Ramsey Town Cups
North Ramsey Bowling Club hosted a men’s singles and a ladies’ singles played in tandem at Moorage Park on Saturday 11 July. There was an amazing entry of 64 men and 34 Ladies sharing the green at one point utilising eight jacks.
The men’s competition, was sponsored by the Ramsey Commissioner’s who are celebrating their 150 years while the ladies’ was sponsored by the IOM bank who are also celebrating their sesquicentenary. The Commissioners and dignitaries gathered before play began and got things under way by doing the toss for the first two games.
Isle of Man Captain Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly, who has seen a new lease of life since the national teams inclusion in the senior county championships, turned back the years to win the coveted trophy.
Kelly is still a force to be reckoned with and was at the top of his game this weekend with a 21-11 final win over Ramsey homester Geoff Porter. Porter had a red letter day himself by making it to the final taking some great scalps along the way.
In the Semi-finals Kelly overcame the spirited challenge of Dave Faragher 21-15 whilst our runner up eliminated stable mate Rob Monk 21-11.
Fallers at the quarter final stage were Tony Smart, Phil Kelly, David Thomas and Bernie Durcan.
North Ramsey should be praised for the effort and innovation they have put into this now rejuvenated competition. Players vote with their feet and the evidence that their hard work is paying dividends is the number and the quality of bowlers that they attracted. Keep up the good work.
Quarter-finals: Jenny Maddrell 21, Alison Keggen 20; Paula Garrett 21, Lil Smith 12; Jenny Moore 21, Gill Morgan 10; Mavis Franks 21, Casey Bolton 15
Semi-finals: Paula Garrett 21, Jenny Maddrell 10; Jenny Moore 21, Mavis Franks 18
In the final Paula won the first two ends before Jenny took control, allowing Paula just three more singles during the game, running out a 21-11 winner.
The presentation was made by club competition secretary, Mike Skelly, who thanked those who had entered, those who had helped during the afternoon and particularly the sponsors, Ramsey Commissioners and the Isle of Man Bank.