once more with the title race taking another twist.
Wednesday evening saw a number of big wins. In the match between Castletown A and Peel Sunset, Mary Moffatt prevented a whitewash winning her game 21-14. Peel lost six games to single figures recording their lowest away performance since 2011 with the final score 182-69 (8-1).
Marown is always a tough place for teams to visit and Port St Mary B was only able to record one winner with Brenda Hawkard winning her game 21-19. The home side picking up a deserved 187-128 (8-1) win.
Port St Mary A collected their first full house of the season defeating Castletown B 189-75 (9-0).
Ballaugh slipped to a 13 chalk defeat at home to South Ramsey. Elaine Moore had the best score on the night winning 21-5. Match score 149-162 (3-6).
Douglas was a player short in their home match against Port Erin with the visitors winning 128-166 (3-6). Youngster Rebekah Kelly picked up her first league victory winning 21-5.
The final game on Wednesday saw Onchan defeated by Nobles 130-176 (3-6) with Jan West recording the biggest win on the night 21-6.
Onto Friday and match of the night, league leaders Castletown A travelling to champions Port St Mary A. The match was close on games finishing 5-4 but PSM won three games to single figures building a lead which would give them an overall victory by 21 chalks 151-130. The result pulls PSM back only 6 chalks behind Castletown A.
With PSM and Castletown taking points off each other Nobles took full advantage against Peel Sunset who were, unfortunately, a player short. Paula Firth had the standout win 21-3 whilst Shirley Corrin and Mary Moffatt won for Peel. The match finished 179-103 (7-2) and took Nobles top of the league holding a slender 14 chalk advantage over Castletown A.
South Ramsey remain fourth winning 179-101 (7-2) against Port St Mary B. SR won five games to single figures with Lyn Bolton and Jenny Moore winning 21-7 and Elaine Moore, Ann Gale and Jill Quayle winning 21-8.
Castletown B took full advantage of Douglas being a player short to record a two-point and first league win of the season. The away side won five of the nine games including Shantelle Thorpe and Paula Garrett who won 21-8 and 21-6 respectively. Jo Robert, Joy Stephens and Elaine McElroy won for CT with the match ending 137-135 (4-5).
Mooragh Park faced Onchan and it was encouraging to see so many juniors on the result card with six playing in the match. The home team won comfortably 165-126 (7-2) including wins for Junior Champion Shannon McMullan and sister Madison.
In the final game from Friday Ballaugh faced Port Erin. Both sides recorded two wins to single figures but with the home team winning the majority of the games picked up a 19 chalk victory 159-140 (6-3).
Next week Port St Mary A sit out allowing their rivals to temporarily pull away. Nobles take on South Ramsey with Castletown A looking to claw points back on the new leaders. Castletown themselves travel the short distance to Breagle Glen to face Port Erin.