Manx Short Mat Bowls Association

Freeway Express Championship – Game Five

Ronaldsway Rockets wrapped up the Freeway Express Championship in emphatic fashion with a devastating 16-1 win over Castletown Rockets.

Ann Gale & Chris Holland got the champions off to the perfect start with an 11-3 win in the pairs before Dave McTaggert & Collin Holland added to that with an 18-3 victory in their pairs. The solitary point for Castletown came in their opening singles game with Matt Quayle sharing the game with Ann Gale 8-8 before Dave McTaggert won his singles 105. Chris Holland & Collin Holland both won their singles games 14-6 and 12-6 respectively. By this stage Ronaldsway had done enough to ensure they finished the day as champions but added another win in the final game of fours with an impressive 7-1 victory.

The other game saw Colby Cosmos and Ramsey Rebels battle it out for third place in the table. The opening pairs game saw the points shared as David Cottier & Pauline Kelly drew with the Ramsey duo Moira Anderson & Eric Maddocks. Ramsey ensured they had a slim advantage after the second pairs game however with Jill Quayle & John Jauncey coming out 10-8 winners. Ramsey then increased their lead after Moira Anderson won her opening singles game 6-5 before Colby started to fight back. David Cottier won 12-5, then Rita Woodworth took her singles 9-5 and Ann Hollingworth pushed Colby into the lead with a very impressive 16-1 win. The final fours game went in favour of Ramsey after winning 9-5 but they couldn’t make up the massive chalks difference which meant they ran out 9-8 winners on the day but finished below Colby in the final standings with an inferior chalk difference.

The final table is as follows:
1. Ronaldsway Rockets – 45 points (+76 chalks)
2. Rushen – 37 (+31)
3. Colby Cosmos – 31 (+21)
4. Ramsey Rebels – 31 (-32)
5. Castletown Rockets – 23 (-96)

Next week is the penultimate round of the Cherry Orchard League with current leaders Ronaldsway Blockbusters playing Castletown Super Threes. Douglas Bay Pirates meet Laxey Minors and Ramsey Rebels face Colby Cosmos.