Monthly Archives: July 2014

Ladies’ over 60’s Thursday 10 July

Mooragh Park recorded their second maximum of the week to close the gap on Port St Mary A at the top of the table. Although they won all six games Marown didn’t let them have it all their own way with Shirley Whelan and Marcia Pearson reaching 19 against Maureen Payne and Mary Kinrade while Mary Alderson just lost out 20-21 to Viv Grills. Port St Mary A had to work hard for a win at Noble’s Mixed ending level on games with an advantage of 3 points. Sonja Lees and Margaret Tasker had a close encounter with Sonja coming through 21-20. Despite Brenda Hawkard’s win to single figures plus a win to Roma Ware Peel Sunset had a comfortable win at Port St Mary B with three of their players winning to single figures. Things were closer in the other three matches. Port Erin and Onchan A ended level on games but with all their players reaching double figures the home side had the advantage on points, while Onchan B also drew on games but had the better of Villa by a mere 3 points. Ballaugh won four games on their visit to Douglas, but with all the home players reaching double figures and Patsy Rush winning to single figures they had the better of the host side by a single point.

Ladies’ league Friday 11 July

There were only four matches played in the C tarleton Hodgson and Son Ltd sponsored league on Friday 11 July as Marown and South Ramsey each had a player away representing the island. The two missing matches will be played on Wednesday 30 July.

Douglas had the better of Noble’s Mixed 6-3 on games with Lynne Mansley winning to single figures for the home side as did Lin Ruscoe for the visitors. Other games were closer with three going to 19 and Rhona Argallon reaching 20 against Brenda Williams. The other three matches were very one sided with two sides being a player short. Onchan could only field eight players against Mooragh Park, but managed to win two games courtesy of Eileen Thomas and Viv Rush while Dee Lewis took Kim Hargraves all the way before going down 20-21 to take their score over the 100points mark. Castletown also benefited from their opponents being a player short. With four of ther players winning to single figures wins by Ann Gale and Jane Teare were not enough to take Ballaugh’s score into three figures. Port Erin also failed to reach three figures against Port St Mary who were in imperious form with four of their players winning to single figures. Sylvia Maddrell saved a whitewash for the visitors with a 21-19 win over Tricia Bull.

Match postponed from Friday 4 July

The match between Marown and Douglas postponed from 4 July and played on Thursday 10 July was a close encounter with the home side winning by 5 games to 4 and a margin of just 7 points. The feature game of the match saw Margaret Scarffe pipping Muriel Cain 21-20, while Marcia Pearson had a win to single figures.

Jean Kelly Final

The weather played its part and added to the occasion as Castletown and Peel Sunset met at Finch Hill on Thursday 10 July for the final of the Jean Kelly Memorial team handicap competition. It was also nice to see so many supporters and spectators gathered round the green.

On a very fast green it looked as the conditions were going to favour Castletown as they won the first two games to single figures courtesy of Kath Kinley and Ann Hollingworth. Anne Oates also won giving her team the first three games, and Peel then had it all to do as they were already 25 points behind even taking the handicap into account. Peel won the other two games on the first block leaving Castletown with a lead of 15 points. In the second round of games the Peel players adjusted better to the conditions winning all four matches taking the match 6-3 on games and by a margin of nine points.

Association president, Pat Robertson, thanked Moore Kelly and his family for their continued support of the event.

Moore then said a few words saying how much he had enjoyed the evening and thanking his friends and family for providing the very welcome buffet, and also Finch Hill for the use of their green and facilities before introducing his daughter, Christine Alexander, to make the presentations.

PEEL SUNSET (+25) 174, CASTLETOWN (+10) 165:

Cath Parker 21, Barbara Young 13; Joyce Kelly 21, Joy Stephens 19; Jean Quine 11, Anne Oates 21;Heather Horsburgh 7, Ann Hollingworth 21; Connie Pettegrew 5, Kath Kinley 21; Philippa Taylor 21, Hannah Kermode 12; Mary Moffatt 21, Sue Peach 14; Pat Robertson 21, Marie Ashurst 15; Shirley Corrin 21, Hilary Kermode 19.


Captains in both ladies’ leagues are reminded that when matches are postponed the results officer, Heather Horsburgh, should be informed and also be notified of the dates of the re-arranged fixtures.

