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Team of The Week – Game 2

Division 1

George Foy is the first name in our team this week after he led his side to a derby victory at the Crofts with a tremendous 21-3 win. Over at the VIlla we have 2 names who have made our line up with Ian Moore from Douglas who had a great game to beat Jerome Surridge and Tommy McMeiken who played magnificently to defeat Barney Kelly 21-19. North Ramsey A had a terrific victory over Castletown A and Brain Colquitt and Steve Parker have made our line up thanks to respective victories over Trevor Quayle and John Alderson. Port St Mary A defeated highly fancied South Ramsey A with Chris Oates laeading the way with a breathtaking 21-6 victory over Andy Kennish with Juan Hargraves also booking his place beating Chas Grills. The final spot goes to David Bradford of Onchan who had to battle his way out of a hole to win – lying 17-13 down he produced a strike which changed the game before he ran out.

George Foy (Castletown B), Tommy McMeiken (Peel A), Ian Moore (Douglas A), Brian Colquitt & Steve Parker (North Ramsey A), Chris Oates & Juan Hargraves (PSM A), David Bradford (Onchan A)

Division 2

Ballaugh B may have lost 9-1 away at FInch Hill A but their only winner Gordie Moore books himself a place in our team thanks to a 21-5 win. Onchan B had more luck against B winning 9-1 with both Mike Thomas and James McNee making our team. Young Sam Palmer (PSM B) picked up a good win away from home at Nobles Mixed and joins are line up along with Kevin Firth of the home team for a great 21-11 win over Brian Corrin. Joe Bullock (Nobles Park A) took a great scalp beating Mike Skelly 21-14 at the Mooragh and he makes the team along with Ramseys John Radcliffe who secured a 21-3 win. The final place in our team goes to Jack Lee (Peel) for his 21-8 win over Ray Osborne.

Gordie Moore (Ballaugh B), James McNee & Mike Thomas (Onchan B), Sam Palmer (PSM B), Kevin Firth (Nobles Mixed), Joe Bullock (Nobles Park A), John Radcliffe (N Ramsey B) Jack Lee (Peel B)

Division 3

Our first two team members come from the game between S Ramsey B and Onchan C with Cristian Caley making it for the home side and Phil Cain making it for the visitors thanks to a terrific 21-6 win over last weeks team of the week star Stefan Kelly. Paul Quirk (Peel C) had a strong 21-4 win over Roy Dixon and gets a spot. Two youngsters from different games make it with James Kelly (Marown B) getting in for a brilliant 21-2 win at home whilst Austin Hart (S Ramsey C) makes it for battling to 21-19 win away from home. The line up is completed by 3 big winners Jason Fenton (Ballaugh C), Ed Benson (Port Erin B) and Les Brookes (Nobles Park B)

Phil Cain (Onchan C), Christian Caley (S Ramsey B), Paul Quirk (Peel C), Jason Fenton (Ballaugh C), Ed Benson (Port Erin B), Les Brookes (Nobles Park B), James Kelly (Marown B) Austin Hart (S Ramsey C)

Ayre Mowers Mens Singles

Neil WIthers overcame a strong line up at Ballaugh on Sunday as he won the first Men’s Singles competition of the year to claim the silverware in the Ayre Mowers competition.
In a remake of the 2009 Manx Championship final Withers defeated  Onchan’s Glynn Hargraves to claim the win. It was close in the early stages with Withers just having his nose in front 16-15 before the Marown man moved through the gears to dispatch his opponent 21-16.
In the Semi-finals our eventual victor showed is form with a hard fought win over seven times Island Champion John Kennish whilst Hargraves had to overcome the challenge of seasoned campaigner Ian Kissack.
Fallers at the quarter final stage were Stefan Kelly, Edward Trustham, Stuart Garrett and Mike Hargraves.
Ballaugh should be commended for the hard work in drumming up a great entry and putting on a tremendous competition on an ever improving green, which is a testament to their hard work last year. Thanks go to Ayre Mowers for their continued support.

