Port St Mary End Castletown’s Winning Streak

The week started with two re-arranged matches as Douglas took on Ballaugh and Nobles facing Purt Le Moirrey.

Douglas beat Ballaugh 166-122 (7-2) with Harley Garrett, Maureen Wilcox and Shantelle Thorpe all performing well winning to single figures.  Ballaughs winners came from Gill Dixon and Elaine Fenton.

Nobles put in a strong home performance to beat Purt Le Moirrey 181-137 (8-1).  Joyce Ogden top scored on the night beating Linda Dawson 21-9.  Purt Le Moirrey pushed Nobles in a couple of games with Rita Callister just losing 21-19 to Alison Keggen and Mavis Franks losing 21-19 to Jan West.  Purt Le Moirrey did avoid a whitewash with Roma Ware beating Rebecca Teare 21-13.

On Friday 10th August Port St Mary took on league leaders Castletown, with Castletown looking to extend their 115 chalk advantage.  Port St Mary have a game in hand and would look to close the gap before their catch up game next week.

The game was finely balanced with both sides evenly matched and with a stand out performance from Ann Maddrell who won 21-1 against Sue Peach made sure that the home side won the match, ending Castletown’s impressive 14-win streak, and clawed vital points back on their rivals.  Port St Mary’s other wins came from Val Macfarlane 21-15 against Kim Foy, Katy Williams 21-14 against Heike Perry, Trish Bull 21-19 against Anne Oates and Chris Price who beat Hannah Drewett 21-16.  Castletown’s winners were merit leader Amanda Lawler who beat Wendy Kennuagh 21-12, Ann Hollingworth 21-12 against Kellie Maddrell-Reeve, Kath Kinley 21-18 against Jayne Kneen and Tracy Moore who beat Margaret Tasker 21-15.

With the match ending with a 13 chalk with for Port St Mary, 162-149 (5-4), they close the gap to 102 points and will look ahead to their fixtures next week when they have another crunch tie against South Ramsey.  With the game against South Ramsey their catch up game Port St Mary will then look to pick up vital points against Onchan on Friday.

South Ramsey go back to the top of the summit following their 79-186 (1-8) victory over Castletown B.  Jenny Moore, Fiona Kennish, Lauren Groen, Elaine Moore and Lyn Bolton all won comfortably to single figures.  Castletown avoided a whitewash with Joy Stephens holding off Sue Collier to win 21-18.  The result places South Ramsey 109 points ahead of Port St Mary with their match to come on Thursday 16th August.

Port Erin collected their first full house of the season defeating Ballaugh 189-96 (9-0).  Di Benson, Caroline Whitehead, Voirrey Curphey and Lynda Cadamy all won to single figures in the match.

Douglas nearly pulled off a great win at home to Marown but fell four chalks short losing 155-159 (4-5).  Paula Garrett won 21-8 against Ceila Joughin backed up by Muriel Cain, Maureen Wilcox and Sue Caley.  Marown managed to get over the line 21-20 in two of their games with Rosie Winckle defeating Helen Murphy and Philippa Taylor beating Wendy Cowin.  Marown players Mary Alderson, Lil Smith and Margaret Scarffe were the other winners giving Marown the edge on the night.

Mooragh Park travelled to Onchan and returned North with a five chalk victory with the away side also winning five of the nine games.  Janet Monk, Vicky Lloyd-West, Julie Reilly, Madison McMullan and Helen Martin, who won 21-4, won for Mooragh Park.  Onchan players Dee Lewis, Libby Andrade, Marylin Ellison and Sue Gawne won but were unable to prevent the team from losing 152-157 (4-5).

Looking ahead to next week Port St Mary vs South Ramsey could be a pivotal point in the season for one of the sides.  South then sit out on Friday, their match against Douglas re-arranged to a later date due to players representing the island in a competition on the mainland.