Quirk & Parker Win Commissioners Cup

The Onchan Commissioners Any Combination Doubles took place on Sunday with a good field of 35 pairs taking part on a tricky green despite the rain on Saturday.

At the quarter finals stage father and son Colin Kelly and Kevin Kelly (Marown) ended the challenge of Sylvia Kennaugh (Onchan) and Terry Bates (Noble’s) 21-14, another Marown pair Clare Cooper and Walter McCarthy just got over the line 21-20 against Port St Mary’s Tom Collins and Tim Williams, while an all-South Ramsey tie was edged by Glynn Hargraves and Bob Clark 21-20 against Jenny Moore and James Teare. Sue Gawne (Onchan) and Tracy Moore (Castletown) lost out 17-21 to home greeners Kevin Quirk and Steve Parker.

At the semi-final stage the Kelly’s got the better of club mates Cooper and McCarthy 21-15, while Quirk and Parker won 21-16 against Hargraves and Clark to take their place in the final.

The final got under way with the Onchan men racing into a 15-7 lead after just five ends, however the Marown duo responded over the next four ends scoring a three and a four to edge ahead 16-15. A good last bowl from Parker in the corners levelled the match up 16-16, the home greeners then scored a damaging four on the next end to lead 20-16. Despite the best efforts of the Marown pair a single on the last end was enough to secure a 21-16 victory for Quirk and Parker and their second successive win together following their win in the Ken Parker Memorial Trophy last weekend.

The presentation was made by Competition Secretary Mark Kelly, with the trophy & prizes presented by Kathryn Williams, Chair of Onchan Commissioners to whom the Club are grateful for the continued support. In his speech Quirk thanked the Commissioners for their support of the club in providing an excellent green, the Onchan Ladies for the refreshments and his playing partner Steve Parker.