Ayre Mowers Winner 2014

Isle of Man Farmers Mixed Doubles

There was a tremendous turnout on Saturday as 29 pairs enjoyed the sunshine at the Villa Marina as they contested for the Isle of Man Farmers mixed doubles crown.
Last years winners, mother and son, Janet and Robert Monk were once again too hot to handle on an extremely tricky green as they picked up back to back titles thanks to a 21-13 final win over Amanda Lawler and Phil Kerruish. The game was nip and tuck in the early stages with things finally balanced at 12-12 before two quick threes in as many ends  moved the Monk’s into an unassailable lead.
In the semi-finals Janet and Robert dispatched husband and wife pair Viv and Chas Grills whilst Amanda & Phil put out Fiona and John Kennish 21-16 at the same stage.
Losing out in the quarter finals were Lyne Mansley and Jimmy Sansom, Phillipa and Alec Taylor, Kath King and Stuart Garrett and Bethany Kennish and Peter COllister.
Douglas should be praised for running a great competition on a simply immaculate playing surface. At the conclusion of the competition Douglas President Roy Williams thanked Isle of Man Farmers for their continued support and presented the prizes on their behalf.

Onchan B continue at the top of the Over 60’s League

Onchan B continue to lead the way after games 5 and 6 of the Tower Insurance Over 60’s League. Onchan were in sparkling form against Castletown B at a very quick second home at Noble’s 3 to come away with a 7-1 victory, Their better halves at Onchan A kept up the pressure with a similar score line on their visit to Peel B, while Champions Castletown recorded their second maximum in consequetive matches against Douglas B to remain in touch with the chasing pack, as did Port St Mary A who also had a maximum to see of Finch Hill B, while Peel A had a tough fight on their hands before they left North Ramsey B with both points in a 5-3 away win, while at the Villa Douglas A had agood victory over North Ramsey A to dent the Northerners title asperations, while Ballaugh got back on form and used home advantage to defeat Port Erin, a similar scoreline was recorded by Marown A who beat Nobles Park A, While Finch Hill A are starting to find their feet and got a good point at home to South Ramsey in a 4-4 draw. While the final game saw Noble’s Mixed gain two points in a 5-3 win at home to Port St Mary B.

The second set of fixtures saw Onchan B travel to Port St Mary B and they kept up their 100% record with a fine 6-2 win, Castletown A made it three maximums in a row with a good win at Finch Hill B, while Onchan A has a very close win over Finch Hill B 5-3 with two Finch Hill players getting to 20 it could of easily gone the other way. Peel A enteratained Post St Mary A and this game ended all square at 4-4 again Peel has a player on 20 so this game again could have had a different outcome. North Ramsey A got their week back on track with a maximum 8-0 win over Noble’s Mixed while North Ramsey B shared a point on their tripm top Port Erin, While Castletown B got back to form with a 6-2 victoruy over Ballaugh, and Noble’s Park had a good 5-3 win over Peel B who are having a difficult time this season, and Marown visited the Villa and defeated a depleted Douglas by 7 games to 1, while South Ramsey used home advantage to defeat Douglas A by 5 games to 3. After 6 games on six players have won all theri matches they are Peter Kelly( Marown), Dave Faragher (Castletown) Dave Foulis (Ballaugh), Colin Hinds (Onchan A), David Kelly (Onchan B) and Ray Maddrell (PSM A) with both Collin Holland (Castletowen A) and Chas Crills (South Ramsey) having won the five games they have played.

The Prelim Round of the Ismay Cup was held on Wednesday and saw home teams Castletown B defeat Noble’s Mixed by 6-3, and Finch Hill B beat Port Erin by the same score line. While Finch Hill A made it a good day for their club with a 6-3 win at Peel B, and the reamining game was a walkover for North Ramsey A against Douglas B. On a very sad note I would like to express all the over 60’s players condolences to Willie Craig family and friends. Willie who passed away aged 89 was a fine bowler and was captain of Finch Hill Over 60’s until this year as well as a multiple Island snooker champion.

