Parker Wins Ramsey Town Cup

After 2 weeks of unsettled weather it was with relief that the Greek God Zeus took a day off and the Ladies Ramsey Town Cup was played on Saturday at North Ramsey Bowling club in the dry despite threatening clouds overhead.

23 bowlers from all over the Island competed for the Ladies Ramsey Town Cup. The entrants included 5 junior players who all proved to be tough opponents with the youngest, Megan Hargreaves from South Ramsey, gaining 16 points against one of the finalists, Tricia Bull.

The rest of the juniors also played very well with the McMullan sisters Shannon and Madison both scoring 18, Victoria Johnson 20 and Aalish Haworth won her match against Katie Johnson which took her through to the Quarter finals.

In the quarter finals Margaret Tasker lost out to Lil Smith 17-21 and Ann Chapman lost to Tricia Bull 15-21. Caroline Parker had a good win against Fiona Kennish 21-12 whilst Phillipa Taylor came out on top against Aalish Haworth 21-16.

Caroline Parker, from North Ramsey, and Phillipa Taylor, from Marown, had a very close game in the semi finals, which was thrilling to watch as it reached “all-but” across. However, it was Caroline who just managed to win the last all-important point to take the game 21-20.

In the other semi-final Lil Smith, also from Marown, and Tricia Bull from Port St Mary were neck and neck after 7 ends at 10 across but after 11 ends Tricia had gained a 5 point advantage. Although Lil played some great shots and fought back really hard, it was Tricia who won the match 21-18.

So it was a North against South final with Caroline Parker taking an early lead after 4 ends 12-6 but Tricia Bull dug deep and played some brilliant bowls to reduce the deficit at 12 ends to 16-13. However Caroline managed to hang on and gain the last 5 points winning the game 21-13 thereby retaining the Ladies Ramsey Town Cup in Ramsey for another year.

North Ramsey Bowling Club were very pleased to invite Michelle Quayle from Ramsey Town Commisioners to present the prizes to the runner up (Tricia Bull) and two losing semi-finalists (Philippa Taylor and Lil Smith) and the Cup and first prize to Caroline. Helen Martin, North Ramsey Bowling Club President congratulated all the players, Caroline in particular, and thanked Michelle Quayle for presenting the prizes, the park staff for the improvement of the green and everyone who helped in the running of the event.