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Douglas Quads hold on to claim maiden title in Haldane Fisher Fours League

Douglas Quads held on to win the Haldane Fisher Fours League after a fightback for Douglas Sharks just fell short.

The Quads started the day 12 points ahead of the Sharks in seconds place and as they were facing each other it meant the Quads needed just 3 points to claim the title. The opening game of pairs saw Richard Faragher & Stephen Gale win 12-3 for the Sharks but James Teare & Eddie Brew got an important win for the Quads, beating Seamus Whelan & Michael Collister 11-9 on the last end. The singles saw the Sharks increase their lead & the pressure on the Quads with Michael Collister fighting back to win 11-9 against David Cottier and Richard Faragher beating James Teare 20-2. Stephen Gale then won his singles 14-7 amd with the pressure mounting Eddie Brew found himself 2 shots down to Seamus Whelan before drawing his final shot to take a two and the all important point to secure the title for the Quads. Douglas Sharks completed a fine victory with an 8-6 win in the fours to fall just one point short of the Douglas Quads in the final table.

Ronaldsway Rockets finished in third place after a 13-4 win over Erin Elite. The Rockets took both the pairs games after Ann Gale & Chris Holland won 9-8 and Collin Holland & Jayne Smith won 16-10. Ann Gale then won her singles with a 14-4 victory before Steven Durcan beat Collin Holland 11-4 and Bernie Durcan beat Chris Holland 13-4. The comeback was stopped by Jayne Smith however, who won her match 10-6. The Rockets ended the season with a win in the final fours game 12-4.

Colby were awarded a 17-0 win over Ballaugh after Ballaugh were unable to field a team.

The final standings are:
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The domestic season is now over but Stephen Gale, Michael Collister, Jayne Smith, Chris Holland & Seamus Whelan will be competing in the World Masters in Belfast over the weekend of April 18th & 19th.

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