Teams of the Week

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Ladies’ over 60’s 8 July

On a morning that produced two maximum scores in the Trend sponsored ladies’ over 60’s league the match between Villa and Douglas was notable for ending with just one point between the two teams. The visitors had the advantage 4-2 on games although the game between Kay McKiernan and Lynne Mansley could have gone either way as Lynne just edged it 21-20.Onchan A were unfortunately a player short against Noble’s Mixed, but wins by Wendy McDowell and Phyllis Gelling managed to keep the visitor’s score below 100 points. Ballaugh won four games, with Ann Gale winning to single figures, against Port Erin whose two winners were Mavis Franks and Kay Primrose-Smith who also won to single figures. Wins by Mary Alderson and Margaret Scarffe at Port St Mary A denied the home side a maximum although they fell just five points short with three of their players winning to single figures. A full house was achieved by Mooragh Park at the expense of Port St Mary B although they were almost denied by Edwina Reid who reached 20 against Mary Kinrade, while Peel Sunset won all six games against Castletown to achieve their first maximum of the season. .

Ladies Senior County Merit

A ladies team of nine senior Isle of Man Crown Green bowlers recently represented the island in the British Crown Green Senior County Merit which was held at Vale Park, Todmorden, West Yorks. The weather was kind although there was a short shower mid afternoon, however it didn’t spoil the day.

The competition format was four groups of four counties who played each other on a round robin basis and the winners from each group then played in the semi final and subsequent winners went on to the final.

The Isle of Man team were drawn in a tough group and also had to combat a very fast tricky green which proved a problem in the first game against a strong Wirral team but then an improvement with the second against Yorkshire (previous winners and this year’s finalists) and a great result in the third beating last years winners (Gtr Manchester) The eventual winners were North Shropshire who were first time winners.

The IOM team bonded together under the leadership of captain Val MacFarlane who kept the team’s spirit up all day.

Thanks go to our referee Mary Simmonds for her hard work all day and for keeping us and some of the other referees in order!! Thanks also to those who came along on the trip to support – it was much appreciated by all the team.

Team left to right Trish Bull, Joyce Kelly, Mary Moffatt, Lin Ruscoe, Margaret Tasker, Mary Simmonds (Referee), Val McFarlane (Captain), Lillian Slinger, Ann Gale, Jean Radcliffe
Team left to right
Trish Bull, Joyce Kelly, Mary Moffatt, Lin Ruscoe, Margaret Tasker, Mary Simmonds (Referee), Val McFarlane (Captain), Lillian Slinger, Ann Gale, Jean Radcliffe

Ladies’ Manx Championship 2014

There was a disappointing entry of 29 for the Manx Championships played at Castletown on Saturday 5 July, which meant that the event was completed in one day rather than the two days scheduled.

On a warm sunny day, on a tricky green that was running well, there was some excellent bowling and some very close games, particularly in the latter stages.

Quarter-finals: Janet Monk 21, Chris Price 20; Elaine Moore 21, Hannah Kermode 20; Ann Hollingworth 21, Tricia Bull 15; Amanda Lawler 21, Kellie Maddrell – Reeve 7.

Semi-finals: Janet Monk 21, Elaine Moore 14; Amanda Lawler 21, Ann Hollingworth 20.

In the final Amanda started with a 2 on the first end before Janet took the next six ends and a lead of 9-2. From that point Amanda had the upper hand over the next fourteen ends, tying the score at 13-13. A single followed by three 2’s took Janet to “all but”, and, despite her opponent clawing back the next two ends, she ran out the winner 21-15.

This gave Janet the title for the sixth time and she will be a great ambassador representing the island at the “Champion of Champions” in Blackpool at the end of September.

The presentation was made by Association president, Pat Robertson, who thanked the Castletown club for the use of their green and their help during the afternoon – particular thanks went to the green keeper for the condition of the playing surface. Thanks also went to those responsible for running the sheet, everyone who had entered and all those who had stayed behind to watch the final. She stated that she had been very impressed by the standard of play, and by how smart the players looked in “dress code”.

Winner: Janet Monk
Winner: Janet Monk

Ladies’ League Friday 4 July

Heavy rain on Friday 4 July meant that only two games were able to take place in the C Tarleton Hodgson and Son Ltd ladies’ league.

