Monthly Archives: April 2015

Ladies League 17 April

Port St Mary were top scorers in the C Tarleton Hodgson sponsored ladies’ league on Friday 17April, when they made the most of home advantage to win 7 of the 9 games against Purt le Moirrey. The two winners for the visitors were Chris Price and Pauline Worrall while Tracy Moore nearly added a third game, losing out to Val Macfarlane 20-21. Marown travelled to Ballaugh, where the fast green flummoxed some of their players. The home side won 6-3 on games with two games going all the way, Voirrey Oates edging out Rosie Winkle 21-20 while for Marown Mary Alderson beat Barbara Graham by the same score.Although the game score was 5-4 in Douglas’s favour, four wins to single figures ensured a good points advantage, while at Castletown the visitors won 5-4 on games, but three wins to single figures for the home side gave them the win on points. .At Port Erin eight games went to double figures, the exception being Lynda Cadamy’s win to single figures, There were some close encounters, in particular Phil Dobson reaching 20 against Sylvia Kennaugh and once again we had the team winning on games losing on chalks.

Ladies’ over 60’s Thursday 16 April

Port St Mary A produced their second maximum in three matches when they faced Douglas on Thursday 16 April. The visitors were unfortunately a player short but both Jo Oldam and Jan Osborne, reaching 19 against Val Macfarlane, put up strong resistance. Lin Ruscoe was the fly in the ointment for Onchan A as her 21-20 win over Dee Lewis denied the home side a full house, while Edwina Reid spoiled the party for Peel Sunset with her 21-19 win over Jean Quine. Although Villa were a player short they managed a draw on games against Marown but lost on chalks, the game of the match being Margaret Corlett’s 21-19 win over Margaret Scarffe. Castletown had a comfortable win over Onchan B, 4-2 on games with three won to single figures, the two winners for the visitors being Joyce Gardiner and Wendy McDowell. Port Erin visited Breagle, who were unfortunately a player short, and were the fourth team of the week to record a score over 120 points. The two winners for the home side were Joyce Henry and Gwen Tuck who edged out Sylvia Shelbourne 21-20.

Rayner Shield / Plate Draws

The Rayner Shield (Last 16) and Plate (Prelim & Last 16) draws have been made and are available using the links below.

Click here for Shield Fixtures
Click here for Plate Fixtures

The Prelim round of the Plate is due to be played this week with the last 16 of both competitions in May

British Merit Qualifier

There was a disappointing entry of eight ladies’ for the British Merit Qualifier played at Finch Hill on Sunday 19 April.

The sunshine at the start of the afternoon soon disappeared to leave a very cold and windy afternoon, but the inclement weather did not detract from the standard of bowls on display.

In the first round ( the quarter-finals) there were some close games with Rosie Winkle reaching 17 against Helen Martin and Lil Smith coming from behind to pip Lyn Bolton 21-20.

Quarter-finals: Caroline Whitehead 21, Mary Alderson 7; Helen Martin 21, Rosie Winkle 17; Lil Smith 21, Lyn Bolton 20; Janet Monk 21, Shirley Whelan 14.

The weather was probably at its worst for the semi-finals where, despite some good bowling from their opponents, Helen and Janet came through to meet in the final.

Semi-finals: Helen Martin 21, Caroline Whitehead 12; Janet Monk 21, Lil Smith 13.

Janet had the better of the early exchanges in the final, having the advantage 10-4 before Helen started to fight back closing to 12-14. With two 2’s and a single Janet stretched her lead to 19-12, before Helen won the next six ends to make it 17-20 her opponent taking the next end to win 21-17.

Janet will now represent the island in the British Merit at Nuneaton on 11 July.

Association President, Pat Robertson congratulated the players and thanked the Finch Hill for the use of their facilities.

Special thanks go to Anne Caine who came along and provided very welcome warm drinks on a very cold afternoon.


Over 60’s 14 April

The rain stayed away for most of the matches played in the Trend over 60’s ladies’ league on Tuesday 14 April. Port Erin put their previous result behind them as they ran out with a maximum against Villa with Mavis Franks and Voirrey Curphey both winning to single figures. There were some close games at Marown where Mary Black edged out Jean Quine 21-20, that result being balanced by Joyce Kelly against Shirley Whelan, Peel coming out ahead on points in a match that ended level on games. Unfortunately Douglas could only field four players against Breagle, but managed to win three games in a low-scoring match. Port St Mary A were on top form at Mooragh Park with four players winning to single figures, although Maureen Wright denied them a full house. The closest match of the day was at Onchan A where despite winning 4-2 on games Ballaugh took victory by just one chalk with Rita Callan winning to single figures for the home side and Libby Andrade coming close to levelling the games score when she reached 19 against Ann Gale.

Welcome to the New Website

Welcome to the new Isle of Man Bowls Website.

