Port St Mary Take Control Of Ladies League

Last week in the Ladies League we start with the hotly anticipated top of the table clash between Port St Mary and South Ramsey.  The re-arranged fixture took place on Thursday and Castletown A would have been keeping a close eye on events to see how their lead over the two teams would be effected.  Earlier in the season South Ramsey defeated Port St Mary 154-130 (5-4) and on paper this was to be another close affair.

Katy Williams got Port St Mary off and running with a 21-8 win over Bethany Kennish.  The other four matches from the first half were shared with both sides winning two.  Ann Maddrell suffered a rare home defeat as Lyn Bolton just had the edge in their game to win 21-20 and South Ramsey’s second win came from a 21-18 win over Kellie Maddrell-Reeve.  Port St Mary responded with Val Macfarlane beating Jill Quayle 21-19 and Wendy Kennuagh who had an excellent result beating Jenny Moore 21-15.  Port St Mary took a lead of 17 chalks into the second half.

The second half Port St Mary dominated winning all four games.  Trish Bull defeated Fiona Kennish 21-14, Margaret Tasker beat Sue Collier 21-13, Chris Price beat Kim Hargraves 21-5 before Jayne Kneen became only the second person to beat Elaine Moore in the league this year with a fine 21-12 win.

The final score was 185-123 (7-2) with the home team winning by an impressive 57 chalks and extend their winning run to 13 matches.  Thursdays result also took them 83 points clear of Castletown A and with only five games remaining, Port St Mary look to have taken control of the league.

On Friday the bad weather returned postponing four of the six fixtures.

Castletown A vs Purt Le Moirrey was one of the fixtures which was able to be played and allowed Castletown to temporarily return to the top of the league following their third full house of the season.  The match ended 189-79 (9-0).  Five players won to single figures with Kim Foy beating Roma Ware 21-4, Kath Kinley beat Debra Cooper, Heike Perry beat Linda Dawson 21-4, Tracy Moore beat Pauline Worrall 21-7 and Marie Ashurst won 21-3 against Chris Holland.  In the remaining matches Ann Hollingworth beat Dot Mylchreest 21-11, Hanna Drewett won 21-12 against Brenda Hawkard, Anne Oates beat Mavis Franks 21-19 and merit leader Amanda Lawler won 21-19 against Edwina Reid.

The only other match to take place was Peel Sunset against Port Erin with the home side winning the match by 26 chalks.  Peel won six games with Heather Horsburgh beating Jean Thackrah 21-10, Sue Jones won 21-17 against Jenny Cain, Joyce Kelly won 21-11 against Lynda Cadamy, Mary Moffatt won 21-4 against Voirrey Curphey, Cath Parker beat Susan Inch 21-17 and Lynda Wilson won 21-5 against Phil Dobson.  Port Erin’s three winners were Caroline Whitehead winning 21-7 against Shirley Corrin, Jacqui Elliott beat Pat Robertson 21-8 and Carol Kaye beat Gill Clarke 21-8.  The final score was 153-127 (6-3).

After this weeks matches Castletown A may sit top of the league but are only 106 points ahead of Port St Mary who have a game in hand and average over 172 points per game this year.  South have played the same amount of games as Castletown and trail them by 54 points.

As we enter MGP fortnight there are a number of rearranged matches before a full set of fixtures at the end of race week.