Ladies’ over 60’s 15 April and 17 April

 Tuesday 15 April

The weather was fine for the matches in the Trend sponsored Ladies’ over 60’s matches played on Tuesday 15 April. Despite the match ending drawn on games, Peel Sunset recorded the highest score of the day, with their lowest score being 18, Mona Kerruish reaching 20 against Marilyn Ellison and Joyce Kelly and Cath Parker both winning. to single figures. Last year’s top two teams met at Ramsey, the visitor’s, Port St Mary A, winning 4-2 on games with everyone reaching double figures. Val Macfarlane won to single figures while Margaret Tasker edged out Lilian Slinger 21-20. Marown put up a strong performance against Onchan A, winning four games the winners for Onchan A being Phyllis Gelling, who just pipped Celia Joughin 21-20, and Heather Reynolds. At Ballaugh the home team came through 4-2 with Ann Gale winning to single figures While Flo Price fought well to reach 19 against Voirrey Oates. It ended level on games at the Villa, but a win to single figures by Brenda Williams gave the home team the advantage on points.Port St Mary B had the points advantage against Castletown in a match that ended level on games, Roma Ware and Pauline Worrall winning to single figures as did Marie Ashurst and Ann Hollingworth for the visitors.

Thursday 17 April

There were some high scores on Thursday 17 April with two maximums and a 123. Champions, Mooragh Park were too hot for Port St Mary B to handle as they won all six games with Lilian slinger winning to single figures. The other five home players fought well ti=o get into double figures with Edwina Reid and Pauline Worrall both scoring 18.Ballaugh were ruthless on their visit to Port Erin, with Ann Gale and Pauline Needham both winning to single figures. Sylvia Shelbourne posted the best score for the home side reaching 18 against Jane Teare. Shirley Whelan was the fly in the ointment as Port St Mary A fell just three points short of a maximum thanks to her 21-18 win against Rita Callister. Margaret Scarffe nearly gave Marown a second game, losing out 20-21 to Tricia Bull. Villa did not fare well on their travels, losing out 4-2 on games to Douglas. Villa‘s two winners were Peggy Chapman, and Pat Kelly who edged out Kath King 21-19.. Lesley Nichol’s win to single figures together with Heather Reynold’s 21-20 win over Josie Harding meant that Noble’s Mixed did not have it all their own way against Onchan A, although they did win by 4 games to 2 with Pat Dacre winning to single figures. Peel Sunset travelled to Castletown with several of their players taking some time to get to grips with the pace of the green. Marie Ashurst’ win to single figures was matched by Mona Kerruish, while the rest of the games were close, Sue Peach being the other winner for the home side.

Ladies’ league 16 April

Wednesday 16 April

The closest match in the C Tarleton Hodgson and Son Ltd ladies’ league on Wednesday 16 April was at Ballaugh where the away team finished with just a seven point advantage despite winning 7-2 on games showing the value of fighting for every point even when you are losing. Christine Macdonald and Ellie Faragher were the two winners for Ballaugh while Ann Gale lost out 20-21 to Hilary Kermode. Noble’s Mixed and Peel Sunset posted the highest scores of the night, Mixed facing a Douglas Team who were a player short. The other games all went to double figures the closest being Kath King’s 21-19 win over Joyce Ogden. Peel Sunset won 7-2, the winners for Marown being Lil Smith and Shirley Whelan, while the battle between Pat Robertson and Mary Alderson went Pat’s way 21-20.In Onchan’s match wins by Heather Reynolds and Phyllis Gelling to single figures kept down Mooragh Park’s score despite them winning 7-2 on games with three wins to single figures. Port St Mary won 6-3 at Port Erin with Jayne Kneen and Val Macfarlane winning to single figures. Caroline Whitehead put up a good fight against Margaret Tasker, coming away with 19 points. South Ramsey had a successful trip “down South” winning 6-3 on games with Gill Dixon and Lyn Bolton winning to single figures. Lauren Groen had a tough match against Chris Holland, just taking it 21-20.

