North Ramsey Stun Port St Mary
North Ramsey A made the long journey to the south of the island in Ellan Vannin Fuels division one to take on Port St Mary A, with the visitors pulling off a shock 3-7 win over their rivals to record one of their best wins in recent history. For the visitors Steve Walmsley got off to a good start defeating Dave McCabe 21-9, with captain Allan Callow & John Cannan beating Dan McCabe & Bernard Thackrah respectively. Gary Merrill pulled off a stunning 21-17 win to inflict a first home league loss since August 2017 on Trevor Quayle. Geoff Porter also recorded an equally good win to see off Paul Skelly in a close game 21-19. Hitting back for Port St Mary were Wayne Roberts, Rob Cooil and Tim Williams who all won fairly comfortably, but couldn’t manage to stop the visitors from taking the aggregate two points having lost out by six chalks (138-144).
Marown B had a tough night in their home fixture against Douglas A with the experienced Arnie Withers the only winner (21-12) against Gary Conwell, whilst Peter Kelly lost out 18-21 to Ian Moore.
Marown A remain top of the league after their visit to the Crofts to take on Castletown A, coming away with a respectable 2-8 win. The two winners for Castletown were Captain Ian Watson who beat Matthew Keggen 21-16, backed up by the experienced Juan Kermode who had a fine win over former team mate Paul Kelly 21-10. For the Crosby men John Gelling won 21-4 against Dean Kinley, whilst Neil Withers and Phil Kelly had to work hard to record their wins over Nathan Hamilton & Jordan Drewett respectively.
Onchan A occupy second place, they closed the gap on the league leaders by a point following a fairly straightforward 1-9 away win over South Ramsey B. The lone winner for the home team was Steven Waters with a 21-13 win over Frank Watson. Tony Dugdale came closest to taking a second win off the visitors before losing out 19-21 to Matthew Quirk.
South Ramsey A climbed up to third place following their 1-9 away win against Noble’s A, with Reginald Temporaza continuing to perform well in his debut season in the top division recording a 21-15 win over Alan Moore. The visitors won four games to single figures, whilst James Teare was pushed hard by Steve Cook before getting over the line to win 21-18 to maintain his 100% record.
Peel A sit in fourth place following their 8-2 home win over Castletown B. Ste Kelly and Andy Kennish both won to single figures for Peel, whilst for Castletown Ross Moore won 21-16 against David Proctor, with Bob Clark maintaining his 100% start to the season following his 21-16 win over Gary Smith. Clark is one of just nine players to have won their first four games in division one.
In division two Ballaugh A took a massive stride forward in their quest to return to division one recording a 10-0 home win over league leaders Port St Mary B. Thomas Keggen came closest to snatching a point for the visitors, however Edgar Cowin just got over the line to win 21-20. The result meant Ballaugh A leapfrogged Port St Mary to go top on 30 points, whilst the Port men fell to fourth spot.
Finch Hill A sit in second place level on points with Ballaugh A following a good 2-8 away win against Port St Mary C. The Finch Hill men have started the season strongly with four of their players having 100% records.
Douglas B are in third place following a good 9-1 home win over Ballaugh B, who had John Kneen to thank for sparing the whitewash with a good 21-11 win over Rob Matthews.
In division three this week league leaders South Ramsey C had another solid performance with an 8-2 home win over Ballaugh C to jump up to 33 points after four games played.
Noble’s B sit in second place on 23 points following their 2-8 away win against Peel D, with Ballaugh C sat in third place on the same number of points.