Port St Mary B humble A Team in JMS
The Semi Finals of the JMS Shield took place on Thursday with an all Port St Mary clash of A vs B and in the other semi-final Peel Sunset took on Marown.
Port St Mary B began the match with a handicap advantage of 20 points with their A team off scratch. In their last four meetings Port St Mary A have averaged a win of over 40 chalks and despite the handicap were favourites to progress.
PSM B Player Brenda Hawkard got them off to a good start with a 21-17 win over Trish Bull with Edwina Reid coming out on top 21-20 over Wendy Kennuagh. Ann Maddrell got the A team going with a 21-17 win over Mavis Franks meaning the B team had a lead of 21 points going into the final games.
Val Macfarlane quickly reduced the deficit for the A team to three chalks following a brilliant 21-3 win over Pauline Whorrell. Port St Mary B weren’t done and quickly responded through Roma Ware who beat Rita Callister 21-9 to increase the margin to 15 points. The final match saw A team player Margaret Tasker defeat Chris Holland 21-16 but it wasn’t enough to prevent the B team from progressing into the final winning by 10 chalks. The final score 119-109 (3-3)
In the second Semi Final Peel Sunet took on Marown with these two teams occupying second and third place in the league. Marown started with a handicap advantage of 15 chalks with Peel off scratch. Peel have had the better of recent encounters winning four of the five games although Marown won the most recent match in July by 28 chalks.
The match kicked off with Mary Moffatt vs Mary Alderson, Cath Parker vs Shirley Whelan and Lynda Wilson vs Celia Joughin. Mary Moffatt and Lynda Wilson both won 21-6 to put Peel in the driving seat although Marown did get on the score board as Shirley Whelan won 21-14. Peel led at the halfway stage by 8 chalks having cancelled out the handicap.
Heather Horsburgh further extended the lead to 13 chalks with her 21-16 win over Marcia Pearson. Margaret Scarffe gave Marown a lifeline winning 21-12 against Pat Robertson to reduce Peel’s lead to just 4 chalks. Joyce Kelly hung on against Philippa Taylor to win 21-20 and give Peel a 5 point victory 110-105 (4-2).
Peel go into their third JMS final having won the competition once in 2014. Port St Mary B enter their first final and will look to make history when the two teams face each other on Thursday 16th August.