Town Lead the way after season openers

South Ramsey started their season with a tremendous 7-3 home victory to kick of their campaign in style and throw down a marker to all the other teams in the Isle of Man Bank Division 1, letting the Islands bowls fraternity know that they are the real deal and a genuine contender for top honours.  Peter Collister rolled back the years with a brilliant 21-8 victors over the visitors captain Neil Withers.

New boy Dave Hughes raised a few eyebrows on his debut performance as he found himself trailing 14-3 but managed to turn the game around and pick up a 21-16 win over John Gelling. Whilst Marown will be gutted not to have started with a win, lets not forget that last season started with an away defeat at the Villa yet the Crosby Men rallied and went onto pick up an historic double in one of the most memorable seasons ever, so lets not writhe them off just yet!

Onchan A slipped up last time out at Castletown B but there were no mistakes this time around as the title favourites picked up a solid 8-2 win to get them off to a strong start, and set them up in their bid to bring the silverware back to the park.

It was Castletown A, however, who top the tree after the first set of fixtures as they picked up a very impressive 9-1 victory on their travels at Ballaugh, only missing out on a maximum by a single point as Daniel Fenton picked up a 21-20 victory over Mike Hargraves on his return to his home club this season.

Port Erin began life in the top tier in style with a 6-4 win over Douglas. Port will need to do well in their home games if they want to cement a place amongst the games elite and this start will definitely have done their chances no harm at all.

Port St Mary A started the season well with a 7-3 win away at Peel. They hae a stronger line up this year and I think they are capable of causing more than a couple of upsets. Frank Watson’s Govags can draw comfort in the performance of their winners with new boy Nigel Thomas leading the way with a 21-4 victory.

North Ramsey A will be happy to have left Castletown C with a win as they drew 4-4 on games with the northerners picking up the 2 aggregate points by a single chalk. Whilst Ramsey will be happy with the win Town should be proud of their first game at this level and it something they can certainly build on.

Newly promoted North Ramsey B top the second division after a brilliant 8-2 away win at Castletown D. There has been a revolution at the Mooragh in recent years and it is breath taking to watch the massive strides this club is taking. I am not sure they have enough to gain promotion again this time around, but this team has the tenacity to prove me wrong.

NoblesPark A pipped North to the third division title last year and they also began life at the higher level with an 8-2 win. This is another rejuvenated club which is going from strength to strength and it is great to see a new lease of life to the former giants of the local game.

Douglas B, Onchan B and Port St Mary B are hot on the heals of the top 2 as they all picked up strong 7-3 wins and they will all be intent on showing the divisions new boys ‘the way it is done around here’ in forthcoming fixtures.

Division 3 is the breading place of our games top players and it is simply awe inspiring to see 3 new teams starting out this season. South Ramsey C, Onchan C, South Ramsey B and Port Erin B all got of to a fine start with respective 7-3 wins.

With 23 players making their debuts across all divisions it looks like our game is moving in the right direction and in an attempt to freshen things up I will be putting together a team of the week for each division based on individual performance, and rotating which divisional team appears in print each week starting this time out with division 1. Details of how the team of the week is selected and all 3 teams every week are available on

Team of The Week Division 1 – Ewan Cooil & Paul Skelly (PSM), Steve Durcan (P Erin), Peter Collister & David Hughes (South Ramsey), Peter Slinger (Onchan), Jack Beecham & Nigel Thomas (Peel)