Peel Sunset travelled to Ballaugh where, although winning 5-4 on games they scraped victory by just 5 points. Philippa Taylor won to single figures as did Barbara Graham and Mary Simmonds for the home side. Two matches went all the way with Jenny Maddrell losing out 20-21 to Joyce Kelly in what was definitely “a game of two halves” while Jayne Smith went down to Brenda Bowyer by the same score. Noble’s Mixed, like so many teams, struggled on their visit to Mooragh Park, the home side taking the match 6-3 on games with three of their players winning to single figures. The three winners for the visitors were Rebecca Teare, Sylvia Kennaugh and Lin Ruscoe.

Rollercoaster week for Over 60’s

The Tower Insurance Over 60 League had more twists and turns than the big dipper at Blackpool, as Castletown A travelled to Onchan A on Tuesday and managed to come home with a point in a game that Town’s Derek Lewney won his game against Les McLennan 21-20, to let the Town of the hook, Port St Mary A gained another point on their Southside rivals with a 6-2 win at Nobles Park to close the gap to 2 points at the top. Peel A had a visit from a depleted Onchan B and used home advantage to notch another two points with a 6-2 victory, while South Ramsey also kept up the pressure with a very tight 5-3 home win over Marown with South Ramsey’s Bill Callow beating Arnie Withers 21-20 in an extremely close game. North Ramsey A had a 5-3 win over Peel B to keep in touch with the top bunch, while lower down the table Castletown B defeated Douglas A, with unfortunately Norman Kneen of Douglas feeling unwell and being taken to hospital for a check up during his game, best wishes for a speedy recovery from everyone Norman. Port Erin shared the points at home to Noble’s Mixed with Port Erin’s Derek Allen just losing out to Noble’s Mixed skipper Peter Morris in another all but across game. With Port St Mary B doing well to take a point of Finch Hill A with the experienced Archie Collister just getting the better of the Finch’s captain Sefton Dent in another 21-20 win. Ballaugh had a 5-3 win at Finch Hill B with home team captain Malcolm Black just losing out to Richard Faragher in yet another 21-20 game. Douglas B came very close to getting their first point of the season with Brian Oliver just losing out to Ray Parry 21-20.
The second round of games saw Castletown A win at home against Noble’s Park 7-1 while Port St Mary A also won comfortably against Douglas B 6-2 with Peel A having a difficult trip to Ballaugh but still came away 6-2 winners to keep their hopes of a first championship alive, The surprise of the round was the performance of Peel B who held South Ramsey to a 4-4 draw at Peel while Onchan A travelled to Marown and suffered with a 5-3 defeat, with Les McLennan of Onchan and Arnie Withers of Marown both winning to 19, and Peter Kelly of Marown suffering only his second loss of the season to Colin Hinds. North Ramsey A also dropped a point with a 4-4 draw at Finch Hill B. Port St Mary B travelled to Douglas A and came away with both points, while in another game with a couple of very close games,Vinty Dugdale beating Juan Kermode, and John Ruscoe losing to Ron Williams 21-20 Nobles Mixed had a 5-3 victory over Castletown B. Onchan B used the lightning fast green at Nobles 3 to their advantage with a 5-3 win over Port Erin. with North Ramsey B using home advantage to defeat Finch Hill B. The last two games mentioned saw the teams meet the day before for the Semi Finals of the Mini Cup with Port Erin entertaining the holders Onchan B and losing out by 6 -3 and Finch Hill B also unable to make home advantage pay against North Ramsey B by also going down 6-3. to set up a final between Onchan A and North Ramsey B. The Ismay Cup Semis were also played and this time it was both home teams that won 6-3 . Peel A defeating Port St Mary A and North Ramsey A doing likewise to Finch Hill A. to leave the Final between North Ramsey A and Peel A. venues for both finals will be notified shortly. The Individual Merit sees Dave Foulis (Ballaugh) sitting alone on top of the pile with 20 wins followed by Mike Thomas (Onchan) and Peter Kelly (Marown) who both lost this week on 19, with on 18 wins are Harry Kelly (Peel), Chas Grills (South Ramsey), Stuart Garrett (Douglas), the PSM pair of Ron Maycox and Ray Maddrell and the Castletown duo of Dave Faragher and Collin Holland.