The relaunch is a major overhaul of the original site with a fresh new look and some new brand new features.

  • A new system has been developed from the ground up to store the bowls results which will allow a centralised area for all bowls results now and in the future
  • All league and cup games played since 2012 have been re-imported to include all individual games played.
  • From the League and Merit tables you can now click your team or a player and see their results for the season and also their historical results
  • As before on the night the match score will be available on the website
  • 1-2 days later the individual game results will be imported once results are received and verified
  • As these games are imported the merits and player history pages are immediately updated

As well as these new features further enhancements will be released in the near future

Mens Night League Underway

This is a ground breaking season for Manx Bowls with the Islands inaugural inclusion in the Senior County Championships and with hope of a good showing in that it was great to see the domestic league season start with a bang.

The big guns are all firing early on and league champions Onchan A top the Isle of Man Bank division one table after two maximum 10-0 wins. Onchan are the team to beat again this year and will be very pleased with the start they have made.

South Ramsey A finished third last year and many people think they can get a lot closer to the top two this year and really put the cat amongst the pigeons. They know they can beat anybody and have good strength in depth and a terrific start from them has seem them score two maximums of their own, only trailing Onchan on chalk difference.

Marown A finished last year in second place and whilst they only had one game last week, they must be happy with their start. They beat Port St Mary 8-2 away from home, a result that cannot be understated as the southerners are very hard to shift on their own patch. Port backed this statement up midweek with an 8-2 home victory over a strong Douglas side who came into the fixture off the back of a 9-1 win away at Ballaugh earlier in the week.

Castletown A will have been delighted with their start and a 9-1 win at home against Port Erin A followed up with a 5-5 draw away at newly promoted Finch Hill A has seen them move into 3rd with some good early points on the board.

Division 2 has also started will and is very tight at the top after only 1 round of fixtures. Peel B are surprise leaders after a great 8-2 home win over North Ramsey B, and they are closely followed by South Ramsey B who recorded their own 8-2 win on their travels to Nobles B.

Ballaugh B and Douglas B both picked up good 7-3 wins to see them start off in third and fourth place respectively. It was also great to see newly promoted Marown B start with a 6-4 win away at Onchan B, the Crosby boys battled back from 4-0 down at halftime to win the remaining games and take the aggregate points.

What a difference a year makes and last seasons division 3 basement outfit Douglas C top the league after a magnificent 10-0 victory in their first fixture. They struggled last year only winning in their final match of the campaign but things already look very different for them this time around.

Ballaugh C and Onchan C both picked up very respectable 8-2 wins to trail Douglas in second and third places.

Ladies’ league 10 April

South Ramsey had a tougher task than on Wednesday as they travelled to Noble’s. Although they had the advantage 5-4 on games the home side came through on points with all their players reaching double figures. Clare Cooper and Shelley Kennish had a close encounter with Shelley coming through 21-20. Port St Mary put up another strong performance at Onchan, the two winners for the home side being Dee Lewis and Jo Smith. Purt le Moirrey followed up their first match performance with a good win over Peel with Chris Holland, Roma Ware and Edwina Reid all winning to single figures as did Philippa Fletcher and Heather horsburgh for the visitors. There were some close games when Mooragh Park visited Castletown where Hilary Kermode lost out 19-21 to Janet Monk and Rachel Palmer reached 20 against Rosemary Quirk.Marown had a torrid time against Douglas despite winning three games, Lil Smith and Shirley Whelan won to single figures, Margaret Scarffe being the other winner, but five of Douglas’s wins were also to single figures.

Ladies’ over 60’s Week 1

Short sleeves were the order of the day as the ladies’ over 60’s league, sponsored by Trend, commenced on Thursday 9 April. Last year’s champions, Port St Mary A started with a bang recording a maximum against Onchan A. Phyllis Gelling put up the most resistance reaching 19 against Rita Callister. Castletown were second highest scorers at Marown whose two winners were Shirley Whelan And Celia Joughin who edged out Barbara Young 21-19. Noble’s also won 4-2 0n games at Ballaugh, the game of the morning being Jenny Maddrell’s 21-20 win over Lin Ruscoe. It was nice to see Eileen Killey playing again, she and Flo Kelly being the two winners for Onchan B against Port St Mary B

Ladies’ League 8 April

The weather was kind for the start of the C Tarleton Hodgson sponsored ladies’ league on Wednesday 8 April. Champions Port St Mary got off to a good start dropping just 15 points against Marown but their total was surpassed by Noble’s who reached 179 points against Ballaugh where Rebecca Teare took Jenny Maddrell all the way before going down 20-21.The new-look Mooragh Park had a tough time against South Ramsey, but they had a few inexperienced players who will only get better as the season progresses. Things were evenly balanced at Douglas with the home side going down to Port Erin by one point. Purt-le-Moirrey may be the team to keep an eye on this year as they started with a good win over Castletown.