IOM Ladies Reach Semi Finals

Raymotors Mooragh Park Ladies travelled to Todmorden at the weekend to play in the British Crown Green Ladies Bowling Association Club Championships (qualifying is through winning the leagues per County), 16 Counties were entered in the Competition.  Mooragh Park were drawn in Group 1 against Bolsover Castle – North Derbyshire, Hatton – Burton & District and Dilhorne – Staffordshire.  In extremely cold and windy conditions the Mooragh Park Team started positively with a very good win over Bolsover Castle 103-70.  Second game saw a strong opposition of Hatton who they played last year, this was a closer game with a winning outcome of 102-91.  Third game was Dilhorne a team who qualify on a regular basis and look to be the strongest opposition, this was proved in the result and after a very hard fought contest MooraghPark just lost by 10 points, score 106-96.  But to the delight of the Isle of Man team, even with the loss against Dilhorne, they had the best aggregate which meant they went through to the Semi-Finals.  After waiting half an hour for the other groups to finish their qualifying rounds, Mooragh Park knew they had a tough game against previous winners St. Oswalds who had players in their team of a very high standard.  Now feeling very cold and tired the IOM team gave it their best, but unfortunately were beaten by a very strong opposition 115-69.

Helen Martin – Captain said “I am very pleased of my team’s achievements to get to the semi-finals of this prestigious event, they all proved that even though we are a small Island, we have some very good players who can compete with the best in England, we flew the Manx flag with pride, well done to all the Mooragh Park Ladies, for getting to the semi-finals for the second year”.  Final result – New Mill (Yorkshire) 103 v St.Oswalds (Cheshire) 92.

Full Results

Game 1
Mooragh Park Bolsover Castle
Isle of Man North Derbyshire
Janet Monk 15 8 Kiatreana Stray
Lilian Slinger 15 6 Joan Shardlow
Maureen Payne 14 15 Shirley Wharmby
Kellie Maddrell-Reeve 10 15 Elaine Rigby
Kim Hargraves 4 15 Mandy Wilks
Christine Price 15 4 Judy Walker
Helen Martin 15 6 Naomi Bennett
Rachel Quirk 15 1 Jayne Emmerson
Total 103 70 Total
Game 2
Mooragh Park Hatton
Isle of Man Burton & District
Janet Monk 15 13 J. Brooks
Lilian Slinger 10 15 L. Cox
Maureen Payne 15 3 S. Wood
Kellie Maddrell-Reeve 4 15 S. Young
Jean Radcliffe 15 14 M. Merry
Christine Price 13 15 M. Stevenson
Helen Martin 15 8 F. McDiarmid
Rachel Quirk 15 8 B. Lowe
Total 102 91 Total
Game 3
Mooragh Park Dilhorne
Isle of Man Staffordshire
Janet Monk 15 11 Carol Matthews
Lilian Slinger 14 15 Stacey Brown
Maureen Payne 15 13 Janet Hope
Kellie Maddrell-Reeve 13 15 Chris Adams
Jean Radcliffe 5 15 Pam Aston
Christine Price 15 11 Janet Salmon
Helen Martin 15 11 Sue Wright
Rachel Quirk 4 15 Laura Hallsworth
Total 96 106 Total
Semi Final
Mooragh Park St. Oswalds
Isle of Man Cheshire
Rachel Quirk 8 15 Lesley Smith
Lilian Slinger 4 15 Jean Wanbon
Maureen Payne 10 15 Ronnie Lyon
Kellie Maddrell-Reeve 15 11 Glenda Carroll
Jean Radcliffe 3 15 Barbara Beddall
Christine Price 15 14 Elaine Berry
Helen Martin 8 15 Maureen Lyons
Janet Monk 6 15 Irene Reardon
Total 69 115 Total

Mooragh Park Ladies - Club Championships 2014

Team of the Week – Game 1

Welcome to a new feature where we select a team of the week for each division based on individual performance over the weeks games. Whilst score will be taken into account, the opponent, and actual performance will be the deciding factor in selecting who makes the cut. Winning 21-1 might get you in but so might coming from behind to win 21-20  or even losing 21-18 after being well down to seal the aggregate points for your side. I would also ask that home captains mark anyone that you think should be included in the comments section of the score card and send this info to the competition secretary so it can be taken into account. This weeks teams are……

Division 1

The first two players to make the inaugural team of the week come from the highly anticipated clash between highly fancied South Ramsey and reigning champions Marown, with Peter Collister making it for his breathtaking 21-8 win over Neil Withers and David Hughes who came from 14-3 down on his début to win 21-16. Onchan also got off to a great start at Castletown B with former captain Peter Slinger back to his best to earn his place.  Port Erin got off to a flyer with a win over Douglas and whilst they have a number of players who nearly made it Steve Durcan’s 21-5 win over the experienced Ian Moore has seen him pip team mate Peter Addison for a place. The final 4 all come from Port St Mary’s 7-3 win at Peel with Paul Skelly leading the way for Port with a 21-6 win over George Gadsby whilst his team mate and former Island champion Ewan Cooil also booked his berth with a strong 21-7 win. Peel can take some consolation though as new boy Nigel Thomas picked up a brilliant 21-4 win to earn his spot whilst fellow Govag Jack Beecham filled the team with a good win over Juan Hargraves.

Peter Collister & David Hughes (South Ramsey), Peter Slinger (Onchan), Steve Durcan (Port Erin), Paul Skelly & Ewan Cooil (PSM), Nigel Thomas & Jack Beecham (Peel)

Division 2

It has been just as difficult to pick TOTW for the second tier as there were some amazing stand out performances. Milton Cubbon of Port St Mary B gets the first spot with an impressive 21-4 win. The next place also goes to a PSM player this time Thomas Keggen of the C team with a great 21-16 win over Paul Bailey away at Onchan B. North Ramsey B had a strong start and Jimmy Moffatt and Stephen GIll book their places with respective 21-4 victories. Mervin Sayle & Paul Dougherty led the way for Finch Hill with 21-6 & 21-8 wins however there is a consolation place for Nobles Mixed’s Steve Cook as he beat Tony Epifani 21-10 on his own patch. Ballaugh B may have struggles at Nobles Park A however Alan Kelly grabbed a 21-4 win to complete the squad

Milton Cubbon (PSM B), Thomas Keggen (PSM C), Jimmy Moffatt & Stephen Gill (N Ramsey B), Mervin Sayle & Paul Dougherty (Finch Hill A), Steve Cook (Nobles Mixed A) and Alan Kelly (Ballaugh B)

Division 3

Probably the hardest team to pick! Its great to see Marown B back and also young Eric Kelly leading their line with 21-5 win away from home, he is simply class on his day and could cause a few surprises. South Ramsey B are littered with talent and massive away wins for Stefan Kelly and Alan Moore get them in our side. Another youngster has made the cut with Jake Cade of Douglas C making it and he is joined from the same match by Port Erin B’s Derek Cadamy. Onchan C had a strong start to the season and places go to David Higgins and Phil Cain. The final place this week goes to South Ramsey C’s Anthony Kelly for his 21-3 win.

Eric Kelly (Marown B), Alan Moore & Stefan Kelly (S Ramsey B), Jake Cade (Douglas C), Derek Cadamy (P Erin B), David Higgins & Phil Cain (Onchan C) and Anthony Kelly (S Ramsey C)

C.Tarelton Hodgson Mixed Triples

A total of 16 teams turned out on Sunday at Port St Mary Bowling Green to take part in the C.Tarleton Hodgson sponsored mixed triples competition and there was some terrific bowls played on the magnificent surface.

It was the home team of Anne Maddrell, Jane Kneen & Paul Skelly who were victorious thanks to a 21-17 win over the mix and match combination consisting of Jordan Cain, Bob Clark and Amanda Lawler. The home team stormed into a commanding lead at 18-12 with the finishing line in sight, but the runners up dug in and battled their way back to 17-18 before our eventual victors moved through the gears to seal the win.

Maddrell, Kneen & Skelly booked their final berth thanks to some magnificent bowling in the semi-finals where they put out the team of Michal Collister, Matthew & Alison Keggen 21-10. Cain, Clark and Lawler had to work harder for their place in the finale and were behind 17-16 to Alan Moore, Jenny Moore & Andy Kennish before running out with a 3 and 2 in respective ends.

Peter Linck of the sponsors presented the prizes and thanks goes to them for their support of the competition. Thanks also go to Port St Mary bowling club for the playing surface and another well run competition.